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TRAILSIDE 911: What To Do When Riding Disasters Strike

None of us expect to have a disaster strike, but most of us have had a medical emergency arise while riding, whether to ourselves or others.

Do you know what to do to when disasters strike on the trail? In this article, we’ll cover some of the medical basics and emergency procedures to follow as well as a quick look at what products are available to help.

EVALUATION and TRIAGE

When accidents happen that result in injury, the first thing to do is evaluate the victims condition (without moving them) as quickly as possible.

Are they conscious?

Can you see the most obvious injuries?

Has the head or helmet taken an impact?

We learned to address accidents using this check-list; it’s simple and easy to remember:

CALL FOR HELP! Use your cell phone and your GPS coordinates to call 911 immediately if warranted and don't be afraid to shout for help as soon as you begin first aid measures - keep trying until you know you've been heard and action has been taken.

WHAT HAPPENED? Ask the injured person what happened…can they tell you how serious the accident was and where the most pain is? Make sure that performing first aid isn't going to be dangerous for you as well as the victim. Are there fumes or flames? Is the bike and/or victim in a precarious place that may cause further injury? Be positive that you aren't in any danger before you start first aid, because you won't be much help if you get injured as well.

HOSPITAL REQUIRED? Use your common sense. If you see the injury is minor, make your way off the trail and to the hospital or walk-in clinic if required. But if the victim is unconscious, bleeding heavily or has sustained a compound fracture or other serious injury that would prevent them from evacuating with your help, you need to make that 911 call immediately.

Are the airways clear? Is the rider breathing? What about circulation? Is there a pulse? What about moving them? Don't move a person if there isn't a life-or-death reason to do so, you might cause more harm. If the victim has back, head, or neck injuries, moving them can make the injuries worse or even cause permanent damage or death.

ATTEMPT CPR: If you are trained in CPR and a person cannot breathe, begin CPR right away. Do not attempt to resuscitate if you are not trained in CPR! You can break the ribs or puncture the lungs. If you don't know CPR, use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation techniques or for choking, use the Heimlich maneuver and remember to loosen the victim’s clothes to ease breathing.

STOP THE BLEEDING: If the injured person is bleeding, apply direct, even pressure with a cloth and your hands to slow and stop the flow. (Protect yourself against HIV and other infections while in direct contact with blood). Lift up a bleeding limb if it doesn't cause substantial additional pain. Make and apply a tourniquet only as a last resort.

SHOCK: If the victim is nauseous, clammy and pale, it is possible they are in shock and could slip into unconsciousness. Watch for vomiting, because that can also be a sign of shock. You want to keep breathing unobstructed, so if no back or neck injury is suspected, gently roll the victim's body to the side to keep their airway open and prevent vomit from collecting in the back of the throat causing choking.

LOOK FOR INFORMATION: Look for any medical information on the victim like a Medic Alert bracelet, necklace or wallet card. Sometimes this information will be on a sticker on the victim’s helmet or driver’s license as well. This will inform you and the first responders about the victim’s medical history and if the victim is diabetic, epileptic, or allergic to any medications or treatments. When talking to EMS or first responders, provide as much information as possible about the victim and the injury. Are they conscious, bleeding, in shock? The more information you can give, the better prepared the responders will be when they arrive.

JUST WAIT: The waiting is the hardest part. While you're waiting, try to keep the victim calm. You can provide comfort by talking and telling them help is on the way, stay calm as the victim has put their life in your hands.

MOST COMMON OFF-ROAD INJURIES: WHAT ARE THEY?

Bone Breaks and Fractures

A fracture is a break in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Collarbone fractures and breaks are common injuries when riding off road machines and are among the more serious of injuries. Because it sits directly under the skin and has very little padding, it is the most common larger bone fracture seen in adolescents and athletes of all ages.

