Despite being recovering from injury for most of this year, KTM’s Jonny Walker made a strong comeback at the 3rd running of Red Bull Megawatt in Poland to take his 2nd win at this event.
Heavy overnight rain changed the nature of the Megawatt final which is normally run in very thick deep quarry sand and as Walker said, “It was so wet in places, the sand hills were unbelievably soft, it was kind of a lottery at times. I wanted to push on and try and open up a lead, but being the first rider onto the hills wasn’t the best place to be.”
Wade Young (Sherco) recovered bravely from being buried at the start to take the lead on the last lap. Unfortunately he had to take a 2nd run at a particularly long and tough hill where Walker and Mario Roman (Husqvarna) got past him.
Although Roman pushed hard and almost caught Walker on the last hill, the Brit held on to win by just 3 seconds with Young bringing home 3rd, Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 4th and Taddy Blazusiak (111 KTM) 5th. The racing was very tight up front with only about 30 seconds between 1st and 4th.
Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha) looked really strong in the prologue but was unfortunately unable to finish the main race. However Kirsten Landman (KTM), the only lady rider in the event and riding a borrowed 350 SX-F, did incredibly well to finish in an impressive 30th place overall!
The riders will now head to Turkey for the Red Bull Sea to Sky from 6-8 October.