KTM’S ALFREDO GOMEZ TAKES THE WİN AT Porto Extreme XL Lagares 2016
Red Bull KTM factory rider Alfredo Gomez on Sunday came away with his third win at the Portuguese Hard Enduro, which celebrated its 12th edition. But Gomez took the victory only after a spirited challenge by fellow Spaniard Mario Roman.
Made up of three days tough riding by daylight and at night, the 2016 edition was not without its difficulties, even for riders who had experience of the race in and around the city of Porto.Alfredo Gomez successfully launched his bid with a solid win in the spectacular City Scramble Prologue in Porto on Friday night but Roman took him to task in Saturday’s Time Trial and pushed him back to second overall. The various components of the competition scored cumulative points and Gomez was hoping to return the favor in the Night Race on Saturday. But this part of the competition proved to be more dramatic than organizers intended when some outside interference to the track markings resulted in many of the competitors getting lost.Gomez’s hopes of a comeback were raised when organizers scrapped the Night Race results for the Pro and Expert riders and he went into the third and final day hoping to claw back the time advantage from Roman. He knew if he was able to take the victory in the feature race the overall win was still his.
Made up of three days tough riding by daylight and at night, the 2016 edition was not without its difficulties, even for riders who had experience of the race in and around the city of Porto.
RUNNER UP RESULT FOR MARIO ROMAN AT Porto Extreme XL Lagares 2016
Impressive performance from Mario Roman during three-day Portuguese race
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mario Roman secured a hard fought runner-up result at the 2016 edition of Extreme Lagares Hard Enduro in Portugal.
Competing in the three-day event, Roman got his participation in the race off to a strong start during the Friday evening prologue in downtown Porto. Setting the second fastest time in the city scramble style course, the Spaniard went on to place as runner-up in both the Pro Final and Super Final.
Mario Roman: “Extreme Lagares is always a tough race but I really enjoyed it this year so to finish second overall is very good. The conditions were really nice and with the mix of an Endurocross style prologue, the night racing and the main event it’s a real all round race. I’m happy with how I rode throughout the weekend. I feel like I was strong across all of the individual races, which was important to be. I started well in the main race but then made a little mistake and Alfredo passed me. He pulled away from me towards the end of lap one, I lost concentration a little, but regrouped and caught him back up. Unfortunately, they decided to scrap the times for the night race due to track marking issues. Lots of guys got lost, I did too, but quickly corrected my mistake and didn’t lose so much time. If the times for the night race still stood then I would have won the race but I suppose the organisers had to make a decision and I respect that.”
Results – Porto Extreme XL Lagares 2016
1. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 4:46:39.73
2. Mario Roman (Husqvarna) 4:48:07.66
3. Wade Young (Sherco) 5:13:52.12
4. Philipp Scholz (KTM) 5:51:19.70
5. Sergi Leon (Beta) 6:22:24.34