Amateur Focus: Latvia’s Kalvis Kuskis Takes On WESS

Latvian Kalvis Kuskis drove non-stop, solo, for four days to race the opening round of the World Enduro Super Series in Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal.

For the seven-round World Enduro Super Series, amateur rider participation is a big and important part of the championship. Hobby riders competing together with the world’s best riders is what makes Enduro sport both unique and special. There’s no other form of motorsport where all levels of ability go head-to-head at the same time.

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Interview: Billy Bolt – WESS Round 1 Winner

Wels, Austria – May 16, 2018 — Charging to victory at Extreme XL Lagares, Britain’s Billy Bolt became the first ever winner of a round of the World Enduro Super Series. Beautifully mastering the rugged Portuguese terrain, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider led home a field of world class Enduro talent to secure the top step of the podium and maximum points from round one.

Fresh off his podium celebrations, it was time to catch up with Bolt who, after round one of WESS, now leads the race to become this year’s ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION.

Congratulations Billy you are a first-time winner of both the World Enduro Super Series and Extreme XL Lagares. How do you feel?

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Bolt Wins World Enduro Super Series Opener In Lagares, Portugal

Britain’s Billy Bolt has claimed victory at the opening round of the inaugural World Enduro Super Series – the Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal. Securing the top step of the podium the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider takes an early lead in this year’s search for the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION.

In what was a thrilling and at times unpredictable battle, Bolt was followed home by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker (GB) in second with Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) completing the podium in third.

Following two days of intense qualification action from Friday’s Endurocross and Saturday’s Urban Prologue, 252 competitors from 20 nations took to the start of Sunday’s Main Race. With Pro riders facing two laps and all other classes one lap, a tough day of riding in slippery, rocky riverbeds, high-speed forestry trails and technical climbs awaited all.

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JONNY WALKER TAKES SECOND AT EXTREME XL LAGARES

Rnd 1, 2018 World Enduro Super Series – Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker has taken second position at the 2018 Extreme XL Lagares Hard Enduro – round one of the World Enduro Super Series. KTM rider Manni Lettenbichler claimed an excellent third place with Taddy Blazusiak less than a minute behind in fourth.

Extreme XL Lagares is one of the toughest hard enduros in the world and for 2018 it was selected as the first round of the inaugural World Enduro Super Series. 252 riders from 20 different nations would do battle over three days of racing, all aiming to be crowned the winner.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker started off strongly by placing as runner-up on Friday’s tough endurocross event. On a rain-soaked course, Walker fought with fellow Brit Billy Bolt for the entire seven-lap final. A small mistake on the rock section cost him the win, but Jonny was happy with second with two more days of racing to go.

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