Beta’s Cody Webb finishes fourth and is the last rider to officially complete the course. Webb comes in ahead of the likes of Lampkin, Lettenbichler and Bolton. Apparently there was some controversy over Galindo’s third place finish that left Webb in fourth. But Cody is happy to have finished and says he has never been so tired!
“Glad that’s over. So brutal! My whole body is toast and possible broken thumb. Finished in fourth bc I somehow got magically passed when I was in third the whole race. Tried to protest but no success”. Next year?……Cody
Walker second 2012 Hells Gate Enduro
KTM rider Johnny Walker put in another impressive Extreme Enduro ride on Saturday to finish second in the notoriously difficult Hell’s Gate in Italy coming in behind veteran Husaberg rider Graham Jarvis. It was only Walker’s second attempt at Hell’s Gate and his first as a KTM factory supported rider.
The 22-year-old Briton who has been grabbing attention in a range of Enduro, EnduroCross and Extreme races claimed yet another podium in what is considered one of the most grueling one day events on the calendar. He arrived at Hell’s Peak five minutes behind Jarvis but to uproarious cheers from the Italian crowd.
Johnny started the day strongly winning the five laps in the morning qualifying to take pole for the main race. He had a good start, secured the holeshot and led briefly before making a small mistake that cost him the advantage he had won at the start when he lost valuable time recovering his bike. This put him three minutes behind Jarvis, a time that Johnny managed to cut in half going into the second last lap. Then the very experienced Jarvis turned up the heat and pulled clear in the final lap.
Johnny Walker: “ It went very well this morning. I took it steady and I still won but in the night race I lost time when I crashed and the bike slipped down the slope. It’s a very long day with the five laps in the morning before the main race and the last hill is impossible to ride, you have to be pulled up by the spectators. But I’ll be back next year and I’ll be coming back to win this race.”
Other leading KTM riders like David Knight and Taddy Blazusiak hare past winners of Hell’s Gate and it is a race that Taddy describes as ‘brutal’. For the night race, only those that get to the peak within 15 minutes of the leader are considered finishers.