The Heart of Saxony Warmed With SuperEnduro Heat!
2nd Round of the 2019 Season German GP Took Place at Sachsen Arena in Riesa, SN, Germany.
For the fifth consecutive year, this German Grand Prix has been a great success, with the SachsenArena sold out once again. German GP secured his place in the championship till 2021.
Drama hit the Husqvarna Factory squad from the first corner of the first Prestige final… Colton HAAKER (USA-HVA), who set the best time in the Akrapovic SuperPole, had a nasty crash along with with his friend and team-mate Alfredo GOMEZ (ESP-HVA). The Spaniard initially tried to get up but was clearly in severe pain, and the red flag was quickly flown. After a trip to hospital the unlucky Spaniard, who suffered a horrific knee injury last season, was diagnosed with a dislocated left elbow.
On a very tricky track, the reigning World Champion Cody WEBB (USA – KTM) performed excellently with two wins and one third place, giving him his first overall win of the season! He took advantage of the mistakes of his opponents Colton HAAKER (USA – Husqvarna) and Taddy BLAZUSIAK (PL – KTM) to grab the 24MX Leader Plate… he is now 2 points ahead of Taddy and 8 ahead of Colton.
After an extremely dominant victory for Britain’s William HOARE in Poland, it was the turn of last year’s European Champion, Tim APOLLE, to take the top spot. Boosted by the support of his fans, impressive APOLLE (GER-KTM) won 2 out of 3 races at his home GP. Despite a determined race 1 which saw him victorious, backed up by a 2nd and a 3rd place, HOARE (GBR-Husqvarna) had to relinquish the overall win to his German rival. However, the young Brit still leads the standings with 112 points, 27 ahead of APOLLE.
The European class was a busy one with with Robert SCHARL (DEU), Marcel TEUCHER (DEU), Norbert ZSIGOVITS (HUN) and Kacper BACLARZ (PL) all keen…but there was a stand-out performance on Saturday night from Tom KNIGHT (GB), who came very close to victory. After winning the first race, the second race, with reverse start, was more difficult for him since he finished only 8th. He fell short of the victory by 6 points, as localman Pascal SPRINGMANN (Beta) won, and Jonathan ROSSE (Yamaha), completed the Top 3!
Provisional Classification After Round 2
Prestige: 1. Cody WEBB 109pts; 2. Taddy BLAZUSIAK 107pts; 3. Colton HAAKER 101pts; 4. Kevin GALLAS 58pts; 5. Pol TARRES 56pts…
Junior: 1. William HOARE 112pts ; 2. Tim APOLLE 85pts; 3. David CYPRIAN 73pts; 4. Diego HERRERA 64pts; 5. Norbert Levente JOSZA 61pts…
Scott Best Lap
As in Krakow a month ago, William HOARE was the quickest Junior in the race as he took the fastest lap in 00’44”057 and won the Scott Best Lap award again. Over in the Prestige class, things were much more tense and close, Cody WEBB (USA – KTM) was hoping to leave Germany with the Best Lap plaque, but in the last race Colton HAAKER set a crazy quick time of 00’38”401 and stole the Scott Best Lap!
Akrapovic Super Pole
Following his Super Pole second place in Krakow, Colton HAAKER (USA) this time pocketed the three points of the best time (00’36”250), realizing the top speed seen since the beginning of the season …
He is ahead of his compatriot Cody WEBB (USA) for 147 hundredths.
Behind the two Americans, it is Taddy BLAZUSIAK (PL) who places his KTM again in 3rd place with a time of 00’36”841!
Local hero Kevin GALLAS (D – Husqvarna) finished in 4th place right in front of the unfortunate Alfredo GOMEZ (ESP ).
With this latest twist, HAAKER now joins WEBB at the top of the standings of this 6th edition of the Super Pole powered by Akrapovic…
With three more GPs to go, the fight promises to be a close one, especially since BLAZUSIAK remains in ambush and other riders could well join the fight for the best time!
Provisional Classification : 1. Colton HAAKER 5pts ; 2. Cody WEBB 5pts ; 3. Taddy BLAZUSIAK 2pts…