What the lead riders had to say and the best of the photo action from Riesa, round two of the 2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship.
It wasn’t so much a masterclass from Taddy Blazusiak in Riesa but a demonstration in experience and mental strength. Be fast, keep out of trouble and make as few mistakes as possible is the key at the top of this game and Taddy played those cards perfectly for his first overall and 3-3-3 scorecard of 2020 – his first triple win since 2015.
“I don’t know what to say, I’m over the moon, it’s been such an amazing night.” Said Blazusiak after the victory. “All of the races went really well today and fell into place.
“You still need to earn your results though and I knew that this round would be tough. With a track like this you can’t just sprint the whole thing or you will make mistakes so I knew if I stayed consistent it would pay off.
“My plan was to stay safe and just ride to the limit of the bike with the minimum of errors. I’m really happy to go into round three with the championship lead. Spain is like a second home race for me, so I hope I can do the same thing there and come away with another win.”
For Billy Bolt the timed practice and Superpole races again proved he is the rider to watch because of the way he hauls his bike around an indoor track. But the three races on the night at the German GP were a different story for the factory Husky rider.
A 4-2-3 scorecard on the log-heavy Riesa track reflected a night with too many mistakes: “It was certainly a difficult night for me.” Explained Bolt. “It looked like things were going to go well – the track really suited me, so I was really looking forward to seeing what I could do.
“I felt like the track could be ridden aggressively, but maybe that was where things went wrong for me. There was definitely a racing line, but I made too many mistakes.
“The crash I had in the first race was pretty big, I hit the ground pretty hard and that detuned me for the other races. After that I just wanted to get as many points as possible. For the championship things didn’t go like I wanted, but my speed was good. It’ll be back to work on Monday, with three rounds of the series still to go there's everything to fight for.”
Fastest in SuperPole, Jonny Walker fared better in Riesa than he did in Krakow and round one with a trip to the overall podium but he was far from happy with himself at the finish. Falls at the first corner in races one and two put him on the back foot before a better start in the third race showed more of what we expect from JW22: “Tonight was really tough. I’d be lying if I said I was happy with how things turned out, especially after showing I had the pace by claiming the SuperPole win.
“I have to look on the bright side though – I’m feeling really good on the bike and I’m close to being back to 100 percent fit now, too. If things go well at the next round in Spain, I know I can challenge for the win.”
Alfredo Gomez ended his night a little frustrated when he just missed out on the podium. After a runner-up result in the opening moto an “incident” on lap seven saw him drop from fifth to seventh. The incident, as we understand it, was a coming together with Blake Gutzeit.
Alfredo put it behind him to make another strong start in moto three to run second the whole race and head to round three in Spain third in the championship.
Alfredo Gomez: “It’s been a fantastic night for me, apart from an unfortunate incident in the second final that stopped me from finishing on the podium. That’s disappointing, but the first and third finals were really good for me. In the first race I made a small mistake when I was leading, but overall I’ve felt really good. I was able to find a much better rhythm compared to the first race in Poland. The final result could have been better, but generally I’m very pleased.”
That’s the Prestige riders but what about the Juniors?
Ty Cullins reckons he made hard work of it but the American took his TM to three moto wins, matching Blazusiak on paper at least. It wasn’t plane sailing for Cullins however as some crashes and a tough first bend or two in the reverse grid moto two sure made it a money-earning night.
But, like Blazusiak, Cullins knows that points mean prizes and his triple victory sees him 15 points ahead of Leon Hentschel in the championship after two rounds.
Full results from all classes can be found on our ‘Results Feed’ post here.
The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with the third stop of the five-round series in Spain on January 18, 2020.Photo Credit: Enduo21/Andrea Belluschi Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org