2019 Germany SuperEnduro World Championship Race Report

Cody Webb wins and takes command of the championship

An overall victory at the second round of the series in Riesa, Germany, moved Cody Webb into first place in the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship standings. Webb went 1-1-3 in the three motos. “Overall, it’s been a good night,” Webb said after the race. “I had a few mistakes in the final race and just lost my momentum a little. But third was enough to take the top step of the overall podium.”Courtesy of Future 7 Media

Cody Webb moved to the top of the series standings in the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship with a solid victory at round 2 of the series in Riesa, Germany. The FMF KTM Factory Racing rider claimed two wins and a third in the three-race format to secure the victory ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak in second and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker in third.

After finishing second at the series opener in Poland, Webb was determined to get back on top of the podium and he had little trouble riding to victory in the opening two races of the night. In the third race, a couple of mistakes early on left the Californian playing catch-up, though he was able to finish an eventual third, which as more than enough to take the overall victory and become the new point leader.

“It feels awesome to come away with the victory here in Germany, as well as the point lead in the championship,” Webb said. “I think this is my third win here in Riesa, so I seem to have a good feeling with this place.”

The 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round 3 in Madrid on January 26.

Having won the series opening in Poland, Taddy Blazusiak came into the German round hoping to keep that momentum rolling. He went 2-2-3 for second overall. “It was a bit of tough night for me, but we managed to turn things around for second overall,” Blazusiak said.Courtesy of Future 7 Media
Colton Haaker set a good tone by winning the Super Pole hot lap at the start of the event. In the heat races, Haaker went 3-2-2 for third overall. “It’s been a strange night for me in Riesa and one where I felt things just didn’t go my way,” Haaker said. “It wasn’t that I was riding bad, it just wasn’t coming together for me throughout the night.”Courtesy of Future 7 Media
Webb was decisive in his first two heat wins. In the first heat of the night, Webb had to overcome a mid-pack start, however he was quick to carve his way into the lead to take the win. In the second heat, he wasted little time moving to the front after getting off the line well in the reverse-order start. Building a comfortable advantage Webb claimed a commanding 19-second victory. In the third and final heat, Webb’s hopes for a clean sweep were dashed after he made two early race mistakes. Webb eventually finished third in the final heat, which was good enough to secure the overall win.Courtesy of Future 7 Media
Despite having an “off” night, Haaker was positive about his performance. “Overall, despite feeling things could have been better, a 3-2-2 scorecard, plus the Super Pole, is still a good night,” Haaker said. “We’re [heading to] Madrid in two weeks and it’s a venue where I won my first world title, so I’m looking forward to returning there and improving on where I’m at.”Courtesy of Future 7 Media
Alfredo Gomez’s night came to an unfortunate end in race one. Involved in a freak start-straight incident, the Husqvarna rider suffered an injury to his left elbow and took no further part in the proceedings.Courtesy of Future 7 Media
Blazusiak admitted afterward that the crash by Gomez at the start of race 1 unnerved him and he lost his rhythm and feeling with the track. “When Alfredo Gomez crashed during the start of race one it unnerved me a little; I didn’t feel how I felt in practice,” Blazusiak said. “I was making mistakes in the restart and couldn’t shake them off. Race two was a similar story. I felt more myself in the final race and rode like I should have done all night there to win the moto. Unfortunately, we lost the series lead tonight but only by a few points.”Courtesy of Future 7 Media
With two races in the books, Webb leads Blazusiak in the series standings by two points, 109 to 107. Haaker sits in third overall with 101 points. “With round three in Madrid just a couple of weeks away it feels good to have the series lead,” Webb said.Courtesy of Future 7 Media

2019 Germany SuperEnduro Overall Results

Position Rider Brand
1 Cody Webb KTM
2 Taddy Blazusiak KTM
3 Colton Haaker Husqvarna
4 Cristobal Guerrero Yamaha
5 Pol Tarres Husqvarna
6 Kevin Gallas Husqvarna
7 Emil Juszczak KTM
8 Xavier Leon Sole Husqvarna
9 Blake Gutzeit Husqvarna
10 Diogo Vieira Yamaha

2019 Super Enduro Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cody Webb KTM 109
2 Taddy Blazusiak KTM 107
3 Colton Haaker Husqvarna 101
4 Kevin Gallas Husqvarna 58
5 Pol Tarres Husqvarna 56
6 Alfredo Gomez Husqvarna 46
7 Diogo Vieira Yamaha 43
8 Blake Gutzeit Husqvarna 41
9 Cristobal Guerrero Yamaha 35
10 Xavier Leon Sole Husqvarna 31