2024 SuperEnduro Results: Billy Bolt at his best in Budapest
2024 SuperEnduro World Championship round five results from Budapest, Hungary where Billy Bolt was in supreme form lapping Jonny Walker and leaping over over Mani Lettenbichler for his best win of the season.
SuperEnduro Rnd 5 in a nutshell:
- A fast, more flowing track inside the impressive MVM Dome looked almost EnduroCross-like compared to the last round’s trials sections, bringing out the best in Billy Bolt.
- The rocks and log matrix sections were punctuated by berms some big double jumps which made for fast lap times – around the 30 seconds mark.
- Jonny Walker stole the Superpole fastest time by a fraction from Billy (30.7 to 30.9) but it was as good as it got for Walker in his championship challenge on a night when Bolt reigned supreme.
- A lightning Bolt whipped out the start gate in race one to take a lead. Mistakes from Walker and Mani Lettenbichler fighting for second saw them both flailing and in when Mani went down in the logs, Bolt literally leap-frogged Letti to lap him – landing heavily on his injured leg in the process but still comfortably winning.
- Diogo Vieira had his best-ever SuperEnduro night taking third in moto one and lead the early laps of the reverse grid moto two. Billy’s sideways skip in the middle of the logs was a-typical of how far ahead his skillset is on a track like this.
- If that wasn’t enough, Bolt then lapped Walker – the rider second in the world championship don’t forget. Jonny seemed to lose the plot in race two and clattered into Will Hoare, taking them both out to no gain as Bolt lapped them. Jonny took his worst result of the season in fifth at the flag – spelling the end for his title challenge barring disasters for Billy.
- In the end it was Bolt from the remarkable Vieira with ’23 Junior champ Mitch Brightmore also taking his best Prestige result in third.
- It was a night when Billy looked at his most comfortable when he was riding at his own pace and that pace was comfortably better than everyone, even if Jonny did hold a lead for the first laps of moto three.
- Three from three was all she was ever going to write tonight for the reigning champion who said, “it was not a good night for my knee but it was a good night for my championship”.
- Walker grabbed second once again but now sits 33 points behind Bill. But perhaps the story of the night was Diogo Vieira taking third overall for his best-ever result.
- The faster track brought out the best in the Juniors too with Milan Schmueser fastest out the blocks but fading in moto one while the championship protagonists Suff Sella and Ash Brightmore looked in determined mood. Mistakes from Sella handed Brightmore the race one win on a plate as the British rider went on to finish almost a lap ahead of his rival.
- Ash was in the lead within the first lap of race two and despite having to thread the needle through lapped riders, Ash in fact did lap his rival Sella while Schmueser claimed second.
- Junior moto three was chaotic from the start with Brightmore and Schmueser crashing on turn one leaving Sella out front and away. Home hero Roland Liska was keeping the crowd lively in second for a while but Ash clawed it back to take second and he took the overall, leaving the Hungarian GP 10 points to the good in the championship fight.
- The European Championship concluded this weekend in Budapest with Spain’s Xavier Leon Sole having dominated the series and carrying a 31 point advantage into the night. A measured ride saw the race one win come to him while rivals faltered, and the 2024 European title was his in easy fashion.
- Messing with our mojos a little, American Dustin McCarthy took the overall European win on the night with a 2-1 scorecard ahead of Xavi.
SuperEnduro GP of Hungary results, Prestige overall:
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