TADDY BLAZUSIAK KING OF POLAND: 2019 SUPERENDURO OPENING ROUND RESULTS

For the second year in a row Taddy Blazusiak delivered for his hometown fans in Krakow Poland by taking the overall win at round one of the 2019 FIM SuperEnduro Championship. After winning the first two heats of the night a fall in the third and final heat had Blazusiak coming from behind eventually finishing fourth narrowly edging out teammate Cody Webb for the overall win. Webb’s 2-3-2 heat race finishes would be good enough for second overall and fellow American Colton Hakker would round out the overall podium with 3-2-3 heat race finishes. Alfredo Gomez and Kevin Gallas finished fourth and fifth respectively .

Taddy Blazusiak: The whole event has been amazing. Race one went perfectly, I was able to get out in front and set my own pace to take the win. Race two was pretty much the same, I had quite a lot of pressure from the guys behind and made a couple of mistakes, but I was able to put in some fast lap times and break the challenge. In the last moto, I got a pretty good start but I got tangled up with some other riders over the first jumps and went down. I picked myself and the bike up and saw I was in last place so I took a couple of seconds to make sure everything was ok and set off again. I was pushing hard and able to overtake the guys in front quite well. I did make a mistake in one rut and washed the front again, luckily I didn’t lose too much time and was happy enough to take fourth. Championship-wise, I’m a little disappointed to lose a few points but I think we’ll all have challenging races over the season. To be leading going into round two feels great.”

Cody Webb: “I had fun tonight, it’s always good to race here in Poland. I’m happy with my result, SuperPole and then second overall for the night is good – I just made a few too many mistakes out there. It’s nice to race the first round with no jet-lag but I haven’t been able to get on the bike so much in the last couple of weeks so I was maybe a little timid out there. I know my speed is good and my fitness is nearly there now after my injury earlier in the year. I’m excited for the rest of the season so we’ll see what round two brings in Germany.”

Colton Haaker: “I’m pleased with what’s been a good night’s work. Ideally, I would have liked to win but I’m in a much better position than where I started the SuperEnduro series 12 months ago. After what was a tough year of injuries, it was good to come in here with the EnduroCross championship and know that my speed was good. However, these SuperEnduro races are much shorter and more intense and so take a little bit of adjusting to. We worked hard this past month to be ready and if not for a crash in that final race, when pushing for the win, then the overall victory was on the table. I’m happy to come out of round one strong, with a podium result, and look to build on things at round two.”

Alfredo Gomez: “I am absolutely delighted with how round one has gone and how tonight has ended. I’ve been waiting nine months for this victory and to get it feels amazing – it feels like I’ve finally put my knee injury behind me. I felt pretty good on the track but had a few little mistakes in the first two races that held me back. I knew if I could get a good start in the final race then I could do something special. I managed to do exactly that and led the whole way. Colton and Cody really put the pressure on at times, but I kept my cool and fended them off. It was an amazing feeling to cross the finish line first. It’s made all the difficult months of recovery, sometimes 12 hours each day, completely worth it and I’m looking forward to moving on to Germany now and seeing what I can do there.”

Results — 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 1 
Prestige Class — Overall 
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 54 points
2. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 52 pts
3. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 49 pts
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 46 pts
5. Kevin Gallas (DEU), Husqvarna, 28 pts

Prestige Race 1
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:09.693
2. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 7:24.642 +14.949
3. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:39.847 +30.154
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:51.710 +42.017
5. Diogo Vieira (PRT), Yamaha, 8:10.120 +1:00.427

Prestige Race 2
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:14.805
2. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:19.913 +5.108
3. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 7:27.944 +13.139
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:33.739 +18.934
5. Kevin Gallas (DEU), Husqvarna, 7:47.579 +32.774

Prestige Race 3
1. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:14.773
2. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 7:18.551 +3.778
3. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:19.680 +4.907
4. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:29.168 +14.395
5. Kevin Gallas (DEU), Husqvarna, 7:51.985 +37.212

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