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Billy Bolt’s FIM SuperEnduro Win Streak Continues In Bulgaria

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Billy Bolt (57) took all three wins on offer in Bulgaria. Photo: Future7Media

Putting on a clinic, Billy Bolt has dominated the sixth and penultimate round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Bulgaria.

Racing ahead to secure three wins from three starts, along with taking the SuperPole hot lap, Bolt recorded his sixth consecutive overall victory of the season. The performance sees him extend his championship lead to a comfortable 59 points over Jonny Walker with just his home round in Newcastle, United Kingdom remaining next weekend.

Fastest throughout the afternoon’s practice sessions in Sofia, Bolt was determined to carry that momentum into the evening’s proceedings when the stadium lights dimmed for the SuperPole hot lap. As the final rider to take to the track, Bolt put down a blisteringly fast time to top the time sheets by almost three seconds.

With all eyes on the start gate for race one, Billy timed his reactions to perfection and grabbed the holeshot. With a clear track in front of him, he immediately got to work on breaking away from the chasing pack. Ticking off each lap without trouble, the Brit surged ahead to claim a comfortable race one victory ahead of Manuel Lettenbichler and Eddie Karlsson.

In race two, Billy opted for a cautious start from the second row of the reversed grid order. Knowing the course offered plenty of overtaking opportunities, he quickly picked off a number of riders on lap one to slot inside the top 10. Moving into third on lap two, Bolt took control of the race lead before the end of lap four. Piecing together a string of fast laps, before easing off on the final lap, Billy completed race two with a healthy nine-second margin of victory, once again over Lettenbichler and this time Dominik Olszowy crossed the line in third.

Photo Of FIM SuperEnduro rider Billy Bolt
With one round remaining Bolt already has one hand firmly on the 2024 crown. Photo: Future7Media

Aiming to close out what had so far been a perfect round six, Billy set about stamping his authority on the third and final race in Sofia. Claiming another holeshot on his FE 350, the Husqvarna rider got to work. With racing lines few could match, he opened up a gap of two seconds at the end of lap two and continued to build his advantage. Really enjoying the layout of the course inside the Arena Sofia, Bolt remained unchallenged for the entirety of the race to win by an incredible 29 seconds over Will Hoare and Mitchell Brightmore.

“Tonight was a great night,” Bolt reflected. “Taking maximum points I couldn’t have really asked for better here. I really enjoyed my riding, and I enjoyed the track a lot. It was wide with plenty of sections for overtaking. I feel like I saved my best for last in race three. Once I got out front, I was able to push hard and really build up a lead. Naturally I’m excited for the final round next weekend in Newcastle. It’s my home race, I grew up beside the stadium, so I can’t wait to put on a show for my home crowd. My championship lead is very healthy, which eases the pressure slightly to take my fourth title in a row.”

Photo Of FIM SuperEnduro rider Manuel Lettenbichler
Manuel Lettenbichler found form in Bulgaria to take second overall. Photo: Futur7Media

Manuel Lettenbichler was second overall achieving his best result of the season so far.

“I’m really stoked with my second place finish tonight here in Bulgaria, it’s my best result of the season so far,” Lettenbichler said. “I think I rode really well with barely any mistakes. My first two races were really clean and I had good pace. Even in the last race, even though I made a mistake and finished fourth, I still ended up second overall tonight, which I’m really happy about. I’m excited for the last round in Newcastle next week, it’s going to be a good one!”

Extending his championship lead to 59 points, the Husqvarna Factory Racing rider enters next weekend’s seventh and final round of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Newcastle, United Kingdom with a virtual grasp on his fourth consecutive title.

Photo Of FIM SuperEnduro rider Jonny Walker
Parenial runnerup this season Jonny Walker was plagued by illness in Bulgaria and had to settle for 4th place, he remains second in the championship. Photo: Future7Media

Results – 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 6, Bulgaria

Prestige Race 1
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:05.416
2 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 10 laps, 7:13.233
3 Eddie Karlsson (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:18.016

Prestige Race 2
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:07.670
2 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 10 laps, 7:17.263
3 Dominik Olszowy (Rieju) 10 laps, 7:24.859

Prestige Race 3
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 6:43.105
2 Will Hoare (Rieju) 10 laps, 7:12.118
3 Mitchell Brightmore (GASGAS) 10 laps, 7:13.003

Prestige Overall
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63 Points
2 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 47 Points
3 Will Hoare (Rieju) 37 Points
4 Jonny Walker (Beta) 37 Points
5 Mitchell Brightmore (GASGAS) 35 Points

Championship Standings (After Round 6)
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 364 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 305 Points
3 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 240 Points
4 Will Hoare (Rieju) 208pts
5 Mitchell Brightmore (GASGAS) 191 Points

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