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Graham Jarvis con­tin­ues to be the man to beat when it comes to ex­treme off-road rac­ing, as the Rock­star En­ergy Husq­varna Fac­tory rider added a fifth Hell’s Gate vic­tory to his ex­ten­sive ré­sumé in Fe­bru­ary. Not only did Jarvis win the three-hour fi­nal, but he also won morn­ing qual­i­fy­ing, which was some­what of a sur­prise for him, since he nor­mally ex­cels in the longer races.

Dirt Rider called Jarvis two days af­ter his big win, and he told us, “Hell’s Gate is prob­a­bly the tough­est one-day event of all of the ex­treme races, just be­cause of the long hours on the bike. There is a morn­ing qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion and then a three-hour fi­nal in the af­ter­noon.

“The qual­i­fy­ing now has a lot of man-made ob­sta­cles, like rock piles and wooden ramps, which are close to the pad­docks to give the spec­ta­tors bet­ter ac­cess. I’m not much of a fan of the man­made ob­sta­cles, but that’s how the sport is go­ing th­ese days, so it was a sur­prise to win the morn­ing ses­sion.”

Graham Jarvis looks for lines as he nav­i­gates a rock field en route to the win at this year’s Hell’s Gate.

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