EXTREME ENDURO: DISAPPOINTMENT FOR WALKER IN ECUADOR
KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Jonny Walker endured a difficult race at the Enduro Ukupacha in Quito, Ecuador
Hoping to repeat his winning result from the recent Red Bull Sea to Sky event in Turkey, Walker arrived in Latin America in confident spirits. With the race staged over two days, the Saturday Prologue would determine the starting order for Sunday’s main race. Held in the bull fighting arena Quito – the world’s highest capital city – competitors faced an Endurocross styled race at an extreme altitude of 3000m.
Qualifying directly from his heat race, Walker got off to a great start in the final before a crash on the opening lap dropped him back. Fighting his way back into second he began to close in on race leader Taylor Robert. A second mistake forced Walker to settle for the runner-up result.
Second to start Sunday’s main event, Walker immediately set a fast pace and quickly closed in on initial race leader Taylor Robert. Catching and passing Robert, Walker then opened up an early advantage over the chasing pack. But at checkpoint three, Walker’s race began to take a turn for the worst. Damaging his KTM’s radiator, his bike lost all of its coolant. Trying to repair the damage he managed to continue temporarily race on until his bike eventually stopped once more - forcing him to retire from the race.
Jonny Walker - “The Prologue was a lot of fun. It was an Endurocross track in a bull-fighting arena. It wasn’t too difficult to ride but with the high altitude in Quito it was tough work. Crashing on the third corner made things hard for me but I was pleased to close in on Taylor Robert as he’s currently on top of his game in the US Endurocross series. Unfortunately, Sunday’s main event didn’t go to plan. I got into the lead early on and was riding really good. At checkpoint three I had opened up a bit of an advantage but then hit some problems. The radiator got damaged and I lost all of the bike’s coolant. I managed to refill it but it overheated again and this time I had to stop. It was a disappointing way to finish the race."