Enjoying his most successful SuperEnduro GP to date, Colton Haaker claimed overall victory at round five of the 2016 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, held in Prague.
With one round to go Haaker sits second in the championship standings one-point behind leader Jonny Walker.
Demonstrating his ability to challenge for the win at the two previous rounds of the championship, Haaker entered the GP of the Czech Republic determined to hunt for the top step of the podium. Posting the fastest lap in timed practise he then endured his fair share of misfortune in the opening final. Following a great battle with eventual race one winner Taylor Robert, Colton made a mistake in the closing laps and had to settle for third.
Coming back stronger in the reversed start order second final Haaker grabbed the early lead, going on to clinch a comfortable victory. Securing a hard-fought second place in the third and closing final the American celebrated the first overall SuperEnduro victory of his career. Earning valuable championship points Haaker moved to second in the series standings and is now well placed to fight for the title at the final round of the series in Madrid.
"I‰Ûªm pretty stoked with my first overall win," Haaker said. "I thought I rode good in the previous two rounds and kind of felt I was getting closer and closer to the win. I knew it was coming my way since the last round in Brazil. It was tough here in Prague, the track was super tight so it didn‰Ûªt take much to make mistakes. Having my fair share of unlucky moments in the previous races it felt like luck was on my side this time.
"I messed up in Superpole losing a lot of time but then fought hard in all three motos. I‰Ûªve been super consistent in the last few rounds and that‰Ûªs a huge advantage going to the big final in Madrid. I‰Ûªll just give it all once again and hope for the best," he concluded.