Well a day in the hospital and the MRI scan is as feared. Damaged ACL.... I’m going to hopefully get it done back in Spain next week if all goes to plan but that has pretty much wrecked my race year and schedule. I’ll keep you all updated on my plans and progress. Thank you for the thousands of kind messages of support, it really helps right now. Hope to see you soon. Graham
So today we had a tricky start, I got lost in the low morning mist/fog, taking a wrong turn which lost me a few minutes. I then hit a ditch and banged my leg....
After that early drama, I managed to find a bit of rhythm and picked up the pace. The conditions were really mixed throughout the day, some really slippery grass and some dry sections too. Fortunately, the Gold riders missed some of the rain which made some of the descents really tricky for the Silver class riders later on in the afternoon.
Overall I'm chuffed with the P1 today as you can imagine and with a small gap to Mani and Wade but this is just Day 1 so we've got 3 more days of this and you can expect anything to happen. I'm off to get a bit of rest now as I'm sure the overnight in the tent tomorrow won't be as comfortable as the apartment!
Looking forward to a great day tomorrow!
Thanks to all photographers
Jarvis Husqvarna Racing's Jono Richardson consoled himself not being in Romania this week with an impressive winning performance this weekend at The Summit Extreme Enduro event in North Yorkshire, UK Richardson's Pro level skills were put to the test over what was billed by race organisers as the toughest UK extreme event! Jono commented 'I'm sad not be able to get to Romania this year but I'm glad there have been new exciting events added in the UK so I can still keep focussed on competing and winning in the toughest terrain'
Sibiu, Romania Friday 23 July 2021
Last time we were here in Sibiu, I got so close to the win, a little mistake on the last day and Mani pipped me.... So far this year, I’m really pleased with the two podium finishes but Billy is on fire so he's going to be hard to beat. With Mani looking to get back to back wins here and also in good form the competition has never been stronger. I expect Jonny and the Sherco boys to come back fighting too...
However, I've been riding well and I'm totally prepared to compete for that record breaking 7th win. Romaniacs over 5 days gives me time to show those youngsters I've lost nothing!
If it isn't me then I'll be cheering for #23 Teodor Kabakchiev as my pick for a top 5 and Grant Churchward to keep up the great performances. I am biased of course as they are riding for Jarvis Husqvarna Racing!!
It's now the 18th Edition of Red Bull Romaniacs, I've come here directly from A
We're all set for the exciting 3rd Round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship at Abestone in the mountains of Tuscany Graham will join Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez in the Rockstar Husqvarna Factory lineup with the terrain perfectly suited to Graham's smooth technical riding style.
Unfortunately, most of the Jarvis Husqvarna Racing team – Will Hoare, Jono Richardson and Sam Winterburn – will not be there due to the covid restrictions from the UK.
Teodor Kabakchiev will be there though. Having done more racing hours this year than virtually any rider in the series, fresh off his win last weekend in Romania, he could surprise a few of the big-name factory riders!!
Day 1 Test Update.
P1. Billy P2. Mani P3. Jarv1s
Day 2. Qualifying
A tight contest today with Billy topping the time sheet from Mani again. Special Test 2 saw Jarv1s in 7th and Teo in 8th, setting them both up for potential Top 5 finishes in tomorrow's big race!
Graham surprised his thousands of fans by attending the ABR Festival at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire this weekend.
Adventure bike riders got a taste of Hard Enduro when Graham and the Jarvis Husqvarna Racing attended the awesome Adventure Bike Rider Festival.
Showcasing his skills with JHR team riders Will Hoare, Jono Richardson and Grant Churchward, the guys put on 3 days of training classes for riders of all abilities.
Launching Jarvis Signature Tours Wales at the event, Grant and the team met hundred of riders who couldn't wait to come and sample what the latest Husqvarna 300 2S and 350 4S bikes were capable off.
Team Jarvis all made the trip to the stunning city of Porto in May for the 1st round of the FIM Extreme Enduro world championship. Unfortunately, the planned feature race was cancelled due to a Covid hotspot on the route so a shortened supercross event was organised instead which ensured that some racing would occur. The Race would have been one of the most spectacular and ideally suited to the team, but following heavy overnight rain, it was mutually agreed by the event organiser and the FIM that 2021 championship points would not be awarded at this first round but that racing would continue.
On the Sunday, Graham produced one of the surprise performances on the day and proved himself a model of consistency - a trio of fourth place results earning him third overall.
"After the news late on Thursday evening that the original event format wouldn't go ahead, I think everyone - especially the event organisers - made the best of a difficult situation. The mountains are more