After an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, Jonny Walker has won Red Bull Romaniacs for the first time.
Entering day four with a slender five-minute advantage over defending champion Graham Jarvis, Jonny Walker put the hammer down early on to destroy any hopes Jarvis had of claiming his fifth win.
Getting to grips with the fast flowing trails during the morning he extended his advantage to nine minutes before the halfway service point. Pushing on he held Jarvis at bay and became the new King of the Red Bull Romaniacs.
“I’m so pumped to have got this win in the bag,” said Jonny Walker. “It’s a race that’s taken me three years to figure out. I was nervous this morning – I knew Jarvis would be charging – but I kept my head down and did what I needed to do. It’s awesome to have won.”
Reluctantly admitting defeat to Walker, Jarvis ended day four in third to place as the runner-up in the race.
“Hat’s off to Jonny – he’s rode great all week,” admitted Jarvis. “I gave it my best shot today but I just couldn’t catch him. I’m pleased with second. I gave it everything I had.”
The battle for the final step of the podium was even closer than the fight for victory. On fire all week, Wade Young had nearly 20 minutes in hand over Paul Bolton. But with Bolton refusing to yield, the Brit rode the best day of his life.
Hunting Young down, he passed him and then Jarvis to chase Walker across the line. With Bolton winning the day outright it was a nervous moment as the results were tallied up. Luckily, Young had him covered by just four minutes and bagged his first Red Bull Romaniacs podium.
“I can hardly describe how happy I am right now,” confirmed Young. “I came here hoping for top five, to come away with third is just incredible. I prepared hard for this race and it’s paid off.”
With Bolton taking fourth, Andreas Lettenbichler completed the top five.