Returning from injury, Alfredo Gomez makes his official debut in the World Enduro Super Series at round four – Red Bull Romaniacs.
Forced to watch from the sidelines as the inaugural WESS season got underway due to a pre-season knee injury, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider has been given the all clear to compete this week in Romania.
A firm fan favourite, the Spaniard is looking forward to getting back to competitive action following five tough months of intensive recovery.
“I’m so happy to have the all clear to ride again and I’m looking forward to racing Red Bull Romaniacs,” tells Gomez. “I had a lot of damage to my knee and the recovery process was very tough and extensive — there was a lot of physiotherapy required to return to racing.”
Although making a brief appearance at round two’s Erzbergrodeo to participate in the Iron Road Prologue, Gomez has only been back riding for the last three weeks. However, with a good track record at Red Bull Romaniacs and multiple podium results to his name, he’s keen for the week-long race to begin.
“I wanted to ride at Erzbergrodeo simply because I won there in 2017 and wanted to ride with #1 on my bike — but I wasn’t ready for the main race,” admits the Spaniard. “Only three weeks ago I began to ride again properly. It’s not ideal preparation for a race like Red Bull Romaniacs but I have a lot of experience here so I know what to expect.”
With such a short spell of training under his belt leading into the Romanian Hard Enduro Rallye, he knows challenging for victory will be a tall ask and instead is focused on building up his race fitness for the remaining WESS rounds.
“I’m not expecting to win,” says Gomez. “My target is to simply finish the race and get some important race miles under my belt. There’s still a lot of racing left in the championship and I want to be back at my best for the remaining events.”
Round four of the World Enduro Super Series takes place at Red Bull Romaniacs in Sibiu, Romania on July 24-28.
Red Bull Romaniacs Entry List
Red Bull Romaniacs Fast Facts
189. Bronze class finishers for 2017
86. United Kingdom is the largest nation represented for 2018
32. Graham Jarvis’ 2017 winning time in hours
27. Gold class competitors entered for the 15th edition
20. Track managers preparing the four off road days
12. Wacky obstacles planned for city prologue in Sibiu
6. Wins held by Graham Jarvis, the event’s most successful rider
2. Overnight bivouacs for 2018
Red Bull Romaniacs 2017 Podium
1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 2. Mario Roman (Sherco) 3. Paul Bolton (KTM)
Red Bull Romaniacs Past Winners
2017: Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
2016: Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
2015: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2014: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2013: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2012: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2011: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2010: Chris Birch (KTM)
2009: Andreas Lettenbichler (BMW)
2008: Graham Jarvis (Sherco)
2007: Cyril Despres (KTM)
2006: Michel Gau (KTM)
2005: Cyril Despres (KTM)
2004: Cyril Despres (KTM)
Red Bull Romaniacs Event Information
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