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way around the finishing arena, Young finally crossed the finish line at 7pm as a first time winner of Hell’s Gate. “The whole day has been pretty much perfect,” said Young. “I just focused on my own thing and rode my own race. Winning the morning prologue was a good confidence boost but I knew the main event would be a different story. “I knew I needed to lead. I got the holeshot and put down three fast laps. I hung it out for those laps, and I think that’s where I made it count. I knew Graham was coming on strong in the closing stages but in the final arena I kept plugging away. “Crossing that finish line as the winner is just awesome. I can’t thank Sherco and everyone enough for how hard they’ve worked to get this result.” A bad start for Jarvis severely hampered his progress during the early stages of the main event. From outside the top 10, he worked his way into fourth at the end of the first hour before clawing his way up to second. But with Young clear, he wasn’t able to reduce the gap and had to settle for the runner-up result. “I didn’t make things easy for myself at the start,” said Jarvis. “I was really slow away from the drop of the flag, so I had quite a few riders to pass. “There were only two technical areas of the track, so it was hard to make up time. The spectators did a great job helping the riders, but again it made it hard for me to make up any time on Wade. “But hats off to Wade, he rode a really good race. I feel like I rode well, so I’m happy with that, and it’s another podium result at Hell’s Gate. Although it was a completely different race than all previous years it was still tough – it was a long day on the bike.” Looking strong in the morning race, Roman almost grabbed the win. Keeping that pace going in the main event, Roman hung tight with Young early on. But while being pulled up one of the forest climbs, his headlight was damaged. Forced to pit twice for repairs, he lost touch with Young and eventually slipped back to third. “Everything went well in the morning qualifying race. I had one crash that cost me around 15 seconds, without it I’m sure I would have qualified first for the main race. “Everything was going well but on one of the hard parts of the track a spectator accidentally broke my front light. I had to stop in the pits twice to fix it, losing time. “But I’m really pleased. The main race was tough – it wore you down lap after lap. There were only a few really hard places, but added to the long morning race it was physical.” Delivering the best result of the Italian entry, Diego Nicoletti brought his Beta home in fourth. Making it through to the final elimination round in the arena, Nicoletti kept the passionate Italian crowd on their toes. Putting in a strong performance, Lars Enockl (KTM) completed the top five, while Philipp Schloz ended his day as the best four-stroke rider in sixth. YAMAHA XT660Z Winner of Hell’s Gate 2016 Wade Young and ariete is the perfect combo... ADRENALIN RANGE PROFI SENIOR PRIMIS ALL THINGS ADVENTURE HONDA CROSS TOURER BMW R1200GS LC HUGGERS SCREENS CRASH BARS 64 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 1603 DT Hells Gate.indd 64 2016/02/21 11:52 AM

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