Enduro

Billy Bolt Extends FIM Superenduro Lead With Dominant Win In Hungry

Posted:

Billy Bolt at the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Hungary
Billy Bolt leads Jonny Walker (22) and Cody Webb (2) on his way to his third victory of the season.

Billy Bolt put in a commanding showing at round three of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Hungary to secure the overall victory.

Dominating the evening’s SuperPole by almost one and a half seconds, Bolt was keen to make good on that momentum when the start gate dropped for race one. Exiting the first corner in second position, a hectic lap one saw him slip back to third. Recomposing himself, he went on the attack and by the end of lap two had taken over the lead. Once out front, Bolt pulled clear to eventually claim victory by three seconds.

In the first race of the night, Bolt encountered a few difficulties on the technical route. Snatching the holeshot, 2022 Junior World Champion Dominik Olszowy was running a good pace out front. In his wake were Jonny Walker and Cody Webb. Sweden’s Eddie Karlsson made a solid start to the race with 4th position, standing up to much more experienced riders with his unique and skillful style.

Back at the front, after three laps there was no more that Webb and Walker could do to hold back the charge of Bolt. The Number 57 rider, shining as bright as his new helmet design, moved into the lead of the race leaving his opponents to squabble for the podium places. He made a few small errors which allowed Walker some hope, but not for long. On the fifth lap, Eddie Karlsson fell heavily on the finish line jump after impressively passing Cody Webb.

Race Direction showed swift action to protect all the riders, quickly ‘red flagging’ the race. The Swede was evacuated on a stretcher, but he thankfully seems to have avoided serious injury. With the vast majority of the race having been disputed, it was not restarted. Billy Bolt, therefore, won ahead of Jonny Walker and Cooper Abbott who had a remarkable end to the race.

Billy Bolt at the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Hungary
Billy Bolt enjoying another victory.

In the second race, Billy Bolt’s difficulties emerged again as he tackled the reverse grid race and encountered several ‘tail-enders’. As he went on to battle for a podium spot with Cody Webb, he came unstuck on the obstacles a couple of times and lost time on Webb and Olszowy. Meanwhile, Jonny Walker had a slow start but the Beta rider quickly rose through the ranks to find himself back at the sharp end, running fourth behind Poland’s Olszowy who was passed by Bolt and Webb, before making his move for 3rd.

The race still offered its share of thrills when Walker and Bolt made a mistake, opening the door to Cody Webb for a possible victory. The Sherco rider thought he would grab his first win of the year, but Bolt wasn’t ready to relinquish control. Despite a final error in the matrix, it was another victory for Billy Bolt in front of Webb and Walker. Olszowy and Abbott completed the Top 5.

The final race was more of a formality for the championship leader as he relaxed into the last blast of the night and quickly took control of the race, despite another holeshot from Walker. Bolt then built his lead to stretch his gap to Walker by almost 20 seconds – celebrating this fact with a little whip at the chequered flag, and a heel-clicker on his cool-down lap.

Bolt won the overall in Budapest ahead of Jonny Walker and Cody Webb. The Husqvarna rider also strengthened his lead in the general classification; he now has a 26-point lead over Walker and 60 over Webb.

“These events aren’t getting any easier!” Bolt enthused, “But I’m really happy about my performance in the last race, I really wanted a mistake-free, drama-free race and I managed to get it. What can I say? Three wins and extended the points lead, so a good night! A lot of action, but a good night. I did struggle with the backmarkers a lot, but at the end of the day it’s my job to get around them well. All in all, no complaints at the end of the night. This sport is amazing, we have good racing every round, no matter the location or the track layout.”

Jonny Walker at the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Hungary
Jonny Walker finished second on the night and is second in the championship.

Runnerup Jonny Walker was left to rue a few small mistakes,

“It was a good night, I felt like the first two races I made some stupid mistakes, but a lot of us did,” Walker said. “I felt like I had good pace in those first two though, whereas the last race I didn’t really have any flow and I didn’t enjoy it – unlike Billy, who said he really enjoyed it! I’m really happy with second overall tonight and keeping 2nd in the championship too. Billy’s on another level, he’s the one to beat, and I’m trying to change my riding to keep up with him and close the gap! The bike is feeling better all the time.”

