COLTON HAAKER WINS SUPERENDURO ROUND 3

Americans continued to do well in the FIM World Superenduro championship this weekend in Spain. This time it was Colton Haaker who dominated the night of racing with two wins and a third, allowing him to take home the overall and the lion’s share of points. In so doing, Haaker moves into the lead of the series with two rounds remaining. Cody Webb, winner of the second race, had a disastrous final race, but still managed to leave Spain with second in the points behind Haaker.

Haaker immediately took control of  the first race. Breaking away from the rest of the field, he secured his first victory of the night. Cody Webb seemed uncomfortable from the start and failed to really find his rhythm. The KTM factory rider, who was leading the championship coming into Madrid, made a few too many errors and had to settle for 3rd. Taddy Blazusiak simply couldn’t keep pace with Haaker, but still was second in the first race.

A huge pile-up early in race two (the reverse grid race) caused carnage when Kevin Gallas failed to get over an obstacle and several riders collided in a domino effect. Haaker and Blazusiak were worst affected as they went down and remounted last. Cody Webb, meanwhile, raced to victory despite starting on the second row. Haaker was furious at his misfortune and made up ground quickly. He made his way close to the front and was in the fight for second with Pol Tarres.  Blazusiak  also put in a monumental effort to catch up with Colton. At the finish, the pair collided in mid-air in one of the most spectacular yet terrifying Superenduro crashes ever. And while Haaker’s Husqvarna flew over the finish line without its rider, Taddy’s KTM fell short of the timing beam, meaning a devastating DNF for the battered and bruised Pole who required medical attention.

With the overall win up for grabs, Haaker delivered his best performance of the night in race three. Riding to a commanding 26-second margin of victory, he secured the top step of the podium and took control of the championship lead. Webb, was running second until is KTM suffered a derailed chain. Blazusiak was down again, making Spain his worst race in years.

Colton HAAKER: “ the end result is awesome but it was an up and down night for me! It was nice to bring home the first race but in race 2 I came over the tanks and there were four guys in the valley and I had nowhere to go. I followed Cody into it and he made it through cleanly but me and Taddy didn’t and we were tangled together. We seem to find each other together all the time… Probably cos were both so aggressive. Over the final jump we raced to it and came together and it was an explosion of bikes and people. It was noones fault cos we both were racing for the flag. It was tough to put that behind me but I tried to be clean in final 3 an dat the start I had someone behind me but then suddenly he wasn’t there. It’s hard for Cody but chains breaking can happen. .

Cody WEBB: “That was a crazy night! It’s a freak accident for the chain to make and its tough because I felt good just before the chain broke. I pushed the bike to the outside and the team brought me a chain and I tried to change it as quick as I could to score a point. I didn’t think any of us would open a double digit lead but two crashes for Taddy and my chain means that Cody has an edge. We’ve all been riding super hard this year in every race but now Colton has a lead and it’ll be interesting to see if he starts riding defensive. I’ve only points to gain.

The 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round four in Budapest, Hungary on February 9.

 

Results – 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 3

Prestige Class — Overall

1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 58 pts; 2. Cody Webb (KTM) 37 pts; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 34 pts; 4. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 34 pts; 5. Blake Gutzeit (Husqvarna) 33 pts…

Prestige Race 1

1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 6:56.230; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 7:03.937; 3. Cody Webb (KTM) 7:18.096; 4. Diogo Vieira (Yamaha) 9 laps 7:07.867; 5. Blake Gutzeit (Husqvarna) 7:11.852… 9. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:32.324…

Prestige Race 2

1. Cody Webb (KTM 10 laps 7:30.653; 2. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 7:46.140; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 7:46.724; 4. Diogo Vieira (Yamaha) 7:52.267; 5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:54.916…

Prestige Race 3

1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:12.010; 2. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:38.635; 3. David Leonov (Husqvarna) 7:46.321; 4. Blake Gutzeit (Husqvarna) 7:47.924; 5. Xavier Leon Sole (Husqvarna) 7:52.685…

Championship Standings (After round 3)
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 159 points; 2. Cody Webb (KTM) 146 pts; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 128 pts; 4. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 90 pts; 5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 80 pts…

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