Preview: Madrid welcomes SuperEnduro action this weekend

The 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship resumes action this weekend in Madrid, Spain the third round of the season with Webb, Blazusiak and Haaker pulling no punches. 

 

The halfway point of the 2019 SuperEnduro season arrives back in Madrid, home to one of the most dramatic races in the history of this championship – in 2016 the season came right down to the wire between Colton Haaker, Cody Webb and Jonny Walker with Haaker and Webb eventually duking it out in the final lap of the final heat for the title.

More fireworks are expected this weekend, January 26, in the Caja Magica stadium with three contenders pulling clear of the field in this year’s title race. 

Reigning FIM SuperEnduro World Champion, Cody Webb enters the third round of the 2019 season with the leader’s red plate but it is tight at the top with just eight points separating the fast three.

Current championship points:

  1. Cody Webb 109
  2. Taddy Blazusiak 107
  3. Colton Haaker 101
  4. Kevin Gallas 58
  5. Pol Tarres 56
  6. Alfredo Gomez 46
  7. Diogo Viera 43
  8. Blake Gutzeit 41
  9. Cris Guerrero 35
  10. Xavi Leo 31
 

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Top three title race?

The top three riders have established a gap ahead of the rest but no one has yet to establish consistent winning run ahead of their rivals in the two rounds to date, which is proving to be great viewing! 

Taddy Blazusiak started the year strongly as ever but equally looks like he’s aiming at the long game this year and keeps packing away the points clearly still with plenty of fire in the belly to win. While Webb has never been off the podium in six heat races, Blazusiak’s 50 per cent win ratio so far is the best of the bunch.

 

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Gomez back from dislocated elbow

Third in the standings, Colton Haaker is still looking for his first victory in 2019 but has had some luck go against him so far this year. A victory in Madrid will turn the points table on its head and could well open the floodgates for the factory Husqvarna rider who has good memories of Madrid from 2016.

Alfredo Gomez has announced he will race after injuring his elbow in a bad, first turn crash at round two – the three week lay-off has proved enough recovery time. He surely will be a crowd favourite in Spain and it is good to see him back in the races so soon.

Kevin Gallas has hit the ground running in Prestige class as the reigning Junior champ and sits fourth overall just ahead of another Spaniard, Pol Tarres in his first full season indoors and learning fast. Watch out also for another local boy, Cris Guerrero keeping it real for Yamaha indoors. 

Blake Gutzeit hasn’t quite hit the form perhaps expected yet this season but Masdrid cold be a turning point. By contrast Diogo Vieira has improved in 2019 and will push for top five places. 

 

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Will Hoare still the man to beat in Juniors

Current Junior class leader, William Hoare stands more than one win’s advantage over nearest rival Tim Apolle entering Madrid. Apolle is the only one to beat Hoare this year, at Riesa's SachsenArena in round two. The question is, can the reigning European Champion do it again in Spain and become a serious contender for the Junior World title over the rest of the season. 

Behind those two David Cyprian is knocking on the door of a heat win and contention but needs to find the consistency in bagging the points. 

Diego Herrera, Norbert Levente Josza, Leon Hentschel and David Olszowy are all capable of a podium place. This third round should be very exciting and unpredictable for the youngsters with Spanish riders Raul Guimera and Ivan Pueyo Gil aiming for strong races in their home land. 

The fans in the stadium will also be able to enjoy two races from the National/European category on the night.

If you can’t get to Madrid, Prestige and Junior races are broadcast live with a subscription on enduro-tv.com from 20:00 CET.

 

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Practical Info:

Race day: Saturday 26 January, doors open from 16:00hrs

Schedule: Superpole, 3 Prestige races, 3 Junior races, 2 National races

More information: superenduro.org 

 
Photo Credit: Future7Media/Andrea Belluschi/Robert Lynn
 
 
 
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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester
jon.pearson@enduro21.com