Colton Haaker clinches his first SuperEnduro GP win while Taylor Robert is on his first SEWC podium in 2nd and Taddy Blazusiak is back on it in 3rd. Blazusiak took the holeshot and was out for revenge. The former champ showed flashes of briliance from his highest form a few years ago and rode to a never doubted heat win. The emotion after the finish line showed how pumped he was to be back on top. Behind him it became a crazy race, to the unlike of Cody Webb. Webb charged to second, chasing Blazusiak but then had an horrible crash where he went right over the bars. Luckily he stayed injury free but his Factory KTM simply didn’t want to get alive anymore. While trying to fix this problems, in the back of him he saw his championship lead slipping away. It took him almost the whole race until the bike fired up again. This was simply too late, due to not enough laps he didn’t earn any points in this moto. Haaker and Robert thought out the Czech Grand Prix, in the end Haaker tied Robert in points but the better results in moto 3 gave Colton Haaker the overall victory. Robert was stocked with his first ever podium, on the other hand bummed for being so close to his first overall victory. Jonny Walker had a night to forget, crashed again on the first lap and then made it back to 6th. The only bright thing on his evening was that due to Webb’s problems he had to walk on the podium (what he barely couldn’t because a lot of pain in his injured leg) to take the yellow plate for the overall leader in the championship. With only 7 points separating Walker, Haaker and Webb, the final race next weekend in Madrid assures that the battle for the title will go all the way down to the wire between those 3 riders
Colton Haaker Czech Republic Maxxis Superenduro. Race Reporter :Peter Reitbauer. Photography by: Irina Gorodniakova
Junior Class Czech Republic Maxxis Superenduro. Race Report by: Peter Reitbauer – Photography by: Irina Gorodniakova
In the women’s class Sandra Gomez, sister of Alfredo Gomez, with a 2-1 finish clinched her first-ever world championship title.
In Junior’s, Manuel Lettenbichler, son of Erzberg winner Andreas Lettenbichler, went with an outstanding 1-1-1 performance to an easy overall victory.
The first race saw Taddy Blazusiak taking the holeshot. Half way in the race it got intense: Cody Webb attacked Taddy but finally went down. Colton Haaker charged to second but went down while trying to pass a lapped rider. Blazusiak started to slow down a bit due the lack of bike time in the last one and a half months where he was out with a thumb injury. Taylor Robert took the lead, while Blazusiak made a mistake before the ultimate corner, Swedish young gun Andreas Linusson try to take advantage. They both went together into the last corner and ended up on the ground. A not amused Blazusiak came home only in 5th then, while Alfredo Gomez took his chance and clinched second behind Robert, in third Haaker and then Cody Webb. Championship leader Jonny Walker couldn’t take part in the crazy battle for the lead after crashing in the first corner. After injuring his right foot already in practice (his not sure if no bones are broken) he crashed again and was without chance in race 1 but salvaged important points with a 7th place finish
Despite the reverse starting order in race 2, the Americans had taken over the control already in lap 2. Haaker led, but Webb stole him the lead in lap 4. One lap later Haaker rebounded and never looked back. Webb with a solid 2nd and Robert completed another American-only podium. Gomez in 4th and Mario Roman after a great start in 5th. Walker’s 6th place meant that he lost more valuable points on Webb in the championship. Blazusiak tangled in the first lap and wasn’t really seen the whole race, 7th over the finish line.
Race Report by: Peter Reitbauer Photography by: Irina Gorodniakova