SUPERENDURO: STRONG END TO A TOUGH NIGHT IN POLAND FOR WALKER
Bad luck strikes KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Jonny Walker at round two of the SuperEnduro World Championship
Bad luck struck KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Jonny Walker at round two of the SuperEnduro World Championship in Poland where mistakes robbed him of a possible podium result.
Ending his night sixth overall – but only five points shy of the top three – Walker left the Atlas Arena in Lodz frustrated with his evening’s work. Intent on building on his results from round one in Liverpool, Walker’s first major mistake came in the Super Pole. Stalling his engine in the brutal rock garden section dropped him back to sixth position, which left him with an outside gate pick for the evening’s races.
Knowing a strong start would be crucial in securing a good result, Walker gated well in Final #1 but his outside track position pushed him back as the field rounded the first corner. Fighting a little too hard to regain some ground, the KTM rider crashed and was forced to play catch up – eventually finishing in eighth.
Despite failing to find a good rhythm in Final #2, the young Brit improved to end the race in fifth. With one race left to run, Walker was determined to prove himself in Final #3. Focusing hard on his start, he again gated strongly but this time refused to give way in the first corner. Forcing his way through, he rounded lap one in fourth before moving up to third by half distance. Holding position for the remainder of the race, Walker claimed a well-earned third to end his night sixth overall.
Round three of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues in Brazil on January 18th 2014.
Jonny Walker: “It’s not been the best of nights for me. I had some crashes and mistakes in the first two races that hurt my overall score despite finishing third in Final #3. My timed practice was good but during the Super Pole I stalled my bike in the rock garden. That mistake left me with the sixth pick of the gate. In Final #1 my reaction off the gate was great but with an outside starting position I got pushed wide and lost some ground. Trying to make time back I crashed and eventually placed eighth.
Race two is always hard work with the reversed starting order. I struggled to find a decent rhythm and wasn’t able to force my way through the traffic. I focused a lot on the start for Final #3 and it paid off. Again my reaction was great but this time I learned from my previous mistake and held my ground better. It paid off and I was fourth before improving to third by the race end. Sixth overall on the night is not ideal but third in Final #3 was a good way to end the night.”
Results – Prestige Class Overall Classification, Round 2
1. David Knight (Sherco) 48pts; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 44pts; 3. Dani Gibert (Husaberg) 39pts; 6. Jonny Walker (KTM) 34pts.
Championship Standings, Prestige class (after Round2)
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 107pts; 2. David Knight (Sherco) 93pts; 3. Dani Gibert (Husaberg) 80pts; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 74pts; 5. Jonny Walker (KTM) 68pts.