DEFENDING SERIES CHAMPION MOVES TO THE TOP OF THE SUPERENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS FOLLOWING PERFECT NIGHT IN REISA, GERMANY
Earning three victories from the three Prestige class finals at round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Colton Haaker has moved to the top of the SuperEnduro series standings following a perfect night on the technical track in Reisa, Germany. With the event marking the mid-way point of the championship Haaker’s overall event win moves him 22 points ahead of Spaniard Alfredo Gomez in the championship standings.
Despite wet and rainy weather at his home in California hampering his preparations for the second round of the series, Haaker carried his good form from the opening round of the championship in Poland into the Reisa event to master the technical track and come away with three impressive final wins. Enjoying his largest margin of victory in the night’s opening race, Colton battled his way to the front in the reversed start order second final to claim a near six-second advantage before rounding out an impressive night with victory in the third final.
The second round of the SuperEnduro series also proved to be a positive one for Haaker’s team-mate Pascal Rauchenecker. Fifth overall and just two points behind fourth placed Mario Roman, Pascal delivered a much-improved performance over his first ever SuperEnduro outing in Poland back in December. Placing fifth in the first and third finals the SuperEnduro rookie claimed a solid fourth in the second final having lead the race for five laps.
The FIM SuperEnduro now takes an eight week break before round three takes place in Bilbao, Spain.
Colton Haaker: ”It’s awesome to have had such a great night here in Germany, and to be leading the championship now. I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel great on the track tonight and didn’t feel like I rode that well for the most part. But I got good starts, put down fast laps, and got the results I needed. I struggled with a little arm pump but apart from that things went well. I’ve spent a fair amount of time riding since the first race in Poland, but because we’ve had so much rain in California my Endurocross track’s been flooded. I’ve spent all my time riding in the hills. I guess it hasn’t been a bad thing, but like I said I did get a little arm pump. I’m doing Winter X Games soon, so I’m looking forward to a little down time in February and having some fun doing something a little different before getting back to business at round three in Spain.”
Pascal Rauchenecker: “It was a great night, I was much more consistent and I feel like I took a big step forward. This track was very technical but I enjoyed it. I tried to push really hard at the start of the races, which worked well for me. I started to feel a little tired towards the end of the races because I was sick for two weeks over Christmas, so I wasn’t in my best shape tonight. I felt like I showed some good speed, and I’m really looking forward to the next round.”
Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship 2017, Round 2
Prestige class – overall
1.Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 63 points; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 50; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 49; 4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 37; 5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 35; 6. Eloi Salsench (Beta) 26; 7. Mike Brown (Husqvarna) 25; 8. Rannar Uusna (KTM) 21; 9. Wesley Pittens (Yamaha) 16; 10. David Luonov (Husqvarna) 14…
Prestige class – race one
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:22:314; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 10 laps 7:28:639; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 10 laps 7:36:493; 4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 10 laps 7:59:559; 5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 8:02:718…
Prestige class – race two
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:29:102; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 10 laps 7:34:691; 3. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 10 laps 7:45:308; 4. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:49:846; 5. Mario Roman (Sherco) 10 laps 7:54:802…
Prestige class – race three
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:19:608; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 7:20:511; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 10 laps 7:22:035; 4. Mario Roman (KTM) 10 laps 7:50:614; 5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:53:230…
Photo: Husqvarna Motorcycles