WALKER READY FOR RED BULL SEA TO SKY
Set to bring his 2013 Hard Enduro season to a close, KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Jonny Walker is eyeing up a winning result at this weekend’s Red Bull Sea to Sky event in Kemer, Turkey, September 27-29.
Following a long and demanding season, which has seen the 2012 ErzbergRodeo winner fight hard to overcome numerous injuries and illness, Walker is finally now back on top form and ready to fight for the top step of the podium in Turkey.
Utilising his summer break following a frustrating fourth place result at the Red Bull Romaniacs, Walker has been working hard to improve his speed.
Contesting rounds of the British Sprint Enduro Championship, the British Enduro Championship, and also the final round of the Enduro World Championship in France, the 22-year-old Brit has regained his full-fitness, confidence, and speed.
Scoring two impressive top ten Enduro 1 class results in extremely difficult conditions in France, Walker will be hoping to use that momentum to end his outdoor season on a high in Turkey.
A firm lover of the Turkish Hard Enduro race, Walker claimed the runner-up result in 2011 in what was his debut ride. Returning to the event in 2012, despite suffering from glandular fever he again finished on the second step of the podium. Now back to full health and feeling faster and sharper than ever before, the KTM rider is looking for success on the beach, forest, and mountains in and around Kemer.
The three-day Red Bull Sea to Sky event starts this Friday, September 27th.
Jonny Walker: “I’m really looking forward to returning to the Red Bull Sea to Sky event this year – it’s one of my favourite events. After my bad luck of missing out on a podium result at the Red Bull Romaniacs I worked hard over the summer break to be ready for this race. Sea to Sky is different from other Hard Enduro races in that its shorter, more intense, and requires a lot of explosive speed – it’s a flat out race right from the beach until the top of the mountain. I concentrated a lot on improving my speed by racing time card enduros. In the British Enduro Championship I initially struggled to break inside the top five but by the end it I was battling for the win. Taking in the final round of the EWC also helped my confidence. Proving that I had the raw speed to fight for a top ten place in extremely difficult conditions meant a lot – I hope to transfer that across to the Red Bull Sea to Sky this weekend. This is the last big Hard Enduro event of 2013 and I want to end it in the best possible way - I want to win.”