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Bolt wins SuperEnduro opener

The opening round of the 2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Poland was a memorable one for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing with Billy Bolt charging to victory.

BOLT FLIES TO VICTORY

Making a triumphant return to SuperEnduro racing having missed the entire 2019 season due to injury, Bolt made his presence felt inside the Tauron Arena. Mastering the unpredictable and technically demanding course, the Husqvarna TE 350 mounted rider delivered the strongest performance of the night. Securing two race wins from athree starts, he also took a commanding victory in the SuperPole qualification lap.

Arriving in Poland eager for his championship campaign to begin, Bolt looked to show that his strong performances during his debut season in 2018 were no fluke. Positioning himself at the sharp end of the field early in race one, he went back and forth multiple times with home favourite Taddy Blazusiak for the win. Eventually breaking clear with four laps to go, he claimed the opening victory of the night.

Blocked in traffic due to the start positions being reversed for race two, he managed to work his way up to second by lap six of 11. Drawing level with race leader Blazusiak he attempted an overtake but got hung up on the slippery rocks and had to settle for an eventual second.

Knowing the outcome of the night hung on the balance of race three, he wasted little time in hitting the front by taking control of the race lead from Blazusiak on lap two. In what would become the fastest race of the night, Bolt put in a masterclass of riding to lap up to third position on his way to a 21-second margin of victory.

Billy Bolt: “I’m over the moon to come away from round one with such a good performance and the championship lead. With two race wins and the SuperPole it’s been a fantastic night. I knew coming here I wouldn’t be the favourite in Taddy’s home stadium but I just focused on what I could do. The track itself was so tricky, the dirt was unpredictable and a lot of the obstacles slippery, especially the rocks. Fastest in SuperPole was a great confidence boost. It was a big battle with Taddy in race one – we changed the lead a lot but it worked out in my favour. For the final race things just clicked right. I found the groove I wanted and the laps times came to me. Twelve months ago I was sitting in a hospital bed watching this race happen without me, now I’ve won it and go to Germany with the points lead – I can’t ask for better than that!”

The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with the second stop of the five-round series in Germany on January 4, 2020.

Results – 2020 SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 1

Overall Classification

  1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 60pts; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 55pts. 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 45pts; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 41pts; 5. Blake Gutzeit (Husqvarna) 29pts…

Prestige Race 1

  1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 6:43.265; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 6:47.228; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:00.373; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 7:23.063; 5. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 6:46.710…

Prestige Race 2

  1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 11 laps, 7:24.713; 2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 7:32.218; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:41.081; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM)7:79.702; 5. Blake Gutzeit (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:34.237…

Prestige Race 3

  1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 12 laps, 7:18.023; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 7:39.521; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 11 laps, 7:32.948; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 7:52.738; 5. Kevin Gallas (Husqvarna) 7:54.862…

Championship Standings (After Round 1 of 5)

  1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 60pts; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 55pts. 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 45pts; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 41pts; 5. Blake Gutzeit (Husqvarna) 29pts…

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