HAIL OF STONES
The UK’s Mike Slater (front) rides the training circuit in Kemer, ahead of the Forest Race on the second day of competition. The stage comprises 29 miles of forest, gravel and trial track. Fellow Brit Graham Jarvis, the defending champion, knows how to get through it as quickly as possible – and in one piece. “You have to analyze the 3 miles ahead of your front wheel as quick as a flash and choose the line with the most grip.”
The Beach Race at Kemer on day one determines the starting order for the two main stages: the Forest and Mountain Races. After a mass start, there’s a high-speed section leading into a motocross course complete with turns, hills and trial- style obstacles. Here, Britain’s Jonny Walker, who dominated the 2015 Hard Enduro series, takes first place.
A CHAMPION’S TACTICS
Showdown on day three. Race favorite Jonny Walker thrashes his KTM 300 EXC through the Kesme Bogazi gorge in Kemer. The crowning stage of the Mountain Race leads from the beach downtown up to the 8,600 ft. volcano Lycian Olympos. Despite having suffered a heavy fall when he overshot a cliff, the 24-year-old keeps the race exciting all the way to the end. “The adrenalin kills the pain,” he says later.