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Taddy Blazusiak and KTM dominate Bilbao SuperEnduro
It was an all Orange podium in Bilbao, Spain when Taddy Blazusiak claimed his second overall victory as team-mates Jonny Walker and Cody Webb claimed second and third. Photo: Marcus Kin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Taddy Blazusiak claimed his second overall victory of the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship by winning the penultimate round of the series in Bilbao, Spain.

Team-mate Jonny Walkerr carded his second consecutive runner-up result with FMF KTM Factory Racing's Cody Webb completing the all-KTM podium in third.

With the battle for title honours heating up, the penultimate round of the series in Bilbao delivered another night of action-packed superenduro racing. KTM‰Ûªs Webb and Blazusiak won all three finals between them, while Walker topped the Akrapovic SuperPole hot lap.

Following on from his heavy crash last time out in Malaga, Blazusiak knew he needed to fight back in order to keep his chances of winning a record-breaking seventh world crown alive. Staying out of trouble during the opening two finals, Blazusiak pushed Webb hard only to finish second each time out.
Taddy Blazusiak and KTM dominate Bilbao SuperEnduro
Taddy Blazusiak rebounded from an horrific previous round to take victory at the penultimate round. Photo: Marcus Kin
The first race, which was led early on by Husqvarna's Colton Haaker, was eventually won by Webb, who pulled out a huge gap at the front, and took advantage of an error from Haaker, as well as putting distance between himself, Taddy Blazusiak and Jonny Walker. Webb's rivals had no answer for his strong pace.

The second race started with drama - there was a bottleneck on the first corner and many riders were held up. Blazusiak took the lead over Walker, but the KTM pair were closely followed by their team-mate, Cody Webb. The American wore down his combatants and moved into top spot. The final lap became tense, and left onlookers in suspense, as Blazusiak edged ever closer to Webb. The Pole pushed hard in the closing moments, and finished mere meters behind a victorious Webb!

The third and final race was a thriller, Blazusiak got off to a good start, and behind him Webb and Walker were struggling against the risky rock garden. Webb then opened the gas to try to recover the time he'd lost, but several mistakes and a couple of big crashes prevented him from reaping any rewards in the race.
Taddy Blazusiak and KTM dominate Bilbao SuperEnduro
Brit Jonny Walker finished a single point ahead of team-mate Cody Webb to claim second place on the night. Photo: Future7Media
At the conclusion of racing Taddy Blazusiak not only took the race win thanks to his incredible performance - but also the overall GP of Euskadi victory, to the surprise of many!

‰ÛÏThings went well and I‰Ûªm super happy with the overall outcome tonight," Blazusiak said. "It feels great to get another overall victory on the board. To be honest coming into Bilbao I wasn‰Ûªt feeling too great because I‰Ûªm still carrying some niggling injuries from my crash last time out in Malaga. I wasn‰Ûªt able to ride and train as much as I would have normally done.

"I rode steady in the first two races trying to find my rhythm and confidence again. I got a great start in the final race and knew it was my chance to strike. I gave it everything I had and came away with the victory. Overall, it‰Ûªs been a good night and I‰Ûªve closed the gap to Cody to 17 points. I‰Ûªve got three races left to make it happen so I‰Ûªm just going to make the best of what I can.‰Û
Taddy Blazusiak and KTM dominate Bilbao SuperEnduro
American Cody Webb finished third after 2aking two race wins on the night. He leads the championship by 17 points heading into the final round in Lidk̦ping, Sweden on March 31st. Credit: Marcus Kin
The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship concludes with the fifth and final round in Lidk̦ping, Sweden on March 31st.

Results ‰ÛÓ FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 4

Prestige Class ‰ÛÓ Overall
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 54pts
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 48pts
3. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 47pts
4. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 45pts
5. Manuel Lettenbichler (DEU), KTM, 33pts

Prestige Race 1
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 9 laps, 6:52.935
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 6:57.542 +4.607
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:05.066 +12.131
4. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:05.710 +12.775
5. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 7:35.973 +43.038

Prestige Race 2
1. Cody Webb (USA) KTM, 9 laps, 6:51.550
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 6:53.260 +1.710
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:11.198 +19.648
4. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:36.274 +44.724
5. Manuel Lettenbichler (DEU), KTM, 7:36.566 +45.016

Prestige Race 3
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 9 laps, 6:52.169
2. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:12.928 +20.759
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:18.505 +26.336
4. Manuel Lettenbichler (DEU), KTM, 7:40.401 +48.232
5. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 8 laps, 7:01.841 +1lap

Championship Standings (After round 4)
1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 202pts
2. Taddy Blazusiak (USA), KTM, 185pts
3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 169pts
4. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 153pts
5. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 146pts

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