Cody Webb finished 3rd in the final race ahead of Olszowy and a brilliant Diogo Veira who was 5th. Taddy Blazusiak had a tough and complicated Hungarian GP, suffering a big crash in Superpole, and some unfortunate falls in the races, the six-time World Champion finished in a distant 7th place overall.

“The season’s getting better!” Webb said. “In the second race I was leading Billy twice, and the pressure of trying to keep him behind me was kind of getting in my head, so I actually felt better once he passed me in some ways! The first race was probably my most enjoyable, the second one was tough – I also hope that Eddie (Karlsson) is OK after his big crash. My thumb is still a bit injured, and I need more bike time to try and beat these guys. We’ve made some bike improvements and that’s given me a boost too.”

Cody Webb at the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Hungary
Cody Webb finished third with his best result being second in the second race.

Results: SuperEnduro, Round 3

Overall Classification
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 51 Points
3 Cody Webb (Sherco) 42 Points

Prestige Race 1
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 6 laps, 4:44.087
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 6 laps, 4:45.815
3 Cooper Abbott (Sherco) 6 laps, 5:02.030

Prestige Race 2
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:35.071
2 Cody Webb (Sherco) 9 laps, 7:38.798
3 Jonny Walker (Beta) 9 laps, 7:43.281

Prestige Race 3
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 6:58.254
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 9 laps, 7:18.193
3 Cody Webb (Sherco) 9 laps, 7:33.496

Championship Standings (After round 3)
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 184 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 158 Points
3 Cody Webb (Sherco) 124 Points

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

U.S Motocross

Jett Lawrence Continues Undefeated At 2024 Pro Motocross Championship Opener

Motocross

Kyle Webster, Ryder Kingsford, And Jake Cannon On Top At Maitland ProMX

Speedway

Line-up For 2024 FIM Speedway GP World Championship Challenge Decided

Motocross

Crawford, Kingsford, And Cannon Shine As ProMX Opens At Maitland

AMA Pro

RJ Hampshire Sidelined Ahead of 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship Opener

Motocross

Factory Honda Focuses on Consistency For ProMX Round 4

MXGP

Indonesian Venue Change With MXGP Double-Header In Lombok, Indonesia

Rallye

Daniel Sanders and Sam Sunderland Return To Action For The 2024 Desafio Ruta 40

Supercross

Wollongong Returns For 2024 Australian Supercross Championship

EnduroCross

2025 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Calendar Revealed

MXGP

Tim Gajser And Lucas Coenen Win MXGP Of France

Trials

Toni Bou and Emma Bristow Double Up At TrialGP of Japan

What's On This Week

MXGP - R8
Liqui Moly MXGP of Germany - Teutschenthal
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024
AMA GNCC - R8
Mason-Dixon, Mount Morris
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024
FIM Speedway Grand Prix - Round 4
FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic, Prague
Saturday, June 1st, 2024
Vic Senior MX Championships - Round 2
Ballarat, Vic
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024
ProMX Championship - Round 4
Maitland, NSW
Sunday, May 26th, 2024
AMA Pro Motocross - Round 2
Prairie City SVRA Rancho Cordova, CA
Saturday, June 1st, 2024

Featured:

Time to Pivot with Pivot Pegz?

First Look At The All New 2024 Beta 450RX

2024 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Enhance Your Bike’s Protection With Force Accessories Custom Clutch Cover

2023 Sherco 300 SE Factory Ride Review

Michelin StarCross 6 – Inspected

What's On This Week

MXGP - R8
Liqui Moly MXGP of Germany - Teutschenthal
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024
AMA GNCC - R8
Mason-Dixon, Mount Morris
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024
FIM Speedway Grand Prix - Round 4
FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic, Prague
Saturday, June 1st, 2024
Vic Senior MX Championships - Round 2
Ballarat, Vic
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024
ProMX Championship - Round 4
Maitland, NSW
Sunday, May 26th, 2024
AMA Pro Motocross - Round 2
Prairie City SVRA Rancho Cordova, CA
Saturday, June 1st, 2024