EUROPE. Husqvarna’s Colton HAAKER (USA) put on a show inside Riesa‘s SachsenArena for round two of the Maxxis SuperEnduro World Championship claiming three wins from three starts.
There was no stopping the defending world champion as he got down to business for the second stop of the series in Germany. Having lost out to Taddy Blazusiak (PL) in Poland, HAAKER led home a KTM 2-3 of Alfredo Gomez (S) and Jonny WALKER (GB).
In the Junior class there was delight for South Africa’s Blake GUTZEIT as he put his Yamaha on the top step of the podium for the very first time.
“I‘m more than happy to come away with maximum points tonight in Germany,” told HAAKER. “I felt good all night. I don’t think I crashed once in the races, which was probably key to getting the overall victory.” For the third year in succession the Sachsenarena was sold out as the action hungry German supporters came to watch the SuperEnduro riders do battle. Kicking things off with the Akrapovic SuperPole, HAAKER wasted no time in getting down to business. A near-flawless lap from the American saw him top the classification and collect those three important points over WALKER and GOMEZ. With the elevated starting gate dropping on heat 1 for the Prestige class, HAAKER, GOMEZ, WALKER, Mario ROMAN (S-Sherco) and Pascal RAUCHENECKER (A-Husqvarna) all dived for position. With the battle raging, HAAKER got his nose in front and laid down some solid laps to eventually come away with the win.
From there on momentum was in his favour as he worked his way to the front of the pack in heats two and three to remain unbeaten all night. “After making some silly mistakes at round one in Poland I didn’t want to let that happen in Germany,” continued HAAKER. “I tried to ride as smart as possible and make sure I didn’t crash. All-in-all it’s been a perfect night. I couldn’t want for better. I’m happy to come away with the points lead and looking forward to round three in Spain.”
Behind HAAKER — albeit only slightly – the KTM duo of GOMEZ and WALKER fought it out for the overall runner-up result. Continuing to impress despite only deciding to contest the series just days before Poland, GOMEZ improved one position to second overall. Fast but more importantly consistent, the Spaniard is proving the match of HAAKER and WALKER ending the night with a 2-3 scorecard. “I think I’m surprising myself with these results,” said GOMEZ. “I‘m enjoying the racing and feel relaxed about it and it’s showing in my results. My speed could be a little better — Haaker is really flying now — but my riding is consistent. I’m not making mistakes and that’s key. I hope to keep this speed going at my home race in Spain.”
Although feeling more at home with the track than last month’s race in Poland, it was a couple of unfortunate mistakes that ultimately held WALKER back from claiming second overall. Taking his best result of second in race two, WALKER ended Germany on the podium in third overall. “It’s good to be back on the podium but I know I’ve more to give,” confirmed WALKER. “My speed was good, I was fastest in timed practice but I made some mistakes in the races. Some were my fault but others weren’t. I need to work on my starts so I can be better in Spain.”