SuperEnduro Spain: 10 things you need to know

Photo: Jonty Edmunds
Photo: Jonty Edmunds
Photo: Jonty Edmunds

Here’s what you need to know heading into the penultimate round of the SuperEnduro series in Spain.

SuperEnduro’s journey to South America is now over and the championship’s elite are back in Europe. With 63 points up for grabs, here’s what you need to know heading into the penultimate round of the series in Barcelona on February 9…

Is Taddy’s 2014 title in the bag?

He said he wouldn’t at the start of the series, but Taddy Blazusiak must be beginning to think very seriously about winning title number five. 18 points clear of David Knight in second place – the same advantage he ended with after round one  – Blazusiak is now focused on championship points, and not necessarily race wins.

David Knight on a quest

Expect to see David Knight gamble in Barcelona. He’s kept Taddy honest throughout the season but knows he must shake things up if he wants to reduce that points gap. Don’t be surprised to see him on a two-stroke in Spain.

Walker’s best in the series so far

Claiming his first SuperPole, his first podium result and moving up to third in the points’ standings, Mexico was good to Jonny Walker. The KTM rider is starting to believe in himself again. A race win is on the cards for the Brit in Barcelona.

Gomez seeks home podium

Alfredo Gomez’ performances in Mexico are probably best forgotten. After his maiden race win in Brazil seven days earlier, mistakes cost him dearly in Guadalajara. But with his home event coming up, the Spaniard will be looking for his best result of the year inside the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona.

Bellino comes good

After mixed results earlier in the series, Mathias Bellino was red-hot in Final #3 in Mexico. Refusing to yield to Blazusiak or Knight, the Frenchman passed them, crashed, got up and overtook them again to secure his debut win. He might be out of championship medal contention but with form like that he’s more than capable of throwing a spanner in the works.

Redmond and Rookstool deliver

In Mexico, US riders Kyle Redmond and Kevin Rookstool finally got their head around the three-race SuperEnduro format and delivered their best result of the season with fifth and seventh overall.

Europe’s elite strikes back In anger

With the series returning to Europe, we’ll have top talent back on track. Missing in action in Brazil and Mexico, Ivan Cervantes, Danny McCanney and Andreas Lettenbichler among others will be back and looking for success.

Tougher test for Redondi

As the only European rider to make the trip to South America in the Junior class, Giacomo Redondi had a relatively easy time of things in Brazil and Mexico. But in Barcelona, Jamie McCanney, Pawel Szymkowski and Andreas Linusson will be hunting him down. Holidays are over Giacomo!

Will history repeat?

The longest-running indoor enduro on the calendar, the Spanish event will mark the 15th annual event inside the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona. Knight, Blazusiak and Cervantes are all past winners in this prestigious race.

Taddy’s second homecoming

Living just 20 minutes down the road, Barcelona will be Blazusiak’s second home race. Missing out on the top step in Poland, he won’t want anyone stealing his limelight second time around.