It was a good night out for Red Bull KTM Factory riders Taddy Blazusiak and Jonny Walker in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday night in Rd. 4 of the FIM SuperEnduro Championship. Blazusiak finished overall second and Jonny Walker took third. Taddy now has an 18-point lead in the championship with two rounds to go.
Taddy Blazusiak picked up a 1-3-2 result on the night and said: “It was a difficult night. The track only had one line and in the last race I got caught up behind Bellino. As he’s not in the championship running I just let him go.”
For the second consecutive event the Bel Ray Husqvarna Enduro Team enjoyed race-winning success in the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. Following on from Alfredo Gomez’ victory during the night’s second final in Brazil, it was Mathias Bellino who triumphed in Mexico, topping the third and last final following a determined race-long performance.
Enjoying the Mexican track Bellino’s night didn’t get off to the best of starts. Second fastest in the Super Pole qualifying session, two costly mistakes early in the night’s opening final saw the hard charging Frenchman end the race in a frustrated eighth position. Determined to improve in the second final Bellino again saw mistakes hamper his progress, and another crash in the log pile section of the track again saw him fail to turn his speed into a top three result.
Thankfully, in the night’s third and last final Mathias got almost everything right. Again he fell in the logs, but quick to remount he battled with David Knight before establishing himself in the runner-up position. Going after then race leader Taddy Blazusiak, Bellino capitalised on a mistake made by the championship leader and moved into the lead before securing his first ever SuperEnduro final victory.
All photos by J.Edmunds / Enduro21
Husqvarna’s Joakim Ljunggren ended the night sixth overall, delivering his best result in the night’s second final. Finishing a strong fourth in the reversed start order race, Joakim comfortably ran the pace of the riders that had finished ahead of him in the first final. Hopeful of a strong end to his event Joakim endured a tough third race. Settling into fifth from the start, the Swede felt comfortable and hungry for a better result. But crashing while trying to move into fourth, Ljunggren ended up eighth. At the end of the night Joakim placed sixth overall and holds the same position in the championship standings.
Entering the Mexican event in high spirits following his third place overall result in Brazil, Alfredo Gomez battled through what was a difficult night for the Spaniard. Unable to gel with the track Alfredo’s first final result of ninth came as a result of a fall while trying to make a pass for third position. Last to round the first corner in the reversed start order second final, Gomez ‘pushed hard all race’ yet was only able to manage a seventh place result. Sixth in the night’s last race was Alfredo’s best result. The Spaniard sits fourth in the SuperEnduro championship standings.
The Bel Ray Husqvarna Enduro Team will next be in action at round five of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Barcelona, Spain on February 9th.
Mathias Bellino: “I seem to be either very good, or very bad at SuperEnduro. Thankfully, this race in Mexico was mainly good for me. I felt comfortable in practice, and my time in the Super Pole was also ok. But in the first final I got stuck in the log pile as well as the rocks. I was really angry about that and could only finish eighth. The second final was going ok, but again I crashed in the logs. I was really mad with myself and decided to give the last race everything I had. I got a good start, but then I crashed in the logs again. I went from leading to second, but got up really quickly. Knight also passed me but after several passes I eventually got back to second. And with Taddy making a small mistake in the rocks I was able to get back into the lead and to win. I know it is only one race win, but against riders like Knight and Blazusiak, with so much more experience than me, I am very, very pleased about it.”
Joakim Ljunggren: “I guess it’s been a pretty good night for me. The second final was my best. I was strong in the first turn, because it was a bit of a mess there, and felt good running the same pace as the guys ahead of me. I got fourth in that race, which was one place better than the first final. I’m not sure what happened in the third final. I felt good again, was comfortably in fifth, but then I crashed in the stones and hurt my thumb. It was tough to come back and I finished eighth.”
Alfredo Gomez: “I’m not able to take too many positives away from this race. From the first practice I struggled a little to get a good feeling with the track. I just couldn’t find the speed despite trying many different lines. In the first final things were ok. I got to fourth from eighth, which was good. But with one lap remaining I crashed trying to pass Walker, in the rocks. I finished ninth. I started very badly in the second final – I was last around the first corner. I pushed hard all race but I just managed seventh. The last race was better, I was fourth or fifth off the start, but I finished sixth. The next race is my home race in Spain, which I am looking forward to.”
SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 4, Mexico
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM); 2. David Knight (Sherco); 3. Jonny Walker (KTM); 4. Kevin Rookstool (KTM); 5. Joakim Ljunggren (Husqvarna)… 8. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna); 9. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna)
1. David Knight (Sherco); 2. Jonny Walker (KTM); 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM); 4. Joakim Ljunggren (Husqvarna); 5. Kyle Redmond (KTM); 6. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna); 7. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna)
1. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna); 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM); 3. David Knight (Sherco); 4. Kyle Redmond (KTM); 5. Benoit Fortunato (Yamaha); 6. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna); 8. Joakim Ljunggren (Husqvarna)
Prestige class – overall results
1. David Knight (Sherco); 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM); 3. Jonny Walker (KTM); 4. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna); 5. Kyle Redmond (KTM); 6. Joakim Ljunggren (Husqvarna); 8. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna)
SuperEnduro World Championship standings (after round four)
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 217; 2. David Knight (KTM); 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 156; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 146; 5. Dani Gibert (Gas Gas) 133; 6. Joakim Ljunggren (Husqvarna) 126; 7. Kyle Redmond (KTM) 97; 8. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 96; 9. Kevin Rookstool (KTM) 76; 10. Danny McCanney (Beta) 53…