Bel Ray Husqvarna Enduro Team enjoyed a night of success at round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Lodz, Poland.
Securing a start-to-finish victory in the Women’s class, supported rider Jane Daniels took over as the new championship leader. Placing second overall in the Junior category, Jamie McCanney maintained his championship lead while Mathias Bellino and Alfredo Gomez both delivered strong rides in the Prestige class to place fourth and fifth overall respectively.
After his disappointing SuperEnduro debut at round one in Liverpool, Husqvarna’s Mathias Bellino was determined to fair better in Poland. Setting the second fastest time in Super Pole, Bellino got his night off to an impressive start. With confidence high, the Frenchman fought hard in Final #1 to place second. Enduring a difficult Final #2, the Husqvarna rider battled with championship leader Taddy Blazusiak for the race lead in Final #3. Passing Blazusiak on lap two, the Frenchman maintained the race lead for two laps until he got stuck behind a back marker in the rock garden. Slipping down the order, Bellino recovered to finish fourth and end his night fourth overall.
Seventh in Final #1, Alfredo Gomez bounced back in Final #2 to place second. Finding some clear lines through the tricky rock garden the Husqvarna rider steadily improved his position during the seven-lap final to place second. Fifth in Final #3, the Spaniard completed the overall top five in Poland.
For Joakim Ljunggren, round two was one of mixed fortunes. A terrific fourth place in Final #2 was marred by numerous crashes throughout the night and the Swede eventually placed eighth overall.
Entering Poland as the championship leader in the Junior class, McCanney was hoping to continue his winning ways. But a couple of crashes hampered the Manxman’s progress and he had to settle for second overall on the night.
Delivering an impressive performance in the Women’s class, Brit supported rider Jane Daniels claimed an almost start-to-finish victory. Securing the top step of the podium in Poland, Daniels now takes over as the championship leader.
The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round three in Brazil on January 18th 2014.
Jamie McCanney: ‘I came here intending to win but it just wasn’t possible. The course was quite complex – especially the rock garden – which made it difficult to overtake. In Final #1 I was riding well but I sat behind Giacomo too long and didn’t force a pass when I should have. He got away from me a bit and although I closed in on him towards the end of the race it just wasn’t enough to get past. In Final #2 – with the reversed start – I didn’t have any luck in the first corner. I got boxed in while Giacomo led up front. I gave it my best shot to fight my way through the field and reduced his 20-second advantage to just one second by the chequered flag. It’s disappointing to have ridden well – maybe better then round one in Liverpool – but not actually won. I’m still leading the championship so that’s a positive to take into the winter break.’
Jane Daniels: ‘I’m so happy to have won in Poland. In the main event I started about third and just rode steady to settle into the race. When I got to the rock garden I made a few mistakes and lost a couple of positions. But I regrouped and got back to the front. I rode my own race and opened up a decent lead until the final lap when I made a small mistake in the rocks. Thankfully I had a good advantage and was able to take the win. Overall it’s been a great evening.’
Mathias Bellino: ‘It’s been a fantastic night of racing for me. After my disappointing result from round one I’m so happy to have finished fifth overall in Poland. Between rounds one and two I trained a lot and became more comfortable with SuperEnduro. Immediately that showed as I set the second fastest time in the Super Pole. That result gave me a lot of confidence for the remainder of the night. In Final #1 I got a great start. Initially I was second but then momentarily slipped back to third. I found some better lines and managed to get back into second place again, which I held for the rest of the race. I had a bad start in Final #2 – the reversed start – and it was difficult to do any better than 11th. In the final race I got a much better start and was second behind Blazusiak on the opening lap. I managed to pass him on the uphill section and led the race – that was a great feeling. Unfortunately, towards the end of the race I got caught behind a back marker in the rocks and dropped back to fourth but overall it’s been a rewarding night. I feel I’ve made a lot of progress since Liverpool and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.’
Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Rnd2
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