Star Energy Husqvarna’s factory racing of Graham Jarvis has consolidated his record in Hell’s Gate to claim to win a fifth of the event. Hard to get success in the 2017 edition of the one-day Tuscany match, the recent Alice Thomas championship completed more than four minutes before his closest challenger to the last three main races. Graham’s teammate Billy Bolt runs up to five major events, completing the game, despite his post-braking problem.
Put the results of the top of his name at the end of the morning qualifying tournament Jarvis shows his meaning in the Italian business. Quickly from the beginning in the main event Graham’s time in front of the short-term pace of the young Wade young group. Will never stay away from his South African opponent when Wade suffered a little technical problem before Graham, never looking back.
Leading at the two-hour mark from Travis Teasdale, Graham steadily extended his lead as darkness fell. Maintaining his impressive pace during the final hour of the race Jarvis earned a well-deserved fifth Hell’s Gate victory, topping the podium ahead of Teasdale and Young.
Billy Bolt’s first ever Hell’s Gate outing was a largely positive one. Fifth in the morning’s qualifying race he found himself stuck behind a number of riders on the opening climb in the main race, just meters from the start. Battling his way to fifth at the end of the first hour of racing, soon after his refuelling stop he damaged his rear brake. Hampering his progress during the second half of the race Billy nevertheless reached the finish.
Graham Jarvis: “It’s been a great event for me. Winning the morning qualifying race was a bit of a surprise. I just made sure I didn’t make any mistakes and that was good enough to get the win. In the main race I got a good start but dropped behind Wade Young, who was running a really strong pace. He had some kind of a problem then, which allowed me to get ahead. I just kept a steady pace going then and things worked out great. There was a lot more man-made sections this year, which isn’t really my things. But to get a fifth Hell’s Gate win is great.”
Billy Bolt: “Generally, I’m pleased with the way things went for me. I didn’t get a great start in the main race and lost some time stuck behind riders in one of the early rocky climbs. I settled into quite a good rhythm then and was really enjoying things. About half way through the race I had an issue with my rear brake, so I rode the second half of the race only using my front brake. I think I clipped a rock. That was pretty hard on some of the down hills. I couldn’t push like I wanted then and just made sure I got to the finish. I learned a lot and enjoyed my first time at Hell’s Gate.”
Results – Hell’s Gate 2017
1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 3:08:23 (14 laps)
2. Travis Teasdale (KTM) 3:12:34 (14 laps)
3. Wade Young (Sherco) 3:13:42; (14 laps)
4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 3:17:01 (14 laps)
5. Philipp Bertl (Beta) (13 laps)