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.”