BILLY BOLT IS CROWNED 2021 FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPION
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER WINS FIRST EVER FIM HARD ENDURO TITLE WITH RUNNER-UP RESULT AT GETZENRODEO TO TOP OFF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING SEASON
Riding to a second-place finish at GetzenRodeo, the eighth and final round of the inaugural FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt won the series title. Following a year-long battle with his closest rival Manuel Lettenbichler, Bolt did exactly what was needed at the German extreme race to ultimately tie on points in the final series standings, clinching the championship by virtue of having a higher number of second-place finishes earned throughout the year.
The action at GetzenRodeo was intense. A morning qualifying race saw Bolt and Lettenbichler swap positions at the front for the entire two hours, with Lettenbichler claiming the win by just three-tenths of a second. Going into the afternoon’s final, Bolt knew a runner-up result would secure him the series victory and guarantee his name would go into the history books as the first ever FIM Hard Enduro World Champion.
With the two young riders swapping the lead for the first few laps, Bolt made an uncharacteristic mistake, losing time on his rival and falling back into the clutches of the chasing pack. Struggling to regain his rhythm, the British rider dropped as low as sixth – a position that would have ruled him out of championship contention. However, refocusing and confident that he had the speed to get back to the front, Bolt began to pick his way through his opponents and was soon in second place, chasing down Lettenbichler.
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