Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker endured a largely frustrating start to the 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Krakow, Poland, as a series of mistakes resulted in an eventual eighth place overall result at the end of the opening round of the championship.
Ending the 2017 series third overall, Walker was confident for a strong start to his 2018 campaign, despite a training incident that resulted in a dislocated thumb just three weeks before the opening event inside the Tauron Arena.
Setting the third fastest time in the Akrapovic SuperPole, Walker initially got his night off to a good start, but frustratingly later found himself involved in numerous incidents during the three races. Sixth in race one, race two saw Walker’s bike embedded in a trackside barrier on the tyre wall exiting the first corner. Needing assistance from six trackside marshals to set it free, he eventually finished 12th. Remaining relatively mistake free during race three Jonny placed fifth for eighth overall on the night.
The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round two in Riesa, Germany on January 6th 2018.
Jonny Walker: “I’m really disappointed with how things have gone tonight. It was one of those nights where I seemed to be involved in any crash going. SuperPole was good finishing third, but then that’s were all the good momentum ended. All I can do is try to wipe the slate clean and move on to round two and fight back.”
Results – 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 1
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 53 points (2-2-2) 2. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 51pts (1-5-1) 3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 44 pts (5-1-4) 4. Manuel Lettenbichler (DEU), KTM, 37 pts (4-3-6) 5. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 32 pts (3-6-7) 8. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 24 pts (6-12-5)