With no Taddy Blazusiak competing in Germany following the Pole’s retirement from full-time competition after his sensational win in front of his home crown in Poland back in early December, it was Alfredo Gomez who lead KTM’s charge in the second SuperEnduro round but he was no match for Husky’s Colton Haaker who took the win.
As well as improving on his round one result, having had time to prepare properly for round two – Alfredo arrived straight from The Roof of Africa at round one in Poland – Gomez was much closer to now championship leader Colton Haaker. “I feel like I was a lot closer to Colton than I was at round one in Poland,” Gomez added. “I’m going to keep working hard on improving my speed. I’ve been consistent so if I can work on my speed a little over the coming weeks then I think I can do better.”
For Jonny Walker round two brought improved speed, a podium result and close battles with Gomez. Third and just two points behind his team-mate in the championship standings following his 3/2/3 results Walker showed good speed on the KTM 250 EXC-F throughout the night. “I had a good night and really enjoyed the track,” commented Walker, who was denied the chance to fight for the 2016 SuperEnduro due to a broken leg.
“My speed was good. I raced well. My starts just weren’t what I needed. It’s tough on all SuperEnduro tracks, but especially this one here in Germany. There’s one good line and it’s so, so difficult getting around riders. I learned at the first round that there’s a very fine line between pushing hard and pushing a little too hard and making mistakes. It was difficult – I knew I was a little faster than Gomez, but getting ahead of him was hard. Of course I was hoping for the win but I really enjoyed the racing and the track. I feel like I rode and raced better than I did in Poland. The more technical track suited me, it was a cool night of racing.”
Reigning SuperEnduro Junior World Champion Manuel Lettenbichler was unable to compete in Riesa due to injury.
Results SuperEnduro Riesa 2017
1. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 63 points (1-1-1)
2. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), KTM, 50 (2-3-2)
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 49 (3-2-3)
4. Mario Roman (ESP), Sherco, 37 (4-5-4)
5. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT), Husqvarna, 36 (5-4-5)
Standings SuperEnduro 2017 after 2 of 4 rounds
1. Haaker, 117 points
2. Gomez, 95
3. Walker, 93
4. Roman, 59
5. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 58
10. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER), KTM, 27
The 2016/17 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship resumes on March 4th in Bilbao, Spain.