Gas Gas Mounted Trials legend Dougie Lampkin takes second. Beta’s Cody Webb had a very strong qualifing time, but was then given an 8 minute penalty and had to start back in the 28th position. Even with that bad start Cody finishes in third place.
This is the text I got earlier today from the Webb team : ” Cody into final, had the fastest special test but got a heavy time penalty, 4 minutes or something, but still managed 5th for qualifying. Keep your fingers crossed, Cody says the hardest part is happening now.”
Cody later mentioned that he pretty much got snubbed at the awards banquet as no one even knows who he is.
Here is the translated post from Hell’s Gate website:
|Graham Jarvis took his revenge!|
|sabato, 12 febbraio 2011|
|Second place, with a big distance for Lampkin, the only other rider on the top of the Hell’s Peak.
And here it comes the most exciting moment of an already unbelievable race: for the second time two English men are fighting in front of the Hell’s Peak. The crowd waiting, hearts biting. The lights on the Hell’s Peak suddenly become the real magic of extreme enduro! Hell’s Gate is all that and even more!
Delivering a start to finish win Husaberg mounted Brit Graham Jarvis leaves his rivals behind and romps to an outstanding Hells Gate victory.
Starting as one of the favourites for victory at the 2011 running of the infamous Hell’s Gate event in Italy Graham Jarvis knew that the fight for the win was going to be a tough one. The rider that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory 12 months ago when he got to within 200 meters of the finish only to be overtaken and beaten into the runner-up spot, Graham’s goal this time around was simple. To go one better that his runner-up result in ’10 and finally claim a long overdue victory.
Right from the start of this year’s event Jarvis put himself atop the Hell’s Gate leader board, going on to win three out of the four special tests during the event’s morning qualifying enduro. In doing so he opened up an almost one-minute margin over fellow British rider Dougie Lampkin.
It was clear from the start of the day that the organisers had laid out a truly gruelling course for the riders. With over six hours of technical enduro going, which included 40 minutes of special test racing, the qualifying enduro was anything but easy. The afternoon race was then scheduled to be six laps of the course, each lap taking at least one-hour to complete.
Despite the physically demanding morning race Graham started the main event looking fresh and sitting on pole position on the road race style starting grid. After failing to fire his bike into life at the drop of the starters flag he was beaten to the holeshot by Husaberg rider Xavier Galindo. However, it quickly became clear that this was to be Graham’s day as by the time he’d reached the first major spectator point he held a three-minute lead.
His lead continued to grow. With the organisers pulling riders out of the race as they fell more than half an hour behind the Brit it became clear that Jarvis was riding at his very best. Riding calmly he kept extending his lead until the race was brought to an early close as his lead had grown too large. On the fourth lap the organisers decide it would be the last and just five riders headed out into the hills. Darkness closed in and an hour later Graham arrived, tired and sore, at the bottom of the infamous Hell’s Peak. Over 500 people were scattered across the Italian hillside, many helping to pull the TE 300 mounted rider up the loose and near vertical climb and helping him on his way to his first win at Hell’s Gate. In the last lap Jarvis’ lead continued to grow, with the former trials rider eventually claiming the win by 25 minutes. Jarvis not only won the 2011 running of Hell’s Gate but eliminated all riders except Dougie Lampkin.
“Qualifying went pretty good really,” commented the always understated but thrilled Jarvis. “I was trying to save energy for the afternoon because I knew from previous years how hard it is here. I qualified first and was really happy with that. At the start of the main race I completely fluffed it and ended up fifth to the first corner. It gave me a bit of fight though and I had to work hard to get in front on the first lap, which used a fair bit of energy. I tried hard to settle into a rhythm then and ride my own race. On the third lap they told me they were going to cut it short by a lap, so I went flat out. I felt good at that point, I had some energy still and I really wanted to make sure of the winning result after last year. I was really nervous at that point so I went for it and it worked for me. It feels great to win after the disappointment of last year.”
Fellow Husaberg rider Xavier Galindo also made a good showing. After the elimination race Galindo sat in a comfortable third place. An excellent start saw the Spaniard and his TE 300 holeshot and lead the chasing pack up the hill away from the start. Despite slipping back slightly, Galindo settled into a comfortable fourth position, closely behind American Cody Webb. Galindo managed to keep in touch with the leaders until the final lap where he dropped outside the half hour and was eliminated in fourth place.
Main Event Results
Elimination Race Results
From American Beta
|PASO ROBLES, CA (February 15, 2011) – “It was brutal!” were Cody Webb’s first words about the 2011 Hell’s Gate extreme enduro. The factory Beta rider lined up for his first extreme off-road race and had a respectable performance on the all-new Beta 350 RR in Il Ciocco, Italy.
Although only two riders were credited with finishes at the race, Webb was running a strong third on the final loop when time was called. Also considering he had to fight his way through a time deficit, Webb is rather pleased with his performance at the 2011 Hell’s Gate event.
“It was a great experience,” Webb commented. “I had fun and I’m pretty happy with how it went, especially after things didn’t go so well in Barcelona [at the IEWC].”
It was described by some as straight-up trials terrain, but still, some of the gnarliest off-road riders in the world were able to battle their way around the Hell’s Peak course. Webb was joined by fellow American and seasoned extreme-enduro racer Kyle Redmond. The Beta-mounted duo both finished inside the top-ten during the morning qualifying sessions (in which riders complete four loops of the special test). From there, the top 30 riders line up for the long loop – the main event of Hell’s Gate.
“Qualifying went okay,” Redmond commented. “I finished in the top-ten in the special test; that loop was pretty gnarly. Then in the main race, I think I finished the first lap around tenth, but only riders who were within a half hour of the leader went on, so I was done.”
Only six riders went on, and despite a nearly last-place start due to a time penalty of eight minutes, Webb was one of those riders. “[On the first qualifying loop] I went to the wrong check because I didn’t know what I was doing,” said the national trials champion, who admits he is still new to racing. “I showed up late to my check and got an eight-minute penalty.”
Webb was left to start the main event in 29th out of 30 riders, whereas he would have qualified second behind Graham Jarvis without the penalty.
“The first quarter of the first lap I was going crazy trying to climb to the front as soon as possible,” Webb said. “I wasted energy on that first lap and at the end I was already 12 minutes behind the leaders. I think if I hadn’t had that deficit at the beginning, it would have been a lot easier to at least finish instead of timing out.”
Just past the third check on the fourth and final lap, Webb was informed that he timed out (fallen over a half hour behind the race leader), but the American rider was still satisfied with his performance, as were the members of the factory Beta race team.
“All-in-all it was a good experience,” Webb said. “I’m really happy with the 350 RR. We spent a lot of time on setup these last few weeks and we had the suspension really good! But my hat is definitely off to Graham Jarvis. He rode really well.”