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With the SuperEnduro underdog coming good in Bilbao, Alfredo Gomez is this Monday’s Shout Out…
By default Alfredo Gomez shouldn’t be even competing in this year’s SuperEnduro World Championship, let alone sitting second overall in the championship chase with just one round remaining.
But sometimes opportunities present themselves in the oddest of manner and it’s about making the most of those said opportunities that separate the good from the great.
When Taddy Blazusiak announced his retirement in late November, Gomez was in Africa finishing 20 seconds shy of the Roof of Africa win.
He hadn't even thought of SuperEnduro since March let alone trained for it with any sort of vigour, but less than seven days later he found himself sitting behind the starting gate in Poland.
And three heat races later he ended the night on the third step of the podium. It was a result not even Gomez himself expected.
Since then he’s just been going with the flow, rolling the dice and seeing what happens.
Now don’t get me wrong here, Alfredo is a pretty damn determined — he wants to win — but he isn’t putting himself under any serious pressure to do so.
His mindset is in a really good place right now too.
He’s more relaxed and de-stressed in the pits than I’ve ever seen him before. It seems riding for fun is seeing him coincidentally riding at his best.
On Saturday night in Bilbao that could all so easily have changed. A home race always brings an added sort of pressure to perform. Your family and friends are in town to see you race and they wanna see you win.
Like most guys, Alfredo wasn’t overly keen on the course following practice, but he just got stuck in with the “it’s the same for everyone” mentality.
Coming within inches of winning race one, he then kept his nose clean out front to win the final two races of the night and ultimately bag his first ever SuperEnduro overall podium.
Now with just one round of the series remaining, the guy that shouldn’t really be racing is suddenly 11 points shy of ending it as champion.
Could a final roll of the dice in France throw up a double six for Gomez? I guess we’ll have to wait to see the answer to that question, but if opportunity knocks I’m counting on Alfredo to answer that call.