Sherco mounted David Knight won round two of the FIM Superenduro held at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland on Sunday. Finishing runner up to Poland’s reigning world champion, Taddy Blazusiak, at Round One in Liverpool four weeks ago, David was determined to go one better at Taddy’s home race.
Setting the fastest time in qualifying, David was riding well, not making many mistakes. In the Superpole, the top six riders do one timed lap of the course to decide their gate pick for the three finals. David made a couple of small mistakes but still finished third fastest, giving him one championship point and a good choice of gate.
Race 1: David didn’t get the best start, but soon fought through to the lead, pulling away from the field to grab his first win of the indoor season.
Race 2: The controversial reverse start. David got boxed in on the second row, then caught up in a crash on the second corner. Coming from 16th and last, he kept calm and pushed hard to the very end, getting an excellent sixth place and almost catching the three riders in front at the chequered flag.
Race 3: A decent start for David, rounding the first turn in third position. With his main rival finishing behind him in the first two finals, David was in the perfect position to take the overall win. Using his head he rode sensibly and moved into second where he stayed out of danger and rode well to take the runners up spot and more importantly, win the Grand Prix overall. This result closes the gap to World Championship leader, Blazusiak on the points table and gives Knighter a huge boost in confidence over the Christmas break.
What can I say, I didn’t expect to win, especially at Taddy’s home race but in this sport anything can happen. It was so important to get a good start and I struggled a little with that today but I rode well and it paid off. Winning Race 1 was a great start and gave me confidence, it was a faultless race and went perfectly. The second race was a lottery with the silly reverse grid. It’s a recipe for disaster and Ivan Cervantes was very lucky to be ok when he crashed and I ran over him! I was dead last and got to 6th and caught the 5th, 4th 3rd placed riders at the flag. It was the best I could do as I pushed as hard as possible every lap.
Race 3 was a very nervous one for me, I wanted to win so so bad and my start was ok and I was up to third on lap 1. I knew it was good enough and just rode smart. I moved to second on lap three and stayed there. Mentally it was tough but to win overall was unreal, I’m so happy! To gain some points back is great, Taddy is still going to be very hard to beat for the championship, but I will do my best as always we will see what happens. As ever, I’d like to thank my team and all my supporters, the messages I received after the event really mean a lot.
Now it’s time to relax a bit, enjoy Christmas with my family and maybe have a few drinks and mince pies… Sherco have a new 450 so if I put on some weight I’ll have to ride that in the new year 😉
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.