Bilbao set for SuperEnduro showdown this weekend in 2019 championship decider. Haaker has the points but Webb and Blazusiak have points to prove.
The intense and action-packed 2019 FIM Maxxis SuperEnduro World Championship season comes to its conclusion this Saturday, April 6, at the Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao.
The Idubaltza Kirol Kluba are event organisers for this final round inside the 15,000-seater Bizkaia Arena is located on the outskirts of Bilbao.
That’s enough about that though, who’s going to win?!
Three riders are in with a shout realistically of the championship but, after the previous round in Hungary, Colton Haaker is the rider who holds the cards and leader’s red plate with a 12-point lead. Haaker has been here before of course, twice winning the SuperEnduro world title in 2016 and 2017.
That means two things: Colton knows what it takes to win world titles and he can handle the pressure of a final round showdown to get the job done. In 2018, Haaker’s long term rival indoors, Cody Webb, actually arrived at the final round in Sweden with a sizable lead and proceeded to make mistakes. But for a mechanical and a DNF in the second of the three races that night from his nearest rival Taddy Blazusiak, things could have been a whole lot different.
The six-time SuperEnduro World Champion, Blazusiak is the third of the three riders capable of taking the title on Saturday night. Taddy can, of course, pull it out the bag and has shown strong resolve this season coming back from what event promoters have labelled as “misadventures” during the season.
It is a tougher ask this season however as Blazusiak enters the final races 27 points behind Haaker. Reigning SuperEnduro and EnduroCross champ, Cody Webb has a much stronger chance to turn things around with just a 12-point deficit.
Webb has four wins this season to Haaker’s three but Colton has a 100 per cent podium record and no DNFs during the season which is the kind of consistency which surely makes a champion in this always unpredictable sport.
With 20 points for the win, 17 for second and 15 for third, it is easily possible that 12-point lead to rapidly fall across the three, six-minute (plus one lap) races allowing Webb to catch Haaker. Both have history here, both will hold no punches as we know. It promises to be a good night.
Who’s in the mix for podiums?
It is not a three horse race in Bilbao with a number of riders ready to complicate proceedings – not least the Spanish contingent. Alfredo Gomez has already taken one win this season and Pol Tarres has also popped on the podium. Both are also embroiled in their own fight for fourth place in the standings (and best Spanish rider) so expect no quarters given there.
Joining the two former Junior SuperEnduro class winners in the Prestige class this weekend, for the first time, will be the newly crowned 2019 winner Will Hoare. The British rider has chosen to step up to the plate for this last round alongside the big boys and joins Blake Gutzeit and Kevin Gallas in trying to raise their game against the factory riders.
Juniors fight for podium places
In the Juniors, with Will Hoare already crowned, Tim Apolle is in the hot seat with 163 points to David Cyprian’s 134 in third. It is mathematical Cyprian could gain significant ground and with Hoare out of the equation big points are up for grabs. Leon Hentschel is equally in with a sniff of third if he betters Cyprian on the night.
European Cup: Four Riders Fight it Out
Noting if not unpredictable, the European Cup races on the night is wide open. A multinational field of Robert Scharl, Tom Knight, Thomas Hostinsky and Paul Bury all have the possibility of claiming the European title in its fourth season.
Add into the mix Sandra Gomez in the European class too. She will no doubt give her all in front of the Spanish fans on the night.
We are right in among the action bringing regular updates on our Instagram feed through Saturday and the fastest results feed on the planet right here on Enduro21.
Where to watch:
If you can’t make the Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao on Saturday night then subscribe to the live TV feed on enduro-tv.com from 20:30 CET.
For fans in America (North and South) the races can also be viewed live on Two Wheels TV – available on Apple TV, Chromecast enabled devices and through the Apple App and Google Play Stores.
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