The main test course of the Red Bull Outliers on day two is around 16km long and includes a number of technical challenges, including steep hills, rock gardens, and water crossings. The main race is a multi-lap event where drivers complete multiple laps. The track also includes high-speed sections through open desert terrain, adding a unique element to the race.
With three wins from three starts, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler leads the championship. The German has proved unbeatable so far this year and will be looking for his fourth win in Canada. 2022 race winner Lettenbichler will, of course, be the rider to beat, but he will face a whole host of talent keen to defeat him.
Will Hart be able to win at home?
On top of the shortlist is local hero Trystan Hart. The Canadian is having an incredibly good season with FMF KTM Factory Racing. Thanks to his two podium finishes, he is currently second overall in the championship. Hart made things difficult for Lettenbichler in last year’s Red Bull Outliers win, and this weekend he will be looking to make amends.
Just two points behind Hart is Billy Bolt (Husqvarna Factory Racing) in third overall. Although he missed the 2022 race through injury, the format and racing style could work to the Brit’s advantage. Billy always shines in a street prologue and should also show great pace in Sunday’s multi-lap Hard Enduro.
Kabakchiev, looking for more podiums
Teodor Kabakchiev (ECONT Bulgaria) arrives in Canada straight after a podium finish at Red Bull Romaniacs and is hungry for more success. Theodor, who has proven a podium contender in multi-day hard enduro rallies, wants to show that he’s also a rider to be reckoned with in the shorter sprint format events.
The top 5 of the championship ranking is rounded off by Michael Walkner from GASGAS. The Austrian faces stiff competition with Graham Jarvis (Jarvis Magpul Racing) in sixth and Wade Young and Mario Roman (Sherco Factory Racing) in seventh and eighth respectively. Roman eclipsed both Lettenbichler and Hart by crossing the Red Bull Outlier finish line in 2022 and will be a rider to watch.
The North American stop will also feature some new names. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna), Jonny Walker (Beta) and Ryder LeBlond (Husqvarna) will be there and ready to turn heads.
Red Bull Outliers begins Saturday, August 26 with the Calgary Prologue at Olympic Plaza. Sunday’s race at Steveville’s legendary Badlands will be packed with three races. The two-hour amateur test begins in the morning, followed by the two-hour expert race before the main protest, which lasts two hours and 30 minutes, determines the fourth-round winner.
Fourth round schedule: Red Bull breakaways
Saturday 26 August
- Location: Calgary Downtown Core, Plaza Olímpica
- 11 a.m.: Start of the action
- 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: elimination round 1
- 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Elimination in round 2
- From 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: finals
Sunday, August 27 August
- Location: Iconic Canadian Badlands in Steveville
- 9am to 11am: Amateur/Veteran Main Event
- 11:30 a.m.: Experts
- From 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Main test experts
- 2:30 p.m.: Pro-staging
- 15:00 to 17:30 per Main Event
- 6:00 p.m.: Awards ceremony and celebration
Championship Score (after 3rd round)
- Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 63 points
- Trystan Hart (KTM) 46 points
- Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 44 points
- Teodor Kabakchiev (KTM) 38 points.
- Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 31 pts
- Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 29 points
- Wade Young (Sherco) 27 points
- Mario Roman (Sherco) 26 points
- Alfredo Gomez (Rieju) 21 points
- Matthew Green (KTM) 19 points