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62 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 1603 DT Hells Gate.indd 62 2016/02/21 11:52 AM

Building on his recent runner-up result from Ales Trem, Young delivered a near flawless performance at the 2015 Hells Gate to seal a milestone win for the South African. Recovering strongly from a poor start, Husqvarna’s Graham Jarvis claimed the runner-up result while Jarvis’ teammate Mario Roman completed the top three. “I’m stoked,” said Young. It feels incredible to have won my first European extreme enduro. I don’t know what to say really, it’s crazy. I’m exhausted but this is one of the best feelings ever.” Featuring a much revised format for 2016, Hell’s Gate organisers ran a shortened course but with a planned 10-hour day of racing it still proved as tough and gruelling as ever. For the 13th edition, riders tackled a sevenlap morning timecard enduro to qualify for the main event. Upfront it was Young and Roman who battled for top honours. A crash from Roman on the third special test, gave Young a narrow three-second margin of victory heading into the main event. Starting at 4pm, the main event saw riders tackle a 15-minute lap. Land access meant that iconic sections like Cascata and Salamander were absent but a final extreme endurocross styled finishing arena added a sting in the tail to the lap. Hot out of the traps, Young pulled the holeshot and set about building a lead over the pack. Close in tow, Roman kept Young honest early on until he was forced to pit and repair his light. Controlling the pace out front, Young held a near four-minute advantage as they faced the final 30 minutes of the race. Fighting his DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 6 3 1603 DT Hells Gate.indd 63 2016/02/21 11:52 AM