Compound fractures are much more serious than common under the skin fractures. Never attempt to push on or re-align a bone that is protruding. Instead, cover the area with a clean bandage and stop the bleeding - apply steady, direct pressure with a cloth for 15 minutes and elevate the wound. If blood soaks through, apply another cloth over the first and seek immediate medical attention.

Note: Never move the injured party if another way of being extricated is available, it’s better to stabilize the victim and try to keep them from going into shock if help is fairly close by. Some trail systems have organized rescue teams run by experienced trail bosses that have faced this situation before and are much better equipped to deal with it that you are.

Cuts and Abrasions

Anytime the skin is broken and you start “leaking”…that can signal the beginning of a bad situation. For minor cuts and abrasions, apply pressure to the wound with a clean bandage and clean the skin around the wound with soap and water. Hold under running water to remove dirt and debris as necessary and pat the wound dry with sterile gauze and apply antiseptic ointment.

In the case of bigger cuts, close the wound with sterile adhesive wound closure strips. If strips are not available, cover the wound with clean gauze and adhesive tape and don’t use cotton. Adhesive non-adherent bandages can be used for abrasions that continue to ooze blood and make sure to change the dressings at least once a day to avoid infection.

For deeper cuts or more severe bleeding, apply direct pressure onto the wound with a clean towel or gauze and if there is a foreign object in the wound, like a rock and stick, don’t attempt to take it out, let medical professionals handle that

Strains, Sprains and Bruising

Strains are the result of overstretching or tearing the tendons and/or muscles that help support and move your joints. Many strains are minor but some can be severe such as a tendon that could completely sever and require surgical repair.

Sprains are likewise caused by overstretching or tearing, but they occur in ligaments.

Bruises happen when those body parts described above sustain a severe impact, large enough to injure capillaries, so they break open and cause blood to collect under the skin and in the injured tissue. Bruising can even occur in vital organs, if the injured tissue is a vital organ.

FIRST AID KIT / PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACONS

I initially wanted to include some first aid kits that you could carry on your bike…but almost 100% of the riders I spoke to said they wouldn’t carry one! Most agreed that a good kit “back at the truck” would do. So with that in mind we spoke to some folks who are active in the outdoor scene and looked at what they use.

First Aid Kits are a no-brainer and Adventure Medical Kits makes a low-priced, high value kit called the Ultralight and Watertight .9 that contains items like bandages, wraps and trauma pads, all in a watertight kit and this is good to keep “at the truck”- or when on longer trail rides with others as it can be easily carried with it’s small size (10”x10”x3”) and light weight (12oz). I’ve used the AMK products before and they are fairly comprehensive, and to supplement them I also throw my SmartCrutches in the truck just in case.

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Photo: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Watertight .9 First Aid Kit

If you’re looking to go all-out with a stationary first aid kit, take a look at the MedSource Highway Patrol Medical Cab Bag – it’s got everything you’d ever need for a group of riders.

Personal Locator Beacons have been gaining ground in other sports such as snowmobiling and bicycling and this technology is available to the rider who may want to go solo. These devices are worn on your body and in the event of an emergency; they can be easily activated to send a “SOS” with your GPS coordinates to first responders.

One product that is starting to take over this category is the ACR ResQLink PLB which is a PLB that employs some of the best new technologies and does not require a paid subscription. It has three levels of integrated signal technology - GPS positioning, a 406 MHz signal and 121.5 MHz homing capability.

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Photo: ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon

The Future is Coming: In talking to moto-industry expert Brian Horton, he told us about a new product that’s being developed by SaPHIBeat that would take away the manual activation of the PLB, taking it to more useful level. It’s a wearable safety device, named Phi-Pal, that will attach to your helmet and utilize either your cell phone or GPS to track your location In addition to this, Phi-Pal can also determine if you’ve suffered a serious accident and automatically send this info to your friends, teammates and emergency services, alerting them to both the time and location of your accident in order to send help.

AFTER THE CRASH – NOW WHAT?

OK, so you’ve used the advice and tools above to get out alive and after your time with that friendly doctor and cute nurses, it’s time to go home…but now what?

