KTM Farioli Enduro Factory Support Team rider David Knight is now 30 points clear at the top of the Enduro 3 world championship standings after claiming a runner-up result on day one of the fifth round of the Enduro World Championship and a commanding win on day two. Unable to match the pace of his closest championship rival Christophe Nambotin on day one, Knight opted to settle for the runner-up position before going all out on day two. With conditions improving throughout the day following an extremely slippery opening day, David started steadily before ending the day 52 seconds ahead of Frenchman Seb Guillaume who claimed second. With just three rounds of the '10 EWC series remaining Knight sits 30 points ahead of Nambotin and 34 points ahead of Simone Albergoni.
Knighter's next event will be the fourth round of the British Enduro Championship, which takes place in Mid Wales on July 10/11.
David Knight:** 'Considering how frustrated I was after the GP of Poland last weekend, I couldn't be happier with things now. This has been a really tough race, one I expected to struggle at a bit if I'm honest, so to have had two really good days is great. I expected this to be one of the most important races of the championship so to come away from it with second on day one and the class win on day two, as well as a 30-point championship lead, is brilliant. We made some changes to my bike after Poland and they worked great, so I have to thank my mechanic and the guys at WP for that. I just had so much more confidence, I felt comfortable pushing hard. I was pleased to finish second on day one. Nambotin was riding a level above the rest of us in the E3 class and with conditions really slippery I struggled a bit on the big four-stroke. I just rode as well as I could. We made a few small changes at the end of the first day, which also worked well. When it started to rain again on day two I thought that was it again, that I'd be battling to finish on the podium. But I put in a good opening lap and things went well. I had a big crash on the enduro test on lap two. It was the biggest crash I've had for a while so I was lucky not to damage my bike. I just kept plugging away after that. Nambotin made a few mistakes, so the pressure was off a bit, and from a 15-second lead at the start of the third lap I rode better and better. I didn't push too hard on the final lap but I set some of my fastest times of the event. I think this has been one of the most important wins of my career, it takes the pressure off a little bit as I don't need to win the remaining races to win the championship. I'm going to take a bit of a break now and then it'll be full gas again for the final three rounds of the championship.'