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Billy Bolt Wins 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Round Two In Poland

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Billy Bolt at the start  at round two of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship In Poland
The action was thick and fast inside Tauron Arena in Poland for round two of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. Photo: Future7Media

Following his dominant win at round one in France, Billy Bolt has put in another stellar SuperEnduro performance, this time topping the qualifying Superpole before winning two out of three races inside the Tauron Arena in Poland.

The Tauron Arena had the riders on edge from the very beginning as a challenging and technical layout awaited them.

A track that forced the competitors to be in top form both physically and mentally. However, it made for one of the tensest rounds of recent years, even though the ever-strong Billy Bolt once again took home an overall win, the 24MX Leader Plate and the best time in SuperPole.

The factory Husqvarna rider had to keep an eye on Jonny Walker from the very start of the first race, and it was neck and neck for the Airoh Holeshot, with Bolt just edging in front of Walker. Behind the two Brits, local hero Dominik Olszowy placed himself in contention despite having far less experience than the two powerhouses in front of him. He managed to stay ahead of Will Hoare and Manuel Lettenbichler. Back in the lead, Walker was still hanging on to Bolt’s rear wheel, the two men delivering a thrilling race and making no mistakes. It was only when they caught the ‘tailenders’ that Bolt managed to take a little advantage over the Beta rider. In the closing laps, Hoare managed to grab the advantage over Lettenbichler and Olszowy.

There was uproar in the Tauron Arena at the end of race two, when Jonny Walker did the unthinkable and crossed the line in first place, proving that Billy Bolt can indeed be beaten. His opponents had been waiting a while for the opportunity to shake things up for the three-time World Champion. Jonny Walker’s victory quickly took shape, despite the reverse grid start, as he managed to pass early leader Mitch Brightmore smoothly and slot into his own rhythm out front. Bolt, who often has a steady approach to the reverse grid races, found himself down the field for longer than he’d hoped and stuck in traffic. All onlookers still expected the Husqvarna rider to make his usual charge to the front, but as more laps passed it seemed Walker had everything under control. A small fall for the Beta rider on the final lap had the crowd on their feet, but he still rejoined faster than Bolt could catch him and claimed an excellent race victory. Behind them, Will Hoare once again ranked third, just ahead of Dominik Olszowy who managed to control Lettenbichler this time.

Billy Bolt at the start at round two of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship In Poland
Billy Bolt took the SuperPole and two race wins to go back-to-back in the 2024 season. Photo: Future7Media

With one win a piece for the two Brits, it was all to play for in the final race of the night. Bolt, spurred on by the fact that he had to put in one final fight, made a lightning start and dashed straight for the Airoh Holeshot. Walker and Olszowy slotted into strong second and third positions, giving the crowd plenty to cheer about. Before long it was a battle of the Brits as Bolt and Walker pulled away out front. The gap between the pair remained very small, with less than two seconds separating them at the halfway point of the race. The battle remained intense until the chequered flag, but Walker couldn’t quite gain the advantage over his friend. Bolt won the last race in style and once again took overall victory on the night. Third place overall was fought out between Lettenbichler and Hoare after Olszowy suffered some late falls in the third race and dropped down the order. The Englishman placed 4th in the last race of the night, just one spot behind his German rival, allowing him to claim the overall podium once again.

Bolt therefore won the Polish GP ahead of Walker and Hoare. This British hat trick was identical to that of the first round in France, and all three are hoping to repeat the feat when the Championship heads to Germany in the new year. Billy Bolt consolidates his leadership in the world rankings, and he leaves 2023 14 points ahead of Jonny Walker.

“To be honest, after the second race I think everyone was expecting me to be pretty angry but I was happy with my riding,” Bolt said. “I held back a bit for the reverse grid start but then I took too long to get to the front – suddenly I realised Jonny was four bikes in front and it was too late really. But overall, it went really well, I changed my line in the rocks and that helped me in the final race. I can go and enjoy Christmas with another overall win, big love to everyone!”

Jonny Walker at round two of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship In Poland
Jonny Walker was the first rider to take a race win off Bolt so far this season. Photo: Future7Media

Walker was happy with his pace and was buoyed by taking a win over Bolt.

“It was good tonight, I felt like I had a strong pace, and I didn’t make too many mistakes either. Second overall again but I’m looking forward to Germany, especially after beating Billy in one of the races tonight! We had some nice battles and it’s always fair racing between us two, plus it was a nice show for the fans. The track was difficult but it was really good fun. I can go for the Christmas break feeling good.”

Naturally, Hoare is third in the standings, 27 points behind Walker and 41 behind Bolt.

“I’m happy tonight, especially as I didn’t even get into the Superpole,” Hoare said. “To be honest I think that setback gee’d me up for the races. The three races went really well and I got third overall, so I’m happy with that result after also doing the same in France a couple of weeks ago. It’s good for me to be running with these top guys and I’m hoping for the same again in Germany.”

The next round of the MotoZ FIM SuperEnduro World Championship will take place just after the Christmas break in the SachsenArena in Riesa, Germany on January 6th 2024.

Billy Bolt on the podium at round two of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship In Poland

Results – 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 2, Poland

Prestige Race 1
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:23.624
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:32.481
3 Will Hoare (Beta) 10 laps, 8:01.946

Prestige Race 2
1 Jonny Walker (Beta), 10 laps, 7:32.380
2 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna), 10 laps, 7:33.184
3 Will Hoare (Beta), 10 laps, 7:54.681

Prestige Race 3
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna), 10 laps, 7:12.059
2 Jonny Walker (Beta), 10 laps, 7:26.177
3 Manuel Lettenbichler, 10 laps, 7:42.173

Prestige Overall
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 60 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 56 Points
3 Will Hoare (Beta) 43 Points
4 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 39 Points
5 Dominik Olszowy (Rieju) 32 Points

Championship Standings (After Round 2)
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 123 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 109 Points
3 Will Hoare (Beta) 82 Points
4 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 71 Points
5 Dominik Olszowy (Rieju) 67 Points

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