Making strong progress in his 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship campaign, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker bounced back from a tough opening round in Poland last December to claim a top three race result on his way to finishing fifth overall at round two of the series in Riesa, Germany.
Getting to grips with the tight and technical course, Walker made a strong start to the first of the night’s three races. Locked in a heated battle for victory, he swapped and changed positions with rivals Colton Haaker and Cody Webb on numerous occasions before eventually finishing third.
Looking to improve on his opening result in race two, the KTM rider hit trouble when a first corner pile up saw him remount almost last. Working hard to recover the lost ground, he charged his way back to seventh.
Knowing his race two result had hampered his chances of an overall podium finish, Walker was still determined to end his night in the best way possible and after another heated battle at the sharp end of the field placed an eventual fourth, completing the German event in fifth overall.
The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round three in Malaga, Spain on February 17.
Jonny Walker: “I definitely feel that tonight was a good step in the right direction. The pile- up at the start of the second race hurt my chances of an overall podium result, but my pace and speed on the track was there. I showed in race one that with a clean start I have the speed to challenge for race wins and I enjoyed that race a lot. Unfortunately, the reversed start order for race two hurt my chances of an overall podium with a seventh-place finish. But I can take a lot away from this race and look forward to the next round of the series.”
Results – 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 2
PRESTIGE CLASS OVERALL
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 58 pts (1-3-1)
2. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 45 pts (2-1-7)
3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 43 pts (4-6-2)
4. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 39 pts (5-4-3)
5. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 37 pts (3-7-4)