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Touratech Travel Time 03_2011_en

67 SPORTTOURATECH RACING H deo Red Bull finish arch, which made even the best Rider´s in the world find their limitations. Extensive rains made the brutal track even worse and virtually unridable, resulting in only nine of the 500 riders qualifiying finishing within the time limit of 4 hours. Only a few minutes behind, Gerhard Forster came in 10th on the Touratech Husqvarna TE 449, making him the only other rider to pass the final checkpoint before the finish and make the rankings, beating such eminent riders such as Darryl Curtis (14), twice winner of the Roof-of-Africa, or rallye icon Cyril Despres (15) with his several Dakar wins. British rider Graham Jarvis, who had dominated the extreme enduro season, passed the finish line first, but had missed one of the checkpoints and the race stewards set him back 20 places. The Polish rider Taddy Blazusiak won for the fifth time in a row in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 35,000 spectators. Touratech rider Jens ter Jung finished his first Erzberg Rodeo in 42nd, – a veritable performance, considering there were 1700 starters from 37 nations. Text: Margit Rowley The Erzberg Rodeo and the Red Bull Romaniacs are some of the most extreme motorsport events in the world: anyone who manages to pass the finish line not only knows how to ride, has courage and is physically fit, but also has a pretty robust motor- cycle. Gerhard Forster of the Touratech Racing Team managed a place under the world’s top ten in both events with the Husqvarna TE 449. Gerhard Forster again makes the top ten with the Touratech Husqvarna TE 449 ­at the legendary ­Erzberg Top Ten at the Erzberg Best four-stroke rider, best Husqvarna pilot, best German at the legendary Erzberg Rodeo: with his 10th place at the toughest Red Bull Hare Scram- ble of all times, Gerhard Forster again proved his world-class status. Like no other race, the Erzberg Rodeo combines highly demanding speed sections with extremely difficult tech- nical sections and has attracted participants and spectators from all over the world since 1995. At this 17th event, all the top names in off-road met in Styria to chal- lenge the “Iron Gi- ant”. 35 awesome kilometres with 20 checkpoints to the GerhardForsteragain makes the top ten with the Touratech Husqvarna TE 449 ­at the legendary ­ErzbergRodeo. Photos:CliffVizer,Dr.Dirt,AlexSchönborn,MargitRowley 2 2011