The Tauron Arena in Poland was the site for the opening round of the 2018 season of the Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. The 12,000 Polish spectators were treated to 75 riders entered from 22 nations, which is a record in the short SuperEnduro history. All eyes were on local rider Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) who has come out of retirement.
Defending champion Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) scored the first three points of the season by winning the Super Pole. He crashed in the first turn of the first heat, though, and finished a disappointing eighth. Taddy was out front until Cody Webb caught him. Then Cody, too, crashed–but he managed to pick it up, repass Blazusiak and win the first of the three heats.
The second race started with a reverse order, putting Webb at a disadvantage that he could never quite overcome. It was young start Billy Bolt who won that race, with Taddy again second. Webb was fifth and Haaker was eighth.
The final heat turned out to be a one-on-one match between Blazusiak and Webb. It was Webb who made the final pass on the last lap to win the heat, but Taddy who would take the night’s overall victory, with a 2-2-2 score besting Webb’s 1-5-1. Haaker was third in the final heat, but sixth on the evening behind Bolt,R Manuel Lettenbichler and Alfredo Gomez.
What They Said…
Taddy BLAZUSIAK: “Obviously I’m happy and satisfied with this result in front of my home fans! It’s amazing to re-live such emotions here in Krakow again 1 year on. I never thought of going back to competition. I tried to cut out riding while remaining involved in the sport but the pull just got stronger and stronger … About my successful start in the second race? I think it’s a question of drive and experience that has often allowed me in my career to avoid the pitfalls of the reverse order start. But one thing is certain this result is still a little unexpected for me, but now I can confirm something: I’ll be ready in Riesa on January 6th to defend my No.1 plate!”
Cody WEBB: “Satisfied with my evening on a tricky circuit with a very soft ground! I know I have speed but I made some mistakes that cost me dearly. Especially during the 2nd final where I wondered if I was going to be able to make up what I lost after the gigantic crash on the first corner! However I started my season well and I am only two points off Taddy. I’m really looking forward to Germany in 4 weeks where I’ll go for the victory!”
Billy BOLT: “I’m a little surprised to be on the podium at this Championship opener with so many prestigious riders out there. But I rode well and the Matrix, where lots of people made mistakes, didn’t cause me too much trouble. Finishing on the podium in Krakow is superb for me and I will continue to work to build on this result!”