Alfredo Gomez Wins His First SuperEnduro, Jonny Walker Takes Second
The third round of the 2017 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship took place this past weekend in Bilbao, Spain. Alfredo Gomez’s home ground, he made everyone proud by taking his first ever SuperEnduro win.
“It feels so good to get my first ever overall SuperEnduro win,” said Alfredo Gomez. “In the first heat I was so nervous of crashing I was maybe a little too cautious and didn’t try hard enough to overtake Jonny (Walker). I came close on the last lap, but I just couldn’t make it happen. I got a great start in the second heat – from the second row I got into the lead very quickly. I pushed hard then to open up a gap and just tried to be consistent to the finish.”
Jonny Walker was close on his heels and claimed his best finish of the 2017 SuperEnduro World Championship to date. Having switched to a KTM 350 EXC-F before of the event, Jonny recorded 1/4/2 results, placing him second on the podium.
With three of the total four rounds of the SuperEnduro World Championship now complete, Jonny currently sits third in the series point standings and Alfredo second.
They will return to the 2017 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Albi, France on March 18.
“I’ve really been riding a lot recently, and I felt good throughout the night here in Spain. I switched to the 350, which worked great, but in general I feel like I rode a lot better than at the earlier rounds. I got good starts, rode pretty consistently and came away with a solid runner-up result. It came down to the final race between Alfredo Gomez and myself for the win, although it’s a little frustrating to get second overall I’m pleased. I landed on someone in the last race of the night, which kind of knocked me off my stride. After winning the first race I knew what I needed to do and I felt like another win was more than possible. It’s been a really good night. I can’t wait for the final in France now,” said Jonny.
See breakdown of race results and standings below.
Results – Superenduro World Championship, Round 3
Overall Event Classification
1. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 59 points
2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 53
3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 48
SuperEnduro World Championship standings (after round 3 of 4)
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 165 points
2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 154
3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 146
Watch the highlights of the 2017 SuperEnduro in Bilbao below.
Sources: KTM Racing Press and Future7Media
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