Trailbike star Billy Bolt was a muddy marvel as he rode his way to victory in round one of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship.
The British rider, who is sponsored by Palletforce, won two of the three races in atrocious conditions at Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal.
Billy had been fastest in qualifying on Saturday but after torrential overnight rain it was decided that, although the racing would go ahead, no championship points would be awarded for the event.
However, that didn’t stop Billy from showing his championship rivals what he could do.
After convincing wins in the first two races, Billy – the 2020 Super Enduro World Champion – suffered an early crash in race three. Despite that, he picked himself up to recover and finish second.
The flying Tynesider, who rides for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, said: “After two good wins, the overall victory nearly got away from me in the final race. My gloves were muddy and it was hard to hang on and go fast, but I knew I had time to chip away and – once I got into second – I took it home for the overall win.”
While not affecting the championship standings, the victory will be a confidence boost for the 23-year-old, who was the weekend’s dominant rider.
Palletforce has sponsored Billy since his early days as a budding trials rider and has been right behind him during his rise to the top of the sport.
Danielle Owen, EV Cargo Head of Marketing and Communications, said: “Billy has been flying the Palletforce flag for a few years now and he continues to deliver a world-class performance at home and abroad – just like Palletforce.
“We wish him the best of luck for the season ahead in the world championship.”
Palletforce Brand Ambassador Crowned World’s Best
It’s mission accomplished for Palletforce-sponsored trailbike star Billy Bolt, who has been confirmed as champion of the 2018 World Enduro Super Series.
The 21-year-old Tynesider finished 12th at the final event of the year in the Netherlands earlier this month, giving him an unassailable lead over his nearest rivals.
Palletforce has sponsored Billy since his early days as a budding trials rider and has been right behind him during his meteoric rise to the top of the sport.
Sales and marketing director Dave Holland said: “With his natural talent and determination to succeed, Billy has been a superb brand ambassador for Palletforce on the world stage and we are thrilled that he has now realised that early potential.
“The Enduro Super Series has pitted him against some of the very best riders in the world, yet he has proved he has what it takes to battle his way to the top.”
Riding for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team, Billy’s 2018 campaign started with victory in Portugal.
Despite his fair share of ups and downs during the championship, including a mid-season knee operation, his podium results during the closing stages of the series ultimately put him in the championship driving seat ahead of the final round.
Billy said: “It’s been such a long season, with so many different races, and to finish at the top when it’s all come to a close feels unreal.
“It’s been a real rollercoaster season for me ,with some challenges and then my knee surgery, so to stand here now having won WESS is brilliant.
“I’d like to thank Palletforce for all their support over the years, and I look forward to continuing our relationship next season when I’ll be going for gold once again.”
This has been the first year of the World Enduro Super Series, which brings together Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Beach Racing and Cross Country, along with the Red Bull Hare Scramble to determine who is the best all-round rider.
Billy Bolts to the top after sensational win
Teenage off-road motorcycling star Billy Bolt is top of the world after a stunning win at one of the sport’s biggest international events.
Tynesider Billy, who is sponsored by Palletforce, beat a world-class field in the first round of the inaugural World Enduro Super Series in Portugal.
The championship brings together Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Beach Racing and Cross Country disciplines, and aims to determine who is the best all-round rider.
The 19-year-old Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider rode to victory on a gruelling course, and now heads the leaderboard as the series moves on to the next round in Austria.
“I couldn’t ask for anything better than winning round one,” Billy said. “Although I’m one of the youngest riders in the championship I feel like I’ve prepared as best I can to fight with the top Enduro riders in the world.
“It’s my first major international Enduro victory. I’ve been close a couple of times before but never quite made it over the finish line, so I’m really happy to get the job done. To do it at the first ever round of the World Enduro Super Series is extra special.”
Palletforce has supported Billy for three years, having first identified his talent as a budding trials bike star aged just 16.
And sales and marketing director Dave Holland says everyone has been hugely impressed with the youngster’s meteoric rise to the top of his sport.
“Billy’s talent has never been in doubt, but he has now shown he has what it takes to be the very best,” he said.
“We are thrilled with his success in Portugal, and will be right behind him for the rest of the season.”
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