FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Webb has claimed victory at round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Germany to take the series lead. Putting together three strong performances in Riesa, Webb secured two wins from three starts to top the overall podium. Winning the third and final heat race of the night, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak placed second overall to ensure a KTM 1-2 result.
Video Highlights from round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Riesa.
The Factory KTM rider leaves Germany at the top of the FIM Maxxis SuperEnduro World Championship standings. WEBB was untouchable in races 1 and 2, winning with relative ease in both these heats. He concluded a perfect weekend by taking 3rd place in the last race, a relaxed move which allowed him to romp home with the overall win on the night. The American won dominantly in Riesa last year, too, and seemed to stamp his authority once again when he took over the title lead. WEBB admitted to feeling very comfortable on this narrow track, despite initially raising concerns about the tight nature of the first turn. He won Round 2 ahead of BLAZUSIAK and Colton HAAKER (USA-HVA).
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for last year’s champion; with his rivals desperate to hunt him down he was forced to push hard, especially in the reverse grid race where he rocketed to an early lead, requiring extreme levels of focus to keep his rhythm until the chequered flag. And in the 3rd and final race of this manic night in Riesa, Cody had to settle for 3rd place as Taddy BLAZUSIAKfought back for an authoritative race win.
At the end of the night an unflappable WEBB took a two-point lead in the title chase.
Dramatic Night For Husqvarna
Drama hit the Husqvarna Factory squad from the first corner of the first Prestige final… Colton HAAKER (USA-HVA), who set the best time in the Akrapovic SuperPole, had a nasty crash along with with his friend and team-mate Alfredo GOMEZ (ESP-HVA). The Spaniard initially tried to get up but was clearly in severe pain, and the red flag was quickly flown. After a trip to hospital the unlucky Spaniard, who suffered a horrific knee injury last season, was diagnosed with a dislocated left elbow. The whole SuperEnduro family wishes Alfredo a speedy recovery, we hope to see him back on track soon!
The shock of GOMEZ’s crash had far reaching consequences for all the riders, as they admitted they felt deflated and upset and struggled to get back into a racing rhythm. For team-mate HAAKER, the crash left him fired up and he tried to force blame onto BLAZUSIAK for the racing incident. Emotions and tensions therefore ran high into the Race 1 restart. HAAKER fought hard and managed 3rd despite another early off. Meanwhile WEBB and BLAZUSIAK placed ahead of the Husky rider.
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Race 2 rewarded the passionate German fans with a very exciting battle between BLAZUSIAK and HAAKER, with the pair swopping positions multiple times and each making costly mistakes. This time around the American got the better of his Polish rival for 2nd behind WEBB.