WALKER WINS BUT BLAZUSIAK TAKES THE TITLE - Enduro Tyres

WALKER WINS BUT BLAZUSIAK TAKES THE TITLE

WALKER WINS BUT BLAZUSIAK TAKES THE TITLE

KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak signed off on an incredible 2015 SuperEnduro World Championship season by claiming his sixth consecutive crown.

Very much in the driving seat entering the final round of the season in Cahors, France, Blazusiak knew a steady night at the office would easily secure him the title.

Third in race one before placing second in race two ensured Blazusiak got the job done with a race to spare. Going on to place third in race three, resulted in the KTM rider also claiming a perfect season of podium results with third overall.

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“I feel like I’m on top world right now,” told Blazusiak. “What can I say – it’s an awesome feeling to be the world champion for the sixth year in a row. Coming into this race I knew I was in the perfect position to wrap up the title – I had a healthy points lead – but I still felt some pressure to get it done.

“Tonight was all about making sure I won the championship. Crossing the finishing line as world champion for the sixth time in a row is amazing. Overall it’s been a fantastic season – four GP wins and a world championship – and I can’t thank KTM, the team and everyone involved enough for the effort they put in.”

With Blazusiak in cruise control for the title, the battle for the top step of the podium was fought out between Jonny Walker and Cody Webb. Adding spice to the mix was also the fact that the championship runner-up was up for grabs, Forced to bow out of proceedings due to illness, David Knight’s absence left the door open for Walker or Webb to take his runner-up place.

Winning the SuperPole and then the opening race, Webb got things off to a flying start as Walker placed second in race one. Turning things around, Walker bounced back to win the final two races of the night and claim his first ever SuperEnduro overall win.

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But with Webb doing enough to place second overall, it was Webb who grabbed the runner-up result in the championship.

“I really wanted that overall win but Jonny just had the edge on me in the final moto,” said Webb. “I knew the points were close but I couldn’t get to him to try and fight for the overall victory. But I’m happy that I’ve been able to end the year as runner-up in the championship.

“It’s been a great first full season of SuperEnduro for me – races wins, the overall victory in Brazil and finishing things off with second overall in the series.”

Although disappointed to end his season third overall, Walker was more than happy to finally claim an overall win…

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“I’ve been chipping away at getting an overall win and now finally it’s happened,” confirmed Walker. “In Brazil I was so close but then it all feel apart in the final race.

“I had a good race one but silly mistakes held me back. Then race two I got to the front and took the win. I knew the overall was on the line leading into the final race and this time around I made sure I didn’t do anything stupid. Once I got my nose in front I rode smart and got my first SuperEnduro overall win. It’s been an eventful season. I’m happy to have salvaged third in the championship.”

With a trio of fourth place results – despite riding with an injured finger – Husqvarna’s Alfredo Gomez ended his night fourth overall.

“I crashed in the second practice and tore a ligament in my finger,” explained Gomez. “It hurts like hell but I wanted to race and so taped it up. I didn’t really do anything wrong in the races and placed fourth each time.”

Knocking on the door numerous times this series, Paul Bolton finally delivered his first top five result of the season…

“I’m made up to end tonight in fifth,” commented Bolton. “I’ve been trying hard all year and now finally got it done.”

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In the Junior class, it was Ty Tremaine who was crowned the world champion. Relieved of a final round showdown between himself and Andreas Linusson – due to the Swede injuring his wrist in practice –Tremaine delivered a winning ride take the overall win and with it the championship honours.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be a world champion,” told Tremaine. “It’s been a crazy season but I’ve loved every minute. Starting out I didn’t really know what to expect but taking the overall in Poland gave me confidence for the rest of the year. It was tough to see Andreas crash out, but that’s part of racing. I’m delighted to have a world championship to my name now.”

Securing his first win of the series in race one, Manuel Lettenbichler ended his night as runner-up while Frenchman Cedric Tempier completed the top three.

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