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The Billy Bolt Win Streak Continues At SuperEnduro World Championship in Budapest

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Billy Bolt (57) and Jonny Walker (22) head into yet another battle. Photo: Future7Media

Making it five overall victories in a row, Billy Bolt topped the podium in the fifth round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Budapest, Hungary.

Securing three races wins from three starts on the night the defending world champion extended his championship lead to 33 points.

Immediately gelling with the course in Budapest, Billy topped the timesheets during the afternoon practice sessions. Although still nursing a knee injury from round three in Germany, he found the track suited his riding style and was keen to claim race wins after placing a close second in the SuperPole hot lap.

Lining up to the second gate from the inside for race one, Billy timed his start to perfection. Exiting the first corner in the lead, he attacked the opening two laps to build a four-second advantage. Comfortably out front with three laps to go, Billy fell foul of some lapped traffic and suffered an unavoidable crash. Quickly remounting, he carefully managed the remaining laps to secure a sizeable 12-second margin of victory over perennial runner-up Jonny Walker and Diogo Vieira.

Aiming to keep that momentum rolling, the Brit made good his second-row starting position for race two. Cleanly navigating his way through the first obstacles, he worked his way into third after half a lap. Taking the race lead with four minutes to go, Bolt cleared away from the rest of the chasing pack. Despite a small slip-off with two laps to go, he remained unfazed to win race two by an incredible 20 seconds, this time over Diogo Vieira and Mitchell Brightmore.

Another strong start from Billy in race three saw him exit the first corner in second position. A close battle with early pacesetter Jonny Walker saw Billy try multiple times to overtake his rival before finally getting a wheel in front on lap three. Locking his sights on making it a clean sweep of wins in Budapest, Billy kept charging ahead. Perfectly executing the remaining laps, he took the win and with it, claimed his fifth overall victory from five in the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship.

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Billy Bolt remains unbeaten in 2024. Photo: Future7Media

“I’m massively pleased with my riding tonight,” Bolt reflected. “From the get-go, I felt good on the track and I really wanted to deliver a good result. With three wins from three starts, I can’t really ask for more from myself. Of course, I’m still managing my knee injury from round three in Germany, but I’ve learned how to deal with it. Naturally, there were some moments out on track during the evening, but that’s part of the sport. Overall my starts were solid and I grew stronger with each race. With two rounds remaining, I’ll keep chipping away at things and be ready for Bulgaria.”

Jonny Walker, once again played Bridesmaid claiming second overall admitting it wasn’t one of his best nights.

“I felt good and I was happy with the track, but when it came to racing I just really struggled,” Walker lamented. “The first race wasn’t too bad but it felt slippery like I was losing the front, and then I got a bit of armpump too. The second race was an absolute nightmare for me – I must have crashed four or five times and I had some collisions too. I turned it around a bit in the last race, but Billy was on fire again. Let’s see what happens in the next rounds.”

Now with two rounds remaining, the Husqvarna Factory Racing rider heads to the penultimate round in Sofia, Bulgaria on February 24 with a healthy 33-point championship lead.

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Photo: Future7Media

Results – 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 5, Hungary

Prestige Race 1
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 12 laps, 7:17.091
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 12 laps, 7:29.898
3 Diogo Vieira (GASGAS) 12 laps, 7:43.224

Prestige Race 2
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 11 laps, 6:35.545
2 Diogo Vieira (GASGAS) 11 laps, 6:55.507
3 Mitchell Brightmore (GASGAS) 11 laps, 6:58.254

Prestige Race 3
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 12 laps, 6:55.701
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 12 laps, 7:08.635
3 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 12 laps, 7:12.845

Prestige Overall
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 62 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 48 Points
3 Diogo Vieira (GASGAS) 42 Points
4 Mitchell Brightmore (GASGAS) 41 Points
5 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 40 Points

Championship Standings (After Round 5)
1 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 301 Points
2 Jonny Walker (Beta) 268 Points
3 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 193 Points
4 Will Hoare (Rieju) 171 Points
5 Dominik Olszowy (Rieju) 157 Points

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