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World Enduro Super Series Championship

World Enduro Super Series Championship

Manuel Lettenbichler's amazing 2019 World Enduro Super Series campaign came to an ended with an Overall Championship trophy. The 21-year old Bavarian clinched the first premier class title of his young career on home soil at the GetzenRodeo in Eastern Germany with a commanding event win. His season was a story of incredible consistency, finishing in the Top 5 at seven out of eight rounds with three podiums & two overall wins.

 

The GetzenRodeo hosted all the action on Saturday in a single day event format that was packed with extreme enduro fans from all over the region. The course is laid in a dense forest area, and a single lap takes the riders roughly 10 minutes. Fans can see the top riders much more than in a traditional enduro event. It makes for an extremely exciting atmosphere as the fans are super close to the riders and can cheer them on along the entire way. The day started off with the GetzenRace which is a two-hour qualifying heat. The event entries are capped at only 65 riders total, then the top 20 finishers in the GetzenRace gain entry into the final which is called the GetzenChamp. Lettenbichler was able to win the GetzenRace and set the tone for the day with his smooth and consistent riding style. Taddy Blazusiak showed that he wouldn't make it easy on Lettenbichler during the morning race; however, and finished up just behind him in 2nd.

 

Later that afternoon, the firing of a cannon signified the start of the GetzenChamp final and, the riders were off on an 80-minute battle that would end with the treacherous Red Bull X-Loop for all who remained on the lead lap. Manuel Lettenbichler grabbed another amazing start, led the pack into the forest, and began to build a solid lead. Taddy Blazusiak was close behind along with other top contenders including defending champion Billy Bolt, Graham Jarvis, and Alfredo Gomez. Manni settled into a nice lead as Blazusiak moved into second during the opening minutes. As the time winded down, Blazusiak began closing in on Lettenbichler, and they started the final lap wheel to wheel at the finish line. Blazusiak even grabbed the lead for a short moment, but Lettenbichler passed him back before entering the X-Loop for the grand finale.

 

Blazusiak's bike died just as he entered the X-Loop and he wasn't able to continue, which left Lettenbichler all alone to tackle the most difficult part of the course. It simply became a battle of survival for Manni as he took on the extremely steep, rocky, and narrow sections. In classic form, he emerged at the top of the hill to a massive eruption of applause from his home crowd. He then crossed the finish line, taking the race win and the Championship as the champagne sprayed in an epic victory moment. He was greeted first by his father Andreas Lettenbichler - an enduro legend in his own right. The raising of his championship trophy was a clear signification that the Lettenbichler enduro dynasty is in great hands.

 

 

 

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