Red Bull Erzbergrodeo 2022: Kailub Russell sets fastest time on race day one!

Michael Walkner races during the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo 2022 in Eisenerz, Austria on June 16, 2022

On the second day of the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo, the largest and most colourful starting field in motorbike offroad sport, with almost 1200 participants, went into the high-speed battle against the „Iron Giant”. The US-American Kailub Russell showed off with an impressive race time on the KTM 300 EXC Erzbergrodeo Edition, leaving young star Donimik Olszowy (POL, GasGas) and Kyle Flanagan (RSA, KTM) behind. 5-time champion Ossi Reisinger (AUT/Husqvarna) finished 13th on today’s first prologue race day.

In top weather, the completely redesigned gravel race track over the Erzberg presented itself to the starters of the Blakläder Iron Road Prolog 2022 in simply perfect condition. Optimal traction and best visibility conditions enabled hearty acceleration and spectacular high-speed drifts of the Extreme Enduro world elite who were completely present. At the end of the first prologue classification day, Kailub Russell provided the surprise of the day: on his first start at the Blakläder Iron Road Prologue, the 32-year-old Red Bull KTM Factory Racing factory rider set an impressive best time.

Kailub Russel of the United States performs during the Red Bull Erzberg Rodeo in Eisenerz, Austria on June 17, 2022. // Joerg Mitter

The 22-year-old young Polish talent Dominik Olszowy was second just one tenth behind on the extremely selective prologue race track with its new downhill sections. Another 3 seconds behind, 26-year-old South African spectacularly placed third in a promising position for tomorrow’s second and decisive race day.

The other top favourites for the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo 2022 also left no stone unturned and all qualified in the top-50 and thus for the front row of the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo 2022 on the upcoming Sunday. Among them the favourites Manuel Lettenbichler, Graham Jarvis, Billy Bolt, Mario Roman, Wade Young, Alfredo Gomez and Austria’s great Hard Enduro hope Michael Walkner.

Marcel Hirscher finishes 110th on first Blakläder Iron Road prologue race day 

„I’m happy that the race finally started today for me. I’m quite satisfied with my first prologue run, which was a solid ride without any scary moments. The atmosphere here is mega, the weather is wonderful and there are a lot of cool people here – the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo is definitely worth a visit. I’m looking forward to the whole weekend,” said the 9-time overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup winner, describing his first day of racing at Erzberg. Marcel Hirscher reached a very good 110th place in the intermediate ranking of the Blakläder Iron Road Prologue today with a running time of 8:01,91 minutes. On tomorrow’s second race day the exceptional athlete could find a few more seconds on the 10 kilometres long race track.

Intermediate standings BLAKLÄDER IRON ROAD PROLOG 2022 (first race):

1st Kailub RUSSELL (USA, KTM) 7:11,77 minutes

2nd Dominik OLSZOWY (POL, GasGas) 7:11,84

3rd Kyle FLANAGAN (RSA, KTM) 7:14,20

4th Manuel LETTENBICHLER (GER, KTM) 7:18,08

5th Bill BOLT (UK, Husqvarna) 7:19.92

6th Michael WALKNER (AUT, GasGas) 7:20,01

7 Sonny GOGGIA (ITA, KTM) 7:20,02

8th Philipp SCHOLZ (GER, KTM) 7:20,24

9 Matthew GREEN (RSA, KTM) 7:20,28

10th Wade YOUNG (RSA, Sherco) 7:21,19