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Cody Webb takes Superenduro win in Spain

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Cody Webb takes Superenduro win in Spain
FMF KTM Factory Racing's Cody Webb has won round three of the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship in Malaga, Spain.

Team-mate Jonny Walker put in an excellent performance to finish second overall with Husqvarna's Billy Bolt rounding out the podium.

Over three thrilling races and in front of a packed stadium, Cody Webb put in a superb display of riding to finish as a well-deserved overall winner at the third round of the 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Malaga, Spain. Despite a crash early on in the third and closing final, his results from the first two races were enough to give the 2017 Endurocross Champion the overall win.
Cody Webb takes Superenduro win in Spain
Winner Cody Webb now has a 24 points lead in the championship. Photo: Future7Media
The first race saw a close battle between all three Factory KTM riders. Swapping positions throughout the 11-lap race it was Jonny Walker who crossed the line first. Webb was close behind with Taddy Blazusiak taking third. The second race, as always, started with a reverse grid. After a strong start Taddy Blazusiak crashed heavily on the second lap, Webb took the lead and despite having to fight off challenges from both Billy Bolt and Colton Haaker the American took the win by close to two-and-a-half seconds.

After the first corner crash in race three, it was Blazusiak who took control at the front. Despite a couple of mistakes, the multiple SuperEnduro World Champion held his nerve to take the win. Webb remounted to finish ninth and add six points to his tally, ending the evening with a winning total of 46 points, just two points ahead of Walker.
Cody Webb takes Superenduro win in Spain
Jonny Walker was second overall. Photo:Future7Media
Now holding a 24-point advantage at the top of the standings, Cody Webb was happy with his evening's racing.

"I finished the final race with a hole in my radiator, my bars were completely bent and I had half a grip missing on the throttle side, but I still managed to do enough to get the overall win," Webb explained. "It was a crazy night, that's for sure, but I never gave up, and it feels great to have won.

"Getting the fastest time in the superpole was a nice way to kick things off, but I rode a little tight in both the first and second races. I have a little homework to do, but I think everyone had some troubles at some point. The first corner crash in the third final was one of those things, but it was pretty rough. I was a lap down but once I got back on track I was running a good pace. I didn't want to get involved with the riders ahead of me, but I needed to un-lap myself. It was just a crazy race. I was mentally beat up and had a terrible final lap, but I managed to just do enough to win overall and that feels so good."
Cody Webb takes Superenduro win in Spain
Billy Bolt is impressing in his forst Superenduro season snaring a podium at round 3. Photo: Future7Media
Despite getting tangled up in the race three start crash, Jonny Walker claimed an excellent runner-up spot overall. The British rider was extremely pleased with his result after such a closely-fought evening.

"It's been a great night. A crazy night, but a great night," Walker said. "Second overall and just two points from the win is really positive. It was such an unpredictable night's racing. Winning the first final was great - battling with Taddy and Cody was awesome. We were all fresh and pushing hard and I managed to run a good pace and make fewer mistakes.

"I really enjoyed the track, we were all able to go fast and that made for some great racing. The second final was a little frustrating because I felt like I could have won it or finished second, not fourth. But the crash at the start of the third final was pretty nasty. I got taken out from behind and set off almost last. I knew it was close for the overall win so I just pushed as hard as I could. I was a few points short at the end of the night but in general it's been a great event and I'm more than happy with the way most of it's gone."
Cody Webb takes Superenduro win in Spain
Alfredo Gomez just missed the podium finishing fourth. Photo: Future7Media
Making a strong start to the first of the night‰Ûªs three finals, Billy Bolt held the lead during the opening laps. But a couple of small errors proved costly and he ended up dropping back to fifth. Determined to make amends, he regrouped to put in consistent performances in the remaining two outings. Placing third each time out, the Husqvarna rider did enough to secure a well-deserved top three result, while also maintaining third overall in the championship standings.

"It was a crazy, crazy night," Bolt said. "I'm really pleased to finish on the podium, but I've never known a night like it. The track didn't look too difficult but during all of the races there were bikes everywhere, bodies everywhere and you never knew what was going to happen next. I made a few mistakes, I'm a little frustrated with that, but I know that I wasn't alone. I don't think it was possible to not make mistakes.

"As this is my first season of SuperEnduro I'm learning all the time. My first final didn't go so well, but the night improved after that. I had some great laps and some difficult laps but generally I managed to finish the night with some good points in the championship and importantly a podium result."
Cody Webb takes Superenduro win in Spain
Colton Haaker admitted to having an off night with an fifth place overall. Photo: Future7Media
Alfredo Gomez was fourth with Colton Haaker fifth.

"It was a difficult night for me," Gomez lamented. "I enjoyed the track, and racing the first of the two Spanish events, but it was very difficult to find my rhythm. We've made some definite improvements since the start of the series, and I feel like my second-place result in tonight's final race proves that we are making positive progress. The first two races weren't so good. When you don't get out of the gate well, it's hard to move forward. In the reversed start second race I got stuck with some slower riders, who were all over the track. But that's racing, and I'm happy with fourth overall."

Colton Haaker hoped to deliver a strong showing in front of the sizeable Spanish crowd. But a night marred by costly mistakes and a first corner crash ultimately hampered his progress. Delivering his best result in race two, where he finished second.

"Tonight's been a rough night. Sometimes riding well just isn't enough, and that's how it was for me tonight," Haaker said.

Taddy Blazusiak's riding throughout the evening was extremely impressive. His crash in the second race was thankfully not serious and the Polish rider, despite feeling a little sore, impressively came back to take the win in the final race.

"That was a scary, scary night for me," Blazusiak said. "My crash in the second race was, thankfully, something that doesn't happen that often. But it was kind of typical of what happened tonight. It seems like everyone had some kind of issue during the three finals. It was a crazy ride."

The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round four in Bilbao, Spain on March 3rd.

Main Photo: Cody Webb
Credit: Future7 Media

Results - 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 3

Prestige Class Overall
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 46points (2-1-9)
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 44pts (1-4-6)
3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 41pts (5-3-3)
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 37pts (6-5-2)
5. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 37pts (7-2-5)

Prestige Race 1
1. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 11 laps 7:13.436
2. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 7:17.464 +4.028
3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:24.036 +10.600
4. Manuel Lettenbichler (DEU), KTM, 7:39.052 +25.616
5. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:41.724 +28.288

Prestige race 2
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 11 laps 7:14.181
2. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:16.609 +2.428
3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:20.477 +6.296
4. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:26.088 11.907
5. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:36.122 21.942

Prestige Race 3
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), Husqvarna, 11 laps 7:00.085
2. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:09.724 +9.639
3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:12.116 +12.031
4. Manuel Lettenbichler (DEU), KTM 7:26.504 +26.419
5. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:35.700 35.615

Championship Standings (After Round 3)
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 155pts
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 131pts
3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 124pts
4. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 114pts
5. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM 105pts

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