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Cody Webb Claims SuperEnduro Championship Lead With Victory In Germany

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Cody Webb hit the top of the championship leader board with a win in Germany. Photo: Future7Media
Cody Webb has claimed victory at round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Riesa, Germany, to take the series lead.

Putting together three strong performances in Riesa, Webb secured two wins from three starts to top the overall podium. Winning the third and final heat race of the night, Taddy Blazusiak placed second overall, while Colton Haaker rounded out the podium.


As runner-up at the opening round of the series in Poland last December, defending world champion Webb was determined to turn the tables on Blazusiak in Riesa. A venue he has made his own in recent years, Webb immediately got to grips with the fast and flowing track, setting the second fastest time in SuperPole.

Despite a mid-pack start in race one, Webb was quick to carve his way through the field and work his way up to the wheel tracks of leader Blazusiak. Making a break for the lead, once out in front the American claimed a well-deserved win. Making the best of the reversed start order in race two, Webb wasted no time in reaching the front. Building a comfortable advantage he claimed a commanding 19-second victory. Aiming for a hat trick of race wins, the defending champions hopes of a clean sweep unfortunately didn‰Ûªt materialise in race three with Blazusiak taking the win.
Cody Webb took two wins at round two of the 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Germany, enough for the overall win. Photo: Future7Media
A couple of early mistakes left Webb playing catch up, finishing an eventual third. But with enough in hand thanks to his two earlier race wins, Webb topped the overall podium and with it becomes the new leader of the 2019 SuperEnduro series.

"It feels awesome to come away with the victory here in Germany, as well as the points lead in the championship," Webb enthused. "I think this is my third win here in Riesa, so I seem to have a good feeling with this place.

"Overall, it‰Ûªs been a good night. I got off to a good start with a win in the first race. My start wasn‰Ûªt the best but I had some good lines and was able to close the gap to Taddy and then take the win. Race two is always a little tricky with the reversed start order but I managed to find a bit of space and find a way through. I had a few mistakes in the final race and just lost my momentum a little. But third was enough to take the top step of the overall podium. With round three in Madrid just a couple of weeks away it feels good to have the series lead.‰Û
Championship leader going into round two, Taddy Blazusiak , took a win in the final of three races but ended second overall. Photo: Future7Media
Nevertheless a 2-3 scorecard in the first two races kept him in the hunt for the overall podium entering race three. Feeling more settled, Blazusiak regrouped in style to secure an almost start-to-finish win, ultimately ending his night as runner-up to Webb.

"It was a bit of tough night for me but we managed to turn things around for second overall. I felt great in practice and gelled very quickly with the track," Blazusiak explained.

"However, when Alfredo Gomez crashed during the start of race one it unnerved me a little, I didn‰Ûªt feel how I felt in practice. I was making mistakes in the restart and couldn‰Ûªt shake them off. Race two was a similar story, too. I felt more myself in the final race and rode like I should have done all night there to win the moto. Unfortunately, we lost the series lead tonight but only by a few points. We‰Ûªve got round three in just a couple of weeks and I‰Ûªm looking forward to making amends there. Finally, I‰Ûªd just like to wish Alfredo a speedy recovery.‰Û
Colton Haaker took the final podium spot at round two. Photo: Future7Media
On a sour note third placeds Colton Haaker had a nasty crash along with with his friend and team-mate Alfredo Gomez. The Spaniard initially tried to get up but was clearly in severe pain, and the red flag was quickly flown. After a trip to hospital the unlucky Spaniard, who suffered a horrific knee injury last season, was diagnosed with a dislocated left elbow. Haaker went on to land a podium spot.

"Our goals are all the same we want to win races," Haaker said. "So when you end up on a podium you are happy but you can't be totally satisfied. I'm third today, but you know those guys are good so you won't have much room left if you make a mistake. Taddy was really flying in this last race I could not control him. I'm very sad for Alfredo I wish him a speedy recovery so he can be with us back very soon.‰Û
Sadly Alfredo Gomez ended the night with a dislocated elbow after tangling with team-mate Colton Haaker. Colton Haaker took the final podium spot at round two. Photo: Future7Media
2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 2

Prestige Class ‰ÛÓ Overall
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 57 points
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 53 points
3. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 52 points
4. Cristobal Guerrero (ESP), Yamaha, 35 points
5. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 33 points

Prestige Race 1
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 6:46.552
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 6:50.994 +4.442
3. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:23.168 +36.616
4. Kevin Gallas (GER), Husqvarna, 7:05.780 +1 lap
5. Cristobal Guerrero (ESP), Yamaha, 7:10.590 +1 lap

Prestige Race 2
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 6:50.910
2. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:10.051 +19.141
3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:13.609 +22.699
4. Cristobal Guerrero (ESP), Yamaha, 6:51.752 +1 lap
5. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:13.480 +1 lap

Prestige Race 3
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:35.335
2. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:58.051 +22.716
3. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 8:04.231 +28.896
4. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 8:22.017 +1 lap
5. Cristobal Guerrero (ESP), Yamaha, 7:39.342 +2 laps

Championship Standings (After round 2)
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 109 points
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 107 points
3. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 101 points
4. Kevin Gallas (GER), Husqvarna, 58 points
5. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 56 points

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