The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship countdown is on with just 10 days until Krakow, Poland hosts round one of the 2019 series – who's favourite for the World Championship this season?
Time for the SuperEnduro fireworks. The 2019 SuperEnduro season begins on December 8 with the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland kicking-off what looks like being a one of the best indoor seasons to date.
The 2019 SuperEnduro season promises to be a vintage one with, we reckon, with half a dozen riders capable of winning the title (at least). The sport is always dramatic, at times aggressive on the tight tracks but never predictable. From round one in Poland to the final round in Bilbao on March 9, it’ll be compelling viewing in 2019.
Webb ready to defend title
The 2018 SuperEnduro World Champion, Cody Webb begins his title defence facing challenges from his old foes Colton Haaker and Taddy Blazusiak. But Webb also faces a tough challenge from the young rider who stormed to the top of world enduro in 2018, indoors and out, Billy Bolt.
Bolt not only won the WESS championship, proving his versatility as a rider, but rounded out the 2018 SuperEnduro season in second place. Flashes of brilliance indoors showed he has the natural riding talent and flare needed in this specialist discipline – a few less crashes in 2019 will surely see him contend his first FIM World title.
Colton Haaker had a lack-lustre 2018 SuperEnduro season but has whipped his head back into shape since becoming a dad this year. Proving he’s back on it, Colton took victory in the 2018 AMA EnduroCross series ahead of Webb. Haaker isn’t a two-time SuperEnduro World Champ for no reason and will have a point to prove.
Tauron Arena ready to cheer on King Taddy
The Tauron Arena has provided an electric atmosphere in recent years with the crowd ready to welcome their home hero, Taddy Blazusiak for round one again. The Polish super star came back with a bang in 2018 and his indoor season proved King Taddy was still very much a force to be reckoned with.
Manuel Lettenbichler too will have plenty to show from a super-strong 2018 season which saw him run up the sharp-end of the major extreme and hard enduro races. Though Manni is not down to race the opening round in Krakow, he will race the 300 two-stroke at round two in Germany. Watch out for his fast starts!
These are the top contenders for the title but by no means count out strong performances from the likes of former race winner Alfredo Gomez, 2018 Junior champ Kevin Gallas, Blake Gutzeit or Pol Tarres.
One rider we won’t see is Jonny Walker. The British rider will not contest SuperEnduro this year. Still on the road to recovery from his Megawatt accident, Walker will make sure he is 100 per cent fit for the outdoor season and not take the risks indoors.
We’ll publish a full rider list for Prestige and Junior World SuperEnduro Championship 2019 when we get it…
2019 SuperEnduro calendar:
December 8, Tauron Arena, Krakow Poland
January 5, Sachsen Arena, Riesa, Germany
January 26, Caja Magica Arena, Madrid, Spain
February 9, Papp Laszlo Arena, Budapest, Hungary
March 9, Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain
2019 SuperEnduro Championship teaser video:
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