Alle kampioenen gefeliciteerd!
Komend weekend wordt de 77e KNMV Kampioensrit verreden in Enter. Nu hebben wij een mooi verslag gevonden in het Motor blad van 5 november 1971 over de 36e KNMV Kampioensrit 1971.
Verslag in Motor van 5 november 1971 (PDF Bestand)
Regarded as the toughest and most difficult race on the Swedish off road calendar, Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Joakim Ljunggren produced a master class in enduro riding to comfortably secure victory in this year’s race at Vimmerby.
Knowing that he had the perfect opportunity to equal the all-time winner’s record of six victories, Ljunggren began the event in a confident mood. Taking control of the race lead during the morning section, the Husqvarna rider ended lap one of three as the initial leader.
With competitors returning to complete the final two laps of the demanding course at night, Ljunggren focused on maintaining his lead. Knowing that with almost eight hours of racing still to run, he steadily chipped away at building his advantage. Ending lap two with a comfortable cushion over his nearest rivals, Ljunggren pushed on during the final tortuous lap to claim victory by over 11 minutes.
Ensuring it was a memorable event for Husqvarna, Johan Edlund recovered strongly from some early problems to join Ljunggren on the podium in third while Carl Johan Bjerkert completed the top five.
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak wound up his 2014 EnduroCross Championship challenge on Saturday night on a high note, winning the final round of the season at Ontario California to finish second in the championship.
The Polish rider, who had won the previous five EnduroCross championships, said he was disappointed not to have taken the title but was satisfied to go out with the win.
“I am really bummed I couldn’t earn the championship this year, but I am happy to win the final race,” stated Blazusiak. “I came here to win tonight and that is what I was able to accomplish.”
Taddy was on form throughout the event, which was held in front of a packed stadium as the sport continues to grow in popularity. He turned consistently fast times in the afternoon qualifying session and followed that up with a dominant heat race win. His KTM teammate, Taylor Robert, followed suit and also won his heat. These wins gave both riders an extra point toward the championship chase.