Billy Bolt took a dramatic win in the final round of the SuperEnduro World Championship in Sweden, his first overall win in his rookie season, and with it second place in the championship.
It was a dramatic final round to the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship. The season showdown in Sweden held so much promise and delivered big time – though lady luck shone on some more than others.
Billy Bolt won out on the night, a first overall victory for the British rider who has shone in the 2018 season.
Bolt’s rookie year has been action-packed at times, with no shortage of crashes, but in the final race of the year he sealed a confident and steady ride to not only win overall in Sweden but snatch second place in the 2018 championship.
“I knew it was mathematically possible but in these races anything can happen. It’s a shame for Taddy to go out like that – even to be third after two DNFs in the season deserves credit.
“I’ve put in a lot of hard work all season though and really being at the races and making less and less mistakes has been the difference. Finding consistency, knowing when to push and when to be patient. There’s still a lot of things to learn but it’s nice to end it on a high.”
Blazusiak Shock Exit
While the event drama was yet to unfold, the championship drama boiled down to one crucial moment half way through the night in race two.
With champion elect Cody Webb knocking out mistakes in heats one and two, his main rival Taddy Blazusiak was doing all the right things to haul in the points gap and bring it right down to the wire.
After winning race one and closing the gap to just eight points, the six-times world champion was closing in on the lead for race two when his rear suspension failed. It left Cody Webb clear to bring it home safe and claim his first World Championship title.
That rare mechanical for the Farioli KTM team took Taddy out of the championship challenge and was clearly a tough pill to swallow after the Polish legend had worked so hard since his comeback.
“I have no words,” said Taddy after the event. “It made an old man cry. I really wanted this one, I really worked hard.
“That last race I came in second but I gave it nothing, my heart wasn’t in it. I did everything right – won Superpole, won moto one and was in second closing on the lead in the second race and the thing gave up on me.
“It’s a bummer because Cody didn’t ride really good today and we know the rest of the story. What if, you know? It’s a bummer because I think I was the strongest one towards the end of the season. But hey, I’ll give it a go next year.”
Blazusiak rounded out the overall championship in third ahead of Jonny Walker. Walker kicked in more consistantly in the second half of the year – stacking up three overall podiums out of the last three rounds and taking the 2018 fastest rider in Superpole crown.
That consistency brought him from way down the table to fourth above out-going champion, Colton Haaker who finished fifth.
Gallas is just class in Juniors
Kevin Gallas stole the win in the opening Junior race of the night in Sweden and with it the 2018 championship.
In reality the German had it in the bag but in typical style took the lead on turn one of the opening heat, growing a couple of bus lengths by the end of the first lap and never looked back until he crossed the line a world champion.
It has been a dominant season to say the least – 12 wins from a possible 15 and a 79 point clear advantage in the final classification. Gallas won all three races on the night.