Cody Webb joins Taddy Blazusiak and Jonny Walker as KTM put forward a strong trio for the SuperEnduro World Championship.

With the return of Webb to the fray, it seems KTM are very much intent on winning back the world crown Colton Haaker has held from them for the last two years.

After a year’s absence from SuperEnduro, newly crowned AMA EnduroCross champ Webb joins Walker and a returning Blazusiak for the five-round series.

Twice a runner-up in the SuperEnduro series, Webb came within two corners of being crowned world champion in 2016.

Fresh off his dominating run in EnduroCross, Webb is coming in hot to Poland this Saturday and starts as a definite title contender.

 

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“I’m hoping to come into the season with some strong momentum after winning the 2017 AMA EnduroCross championship,” told Webb. 

“It was a shame Colton (Haaker) was forced to miss the last few rounds, so I’m looking forward to some good battles with him again, this time in Europe. 

“The tracks in Europe are always a little different to those in the States so it will be good to get a chance to experience them again. 

“There are also some top names entered this year so claiming the title won’t be easy, but I’m up for the challenge.”

 

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Walker ready to step it up

Third overall in 2017’s series, Walker has been knocking on the door of title success since 2012. 

Injury hampered his start to the series last year, but a switch midway through the year from the 250F to the 350F saw him challenge for race wins and overall honours.

Adding in the fact that he’s also won the Akrapovic SuperPole for the last two years means he’s got the speed to run upfront.

“2017 has been a bit of an up-and-down year for me,” said Walker. “I’ve had some bad luck along the way, but throughout the season my pace and feeling on the bike has been good. 

“I had a little crash during testing a few weeks ago and dislocated my thumb, it’s feeling a lot better now though so in Poland I should be close to 100%. 

“I’ve come so close to winning the championship in the past, I’m sure that if everything goes well this year, I’m definitely in with a chance of taking the title.”

 

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Blazusiak’s back

Completing the line-up, Blazusiak returns after a year off racing. He won in Poland 12 months ago in a head-to-head battle with Haaker and will have his sights set on picking up exactly where he left off.

“Honestly, I’m looking forward to returning to racing but I don’t have any big expectation returning to SuperEnduro,” admitted Blazusiak. 

“I’ve been doing the work, I’ve got plenty of motivation and I’m enjoying my riding, and importantly, I’m not injured or tired from a season of travelling. 

“It’s a totally new feeling for me, but I’m ready to race in Poland. I know that when I get out on track the old magic will come back, but I also know that I haven't raced in a long time. 

“It’s going to feel a little strange because I said goodbye to racing in Poland and now I’ll be back there racing.”

The five-round 2018 FIM SuperEnduro Championship kicks off with the round one in Krakow, Poland on December 6, 2017 before continuing in 2018 with the remaining four rounds. 

2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship 

Round 1: 9 December 2017 — Tauron Arena, Krakow, Poland 

Round 2: 6 January 2018 — Sachsen Arena, Riesa, Germany 

Round 3: 17 February 2018 — Palacio Deportes Martin Carpena, Malaga, Spain 

Round 4: 3 March 2018 — Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain 

Round 5: 31 March 2018 — Sparbanken Arena, Lidköping, Sweden

 

 

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Gez Morrison
Staff Writer