SUPERENDURO ROUND FOUR: THE BATTLE TIGHTENS

The SuperEnduro World Championship is tighter than ever after round four in Budapest Hungary. It has developed into a three way battle between Colton Haaker, Cody Webb and Taddy Blazusiak. The overall for the night went to Taddy, just as it did in round one, but the three riders are nearly equals in speed and talent, and the racing is close and intense. The SuperEnduro format calls for three main events for each round. In the final tally, all three riders crossed the finish in first in one event apiece. Taddy brought home the most points because he was second twice. The rider who is most pleased with the season so far is Haaker, who maintains a 12-point lead with only one round left.

Cody Webb: “It’s been a good night for me overall – I’m happy with second. I got a really good start in the first race and was just able to run away with it. In the second race, I started off right on the inside from the second row but I got caught up early and had to fight my way through the whole pack back up to third. In the last race it was good fun battling with the guys up front but it was so tricky to make a good pass – we were all pushing so hard and the pace was relentless. I struggled with traffic later on and couldn’t quite close up to the two leaders. We have got a bit of a break now before the last round so I’ll keep training and work on my intensity before Bilbao and hopefully be in a good position to fight for the championship.”

Taddy Blazusiak: “To take the win tonight feels great. I’ve been mostly off the bike since I hurt my knee in Madrid, so to come here and claim the overall is amazing. I didn’t quite have the out-and-out speed this evening, so I knew I would have to be clever and use my race craft. I got two second places and then in the last race I got a good start and knew it would be difficult for the others to pass. I rode clean but defensively and it paid off. Budapest has been great – the track was not too technical, but it was physically demanding and tricky to make time on. I’m really looking forward to Bilbao now in April.”

Colton Haaker: “It’s been a really close battle out on track all night. Cody, Taddy and myself have been pushing hard and swapping places and that’s kept things tight. I had the speed to win, it was just a matter of a couple little things not going my way that pushed me back to third. I stalled the bike in a corner and that cost me some valuable points. I fought hard with Taddy in race one but on a relatively single-lined track he played smart and kept me behind. I managed a great start in race two and came out of the first corner in the lead despite starting on row two and was able to pull away for an eight-second win. I knew race three would decide the overall between us three and I gave it everything I had to put a wheel on Taddy, but credit to him he closed the door every time. Overall, it’s been a good clean night of racing and although I lost a couple of points in the championship, I’ve still got the red plate with a 12-point lead heading into the final round in Spain.”

 

Results – SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 4

Event Classification
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 56pts; 2. Cody Webb (KTM) 53pts; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 52pts; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 39pts; Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 32pts…

Race 1
1. Cody Webb (KTM) 11 laps, 6:44.923; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 6:50.858; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 6:51.421; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:22.186; 5. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 7:28.249…

Race 2
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 11 laps, 6:38.691; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 6:47.256; 3. Cody Webb (KTM) 7:00.298; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:10.778; 5. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 6:52.969…

Race 3
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 11 laps, 6:36.278; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 6:38.226; 3. Cody Webb (KTM) 6:50.587; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:13.035; 5. Diogo Vieira (Yamaha) 10 laps, 6:43.492…

Championship Standings (After Round 4) 
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 211pts; 2. Cody Webb (KTM) 199pts; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 184pts; 4. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 122pts; 5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 119pts

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