Monday, April 2

JARVIS SCRAMBLES TO VICTORY

On Sunday April 1 hundreds of tonnes of rocks, dirt, logs, concrete and tyres transformed the idyllic setting of T Pier in Auckland's Westhaven into an Enduro-cross track of epic proportions with over 10,000 spectators watching 80 riders battle it out for the Red Bull City Scramble title. In the end it was Husaberg rider Graham Jarvis (UK) who reigned supreme and took home the $5000 cash prize from fellow Brit Paul Bolton and local hero (and course designer) Chris Birch.

“Paul Bolton just kept pushing and pushing on those last few laps and I was holding on for that chequered flag," Jarvis said from the top step of the podium. "It was a tough race and hard not to make mistakes, but the course is great, you just have to give it everything as soon as you are out of that gate.".

Bolton was indeed the one to watch throughout the day, constantly placing in the top three of each of his heats and semis and eventually fighting his way to second place on the podium.

" I’m really happy with the result. It was a worthwhile trip down here, it’s a great event” said Bolton.

Course designer and New Zealand Enduro champion, Chris Birch, had a bad run out of the starting gate placing him 7th in the final field of 10. He fought hard lap by lap and slowly overtook a tight field to take the final place on the podium.

“The bad start really killed me, by the time I fought my way past the guys from 7th the top two had checked out. I tried a couple of stunts to catch up to the guys, I jumped off one of the containers and re-injured my dodgy knee, but got on the podium at least! The support I had from the crowd was un real, it was really motivating you could hear everyone cheering 100%. The day went perfect, everyone had a good time and that was the main goal” said Birch.

The sport of Enduro often distances itself from spectators by the remote locations of its competitions. This couldn’t be further from the truth for Red Bull City Scramble. Every natural obstacle a rider is likely to encounter in the forest and mountains of typical Enduro track is replicated with manmade features that push both rider and machine to the limits, thrilling the tightly packed course crowds.

“The section where you go over the rock gardens and the big road barriers is the hardest, they blow your arms out and it takes a long time to recover” said Birch.

A first for Red Bull City Scramble was the new water feature where riders had to traverse a 10 metre long ladder bridge that was partially submerged in the Waitamata Harbour. Two riders misjudged the corner coming into the bridge, which sent their bikes flying into the sea. These mishaps were crowd favourites and earned Quade Young the Red Bull City Scramble ‘Bugger’ award.

The repeat success of Red Bull City Scramble helps to push the local NZ Enduro scene to new heights. Every one of the 10,000 people that visited Red Bull City Scramble walked away with a smile and a new respect for the sport of Enduro.



RESULTS
1. Graham Jarvis (UK)
2. Paul Bolton (UK)
3. Chris Birch (NZ)
4. Andreas Lettenbichler (GER)
5. Jake Whitaker (NZ)
6. Mitchell Nield (NZ)
7. Chris Power (NZ)
8. Warren Laugesen (NZ)
9. Scott Bouverie (SA)
10. Karl Power (NZ)