Husaberg Factory rider Graham Jarvis travelled from the United Kingdom to Alberta, Canada, for one of the countries toughest offroad races, known as Xtinction. His visit was well worth his time as he was able to take the victory in the 2-hour endurance race. His U.S. based teammate, Nick Fahringer, finished 4th overall for the day.
Rain the night before the race made the track slick for the first laps of the qualifier but did not affect the 2-hour main event. The qualifier was won by FMF/KTM Factory rider Mike Brown with Jarvis finishing 2nd and Fahringer 3rd. The track dried up rather quickly and the main was slightly dusty with warm temperatures.
In the main event, it was Brown with the holeshot in a run to your bike start with Fahringer in 2nd and Jarvis in 3rd. Brown blew a corner in the opening track section which left the door open and allowed Fahringer to make a pass for the lead. Fahringer led for several minutes until reaching the top of a large hill climb where the course markings were hard to read.
“Unfortunately, when I lost sight of the trail markers some spectators flagged me on in the wrong direction. That mistake cost me the lead and several positions,” remarked Fahringer.
When Fahringer lost his way, Jarvis capitalized on the mistake and took over the lead position. Fahringer fought hard and climbed back up to 2nd place ahead of Brown before making a mistake in a technical section and allowing Brown to pass back on another hill climb. It looked as if Fahringer would hang on to 3rd, but unfortunately he stalled on an off-camber ledge and slid off the trail. This allowed Kyle Redmond to move into 3rd place.
After 2-hours and one final lap, Jarvis crossed the checkers in 1st place to take the Xtinction win. Jarvis adds this victory to his long list of overall wins in 2011 including Hell’s Gate and the Tough One. Brown finished 2nd, Redmond took home 3rd and Fahringer rode back to an impressive 4th place.