Make no mistake about it Taddy Blazusiak is still the strongest endurocross rider there is. Even during his weakest hour in Poland, where medical tape held together his severely dislocated shoulder, Blazusiak still won. That’s a pretty impressive feat even by his high own very high standards. Now two months on but only just making a return to competitive action, Taddy is remaining tight-lipped about how healthy he really is. Injured or not, Blazusiak will arrive to Barcelona as the rider to beat.
The young Brit is getting ever closer to making things happen in a big way in Superenduro. Securing his second ever race win in Poland, Walker’s confidence is rising, and rising fast. Catching his rivals napping during the second final of the night, the KTM rider blitzed the start from the second row and disappeared. With a clear track ahead of him, he pounded out the laps to claim a solid five-second win. Returning to Barcelona – the stadium where he claimed his first race win twelve months ago – thoughts of clinching an overall win are playing on his mind. Can he do it?
In Poland David Knight indicated to everyone that he’s beginning to fire on all cylinders once again by claiming third overall. If not for a couple of mistakes the podium order could have looked a little different. Up to speed and finely tuned in both mind and machine, Knight’s looking for a lot more than just another third place result in Barcelona. He’s going there to win. With an impeccable record indoors, if David can smell a possible victory he’ll not think twice about going for it.
Spanish, fast, and hungry to win – Husaberg’s Alfredo Gomez will be more than willing to stick his neck out for a top three result on Sunday night. When it comes to crowd support, a home advantage can have a notable impact inside any stadium. On Sunday Alfredo Gomez will want to harness every available ounce of support and try his best to finish on the podium.
Nemeth, the ex-GP motocross rider was the standout performer in Poland. No one knew what to expect of the Hungarian but at the Atlas Arena he quickly showed what he is capable of. Fifth overall on the night but with a lot more to offer, Nemeth’s just had nine weeks to get even faster.
To say that Joakim Ljunggren was disappointed with the outcome of his results in Poland would be an understatement. He was pissed! After a solid top three transfer to the evening’s main events, Joakim ran into roadblock after roadblock. Bad starts and crashes on a track that became extremely one lined left him eventually placed sixth overall. Joakim, who ended the 2012 season third overall, is looking to return to the podium in Barcelona.
The Palau Sant Jordi stadium harbours a lot of fond memories for Ivan Cervantes. It’s a place where he’s enjoyed a lot of success in the past. On Sunday he’ll make his eagerly awaited return to KTM. Ivan certainly won’t want to deliver a below par performance first time out back on orange. Although this will be a one-off appearance for Cervantes in the SuperEnduro championship, the Spaniard is well versed when it comes to endurocross racing.
You gotta love wild card entries, and they don’t come much better than KTM’s Antoine Meo. The three-time Enduro World Champion might say that he’s only out to enjoy the SuperEnduro experience but once that five-second board is raised for the main event, Meo will be fired up to win.
Add into the mix a host of other top-flight riders including Matti Seistola (Husqvarna), Thomas Oldrati (Husaberg), Mike Hartmann (Husaberg) and Lorenzo Santolino (Husqvarna) and things are sure to get exciting in Barcelona…
2012 Highlights from Barcelona