ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S SUPERENDURO ROOKIE FINISHES THIRD OVERALL AT 2018 SUPERENDURO OPENER
The opening round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Poland was one to savour for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt as the SuperEnduro rookie claimed a race win before going on to secure third overall in Krakow, Poland. Defending series champion, Colton Haaker endured a tough night to place sixth overall.
Despite having never previously raced indoors, Bolt immediately showed he had what it takes to challenge the world’s best by ending the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship opener on the third step of the podium.
Announcing the SuperEnduro series opener as his return from retirement, Blazusiak hammered home a 2-2-2 scorecard in front of his home crowd to end the night as the overall winner.
With near-perfect starts, Blazusiak initially took the lead in each of the night’s three races. Due to a lack of competitive time on the bike, Taddy slowed towards the end of the motos. But by holding on for second, his trio of runner-up positions were enough to secure the top step of the overall podium.
A few months ago Matthew PHILLIPS announced his highly dramatic withdrawal from EnduroGP, saying he would be out for at least one sabbatical year. But now the multi-champ has changed his mind… and we will find him in the paddocks of the 2018 Championship after all! Matthew will make up one part of a new and rejuvenated Sherco CH Racing team…
But why such a surprising turnaround for the Australian? With next year’s return to three categories plus a “scratch” EnduroGP class, PHILLIPS was satisfied with the format changes. What also urged him to renew, in agreement with his manager Fabrizio AZZALIN, was the following objective: to repeat his 2016 feat; to win the EnduroGP title and a class title! In any case, it is excellent news for the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship, which has kept one of its most charismatic and popular riders, who has, to everyone’s surprise, found new sources of motivation in the last few weeks.
The new season of SuperEnduro started in style… it was an overwhelming reception in the Tauron Arena for the opening round of the 2018 season of the Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. The 12,000 Polish spectators were thrilled by the exploits of the 75 riders entered from 22 nations, which is a record in the short SuperEnduro history. And of course all eyes were on local rider Taddy BLAZUSIAK (PL – KTM) who has already achieved his amazing comeback.
From the SuperPole “powered by Akrapovic”, the Factory KTM rider proved that he has kept his speed by setting a remarkable time while Alfredo Gomez (E – Husqvarna) and the promising youngster Billy BOLT (GB – Husqvarna) were caught out by the tricky track. And while he had only achieved the 7th lap time, defending champion Colton HAAKER (USA – Husqvarna) won the Super Pole and scored his first three points of the season.
After eight months without the intense battles, the highs and lows, the victories and the crashes…the FIM Maxxis SuperEnduro World Championship is finally back this Saturday, December 9 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow (Poland)!
Can double World Champion Colton HAAKER (USA – Husqvarna) hold off the growing number of top guns present this season? This is the big question ahead of the opening round of the season…
The FIM and Polski Zwiazek Motorowy (PZM) have entrusted the opening of the SEWC 2018 to the Lodzki Klub Motorowy and the “Sport Up” promotion agency for the second year in a row. After the resounding success of 2017 when the Tauron Arena was sold out (13,000 spectators), Krakow’s indoor events hall was added to the calendar again this season without hesitation.
Giving the series their full attention, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team will have five riders competing in the entire eight-round championship with Taddy Blazusiak, Josep Garcia, Jonny Walker, Cody Webb and Nathan Watson all eagerly awaiting the start of this new multi-discipline series.
The World Enduro Super Series (WESS) will address the increasing diversification of enduro sport by bringing together selected Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Race style events into one championship. Presenting KTM’s official riders with a wide array of new challenges, the series will require all athletes to showcase a broad set of skills including speed, technique and endurance.