We spoke at length with Dr. Christopher Mascetta DC, CCSP at the Ridgefield Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Dr. Mascetta is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician with a specialized practice catering to the sport of motocross called Motocare Chiropractic. We asked about what to do when recovery is your goal.

ThumperTalk: What services do you offer recovering riders?

Dr. Chris Mascetta: I provide chiropractic care and associated modalities such as extremity adjusting, soft tissue techniques, stretching, Electric Muscle Stimulation, Ultrasound, Cold Laser Therapy, athletic and kinesio taping and nutritional therapies on race day at local and national professional motocross events. It is my goal to offer my services to every professional motocross rider on the AMA National Outdoor Motocross, Supercross and Arenacross Championship series at no charge.

TT: What are the most common off road injuries you see?

DCM: I see a lot of neck and back injuries including everything from herniated disks to sprains and strains. Motocross riders are also notorious for putting a lot of strain on their upper extremities, so a lot of my day is spent working on sprained wrists, elbows and shoulders. I also assist the riders with arm pump issues.

TT: What can injured rider do when they are at home recovering for these common off road injuries?

DCM: My first recommendation is to take some time to let the injury rest and heal. It is not a wise choice to push things too soon. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, I recommend to start right away with gentle range of motion exercises, stretching and deep tissue work to help start the healing process, while reducing the formation of adhesions and scar tissue in the soft tissues. Seeing a chiropractor to ensure proper joint alignment and function is always a good idea early on in an injury, this can help speed up recovery in a big way.

I always caution a rider to be careful stretching a newly strained muscle. The muscle is already over stretched and torn, so stretching it more just might cause more damage. In these cases I recommend a lot of deep tissue work to soften up the injury and let it heal.

A rider can use things such as a foam roller, tennis balls, or a thera-cane to assist in this process. These therapies are easy, effective and can be done at home. I also recommend initially rehabbing an injury using a thera-band. A rider can start this process almost immediately after an injury. This will help stabilize and strengthen damaged tissue and enhance the range of motion, which will aid in recovery.

I would recommend a rider follow the R.I.C.E protocol of Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation immediately following an injury. I recommend cold therapy for the first day or so of a new injury followed with moist heat. My recommendation for cold therapy is to fill a plastic zip lock bag with ice and tap water, and put directly on the injury. The tap water keeps it from getting too cold to do any damage to the skin. Leave on for 10-12 minutes at a time with about 30 minutes in between therapy sessions.

After a couple of days or so, once the injury seems to be calming down and healing, I recommend to switch to moist heat. The number one mistake I see patients make with heat is that they let it get too hot, and then they either burn themselves or further irritate the damaged tissues. I recommend only getting the tissues warm, and not to leave heat on the injury for more then 15 minutes. This amount of time should be sufficient to warm the tissue and provide some healing and relief.

A rider can also purchase an over the counter TENS machine, which are now readily available at pharmacies. A TENS unit will help reduce pain, spasm and may aid in healing. I also recommend that riders purchase Kinesis style tape, also available in pharmacies. This will help give the tissues some additional support and aid in recovery.

They should also follow up with a physician or chiropractor if they have any indication that the injury is worse then they think they might be able to treat on their own. If there are any significant changes in skin color, gross misalignment, unusual bumps, numbness or tingling into extremities, change in skin temperature, shortness of breath, confusion, memory loss, double vision, tenderness or swelling over the abdomen, dark urine or dizziness, they should immediately seek medical attention.

TT: After a riding injury such as a sprain or strain, what therapy is offered?

DCM: When evaluating an injured rider I am looking to answer two questions. First, I want to find out if it is the type of injury that I can help with chiropractic care. If not, I will make the appropriate recommendation and referral. Secondly, I want to, as accurately as possible, diagnose the condition and inform the rider of what we might be dealing with and the appropriate course of action. Then I will provide chiropractic care, soft tissue techniques, stretching, and stabilization exercise and physiotherapy modalities. I will also recommend the appropriate professional grade nutritional supplements to help aid in tissue repair. First we will first start with pain relief, followed by spinal or joint stabilization and correction, and finally chiropractic wellness or maintenance care.

