LETTENBICHLER WINS ’23 HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


53 minutes in the past | Phrases: Matt Bernard | Images: KTM IMAGES

Manuel Lettenbichler of Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing clinched the 2023 FIM Laborious Enduro World Championship by securing a commanding win on the Hixpania Laborious Enduro occasion in Spain. This victory within the KTM 300 EXC earned him consecutive world championship titles, and he achieved this feat with a spherical nonetheless remaining within the season.

Unbeaten all through the 2023 FIM Laborious Enduro season to this point, Mani made it 5 wins in a row along with his victory at Hixpania to safe his second consecutive FIM Laborious Enduro title. It’s been an unbelievable 12 months for Mani – beginning with a win on the Xross Laborious Enduro in Serbia, the 25-year outdated went on to dominate at Purple Bull Erzbergrodeo, Purple Bull Romaniacs, and Purple Bull Outliers.

With the occasion’s opening prologue at Hixpania operating as a non-point paying present race solely as a consequence of security causes, qualifying was then carried over to Saturday’s Campoo X-Treme race – a 40-kilometer cross-country that circled the city’s reservoir. Mani received off to an incredible begin to take an early lead, however was caught and handed by closest championship rival, Billy Bolt. In the end settling for third place, Lettenbichler secured one championship level and a robust begin place for Sunday’s Hixpania Laborious Enduro ‘Misplaced Roads’ important race.

Beginning in a cave, Sunday’s important race promised to be even more durable than anticipated due do the current rain and fog. Lettenbichler emerged in second place and instantly set about chasing down the early chief. Because the course led the riders into the hills, Mani moved to the entrance and didn’t look again. From there, the KTM 300 EXC rider delivered a masterclass in exhausting enduro driving, steadily rising his benefit over the remainder of the sector and commanding the race from the entrance.

Battling his approach up the ultimate climb in direction of the checkered flag, Mani secured the Hixpania Laborious Enduro win and with it, the 2023 FIM Laborious Enduro crown.

With the title determined, Lettenbichler has one last spherical of the sequence to face – GetzenRodeo in early November. You may be certain the younger German will likely be aiming to finish his excellent season with victory on dwelling soil.

Manuel Lettenbichler: “Right here I’m now, fifth race win in a row for this season and world champion. I needed to push so exhausting as we speak. I received a superb begin and was capable of cross Billy virtually immediately and from there I simply targeted and saved up a superb rhythm. Truthfully, the day couldn’t have gone any higher for me, the race was superior. What can I say? I’m simply speechless.”

Outcomes: 2023 Hixpania Laborious Enduro

  1. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER), KTM, 2:53:00,378
  2. Mario Roman (ESP), Sherco, 2:59:20,688
  3. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), GASGAS, 3:01:52,138
  4. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 3:02:32,933
  5. Trystan Hart (CAN), KTM, 3:03:01,418

Provisional standings – FIM Laborious Enduro World Championship (after 5 of 6 rounds)

  1. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER), KTM, 107 factors (World Champion)
  2. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 81 pts
  3. Trystan Hart (CAN), KTM, 73 pts
  4. Teodor Kabakchiev (BUL), KTM, 57 pts
  5. Mario Roman (ESP), Sherco, 56 pts