MATHIAS BELLINO – BACK IN THE SADDLE
Easily the standout performer of the Enduro Indoor de Barcelona, Mathias Bellino made a welcome return from injury to grab a podium result in Spain.
Having sat on the sidelines for almost nine months due to an injured knee, the fiery Frenchman was forced to miss the SuperEnduro World Championship in order to recover. But with the all clear now given to return to racing, Bellino is most definitely back.
Leading the majority of the final race in Barcelona until Taddy Blazusiak snatched the victory away from him in the closing stages, the Husqvarna rider looked like he’d never missed a race all winter. And with confidence now booming, Bellino could well shake things up at the SuperEnduro finale in France this weekend…
Welcome back Mathias, you’ve been missed!
Mathias: “Thanks, it feels great to finally be back racing again.”
You didn’t waste any time settling into things by almost winning that final race. You’ve got to be pleased about that?
“I really enjoyed that battle. I managed to get out front early on and I was leading the race for ages. But I knew Taddy was coming – I could hear the crowd cheering for him. I gave it my best shot to stay in front as long as possible and not to make any mistakes. Then at the end of the race, I started making some small mistakes and he was quick to take advantage. It would have been sweet to win but overall I’m pleased with how I rode.”
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Overall it was a solid night with two second place results and then ending up on the podium in third. Were you expecting results like that?
“No, I just went to Barcelona with an open mind. I just decided to race the Enduro Indoor de Barcelona for practice and have the opportunity to get some decent seat time. I mean I only rode my superenduro track once before the race, so I think I surprised myself a little. I always enjoy superenduro but I knew with the top guys in the middle of the SuperEnduro World Championship that the level was going to be high. But I stuck to my plan of riding smart and it paid off. It’s been a huge confidence boost to end up on the podium.”
The race also marked your first serious outing on the Husqvarna TE300. How are you finding life on a two-stroke?
“I really enjoyed it. You know, when you feel good on the bike, it’s easier to get the results. You are just enjoying it and good results seem to come your way. The bike is working awesome but I need to keep working on getting used to the feeling of this bike even more. After a lot of years on four strokes there’s stuff I need to learn but I’m really optimistic about things and this especially this new season.”
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Finally, as a wild card entry for the final round of the SuperEnduro World Championship, do you think you can keep this form going in France on Saturday?
“I hope Barcelona is the start of good things to come. It was tough to miss out on the SuperEnduro series. I loved it last year and this type of racing suits me. Like in Barcelona I’ve no expectation results wise in France. It’s going to be harder with more riders. The best riders will be there. But I’m not afraid to get stuck in and give it my best shot. In this game anything can happen!”
The final round of the SuperEnduro World Championship concludes this Saturday in France. Don’t miss the action live on RedBull.tv