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Photo: Dr. Chris Dr. Chris Mascetta at the track

TT: What off road specific treatment products do you use? Slings, tape, casts, compression clothing, etc.?

DCM: I travel with a portable chiropractic table and a medical bag, portable TENS unit, ultrasound and cold laser, a variety of creams and lotions including massage lotion, magnesium gel, natural anti-inflammatory pain cream, athletic and Kinesis tape, instant cold packs, thera-bands, adjusting tool, and a first aid kit.

In conclusion, keeping a first aid kit within range or even on your bike are good ideas and there are affordable kits for this purpose…there’s no excuse not to have one if you participate in our sport. Other technologies like GPS locaters are also available for solo riders and new hands-off technologies are coming fast. If you do get hurt see a medical professional for both initial treatment and follow up.

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Great article.

I ride solo every time. I never leave home without telling my wife the general area I will be in, and when to expect contact from me. I also always wear a SPOT tracking device, which sends out my signal to a sat every 10 minutes, so my wife can see where I am, if I'm still on the move, etc. This also allows me to send text messages to her from anywhere. In addition, I also carry a small pocket EPIRB or PLB, which is more powerful than the SPOT in case of a full emergency. I almost never have cell coverage where I ride.

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Hi Gus, Thanks for the comment on the article - I learned a lot while writing it as well. Which kind of PLB do you have and if you had to carry just one - SPOT or PLB - which would you pick?

 

Sean

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I carry the small McMurdo from REI. Waterproof, fits in a pocket. I take it out when we hike or use our boat offshore as well. I really don't ever want to be on that show "I Shouldn't Be Alive"... :)

 

So, SPOT or PLB? Well, they serve very different purposes. If you have to have only one I'd say the SPOT with the ability to send text messages from the Delorme PW-60 GPS or a smartphone. They even have one now that has two way messaging, and another that sends location signals every 2 minutes. The reason for the SPOT is so that if I ever crash hard enough where I can't activate anything, at least my wife, when she doesn't hear from me or get a "I'm back to the truck" message at the end of the day, can call the authorities and say "hey, my husband hasn't checked in, and according to this web site (findmespot.com) it shows his last 30 locations were along this trail, and then the signal dies right here, or the last 30 transmissions were from this one spot." That way it's easy for rescuers to find me, or at least know where to start looking (Imagine if the guy in "127 hours" who had to cut his arm off to get out from that rock had one, his last location would have been just entering that canyon...). So the SPOT provides continuous tracking, and the ability to send a text like "bike broken, I'm ok, hiking out" or "came across another badly hurt rider, send helicopter now" or simply pressing the SOS button and waiting. That said, SPOT can be (pun intended) spotty. The sats it communicates with are stationary, so if you don't have a good line of sight to one, the signal might not get out. If you've got a compound fracture, you're not going to hike to some high spot with a clear view of the sky. So, as a backup, I keep the PLB in a pocket. This device has a long 2 foot antenna that folds out, and sends a more powerful signal to a weather / NOAA sat that moves for 48 hours, along with the GPS location. I've heard from several people that it is more reliable but the downside of course is that it only has one button, and once you push that, expect the cavalry to show up in force, so you better mean it. And going back to that guy in the movie, it would (maybe) not have helped him, since he was stuck way down in that canyon with a tiny view of the sky, but the tracking before he went down there would have save him. SPOT should hire him to do commercials...

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yeah, a good post.  I broke my fibula riding this past Saturday while trail riding.  Stupid me let my foot hook a tree and twisted it around so much the bone broke.  Luckily, I was able to ride the 5 miles back to my truck and my son was there to load the bikes.  I'm thinking we need to start carrying a modest med kit with us.

