David Knight denied Taddy Blazusiak a home win at round two of the SuperEnduro World Championship…
With Taddy Blazusiak preventing David Knight from victory at round one in Liverpool, it was a case of role reversal in Poland with round two going to Knight. Getting his morning off to a perfect start, the Manxman topped the timed practice and set the tone for the evening’s main events. But with Blazusiak fighting back to post the fastest time in the Super Pole it was the KTM rider who claimed the first gate pick for Final #1.
Grabbing the all-important holeshot, Blazusiak initially had the edge over Knight until a crash dropped him out of contention. Not needing a second invitation, Knight gladly inherited the race lead. Riding out eight perfect laps, the Sherco rider secured the first race win of the evening. Recovering strongly, Blazusiak placed behind Mathias Bellino and Danny McCanney in fourth.
Reversing the starting order for Final #2, Kevin Rookstool and Kyle Redmond battled for the race lead as both Knight and Blazusiak struggled to make progress. At the halfway stage in the race, Dani Gibert took control of the race lead and checked out to secure the race win over Alfredo Gomez and Kornel Nemeth as Knight and Blazusiak eventually finished fifth and eighth.
Determined to make amends for a frustrating home race, Blazusiak began Final #3 in a determined fashion. Disposing of early race leader Bellino at the end of lap three, the Polish rider pushed on to open up a comfortable advantage and secure the final race win. But with Knight also finding a way past Bellino, it was the Manxman who claimed the top step of the night’s overall podium. With Blazusiak pushed back to second overall, Gibert – for the second round in a row – delivered another solid performance to finish third overall. Tying on points, Bellino beat his teammate Gomez for fourth.
In the Junior category the battle for outright honours was fought out between championship leader Jamie McCanney and Italy’s Giacomo Redondi. Frustrated with his performance from round one, Redondi was in no mood to lose this time around in Poland. Fastest out of the gate in Final #1, the KTM rider claimed a start-to-finish win over McCanney.
In Final #2, Redondi again found his way to the front despite being hampered by a second row start. Holding off a late charge from McCanney, the Italian recorded his second victory of the night to claim the outright win. With McCanney placing as runner-up to Redondi, Poland’s Pawel Szymkowski completed the top three.
In the Women’s class, a new winner emerged with Britain’s Jane Daniels beating Sandra Gomez and Louise Forsley to the top step of the podium.
With round two of the series done and dusted, SuperEnduro heads to Brazil on January 18th for round three.