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Touratech Travel Time 03_2011_en

SPORT TOURATECH RACING 68 Red Bull Romaniacs – A tough slog with a strong result The Red Bull Romaniacs 2011 ended for Touratech Racing with two top ten placings: Gerhard Forster came in 8th among the professionals and Rolf Epting came in 6th in the Hobby Single Class. The Touratech Husqvarna TE 449 again came in as the best four-stroke machine at this international ex- treme enduro event. The start to the race, which is probably the toughest extreme enduro rallye in the world, is always the prologue through the city centre of Sibiu, which determines the starting order for the first off-road day. Toura- tech’s top rider, Gerhard Forster, managed to navigate his Husqvarna TE 449 so skillfully through the course packed with artificial obstacles, that he came in fourth and just narrowly missed the podium for professional riders: His team mate Jens ter Jung made it to 8th place. Rolf Epting, who battled against 60 competitors from all over the world in the Hobby Single Class, qualified for the finals and came in 11th in front of thousands of spectators. Gerhard Forster was tru- ly unfortunate on the first off-road day in the Roma- nian Carpathians: Ger- hard, normally a true mas- ter in off-road navigation, strayed off course and lost valuable time and positions. In addition to the navigation- al challenges and a track just garnished with “dirty tricks“, it was the high temperatures that made it difficult for many riders this year. The seven-time German trial champion Jens ter Jung painfully experienced why the Romaniacs are regarded as the toughest enduro rallye in the world: utterly exhausted, he had to be taken for medical attention at the first service point. In contrast, Touratech pilot Rolf Epting had the race of his life on the TE 449. “Just finish, – no mat- ter how”, were his initial thoughts. To Over 1700 starters from 37 nations wanted to take on the “Iron Giant”. Gerhard Forster was the best four-stroke rider. 2 2011