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yeah, a good post.  I broke my fibula riding this past Saturday while trail riding.  Stupid me let my foot hook a tree and twisted it around so much the bone broke.  Luckily, I was able to ride the 5 miles back to my truck and my son was there to load the bikes.  I'm thinking we need to start carrying a modest med kit with us.

 

HOLY CRAP - you rode 5 miles with a broken fib? Hardcore dude!

 

I broke my rib and rode out like 2-3 miles and man I still feel those log jumps...ow!!

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Great Post as it elevates the need for all of us to be aware and have a plan....one thing I would recommend is take a First Aid Course and certainly CPR...and put some First Aid Supplies in your Fanny Pack if you carry one or possibly a small kit somewhere on your bike or person...having one in the truck could allow things to get a lot worse before they get better re bleeding, infection etc.

 

The one concern I had was with that part of the post re CPR. I would likely rewrite this...lets just say "learn CPR"....you would never "not do" CPR over a concern about the possibility for damage to ribs etc....no pulse means they are biologically dead already and within 6-10 minutes they will be clinically dead without intervention...the person needs CPR / Chest Compressions asap.

 

Again the post is great and I really don't mean to be critical. The need to be prepared re training / First Aid Kit on bike etc is so important. Oh, and truly if ya checked my fanny pack ya might find a couple of bandages....I am going to fix that tonight on entering the garage....
 

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The one concern I had was with that part of the post re CPR. I would likely rewrite this...lets just say "learn CPR"....you would never "not do" CPR over a concern about the possibility for damage to ribs etc....no pulse means they are biologically dead already and within 6-10 minutes they will be clinically dead without intervention...the person needs CPR / Chest Compressions asap.

Hi Fast914,

 

Thanks for your kind words on the article...I read your comments and as I was reading then an EMT walked past my office so I asked him about this...and he agreed with you!

 

He said CPR is quite simple and you need to do SOMETHING for the victim, so clear that airway and start. He said that anyone can get trained at a very nominal coast by the Red Cross.

 

In the meantime, here are the simple steps he described to me:

 

  • Open airway and give 2 rescue breaths
  • Compress chest 30 times
  • Give 2 rescue breaths
  • Compress chest 30 times
  • Continue cycles of 2 breaths and 30 compressions

https://www.redcross.org/flash/brr/English-html/cardiac-arrest.asp

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i have also found it valuable to have simple improvisational fabrication skills....with my pocket knife and a few yards of cordage that I always carry, i could easily cut a few saplings or small branches to build a make shift splint for another rider...these same items could be used to build a lean-to shelter, build a ramp to clear an obstacle, or any of a thousand other uses...buy a "boy scout" handbook, its full of GREAT info

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CPR breath and pump ratio, as I was trained in the Coast Guard, was 5 or 7 o 1 (breath) I recall. Go 30 to 2 and the victim would suffocate (I mean if he was alive to start, risky humor).  I've heard other ratios as well.  

 

I carry a pencil flair kit (about the size of a pack of cig's) 5 flairs w/ shooter and a flashlight and I own a spot but yet activated as I'm somewhat lacking confidence someone would actually show up.

 

Has anyone actually engaged an SOS from either a spot or another? Results?

 

Good article....

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Good reading. I ride alone (no club-lone wolf). 3 years ago I crashed (collar bone & 3 ribs)...I was riding with 2 other guys....sent one back to get his truck and the other stayed close to me, just in case. I remember it well, as it was the day I decided to "quit smoking cigarettes"!! I figured.....one cough might send me into orbit. I like to add..............I lived............. swampy

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Good reading. I ride alone (no club-lone wolf). 3 years ago I crashed (collar bone & 3 ribs)...I was riding with 2 other guys....sent one back to get his truck and the other stayed close to me, just in case. I remember it well, as it was the day I decided to "quit smoking cigarettes"!! I figured.....one cough might send me into orbit. I like to add..............I lived............. swampy

 

Hey Swampy - how did you get out of there? 

