By any measure Kevin Gallas had an impressive 2018 SuperEnduro season. Throughout the five round championship we watched the Junior class chaos unfold around the methodical young German, riding his own race and clocking up wins like no-one could match – not even Cody Webb.

 

After finishing sixth in the 2017 Junior category, Gallas began his 2018 season with a maiden win in Poland his first world championship heat win and showed the way the season would pan out for Gallas .From the opening round in Poland to taking his title Sweden, the 21-year-old bust out some remarkable statistics:

  • Kevin won four out of five GPs in the Junior class.
  • He won three of those by winning all three heats on the night.
  • From a total of 15 races he won 12. 
  • From a possible 300 points over the season Kevin clocked up 271 points.
  • He finished 79 points clear of his nearest rival.
 

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Photo Credit: Andrea Belluschi/Future7Media

 

The 2018 SuperEnduro season was categorised by some incredibly physical courses which produced more than its share of crashes and unpredictable racing. Despite that Kevin’s more deliberate riding technique, born of a trials background, proved more successful than his perhaps more flamboyant rivals. Lap times and overall race times were clearly more consistent – results followed. 


Mental strength in this at times crazy class in a crazy sport, is key and Gallas showed plenty of it this SuperEnduro season. Kevin’s father lost the battle against cancer just before the World Championship started, putting the young rider in a tough place mentally. 

 

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Photo Credit: Robert Lynn/Future7Media


One of the season’s highlights for Gallas was the second GP in Riesa, Germany. Again he dominated but to do it in front of his home crowd and get his first overall GP win with a triple heat victory meant a lot. In Malaga/Spain he matched his results from Germany with another triple which got him the nickname ‘Dominator’.

In Bilbao the three race format showed a by now familiar pattern: Kevin qualifies on pole, takes the lead early and clears off to win the first and last races. Heat two though, where riders start a reverse grid order, saw him last after a first corner pile-up and with a battle on his hands. But that consistent pace saw Gallas cut through to third by the flag.

The third race that night, where Kevin lapped the entire field to take the win, was possibly his greatest heat victory of the season. 

 

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Photo Credit: Andrea Belluschi/Future7Media

 


For the final round in Lidköping, Sweden a comfortable 56 points meant he could relax a little but setting a 4.5seconds faster qualifying showed his intent to take the championship as quickly as possible (that qually time was also good enough to have put through into Superpole in the Prestige category). 

Victory in race one was all he needed to be crowned SuperEnduro World Junior Champion. Winning the second and third races on the night was icing on a cake. 

Gallas’ main sponsors Grenzgaenger, MH-Motorräder and Endurides by Marko Prodan played a big role in the championship but investing in training and equipment for the young rider has clearly paid off. 

Gallas will need it – next year he fully intends to move up to the Prestige class and that is a whole different ball game. But this level-headed young rider has the right tools in his bag. Right now, he is also a World Champion.

 

 

jon.pearson enduro21 april 2017

Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester
jon.pearson@enduro21.com