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Mario Roman wins 2108 Hell’s Gate


Posted: Monday, 12th February, 2018 : 8:27 AM - - 721 Reads




Mario Roman has won the famed 2018 Hell’s Gate extreme enduro in Italy ahead of five-time winner Graham Jarvis and Travis Teasdale.

With an all-new format for this year, concluding in a 20-minute sprint race, the event posed a fresh challenge for competitors.

For the first time ever, the event kicked off with a Prologue race on the Friday night. Designed to set the starting order for Saturday’s race, the Prologue was an endurocross style event held close to the hosting Il Ciocco Hotel. Although it provided a great spectacle for the fans, the race results were eventually scrapped due to issues with the course.

With only the first thirty finishers from Saturday’s heat race allowed to transfer to the afternoon race, Roman's second place finish over the five-laps put him in a good positions for the start of the evenings "main event". From there he was able to maintain positions towards the front of the field and with the final results calculated on the sum of the previous legs Roman was declared the winner

Saturday’s heat race went well for runner-up Graham Jarvis. An expert at managing his pace, the Brit did exactly what he had to do, finishing fourth aboard his Husqvarna FE 250 in the cold conditions of the Tuscan hills. The position gave him a good start for the night race, which saw riders set off at 3.30pm for a tough three-hour multi-lap event.


5-time-winner Graham Jarvis was second. Photo: Future7 Media
 
At the conclusion of the night race, the top-10 riders were given a 15-minute break before contesting the new 20-minute endurocross in the arena area of the venue. In freezing conditions, the riders fought bar-to-bar in front of the record-crowd of spectators to decide the overall winner. Jarvis was announced as runner-up, just a few minutes behind eventual winner Mario Roman.

“I really enjoyed the racing today, I always do here at Hell’s Gate," Jarvis said. "It’s been a tough couple of days and I’m still getting used to riding the 4-stroke, but the bike has been absolutely faultless over the entire weekend. It has been pretty close between the top-four all day and it’s all come down to the final 20-minute race off. It would have been nice to take my sixth win at the event, but I’m happy with second."

Main Photo: The 2018 Hell’s Gate podium
Credit: Future7 Media


Results – Hells Gate 2018
1. Mario Roman (Sherco) 3:06:03
2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 3:08:57
3. Travis Teasdale (Beta) 3:12:45
4. Diego Nicoletti (Husqvarna) 3:32:14
5. Sonny Goggia (KTM) 3:39:26
6. Michele Bosi (Beta) 3:46:15


Winner Mario Roman
 

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