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.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.