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VIDEO | Colton Haaker has successfully defended his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship

VIDEO | Colton Haaker has successfully defended his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship

Colton Haaker has successfully defended his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship title, winning the 2017 series with a third-place overall result at the fourth and final event held in Albi, France.
Entering the championship decider with an 11-point advantage over his closest challenger Alfredo Gomez, Haaker did exactly what he needed to do to secure his second SuperEnduro title in two years. Riding notably better than he did at round three in Spain two weeks earlier, Colton rounded out his night with 2/2/3/ results to join Gomez and Jonny Walker on the podium.

Securing his second consecutive overall podium, KTM’s Alfredo GOMEZ (E) was the victor in the GP AMV of France Prestige class, while Travis TEASDALE (KTM) of South Africa claimed a debut overall in the Junior category. “Amazing — absolutely incredible to have won my second world title,” told HAAKER. “It’s been a great season, there’s been some fantastic battles at every round, so to come away with the #1 plate is fantastic for myself, my family, my mechanic Josh and of course Husqvarna.”

Gomez
For Gutzeit, the GP AMV of France in Albi, was also a night to saviour when he claimed his debut world crown. “It’s a dream come true for me,” told GUTZEIT. “I’ve worked so hard for this for so long. To become a world champion is an amazing feeling and one that’s not yet really sunk in. It’s going to take some time getting used to that.”

Kicking things off inside the packed to capacity Exhibition Centre of Albi it was KTM’s Jonny WALKER (GB) who once again secured the Akrapovic SuperPole, setting the fastest lap time around the demanding course. His SuperPole win in France also earned him the overall Akrapovic SuperPole title. With just 11 points separating HAAKER and GOMEZ in the title fight, everything was still to play for when the gate dropped in Prestige heat one. However it was WALKER who put his KTM out front and managed to secure a comfortable win. HAAKER crossed the line in second while GOMEZ was third.

The reversed start for heat two saw GOMEZ work his way to the front to take the win. Mistakes in the Motorex Oils Rock Garden held Walker back to an eventual third with HAAKER once again picking up second.

Haaker
Holding a small points buffer entering the final heat, HAAKER had the advantage. GOMEZ was determined to end his night on a high and claimed his second victory of the night to take the overall win. WALKER raced his way to second, with HAAKER — content in third —crossed the finish line to become world champion. With GOMEZ, WALKER and HAAKER placing 1-2-3 on the night, 2016 SuperEnduro Junior World Champion Manuel LETTENBICHLER (D-KTM) delivered his best showing of the season for a very impressive fourth overall thanks to two fourth place results in heats one and two. Sherco’s Mario ROMEN (E) ended his night fifth overall with Mike BROWN (USA-Husqvarna) completing the top six.

In the Junior class the night ultimately belonged to GUTZEIT with the South African claiming his first world title. But it was fellow countryman TEASDALE who took the top step of the podium thanks to his 2-3-1 race results. Frenchman Max VIAL (Husqvarna) had the 4,000 strong crowd on their feet when he delivered a win in heat two to eventually place second overall. Helped in part by his opening heat race win, GUTZEIT also ended his night third overall. Czech rider David CYPRIAN (KTM) was fourth while Chile’s Ben HERRERA (TM) completed the top five.

In the European class Mike HARTMANN (Husqvarna) proved unbeatable as he raced his way to a double victory and the European Cup title.

Hartmann
Résults

Prestige
Heat 1 : 1. WALKER ; 2. GOMEZ ; 3. HAAKER ; 4. LETTENBICHLER ; 5. RAUCHENECKER ; 6. ROMAN; 7. BROWN; 8. LEON; 9. SALSENCH; 10. LEONOV…

Heat 2: 1. GOMEZ; 2. HAAKER; 3. WALKER; 4. LETTENBICHLER; 5. BROWN; 6. LEON; 7. ROMAN; 8. SALSENCH; 9. VIEIRA; 10. ADDESSO…

Heat 3: 1. GOMEZ; 2. WALKER; 3. HAAKER; 4. ROMAN; 5. LETTENBICHLE; 6. SALSENCH; 7. RAUCHENECKER; 8. LEON; 9. BROWN, 10. ADDESSO…

SuperPole powered by Akrapovic: 1.WALKER; 2. HAAKER; 3. RAUCHENECKER…
Standing: 1. HAAKER 216pts; 2. GOMEZ 209pts; 3. WALKER 201pts; 4. ROMAN 128pts; 5. RAUCHENECKER 101pts; 6. LETTENBICHLER 99pts; 7. BROWN 81pts; 8. SALSENCH 70pts; 9. BLAZUSIAK 58pts; 10. UUSNA 55pts…

Junior
Heat 1: 1. GUTZEIT; 2. TEASDALE ; 3. CYPRIAN; 4. VIAL; 5. FERNANDEZ; 6. FLANAGAN; 7. GALLAS; 8. B. HERRERA; 9. BURY; 10. APOLLE…

Heat 2: 1. VIAL; 2. HUMPHREYS; 3. TEASDALE; 4. D. HERRERA; 5. GALLAS; 6. HOARE; 7. APOLLE; 8. FLANAGAN; 9. B. HERRERA; 10. FERNANDEZ …

Heat 3: 1. TEASDALE; 2. B. HERRERA; 3. CYPRIAN; 4. VIAL; 5. GALLAS; 6. FLANAGAN; 7. GUTZEIT; 8. HUMPHREYS; 9. APOLLE; 10. SUBACHUS…

Standing: 1. GUTZEIT 151pts; 2. B.HERRERA 130pts; 3. VIAL 98pts; 4. TEASDALE 96pts; 5. CYPRIAN 96pts; 6. FERNANDEZ 90pts; 7. HUMPHREYS 88pts; 8. GALLAS 86pts; 9. APOLLE 77pts; 10. FLANAGAN 71pts…

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