Britain's rising enduro star, Jonny Walker, finished in second place in the legendary Hell's Gate extreme enduro in Italy.
In only his second ever ride at Hell's Gate and first as a KTM factory rider, the 22-year-old ended the race just five minutes behind the winner, veteran, Graham Jarvis.
Walker began the day strongly, winning five laps in qualifying to take pole for the main race. He made a good start, secured the holeshot and led briefly before making an error that cost him the advantage when he lost valuable time recovering his bike.
This put him three minutes behind Jarvis, a time that Johnny managed to cut in half going into the penultimate lap. Then the very experienced Jarvis turned up the heat and pulled clear in the final lap.
"It went very well this morning," Walker said. "I took it steady and I still won but in the night race I lost time when I crashed and the bike slipped down the slope.
"It's a very long day with the five laps in the morning before the main race and the last hill is impossible to ride, you have to be pulled up by the spectators. But I’ll be back next year and I’ll be coming back to win this race.”
Hell's Gate 2012 – results
1) Graham Jarvis (GBR) Husaberg
2) Jonny Walker (GBR) KTM
3) Xavi Galindo (ESP) Husaberg