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Mario Roman rolls through the Texas Hill Country, wins Red Bull Override

By January 3, 2022February 10th, 2024No Comments
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Endurocross found a new home at the Rally Ready Driving School in Dale, Texas with the Red Bull Override, but the results were the same with Mario Roman easily outpacing the competition.

For the past two years, the event was run at Rocky Ridge Ranch in Decatur, Texas. With the change of venues came a new layout and challenges. Instead of a six-hour enduro, the riders took to the facility with a daytime qualifier on Saturday, where both amateur and professional riders rode into the forest in intervals, a six-lap night race on an internal course and an hour-long finale on Sunday. Also on Sunday, amateurs had a 45-minute race.

In total, 73 riders raced the course when the professional and amateur divisions were combined. Professionals were required to go through the difficult “Override Routes” that the amateurs could choose to skip. Each lap took the riders about 10 minutes to complete. The top three completed six laps on Sunday’s final hour-long race. As a point of comparison, Supercross and Motocross races last 15 – 20 minutes without natural obstacles.

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(Hard enduro uses the natural terrain to create one of the most intense forms of racing in the world. Sean Berry / Red Bull Content Pool.)

The sport is known as hard enduro for a reason. The natural terrain comes into play and course designers spend several days walking the property to find the most challenging sections available that include steep hills, fallen trees and brambles.

Most riders hit the ground several times during an event.

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(Hard enduro uses the natural terrain to create one of the most intense forms of racing in the world. Sean Berry / Red Bull Content Pool.)

The sport is known as hard enduro for a reason. The natural terrain comes into play and course designers spend several days walking the property to find the most challenging sections available that include steep hills, fallen trees and brambles.

Most riders hit the ground several times during an event.

texas 4 festThat was not the case for Sherco Racing factory rider Mario Roman. He took the course by fire, easily finding his path through the Central Texas terrain and neutralizing the hazards with a high degree of trail IQ learned in his time in the sport. He swept the three Red Bull Override races.

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“It’s not only about riding, you have to look at where to go,” Roman told NBC Sports after the race. “Choose the line and be smart; it’s one of the best strategies in this sport.”

While some riders struggled with the course, returning to the pits mud-caked with ripped sleeves, the top riders rode shoulders above. Roman fared much better in the woods and had some choice words for the setup.

“Last year was six hours, nonstop, in a very technical place and this year is like in a flat property with some muddy roots and across some rivers – deep lines, but still not as hard as we are used to racing in other events,” Roman said. “Anyway, I tried my best.

“I had fun in the two-hour qualifying race.”

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SOURCE: https://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2021/12/09/mario-roman-red-bull-override-ryder-leblond/