WALKER CHALLENGES FOR SUPERENDURO VICTORY IN MALAGA, SPAIN
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker has finished a close second overall at the third round of the 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Malaga, Spain. Earning his best result of the series to date, Walker battled his way to an impressive first race win before placing fourth in the reversed start order second heat. Involved in a nasty start straight crash in the third and closing final, he finished sixth to end the night on the podium in the runner-up position.
With close, incident filled racing throughout the third round of the SuperEnduro World Championship, Walker set a strong pace from the start of the night. Second in the SuperPole, he emerged as a worthy winner of the opening final. Fourth at the end of the second final saw Jonny head into the night’s last race in contention for the overall win. Taken out as he approached the first turn in the deciding final, Jonny picked himself up off the ground to work his way to a sixth-place result, earning a hard-fought overall runner-up result.
Jonny Walker: “It’s been a great night. A crazy night, but a great night. Second overall and just two points from the win is really positive. It was such an unpredictable night’s racing. Winning the first final was great – battling with Taddy and Cody was awesome. We were all fresh and pushing hard and I managed to run a good pace and make fewer mistakes. I really enjoyed the track, we were all able to go fast and that made for some great racing. The second final was a little frustrating because I felt like I could have won it or finished second, not fourth. But the crash at the start of the third final was pretty nasty. I got taken out from behind and set off almost last. I knew it was close for the overall win so I just pushed as hard as I could. I was a few points short at the end of the night but in general it’s been a great event and I’m more than happy with the way most of it’s gone.”
Results – 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 3
PRESTIGE CLASS OVERALL
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 46points (2-1-9)
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 44pts (1-4-6)
3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 41pts (5-3-3)
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 37pts (6-5-2)
5. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 37pts (7-2-5)