During its past eight editions, Hell’s Gate has highlighted the “Extreme Factor” of some riders, who made the history of Enduro riding. David Knight has won three times, Taddy Blazusiak two. Both the KTM official riders have then diversified their careers: the English giant has aimed to the traditional Enduro and the Polish man has addressed himself to the United States and Indoor Races.
In the meanwhile, other World-Beaters have left their significant mark on the Extreme Races, “revealing” their particular aptitudes and certifying themselves at the front desk of Hell’s Gate. The best known examples: Graham Jarvis, Husaberg, who won the 2011 edition, and Dougie Lampkin, Gas Gas, who won the 2010 edition.
The 2012 edition of Hell’s Gate presents itself once again as “The Challenge” by definition of the “Extreme Elite” and sets the “scary” challenge between the most qualified aces of the moment: Jarvis and Lampkin. The two British riders were the only two able, backward to the last two years, to climb the Hell’s Peak. For them, winning the Hell’s Gate 2012 means settling accounts and get the season pass for the Olympus – sorry, for the Hell – of the Extreme Enduro races: Hell’s Gate is the forerunner and the most representative “circle”.
But we do not believe that this year Hell’s Gate Battle will be limited to the two leading actors of the last two editions. KTM, in fact, is “sharpening” a new “weapon” to face this kind of exciting races. As if on purpose, here is another English man, Jonny Walker. Apart from the obvious “alcoholic” joke, we tell you that Jonny, twenty years old, from Keswick, Cumbria, UK, has been a trialist, and came to enduro riding only three years ago, with a second hand KTM. Fourth in E3 category at the Finnish Six Days, third at the Erzberg 2011 and second overall in the World Indoor just awarded. This year Walker will be a KTM Supported Enduro Rider and he will be racing at the more important Extreme Races. Starting, of course, from the Hell’s Gate.
Over one hundred riders at Hell’s Gate 2012. For many of them ‘HsG’ is a must, the occasion not to be missed whatever the result will be; for others it is an important goal. Who knows, it may be a rookie, a surprise to write his name in gold-book of Fabio Fasola’s Extreme. For example, why do not to wish to the little-known Hemingway brothers, Ben and Daniel, British, too, to enter the elite of the “Extreme Enduro”?