ATV Takes Second in Iron Road Prologue
IRON ROAD PROLOGUE, first heat: 1.500 rider against the "Iron Giant"!
The first day of the Iron Road Prologue delivered a sensational result. French Aprilia factory rider Antoine Letellier dominated the 14 km long racetrack up to the Erzberg's peak with today's fastest time, followed by Quad-rider Tim Farr from USA on second place. The KTM factory rider passed the finish line 13 seconds behind Letellier on the new KTM 450XC ATV. 12-time Enduro World Champion Juha Salminen (FIN) raced to third place today on his 2-stroke KTM 300EXC.
The result marked a debut in the 14-years long history of Erzbergrodeo. Never before had a Quad-mounted rider made the Top-3 of the Iron Road Prologue!
Austrian privateer Bernhard Walzer (KTM 450EXC-R) came in on fourth place, followed by KTM's Shooting Star and last year's Red Bull Hare Scramble winner Taddy Blazusiak on fifth.
BMW riders Andreas Lettenbichler (GER) and Gerhard Forster (GER) reached the Top-Ten, as did KTM factory rider and former Erzbergrodeo winner Cyril Despres (F). Slovenian privateer Miha Spindler (KTM) placed a remarkable 10th.
Results IRON ROAD PROLOGUE, Friday May 23rd 2008:
1. Antoine Letellier (F, Aprilia), 09:09,992
2. Tim Farr (USA, KTM ATV), 09:22, 649
3. Juha Salminen (FIN, KTM), 09:24, 031
4. Bernhard Walzer (AUT, KTM), 09:25, 751
5. Taddy Blazusiak (POL, KTM), 09:26, 303
6. Andreas Lettenbichler (GER, BMW), 09:27, 273
7. Cyril Despres (AND, KTM), 09:30, 027
8. Nicola Paganon (F, Aprilia), 09:31, 303
9. Gerhard Forster (GER, BMW), 09:31, 864
10. Miha Spindler (SLO, Husaberg), 09:32, 136
11. Rudi Pöschl (AUT, KTM)
12. Giovanni Sala (ITA, KTM)
13. Heinz Hochreiter (AUT, Suzuki)
14. Akos Varga (HUN, KTM)
15. Jan Winters (NL, Honda)
Riders from 20 nations reached alone the Top-50 today, a number that proofs the high presence of international top-riders at the Erzbergrodeo 2008. The time distance between the Top-100 is a mere 70 seconds, so we can expect an exciting race on tomorrow's second Prologue heat.
Saturday, May 24th 2008: the final decisions at the IRON ROAD PROLOGUE, the RODEO-X ENDUROCROSS Superfinals and the breathtaking Freestyle-MX Show inside the Erzberg-Arena
Thousands of riders, entourage and spectators will be served with a healthy dose of action on tomorrow's third day at the Erzbergrodeo 2008: the second and final heat of the IRON ROAD PROLOGUE will decide which 500 riders qualify for the notorious RED BULL HARE SCRAMBLE on Sunday. The Prologue starts once again at 8:00 a.m., results are due at app. 8:30 p.m.
Inside the Erzberg-Arena the Top-30 Enurocross riders will battle for the RODEO-X crown of 2008, and international FMX-Superstars of the likes of Jimmy Verburgh, Morgan Carlson and Chris Birch will offer breathtaking Freestyle-Motocross action to the spectators!
Last edited by writeforus; 05-23-2008 at 06:04 PM.