Watch highlight of SuperEnduro Sweden 2018
Results — FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 5
Prestige Class — Overall
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 57pts; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 41pts; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 40pts; 4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 39pts; 5. Cody Webb (KTM) 38pts; 6. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 34pts…
Prestige Race 1
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 10 laps, 7:22.231; 2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 7:26.764; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 7:29.421; 4. Cody Webb (KTM) 7:32.650; 5. Jonny Walker (KTM) 7:50.702…
Prestige Race 2
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:19.234; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 7:27.188; 3. Cody Webb (KTM) 7:40.248; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 7:55.227; 5. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:31.958…
Prestige Race 3
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:12.810; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 7:27.718; 3. Jonny Walker 8:00.623; 4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 9 laps, 7:15.765; 5. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha) 7:26.143… 7. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 7:57.784…
2018 SuperEnduro World Championship Standings (Final)
1. Cody Webb (KTM) 240pts; 2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 226pts; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 225pts; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 194pts; 5. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 180pts… 7. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 105pts…
KTM FACTORY TEAM
Adding the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship to his 2017 AMA Endurocross title, Cody Webb is undisputedly the man to beat in indoor enduro. Despite a tough final round, the American was overjoyed with his first ever World title.
Cody Webb: “I am so happy, I can’t tell you what this means to me. Of course, I feel bad for Taddy, he was riding really well tonight. The championship has been great and for it to come down to the wire shows how high the quality really is – I have so much respect for every single rider in this series. I was riding really tight tonight – I think because of my nerves – and Taddy was pushing so hard. He had some bad luck tonight, but I’ve had a couple of bad rounds too. After having a year out of racing in Europe, to come back and be World Champion is amazing – this is definitely the most important title I have won so far. After my riding tonight, I know there are still some things I have to work on so I’ll go away now, regroup and prepare for the WESS this summer.”
To come back from such disappointment and challenge for the win in the final race shows the spirit of Taddy Blazusiak. Just months after announcing his return to competitive competition, Taddy was incredibly close to taking a seventh world title. The multiple world champion has vowed to come back and try again come 2019.
Taddy Blazusiak: “I am so disappointed. Words can’t describe how I feel right now. On the positive side, I know I was fast tonight, I was riding really well. I was feeling good on the bike, practice and SuperPole went well and then in the first race, I was able to set a good, fast pace at the front. Going into the second race, I was only eight points down on Cody in the championship and I knew he had made a couple of mistakes in the first race. To be forced to retire like that is bad at any time, but to lose the championship like that is heart-breaking. I got back for the third race, but my heart wasn’t quite in it. To come back to racing and be so close to taking another world title is definitely encouraging though. I think my pace towards the end of the season was the best. I might have missed out this time, but I’ll be back next year to take my seventh championship.”
Riding consistently throughout the evening, Jonny Walker finished as runner-up and also claimed the overall Akrapovic SuperPole title for the season. The former Erzbergrodeo winner will now look ahead to the outdoor season and the World Enduro Super Series.
Jonny Walker: “It was a tough night tonight – second overall with a 5-4-3 result shows just how tricky the track was and I think everyone found it hard. My pace definitely got better as the night went on and to finish as runner-up on the night is great. I won the SuperPole award for the season, which shows my speed is definitely good enough, I just need to work a little on my consistency. With the WESS not far away now, I’ll start working on the outdoor races and the different challenges for the rest of the year.”
HUSQVARNA ROCKSTAR FACTORY TEAM
With the 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship complete, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team now look forward to the opening round of the World Enduro Super Series in Portugal May 11-13.
Billy Bolt: “It’s been the perfect end to the series — winning my first round overall and then ending the championship as runner-up. I couldn’t ask for more than that, especially in my rookie season. Tonight was a great night and I felt my riding really came together to take the overall victory. We’ve worked tirelessly as a team to improve little by little and the end result has paid off with the top step of the podium here in Sweden. My speed wasn’t any better or worse than previous rounds, but my mistakes were fewer and that’s made the difference. I felt much more consistent in my riding and was able to handle the intensity better, taking two race wins tonight. Regards the final championship standings it was a shame for Taddy Blazusiak to have an issue like he did and it definitely swayed the end result in my favour, but I guess that’s the luck of racing sometimes. Finally, I just wanted to say a huge thanks to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team for their support and belief in me to get this result.”
Colton Haaker: “Overall, it’s just been a strange season for me in SuperEnduro. Finishing sixth overall tonight and fifth in the final standings is not the results I wanted to end my second consecutive title defence on. I need to take stock of how things went this season, of course they weren’t what I wanted but I need to look at why. Definitely starting the season coming off an injury wasn’t ideal but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. At every round I felt fast and my lap times were always strong. But through a combination of bad luck and situations out of my control, the results weren’t there to put together an overall result that I know I’m capable of.”