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Harri Kullas put on a great show in the Tampere Supercross in Finland on Saturday night. Friday’s king crashed in the start corner of the second day’s final, but rose to the top and won ahead of Cade Clason and Jorge Zaragoza.


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Saturday’s final of the international invitational race started with Spain’s Jorge Zaragoza leading at the Exhibition and Sports Center of Tampere. To the surprise and frustration of the several thousand spectators, the biggest favourite to win, Finnish-Estonian Harri Kullas, was second to last. The reason was found in Kullas’ crash at the start corner, and in addition, he also caught the Danish Mathias Jorgensen in the same pile. Kullas started a furious chase and passed riders one after another.

Zaragoza led on his electric bike almost until the middle of the final, until American Cade Clason took the first position. Kullas roared through the sold-out hall with pass after pass until he pulled ahead of Zaragoza a few laps before the 20-lap final. Clason’s lead did not last as Kullas passed him on the second last lap and went on to victory.

“Wow, what a race. I’ve had a sore throat and not feeling well all day and I’ve just been counting the hours until the day ends. Then I fell at the start and also hit my head a little. However, you should never give up, but should always give your best regardless of the situation,” Kullas explained.

“The crowd was really great behind me and I could hear their cheering every time I passed someone on the track. The atmosphere was really great and even though I was out of breath a lot at times, I kept pushing until the end. Big thanks to the audience!”

The Tampere supercross track was exceptional for many foreigners because the clay-based material had ruts and the grip was really strong.

“I saw Harri catching me, and I tried to push harder. He rode absolutely insanely fast and I just couldn’t respond to that,” Clason said. “I love riding here in Finland. The crowd was really great again and the atmosphere was amazing. The track was super gnarly and completely different from what I’m used to. I had to make some extraordinary adjustments to the suspension on my bike. The surface of the track was like gum. The grip was so strong. But it was great to race here.”

The experienced Zaragoza was pleased with his first proper race with the attention-grabbing electric bike, which he rode on Friday and Saturday to third place.

“I’m really, really happy with my results. Feels amazing and was fun to ride. The track had a lot of traction and ruts, which made it difficult. On the other hand, I liked the technicality of the track and I’m really satisfied with my two race days,” Zaragoza insisted.

Hometown’s Jere Haavisto finished second on Friday, but didn’t finish Saturday’s final.

“I passed one rider, but he hit me in the next corner and I fell. My bike got damaged and had to stop riding. It was going well until that. I didn’t have exact expectations for this race, so second place on Friday was really good. It was important to remain healthy and there was a great atmosphere in the hall, the house was full and I got to ride in front of the home crowd,” Haavisto reflected.

Based on the combined results of the two days, Kullas won the Tampere Dominator title for the seventh time, since nine Tampere Supercrosses have now been organised. Zaragoza was second and Clason third.

Varjonen number one in SX2

Miro Varjonen took the start of the Finnish riders’ SX2 class final, but Aaro Menna quickly squeezed past. However, in the first full lap, Varjonen got ahead of Menna on the rhythm section and eventually rode to victory as on Friday.

“My riding was a little better than on Friday. I didn’t really make any mistakes, except for one time I drifted onto the concrete by the side of the track. It was a really tough race for a long time. My riding was under control, even though the track felt more difficult than on Friday,” Varjonen described happily.

Menna challenged Varjonen closely for more than half of the final, until he slipped off the track and fell on the concrete floor after the tires of his bike slipped. Menna got passed by Miro Niemi, but he managed to get back to second. On Friday, Menna lost his grip on the winning battle due to his heavy crash, finishing 11th, so Saturday’s result felt good for the youngster.

Joonas Heimonen won the Talaria electric cross race, which was run as an intermediate start. Miika Oinonen was second and Eero Remes third.

Kullas also won the Head 2 Head duel competition and Zaragoza was second.

Results
Tampere Supercross, Tampere Exhibition and Sports Center, Tampere, Finland, Saturday 11th November 2023.

Tampere Supercross:
1. Harri Kullas, FIN, Yamaha, 10:17.889
2. Cade Clason, USA, KTM, +2.990
3. Jorge Zaragoza, ESP, Stark Varg, +10.975
4. Luke Neese, USA, Fantic, +17.723
5. Josh Cartwright, USA, Kawasaki, +37.047

Tampere Dominator:
1. Harri Kullas, FIN, Yamaha, 50 points
2. Jorge Zaragoza, ESP, Stark Varg, 40p.
3. Cade Clason, USA, KTM, 38p.
4. Chase Marquier, USA, KTM, 33p.
5. Jere Haavisto, FIN, KTM, 31p.

SX2 Class:
1. Miro Varjonen, TMK, Husqvarna, 6:39.058
2. Aaro Menna, TMK, Honda, +10.614
3. Miro Niemi, HeMK, Kawasaki, +12.002
4. Eelis Viemerö, VMK, Husqvarna, +14.846
5. Simo Koskinen, HMK, Husqvarna, +18.241

All results:
https://beta.speedhive.com/events/2462818

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