COLTON HAAKER CROWNED SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPION

    Securing his third world crown, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker has won the 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship at the fifth and final round of the series in Bilbao, Spain.

    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing return to competitive action for the opening round of the World Enduro Super Series in Portugal on May 10-12.

    Colton Haaker: “I’m a little bit lost for words right now, it’s been an eventful night but to end it as the world champion is an incredible feeling. I can’t thank the guys at Husqvarna enough for the support they’ve given me, not just tonight but throughout the entire series. This title is very much a team effort as it is mine. Tonight was tough. I’m not quite sure yet what it was but it certainly wasn’t my best night on a bike. The track wasn’t good and I had some serious arm pump issues, which is something I never really get. I made so many mistakes in race one and was riding too tight. Then I got it together in race two and felt more like I should. It was all on the line for the final and I did what I needed to do on the first few laps. But then the arm pump kicked in again and I stalled my bike so many times. With about a lap to go I got things together again and put everything I had left into that lap and won the title. It wasn’t pretty, but it doesn’t matter, we’re world champions and it feels awesome.”

    Alfredo Gomez: “I wanted to put in a good performance for my home fans tonight, but we had a really difficult track to deal with and it was so easy to make a mistake. I had two good rides in the first races and was pleased with things. Race three was a bit chaotic and I could also see that my teammate Colton was struggling, so I did my best to protect him and keep his title hopes alive. In the end he is world champion and I’m happy for him and the team. For myself I’m pleased with certain elements of my championship. A race win in Poland was fantastic. Of course my elbow injury in Germany was tough to deal with but I came back to finish on the podium in Madrid and I’m delighted about that. I feel like after the injuries of the past 12 months I’m out of the woods now and can focus on making a fit and healthy start for the World Enduro Super Series. My target is to try and win the hard enduro races, starting with round one at Extreme Lagares next month.”

    Results — 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 5

    Prestige Class — Overall 1. Cody Webb (KTM) 60 points; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 52pts; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 50pts; 4. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 33pts; 5. Kevin Gallas (Husqvarna) 30pts; 6. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 26pts…

    Prestige Race 1 1. Cody Webb (KTM) 7:14.362; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 7:17.735; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 7:53.742; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:58.861; 5. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 8:09.694…

    Prestige Race 2 1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 6:55.578; 2. Cody Webb (KTM) 6:59.889; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 7:11.593; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7:22.196; 5. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 7:40.625…

    Prestige Race 3 1. Cody Webb (KTM) 7:10.740; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 7:24.645; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 7:53.072; 4. Kevin Gallas (Husqvarna) 7:58.115; 5. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 7:58.402…

    Final Championship Standings 1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 263 points; 2. Cody Webb (KTM) 259pts; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 234pts; 4. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) 155pts; 5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 145pts…

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