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CPR breath and pump ratio, as I was trained in the Coast Guard, was 5 or 7 o 1 (breath) I recall. Go 30 to 2 and the victim would suffocate (I mean if he was alive to start, risky humor).  I've heard other ratios as well.  

 

I carry a pencil flair kit (about the size of a pack of cig's) 5 flairs w/ shooter and a flashlight and I own a spot but yet activated as I'm somewhat lacking confidence someone would actually show up.

 

Has anyone actually engaged an SOS from either a spot or another? Results?

 

Good article....

CPR breath to compression ratio has been 2-30 for quite a while.

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Fantastic article!!!

 

I had to "relearn" a lot of these great tips last October as a riding buddy pushed himself too much

and rolled his quad in a remote area of Corral Canyon ORVP.

 

Thank God some great guys in a few UTVs showed up and were able to take him

back to the camp. One member rode his crashed quad up a VERY hard manzanita

rock filled slope to get it back up to the trail (and got it back to our truck).

 

Thankfully I did remember the basics, stop the bleeding, treat for shock and comfort the victim.

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Thanks for the post. I will look at adding that 2nd locator beacon to the spot I carry. 121.5 is monitored by aircraft, SAR and others. They triangulate on your signal. I didn't know they made them for personal use - thanks.

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Excellent article! Thank you.

 

There is one bit of information that I would like to share, and make a recommendation of: satellite phone.

Needless to say that most of times there is limited or none cell coverage where we ride. Our mobiles become useless.

Many years ago my husband and I had invested in a sateliite phone, just for an emergency.

There are various providers and plans, we have Globalstar. You can buy number of minutes, reasonably priced. We don't use it casually, but always take our sat phone with us when we ride our dirt bikes, or go 4-wheeling on our Jeep. I take it when I go trail running and hiking here in Tonto Natl forest just outside Scottsdale AZ. Few years back we used to go up north to UT and ID to do back country snowmobiling, always having our sat phone with us.

Whether it's just you, or you and your spouse, or you tag along with a group, sat phone could be your only way to call 911 for yourself, help someone in distress or even save someone's life.

For trail and back country riding, this is one of those clever tools to have.

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I can't believe there's people who don't carry a FAK. 

 

Carry the tools and take a class, know how to use them!

 

PLB on my pack too, same ResQLink in the article.  Excellent piece of kit.

Still carry my phone, and also a two-way radio. 

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      Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are excited to officially unveil their four-rider line-up for this year’s inaugural World Enduro Super Series. Hard enduro specialists Taddy Blazusiak, and Jonny Walker will be joined by classic enduro experts Josep Garcia and Nathan Watson. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Webb also joins the team.
      The World Enduro Super Series combines a mix of hard enduro, classic enduro as well as cross-country and beach racing events in a seven-round series run over the course of 2018. WESS offers a new challenge to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team and will provide a true test of skill, stamina and adaptability. 

      Opening with the Extreme XL Lagares hard enduro in Portugal on May 11-13, each of KTM’s five official riders will bring their own unique skills set to the new series. All hoping to excel in their specialist events, in the races in which they have less experience the focus is very much on rising to new challenges. Only at the climax of the season will the ‘Ultimate Enduro Champion’ be crowned. 

      Multiple world champion Taddy Blazusiak cites the WESS as the main reason for his return to competition. The Erzbergrodeo winner sees the WESS as a stand-out title he’d like to add to his already glowing CV. Taddy narrowly missed out on claiming a seventh world title at the final round of the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship and is more fired up than ever to win the World Enduro Super Series. 

      Taddy Blazusiak: “I believe the WESS is what enduro needs at the minute to progress as a sport. I am really excited about the championship and I am really looking forward to the start of it. To be honest, I like every single event on the calendar. They are all unique and very special and from the first to the last race I think it is going to be really good fun. Part of the biggest challenge is going from the SuperEnduro series straight into the outdoor races and then having to adapt to all the different styles of events. My ultimate goal is definitely to do all I can to win the World Enduro Super Series, that’s why I am back racing. I really believe I have a shot at it – I am going to do everything I can to make it happen.”

