LETTI SCORING SOLID RESULT IN NEW ZEALAND
Andreas "Letti" Lettenbichler managed to secure a solid 4th place at the Red Bull City Scramble in Auckland, New Zealand.
Letti had been invited to participate in the spectacular in-city enduro cross in Auckland with Chris Birch being the driving force behind an event that attracted thousands of spectators. Besides the locals many international top riders like Graham Jarvis and Paul Bolton (both UK) were happy to fly out to New Zealand for a battle on a race track of manmade obstacles inside the city centre.
Letti once again showed a top performance in the qualifying heats on the Husqvarna TE310 scoring top 3 results in all of them and winning the first one despite a flat front tire. Despite bad luck in the finals, which prevented a podium result, Letti still achieved a solid 4th place:
"The enduro cross track in the middle of Auckland in New Zealand was a blast, really fun to ride, wide, not too technical but actually pretty tiring and about twice as big as last time. The lap time was about 1 minute so these guys did a pretty good job creating a manmade track inside the city, including a rope bridge.
84 riders came to compete so about 8 qualifying heats had to be done initially. I was in top 3 of all the qualifying sessions I did and actually won the first one, came in second behind Jarvis in the second and third in the third session. I finished third in the quarter and semi final. It's worth mentioning that in the first lap of the first qualifying heat I caught a puncture in the front tire but I was still able to finish first.
In the finals I had bad luck since at the start the rim lock of the rear tire broke immediately so I had wheel spin pretty much without traction and was the last to get away from the start. But still my attitude is "never give up" so I worked my way through the track and out of the twelve starters in the finals I was able to still finish fourth. A podium result would easily have been possible without the technical problem. That's racing, these things can unfortunately happen. I caught a massive cold two weeks prior to the race which I couldn't really get rid of until the race so considering all the facts I'm fine with the fourth place.
Other than that I was really pleased with the performance of the standard TE310 that had been delivered only in the morning of the race day. We could not make any significant changes to the bike, pretty much just put on the stickers and started racing."
Result Red Bull City Scramble
Auckland, New Zealand
1. Graham Jarvis (UK, Husaberg)
2. Paul Bolton (UK, KTM)
3. Chris Birch (NZL, KTM)
4. Andreas Lettenbichler (D, Husqvarna)