UK'S JONNY WALKER FINISHES THIRD IN SUPERENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP
Jonny Walker brought his participation in the 2013 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship to a successful close at the third and final round of the series in Tours, France claiming third in the final championship standings behind Taddy Blazusiak and David Knight.
Enduring mixed fortunes during the three finals, Walker’s night started in the best possible way when he holeshot the opening final. Later suffering with arm pump, Jonny placed third.
The night’s second final ended with Walker placing a disappointed eighth. Falling on more than one occasion things simply didn’t go his way. Thankfully a runner-up result in the third and last final brought Jonny’s championship to an impressive close.
Jonny Walker (KTM 300 EXC): “I always knew it would be tough to get the runner-up spot in the championship, so I was focused on making sure I got third – anything better would have been a bonus. The track was great, but a lot different to Barcelona. There was so much grip and you could really attack the track. It took a while to get my bike dialled in, but once we did it was awesome. I really enjoyed the racing. I’m pleased with the way I rode, I just had a few small things not go my way in the second final. I got a great start in the first race and took the holeshot. I stayed out front for four laps and felt good until I got arm pump. I had to settle for third. I got quite a good start in the second race but clipped a rider in the first corner and my start device got stuck down. I couldn’t jump anything for a couple of laps and lost some places. I got taken out later on in the race and my result in the second final kept me off the event’s overall podium. But the third final went well. I stuck with David the whole race and when Taddy made a mistake I moved into second, which is a good result to finish the championship with. I feel like I’ve improved during the series and I know I have the speed to win now. Finishing behind two of the greatest indoor enduro riders isn’t a bad result. It’s been a good series, I’m really looking forward to next year’s longer championship.”
Results – SuperEnduro 2013, Rnd 3
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM); 2. David Knight (Honda); 3. Dani Gibert (Husaberg); 4. Jonny Walker (KTM)…
Championship Standings – SuperEnduro 2013
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 162; 2. David Knight (Honda) 130; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 119; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 99; 5. Kornel Nemeth (KTM) 89; 6. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 67; 7. Thomas Oldrati (Husaberg) 52; 8. Daniel Gibert (Husaberg) 47; 9. Christophe Braund (Sherco) 46; 10. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 33…