Wasting no time in settling into the New Year, the SuperEnduro World Championship roars back into life for round two in Riesa, Germany.
With the opening round in Poland delivering an eventful start to the new season, it’s KTM’s Cody Webb who leads the way by one-point over Jonny Walker (KTM).
Third in Poland, defending champion Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) is eager to turn his fortunes around while Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) - a race winner at round one - and Taylor Robert (KTM) are both ready to shake things up.
Meanwhile, in the Junior class, Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) will be very much home favourite as he hopes to keep his winning streak alive.
Winner of the Polish GP (1/6/1), Cody WEBB arrives in Germany leading the series. But what we saw in Lodz reveals that four other riders are extremely capable of fighting for the victory.
Despite WEBB grabbing the limelight, Jonny WALKER (GB – KTM) showed a lot of calm and consistency never seen before (2/2/2). The young Brit is just one point behind WEBB and will look to secure the victory that wasn’t far from his grasp in Poland.
Of course, Taddy BLAZUSIAK, despite some crashes in his home round, is still really fast and will really wants to get back on the top step of the podium, while Taylor ROBERT (USA – KTM) and Colton HAAKER (USA – Husqvarna) remain true competitors ready to capitalise on any weakness of their rivals.
If, in addition to these five riders, Alfredo GOMEZ (E – KTM), Paul BOLTON (GB – KTM) and Marion ROMAN (E – Husqvarna) recover their speed from last season, the GP can offer very really explosive night of racing.
Also young guns Ty TREMAINE (USA – KTM) and Andreas LINUSSON (S – KTM) have already shown they are not afraid and are ready to fight with the world’s best.
Finally, we’ll have to keep an eye on Kornel NEMETH (H – TM), Aurélien ADDESSO (F – Beta), Kevin ROOKSTOOL (USA – Sherco), Martin LARSSON (S – KTM), Eloi SALSENCH (E – Beta), John NYSTROM (S – KTM) and Yannick BOSSI (F – Beta) who, if they manage to qualify, will look to play the spoilers and score valuable points.
Same story for local stars Edward HUBNER (D – Sherco) and Mike HARTMANN (D – Gas Gas), freshly crowned SuperEnduro European Cup winner in Lodz. Throw in the comeback of Dani GIBERT (E – Sherco) and more spice is added to the Prestige class.
Manuel LETTENBICHLER (D – KTM) made a big impression with his dominance in the Atlas Arena. LETTENBICHLER, now riding with home advantage, will be pushed by the 7,000 strong crowd in Germany.
But his main rivals Luis OLIVEIRA (P – Yamaha) and Gethin HUMPHREYS (GB – Husqvarna) are ready to fight back and steal some precious points by any means possible to close the gap to the Junior provisional leader.
Lee SEALEY (GB – Yamaha), Blake GUTZEIT (RSA – Husqvarna), Tim APOLLE (D – Husqvarna), Josh GOTTS (GB – TM) and also William HOARE (GB – Sherco) have the weapons to take part in this fight for the win with APOLLE benefitting from an entire crowd cheering for him.
Emil JUSZCZAK (PL – Sherco), Oskar KACZMARCZYK (PL – KTM), Norbert ZSIGOVTIS (H – TM), Gabor FISTOVARI (H – KTM) and also Joffrey MARIN (F – Kawasaki) will give their best too.
After a season opener that saw Cody WEBB sending a clear message to all his rivals, the question asked now is whether he can resist the attacks of WALKER, BLAZUSIAK, ROBERT and HAAKER.
See you from 17.00 on Saturday, January 2nd in the SachsenArena in Riesa where the SEWC stars will race for the victory. A pretty intense show is guaranteed!
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