Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young led the field home on day two of the Minus 400 in Israel.
Reduced from two laps to one, today’s Prologue race decided the start positions for Thursday’s Main Event. On what proved to be a shortened day of racing due to extreme heat and sandstorms, Young and Mario Roman made it a Sherco 1-2, with Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt third.
- Sherco fastest on day two with Wade Young and Mario Roman 1-2
- Searing heat rising to nearly 50 degrees resulted in a shorter schedule
- The Minus 400 concludes with Thursday’s Minus 400 Main Event
With Bolt leading the way at the end of day one at the opening round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship in Israel, it was the turn of Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young and Mario Roman to top the timesheets on day two.
As temperatures soared to extreme levels in the Dead Sea region, South African Young showed that he’s more than capable when the going gets hot. The Sherco rider was on flying form around the 18-kilometre long course – modified to suit conditions – and took the win.
Steadily building throughout the event, Roman again showed that he’s a force to be reckoned with in Israel and slotted into a close second behind his team-mate Young. Bolt – winner of yesterday’s SuperEnduro – raced his TE 300i home in third. The British star will be aiming to chase down the two riders ahead of him tomorrow and open his 2022 FIM Hard Enduro campaign with a win!
In what is his first competitive outing since injuring his knee during Red Bull Romaniacs in July of 2021, Graham Jarvis (Jarvis Race Team) showed he’s right on pace with a strong fourth. The battle for fifth was a tight affair between Poland’s Dominik Olszowy (GASGAS) and David Cyprian (KTM). Olszowy took it by just five seconds from Cyprian.
Action on day two was shortened due to the extreme heat and resultant sandstorm that battered the region. With conditions less than ideal and many of the amateur riders in difficulty due to the close-to 50 degree temperatures, organisers shortened the riding from two laps down to one on safety grounds.
With weather forecasts expecting conditions to ease, racing will resume tomorrow as planned for the third and final day of the Minus 400 with the Minus 400 Main Event.
Results – Minus 400, Day 2
Yochananof Desert Prologue
1. Wade Young (Sherco) 37:48; 2. Mario Roman (Sherco) 37:54; 3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 38:10; 4. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 38:25; 5. Dominik Olszowy (GASGAS) 39:25; 6. David Cyprian (KTM) 39:30; 7. Alfredo Gomez (GASGAS) 39:35; 8. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 40:55; 9. Sonny Goggia (KTM) 41:32; 10. Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) 41:53…