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Billy Bolt Dominates 2024 SuperEnduro Championship Opener In France

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Billy Bolt at the start at the opening round of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in France
There was plenty of action at the start of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship inside the Arena Stade couvert de Lievin, France. Photo: Future7Media

Unbeatable in France, Billy Bolt has delivered a dominant performance at round one of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. Making it three wins from three starts inside the Arena Stade couvert de Lievin.

Despite a short turnaround between the final round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship and round one of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Bolt was fired up to go racing in Lievin, France following several weeks of intense training. Confident of a positive start to the series, the fast-paced course favoured the Brit. Fastest in timed practice, Bolt then began the evening’s racing by topping the Superpole hot lap by over eight-tenths of a second

The Brit showcased his prowess from the start, claiming the first Airoh Holeshot and maintaining control throughout the race. Jonny Walker and Eddie Karlsson battled for positions behind Bolt, while riders like Dominik Olszowy, Alfredo Gomez, and the resilient Manuel Lettenbichler fought for a spot in the Top five.

Bolt clinched the victory, with Walker finishing over 20 seconds behind. Olszowy impressed by securing the third spot, holding off Lettenbichler, who made a remarkable comeback after multiple falls.

In the second race with a reverse grid start, Diogo Veira took the Airoh Holeshot but yielded to championship contenders as Bolt quickly assumed control. Walker and Gomez chased Bolt, while young talent Mitch Brightmore showcased his skills against more experienced competitors. In his first GP in the Prestige class, Brightmore finished seventh overall. The second race concluded with a fierce fight for positions involving Gomez, Norbert Zsigovits, Hoare, and Lettenbichler. Will Hoare secured third place behind Bolt and Walker, marking his first world podium.

Billy Bolt at the opening round of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in France
It was a perfect night and a perfect start to the championship for Billy Bolt taking all three victories and Superpole. Photo: Future7Media

The final race was a formality for Bolt, completing a hat-trick and securing the overall victory. Despite his dominance, Bolt remains focused on improvements for a more formidable season.

“I’m really happy with my night, but especially with the last race where I picked some good lines and avoided any mistakes,” Bolt expressed. “I felt like I got better as the night went on, which might be due to the fact we’ve started the SuperEnduro season right after finishing the Hard Enduro season. It’s a different level of intensity here in the stadiums, so I felt a bit rusty at the start but got into it. The French fans were awesome tonight and I hope we can come back next year!”

Walker claimed the second podium spot, acknowledging areas for improvement to challenge Bolt. Will Hoare, not on the grading list, celebrated his first world podium with a commendable third overall. Walker’s second place was enough to secure the same place on the night’s overall podium.

“I’m honestly really happy because I had a good gap on third place each time tonight,” Walker said. “I felt like I had good pace and got close to Billy out front a few times, but I always ended up making a few small mistakes. I didn’t feel that ready coming into the weekend, but as soon as I got on track that changed and I settled into it. Billy’s riding as well as ever and he’s solid, but I’m going to try everything to be closer to him and I think the layout and surface might suit me better next time out in Poland.”

Billy Bolt’s exceptional performance positions him as the man to beat in the Motoz FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. The series moves to Poland at the Tauron Arena in Krakow for the next round on December 9th.

Jonny Walker at the opening round of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in France
Jonny Walker took a trio of third places for second overall. Photo: Future7Media

Results – 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 1, France

Prestige Race 1
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:04.244;
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:24.255;
3 Dominik Olszowy (Rieju) 10 laps, 7:36.876

Prestige Race 2
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:07.573;
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:21.327;
3 Alfredo Gomez (Rieju) 10 laps, 7:44.980

Prestige Race 3
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 6:56.880;
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:11.539;
3 Will Hoare (Beta) 10 laps, 7:25.291

Prestige Overall
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63 points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 53 points
3 Will Hoare (Beta) 39 points
4 Dominik Olszowy (Rieju) 35 points
5 Alfredo Gomez (Rieju) 34 points

Championship Standings (After Round 1)
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63 points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 53 points
3 Will Hoare (Beta) 39 points
4 Dominik Olszowy (Rieju) 35 points
5 Alfredo Gomez (Rieju) 34 points

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