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Billy Bolt Dominates 2023 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Opener

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Billy Bolt took three race wins from three starts in the first race in his title defense. Photo: Future7Media

Billy Bolt got his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship title defense off to a perfect start with victory at round one in Poland.

In what was his first return to racing following a five-month injury, Bolt won all three Prestige races in Krakow, along with topping the SuperPole hot lap, to make it a clean sweep ahead of Jonny Walker and Cody Webb at the season opener.

Dominating the SuperPole hot lap by nearly one and a half seconds, Bolt earned himself the first gate pick for the opening Prestige race of the night. Despite it marking his first competitive outing in over five months, the Brit was quick to show everyone that he’d lost none of his race craft. Taking control of the lead and checking out to secure the first race win of the night in Krakow ahead of Walker and Webb.

With the grid order reversed for the second Prestige race, Billy opted for a steady start from row two before carefully cutting his way through the field with rapid precision. Working safe, clean overtakes, he quickly moved to the front of the field. Once past leader Taddy Blazusiak, he upped his pace during the midway point to pull clear of his rivals for an eventual 30-second margin of victory, once again with Walker and Webb in tow.

As the gate dropped on the third and final Prestige race in Krakow, Billy set his sights on making it a clean sweep of wins at round one and he didn’t disappoint. Although getting a little boxed in during the first few corners of lap one, the Brit remained calm and composed as he moved up to second. After a couple of laps battling with early leader Jonny Walker, Bolt soon put his bike out front and wasn’t headed. Jonny Walker nade it three runner up places in a row with Taddy Blazusiak claiming third.

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Billy Bolt took his three race wins from the front and from the reverse grid. Photo: Future7Media

Claiming three wins from three starts at round one in Poland, the defending world champion has bounced back from injury in perfect style to establish himself as the rider to beat in the new SuperEnduro season.

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Despite a small injury cloud, Brit Jonny Walker took three runner-up spots for second overall on the night. Photo: Future7Media

“I’m so pleased to be back racing, but to make my comeback with a clean sweep of wins and taking SuperPole is the dream start to the championship I had hoped for,” Bolt said. “It’s felt like a long and tough five months off the bike, but I’m chuffed to be back on the bike and racing hard again. It’s what I love to do. Although tonight went to plan, I feel like I’ve some work to do to get back to my very best. We’ve a couple of weeks until round two in Germany, so I’ll keep working hard to be even stronger there.”

The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round two’s GP of Germany on January 7, 2023.

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Billy Bolt (C) was joined on the podium by Jonny Walker (L) in second and Cody Webb (R) in third. Photo: Future7Media

Results: FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 1

Prestige Race 1
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:41.953
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:58.900
3 Cody Webb (Sherco) 10 laps, 8:14.278

Prestige Race 2
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:25.807
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:55.102
3 Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 10 laps, 8:05.578

Prestige Race 3
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:19.638
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:41.718
3 Cody Webb (Sherco) 10 laps, 7:49.157

Prestige Overall
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 51 Points
3 Cody Webb (Sherco) 43 Points
4 Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 43 Points
5 Cooper Abbott (Sherco) 31 Points

Championship Standings (After round 1)
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 51 Points
3 Cody Webb (Sherco) 43 Points
4 Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 43 Points
5 Cooper Abbott (Sherco) 31 Points

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