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Wade Young (Sherco) celebrated his 21st birthday with an impressive wire-to-wire win in the King of the Hill Hard Enduro in Romania on Sunday.
Going up against a star-studded international field, the South African superstar aced the arduous Arad event with a flawless performance from start to finish that saw him win the prologue and both off-road days.
Friday’s prologue proved to be a special occasion for South African motorsport as Young led an all-South African podium that featured runner-up Travis Teasdale (KTM) and new superenduro junior world champion Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha) in third place.
The Paddock rider’s prolific power was on full display on Off-Road Day One when he was the only rider to blast up the hardest hill unassisted.
He finished the job in style on Sunday with Austrian ace Lars Enockl (KTM) finishing second and Romanian rider Jozsa Norbert Levente third.
The win came four days after his 21st birthday. Young certainly knows how to celebrate significant birthdays as he won his first King of the Hill crown on his 18th birthday.
“I’m really chuffed. It was a great bonus to have won in the same week as my 21st…it was an awesome present,” Young told eHowzit.
“It was good some good racing and some good competition. It was wet and raining, so it made for some interesting racing.”
Touching on what makes Romania such a happy hunting ground for him, Young said, “It’s awesome riding in the river beds and I enjoy the long and big uphills. Riding is really great there and I seem to connect pretty well to that kind of terrain.”
Oslo Beach-based Gutzeit finished fifth while Paddock’s Kyle Flanagan (Yamaha) crashed out on the final day after solid performances in the prologue and Off-Road Day One.
Photo: Wade Young. (Cameron Baird Red Bull Content Pool)