Excelling at the event’s tough night session, the Spanish rider wins The Wall Extreme 2016.
Following his impressive runner-up result at this year’s Red Bull Romaniacs, Spain’s Alfredo Gómez redeemed himself with a well-deserved victory at the second running of the Hard Enduro event in Pietramurata, Italy. Remaining within touching distance, fellow Spaniard Iván Cervantes claimed the runner-up spot, with Italy’s Thomas Oldrati completing the top three.
Featuring a unique race format, Italy’s The Wall Extreme saw the cream of the crop from the EnduroGP World Championship compete against some of the best Hard Enduro riders in the world.
Unable to match the pace of the EnduroGP regulars in the fast and flowing sections of the morning prologue, Gómez put the hammer down as soon as conditions became properly extreme.
Alfredo Gómez: "Every victory is special, but for this one I had to push a little bit harder."
“It was difficult to challenge the EnduroGP guys in the morning session,” said Gómez. “My times in the cross test weren’t that bad, but in the fast enduro test I kept losing time every time out, ending the prologue with a two-minute deficit. If I wanted to make it anywhere near the top I had to push hard in the night’s main event and that’s exactly what I did.”
Securing second in the prologue, Cervantes also showed good speed in the night’s extreme special test to wrap up the day 25 seconds behind Gómez.
“Getting second was an absolute surprise for me,” confirmed Cervantes. “It seems like ages since I last raced a Hard Enduro event. I enjoyed the mixed format of The Wall a lot. In the morning session I could push really hard as conditions were a lot closer to what I’m used to. But the night race was more like a survival story. I tried to keep it on two wheels and make it to the finish in one piece.”
Staying fast in both the morning and night sessions, home hero Oldrati secured the last spot on the podium. “The Wall is a great opportunity for enduro riders like me to try ourselves in properly extreme conditions,” said Thomas. “Last year I finished sixth so it felt really good to secure a podium result this time.”
Despite his best efforts to get on the podium, Hard Enduro specialist Mario Roman had to settle for a close fourth. “It was good to mix things up with the EnduroGP guys,” stated Mario. “Losing a lot of time in the morning session I did my best to get closer to the top during the main event but a big crash two laps before the end made everything a lot harder.”