Round two of the 2020 SuperEnduro World Championship hits Germany this weekend with Billy Bolt the rider to beat.
The 2020 SuperEnduro World Championship gets back in action on Saturday, January 4, and the German GP. After the month break riders are quickly back on the gas after the New Year celebrations for round two inside the SachsenArena in Riesa.
What’s hot? Talking points for round 2 in Riesa:
Can Bolt back it up? It took three years of eventual champions Cody Webb and Colton Haaker trying but failing to depose Taddy Blazusiak on home soil but at round one of 2020 in Krakow, Billy Bolt was that rider.
Returning to the championship after his horrendous leg injuries sustained early in the 2019 season, Billy Bolt took an impressive 1-2-1 scorecard in Poland, bagging 60 points and the leader’s red plate.
Taddy Blazusiak was a close second in Poland however and chasing his seventh SuperEnduro crown, sits just five points behind Bolt in the standings. In recent years consistency has proved key across the season and no one will know that more than Taddy.
Alfredo Gomez arrives in Riesa third overall after a solid performance at round one. A 3-3-3 scorecard was the model of consistency from Alfredo but by his own admission he was not quite fast enough on the night.
Gomez was the last rider from the entire field of Prestige riders to be lapped by Billy and Taddy in the final moto in Krakow (think about that for a moment) and will certainly be the first of many trying to close the gap down to the lead duo.
Who needs to shine brighter in Germany?
Round two of the 2020 World Championship will surely see riders aiming to turn things around with a better performance on the night and none more so than Jonny Walker. Walker of course knows this relatively short World Championship requires a points haul in every round and this weekend has to count if the Factory KTM rider means business.
We’re expecting more from Pol Tarres this weekend too. The Spaniard slogged out round one in Krakow with seriously damaged ligaments in his hand and admitted this week things are still not 100% recovered but the desire to race is strong in this guy!
The 6000-strong home crowd will be shouting Kevin Gallas and Tim Apolle home this weekend. Former Junior champion, Gallas had a below-par start to the 2020 season at round one but the vocal crowd will surely bring the spark to his performance on Saturday.
Another rider we’re expecting more from is 2019 Junior World Champion, Will Hoare. Hoare suffered a few issues on the night in Poland after setting blistering pace in the practice and qualifying sessions but returns to a two-stroke for Riesa so expect him to be in the mix.
More Junior chaos?
The Junior category never lacks spice but a month ago in Krakow three different winners over the three races showed the ‘support class’ had lost none of its sparkle.
The Polish track proved punishing for the Juniors and on the night the three motos were unpredictable. In the end it was American Ty Cullins who came away as the points leader but sits just two points ahead of German Leon Hentschel with Teodor Kabakchiev the third of three moto winners at round one.
Watch out also for Tom Knight who made his mark in 2019 racing the European class and arrives aboard his new Sherco for a piece of the Junior pie.
European Cup back in action
Riesa and round two will also see the European Championship riders back in action. Swedish rider Magnus Thor was the dominant force in Poland and naturally arrives in Germany as the favourite. But riders such as Sonny Goggia, Miha Spindler and a wealth of local riders including Pascal Springmann, Thomas Schley and Marcel Teucher will all be gunning for the top spot.
The town of Riesa is located in former East Germany, in the region of Saxony and an Enduro-mad area of the country. A city of around 34,000, Riesa is the largest city in the Meissen district and is located 90km east of Leipzig and 70km south-west of Dresden.
With a full rider entry list including riders from 16 nations represented across the three categories: Prestige, Junior and European.
Action kicks off from 18:00 CET this Saturday January 4 at the SachsenArena in Riesa.
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