Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jonny Walker began his 2016 FIM SuperEnduro season in the most optimal way – he claimed overall victory in the 2016 Ales Trem Extreme Enduro in France. Sporting the #1 plate (2015 FIM SuperEnduro Champion), this was the second year the French track appeared on the SuperEnduro calendar.The English rider took home first after a hard fought battle with rival Sherco’s Wade Young of South Africa, a battle which spanned the entirety of the weekend. Young clinched Saturday’s extreme test but Walker took the price in the prologue that evening. Veteran Husqvarna rider Graham Jarvis was third in the main on Sunday, Walker’s KTM Factory teammate Alfredo Gomez of Spain finished fourth and Mario Roman completed the top five of the pro rider class. Austrian KTM rider Larz Enoeckl took seventh in the pro class and Billy Bolt of KTM at tenth rounded out the top ten with four KTM riders in total.
Walker shared some words after the Saturday night prologue, stating that he was “a happy man,” adding: “I got the win in the Ales Trem SuperFinal Prologue. It was a crazy night race. The track was so slippery but I managed to get a decent start and get into the lead on lap one.”But with Young taking the extreme test it set the stage for a knockout battle between the two in Sunday’s main.Walker continued: “Getting a winning result is a great way to start the extreme season. Wade Young was running a really fast pace for the first two laps. He’d be ahead for a while then I’d be ahead for a while. It was really close and really high paced. Things started getting tougher on the third lap, and that’s where I managed to open up a small lead. I kept pushing and stayed ahead to the finish. The last lap was really physical, some parts of the track was so, so slippery. It made pushing hard really difficult.”The elite members of the extreme endure riders, including Walker and Gomez, have already competed against one another on the indoor circuit at the second round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Riesa, Germany just a few short weeks ago. Ales Trem, with its extremely difficult and ever changing terrain rang in the beginning of the outdoor off-road season. Ales Trem was a hit with hobby riders as well, with roughly 400 competitors taking on the off-road even, its only one more sign that the sport is growing.
This week Teejay chats to Tyler Poppe. Tyler works on the TV show Mayans MC–and yet he doesn’t ride an American V-Twin. Wassup with that?? Also, Arthur finds out from friend Mike Cardillo about his thoughts on the full-size version of the Kawasaki KLX 140R F trail bike.