      Experienced hard enduro rider Jonny Walker is another with his eye on the WESS title. The former Erzberg winner is as at home racing on a beach as he is in extreme conditions. An excellent all-rounder, Jonny is highly-motivated ahead of the new championship start.

      Jonny Walker: “I’m really looking forward to the start of the World Enduro Super Series. It’s a new challenge for everybody and should make for some really good racing. To be honest, I’m not looking forward to just one race either, I’m looking forward to the full series. We have Erzberg and Romaniacs, which I have done before, but there’s also a few races like Le Trefle and the Red Bull Knock Out beach race which pose new challenges. I think to win the series, consistency will be key. I have a lot of learning to do, but my goal is to try and win as many races as possible and hopefully be in a good place come the final rounds of the series.”

      2017 Enduro2 World Champion Josep Garcia has spent the off-season focusing on the WESS and the different styles of riding required to excel in the series. Previously Garcia’s training would consist solely of special test enduro and motocross practice, with hard enduro now added to the Spaniard’s calendar Josep has been spending a lot of time on his KTM 300 EXC TPI, to familiarize himself with terrain synonymous with some of the world’s toughest offroad races. 

      Josep Garcia: “The World Enduro Super Series will be a massive new challenge for me. There are a lot of different races, sand races, extreme and classic enduro. It’s going to be a very interesting year. It will be difficult, but my goal is of course to win. I believe that with the right training and if I can gain some knowledge from my more experienced team-mates, I will be in with a chance. I really enjoy the technical riding and I have been putting a lot of work in. It will be interesting to see if it has all paid off come the first race in Portugal.”

      Nathan Watson’s background in motocross and beach racing sees him as one of the favorites to take the win at the final round of the WESS, the Red Bull Knock Out in the Netherlands. Similar to team-mate Garcia, it will be the hard enduros that pose the biggest challenge to the young Brit. Following two years of riding classic enduro Watson knows where his strengths lie and where he needs to concentrate his training. 

      Nathan Watson: “I’m really excited to be a part of the World Enduro Super Series. It’s going to be a big challenge for all of us as it’s made up of so many different types of enduro. I know the extreme races will be tough for me, I have never done one before but I know what to expect. I have been doing a lot of specialist training, so hopefully it will pay off. Of course, the event I’m looking forward to the most is the final round – the Red Bull Knock Out. I love beach races, I have ridden beach races all my life so I am really confident in the sand and it has to be one of my favorite types of terrain. I think the winner of the whole series will be the rider who makes the most of his strengths, while minimizing his losses – hopefully that can be me.” 

      FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Webb recently added the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship to his 2017 Endurocross title. On form and ready to take on the WESS challenge, the former trials rider is looking forward to contesting the different styles of events but is aware of the size of the task ahead of him. 

      Cody Webb: “The World Enduro Super Series is a whole new thing and I’m really excited to be a part of it. It’s going to be really crazy doing all these different events, you’ve got classic enduro, extreme, beach races – it’s going to really help me branch out and widen my abilities. With the WESS, there are so many different types of riding, but fortunately riding for KTM, I have got a great choice of machinery for all the different disciplines we will ride during the series. For the extreme stuff I think I will be riding the new KTM 300 EXC TPI 2-stroke, but for the classic enduros I will probably stay on the KTM 350 EXC-F. On the beach I think I will be riding the KTM 450 EXC-F – I’m a decent sized guy so I need all the power I can get. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll have a chance at taking the title.”

      The first round of the World Enduro Super Series is Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal on May 11-13. 

      Download hi-res images of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team here.

      View the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing official WESS video on YouTube.

      WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE 
      Round 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13 
      Round 2. Erzbergrodeo (Austria) May 31-June 3 
      Round 3. Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) June 8-10 
      Round 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28 
      Round 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9 
      Round 6. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27 
      Round 7. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10

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