Hard Enduro heads to Spain this weekend for the penultimate stop of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. The brilliant 24MX Hixpania Hard Enduro will see the sport’s big guns battle it out for top honours as the championship chase is set to reach full gas!
Here’s what to keep an eye out for this weekend at 24MX Hixpania Hard Enduro…
The start of The Lost Way main race at the 24MX Hixpania Hard Enduro is truly unique. Why? Well, because it starts in a cave! To get to their bikes, riders face a Le Mans style start where they run into a cave, squeeze through its small entrance, and scramble to their bikes. It’s always exciting to see who’s fastest on their feet.
The Final Climb
The final climb of the 24MX Hixpania Hard Enduro has consistently delivered many breathtaking finishes. While The Lost Way race is a multi-lap three-hour battle, the final climb is only used once at the end of the day – simply because it is so gnarly. With riders exhausted, it’s a real sting in the tail to a true hard race. Riders have to give everything to reach the top.
Down By The Lake
During the three days of racing in Aguilar de Campoo there’s a lot going on, with racing catered for all classes and abilities. While Sunday’s race is short and intense, Saturday’s Campoo X-Treme is quite the contrast. Competitors face a 30-kilometre-plus course that circumnavigates the town’s reservoir. While the reservoir is filled with water, the surrounding countryside is overflowing with some of the very best hard enduro terrain there is.
Hard Enduro Goes Live
Look Mom, I’m on TV! Yeah, that’s right, for the first time this year the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV. Spectator attendance isn’t possible due to Covid-19 health restrictions but watching it from the comfort of your armchair is the next best thing. Racing begins from 11.00CET.
Who’s Gonna Win?
As the penultimate round of this year’s title chase, there’s a lot riding on the outcome of round seven. The championship is hanging in the balance between Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) and Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) with Sherco’s Wade Young right there too. A top result in Spain is crucial to gain advantage ahead of the Getzenrodeo showdown. But victory in Spain will be hard come by for these three as all of them have yet to triumph at this race. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) is a formidable force at the 24MX Hixpania Hard Enduro with wins to his name, while Mario Roman (Sherco) will be full gas too. Add in Jonny Walker (Beta) chasing his first podium of 2021, it’ll be anyone’s race!
Round seven of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship takes place at the 24MX Hixpania Hard Enduro in Aguilar de Campoo, Spain on October 1-3.
FIM Hard Enduro World Championship standings (after 6 of 8 rounds)
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 70pts
2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 69pts
3. Wade Young (Sherco) 60pts
4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 48pts
5. Jonny Walker (Beta) 44pts
6. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 33pts
7. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 28pts
8. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 26pts
9. Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) 21pts
10. Dominik Olszowy (KTM) 21pts
2021 24MX Hixpania Hard Enduro Schedule:
Thursday, September 30: Hixpania Village
• 17:00-21:00 Race office opens, race number collection
Friday, October 1: Hixpania Village
• 08:00-10:00 Race office opens, race number collection
• 10:00-12:00 Sighting lap and qualification
• 12:00-15:00 Timed section
• 19:00-20:00 Park Ferme
Saturday, October 2: Campoo X-Treme
• 8:00 Entry to Park Ferme
• 9:00 Campoo X-Treme first row start, then one row every 2 minutes. Each row will be formed by 25 riders. Location: Superenduro Paddock.
• 15:00 Prize and medal giving ceremony
Sunday, October 3: The Lost Way
• 11:00 Start – The Lost Way
• 14:00 Prize giving ceremony
2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship calendar
Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares – Portugal, May 7/8/9
Round 2: Red Bull Erzbergrodeo – Austria, June 3/4/5/6
Round 3: Abestone Hard Enduro – Italy, July 10/11
Round 4: Red Bull Romaniacs – Romania, July 27/28/29/30/31
Round 5: Red Bull TKO – USA, August 13/14/15
Round 6: HERO Challenge – Poland, September 11/12
Round 7: Hixpania Hard Enduro – Spain, October 1/2/3
Round 8: GetzenRodeo – Germany, October 29/30