Jarvis, Haaker and Roman all set for ErzbergRodeo
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing trio of Graham Jarvis, Colton Haaker and Mario Roman start the 22nd running of the ErzbergRodeo in Austria as strong favourites for top honours.
Securing victories at Mexico’s AvandaRocks and The Tough One in Great Britain, as well as claiming a hard-fought runner-up result at the recent Minas Riders event in Brazil, Graham Jarvis will be looking for nothing less than a winning result at Erzberg this year.
Sharing the podium with Alfredo Gomez, Jonny Walker and Andreas Lettenbichler in 2015, Jarvis is more eager than ever to put his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna TE 300 on the top step of the podium as he tries to secure an elusive second individual win.
Jarvis will be joined in Austria by his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Colton Haaker, who will be battling against the Iron Giant for the first time. Fresh from securing the SuperEnduro World Championship title the American has worked hard to prepare for one of the world’s toughest extreme enduro events and is fired up for his debut assault on the ErzbergRodeo.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing squad will be further strengthened by the participation of Spain’s Mario Roman. Taking the world by surprise with his runner-up result last year, the young Spaniard has spent the last few months preparing for the event in the hope of challenging for a podium result.
The 22nd running of the Erzbergrodeo takes place in Eisenerz, Austria this weekend, with the Red Bull Hare Scramble wrapping up three days of action on Sunday, May 29.
Graham Jarvis: “After last year’s event I think everyone is wondering what the organisers have in stall for us this year. Erzberg is always a tough race, but I know what to expect. Getting the best time I can in the prologue is my first goal. Then I’ll just try and get the best start I can and take things from there. The faster, early sections of the Hare Scramble don’t really suit me so much – I just want to be as well placed as I can for the harder sections of the race. There’s a lot of guys wanting to do well this year so the competition is high.”
Colton Haaker: “It’s going to be the first time I’m racing Erzberg and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. The Red Bull Hare Scramble is probably the biggest and hardest single day event of the year and I’ve always wanted to give it a go. I’ve spent the last couple of months training hard for this event, trying myself in the gnarliest and most extreme stuff. I’ve also spent a decent amount of time getting used to my 300cc two-stroke bike, which for sure is the right tool for the event. I think the key is to learn how to find your way out of the most extreme stuff in one piece and without burning your body out. I know it’s going to be different to anything else I’ve ever done but I’m ready for it.”
Mario Roman: “I’ve really been training hard for this race. Last year it was such an important race for me. I learned so much and now I know what to expect. I don’t have so much experience but I believe I can challenge for the podium. No one really knows what the race will be like, so first I want to get a good qualifying time so that I am on the first line of the start. For sure the first hills will be as crazy as always – I just want to do as well as I can before things start to get really difficult and then just keep pushing to the finish.”