Living just 20 minutes up the road, the GP of Spain in Barcelona has become a home race for Taddy Blazusiak, and after losing out to David Knight at his home race in Poland last December, the KTM rider was in no mood to mess about at the penultimate round of the series.
Claiming a perfect three wins from three starts, Taddy Blazusiak topped the podium in style inside the Palau Sant Jordi stadium and moved one step closer to collecting his fifth consecutive Super Enduro world title.
“It’s been an incredible night for me in Barcelona,” told a pleased (and somewhat relieved) Taddy Blazusiak. “This is like my second home race and with the championship coming down to crunch time I wanted to make it count. A hat-trick of wins – it can’t get better than that.”
Jonny Walker fights back
With the qualifying Super Pole won by Jonny Walker for the second event in a row the KTM rider was unable to convert his speed into a race one holeshot. The Brit hit the dirt in the first corner and had to fight back from last to finish fifth.
Ensuring he made no more mistakes for the rest of the night, Walker went on to card a pair of second place results – while also momentarily leading Final #3 – to end his night as runner-up to Taddy Blazusiak.
Less than two weeks after surgery to remove his appendix, Alfredo Gomez put his Husqvarna on the third step of the podium. Delivering a truly heroic ride, the Spaniard gave the home crowd a result they came to see.
Deciding to gamble on the possibility of reducing Taddy Blazusiak’s point’s advantage, David Knight rode a two-stroke in Spain. Unfortunately, with his rival on top form it didn’t give him the result he hoped for and the Manxman could fair no better than fourth overall on the night. Rounding out the top five with a consistent display of results was Joakim Ljunggren.
Mature display from Giacomo Redondi
After four straight victories in Brazil and Mexico, Giacomo Redondi arrived in Barcelona as the clear leader of the Junior class. Refusing to be led into combat, the Italian produced two considered rides to clinch the SuperEnduro Junior World Championship.