David Knight – How I Won In Poland
We’re only two rounds into the SuperEnduro World Championship and already we’ve witnessed two different winners. With Taddy Blazusiak grabbing victory in Liverpool, it was David Knight’s turn to win this time around in Poland. Building towards a result like this for quite some time, here’s how Knighter got the job done inside the Atlas Arena…
“I honestly didn’t expect to come away with the win in Poland. I knew leading into the event that I was riding well. I’d made a lot of progress with the bike and my riding since Liverpool but Poland is Taddy’s home race. He’s riding fast and strong at the minute so I knew he would be tough to handle on home turf.
“During practice things began to click quite well. Better than normal. I was enjoying the track – it was quite different than Liverpool – but it seemed to suit me. We made some changes to the bike and improved it every time I took to the track. Even before Final #3 we changed a few more things and got it working even better. Setting the fastest time in timed practice was the boost of confidence I needed leading into the evening’s races.
“In Final #1 my start wasn’t perfect but I found a clear line in the second corner and got into the lead. I’m not sure what happened but I think Taddy crashed so I knew that was my chance to escape for the win. I put my head down and just rode as hard as I could for eight laps. It felt mega to win that final but it was too early to think about the overall. “Final #2 is always a lottery. There is so much that can go wrong starting from the second row. There weren’t too many places to overtake so I had to be aggressive with my riding and force a pass when and where I could. It worked in my favour and I got up to sixth.
“Leading into the final race of the night I knew the overall was on the cards. But I couldn’t take anything for granted. I got another decent start and quickly found my way into third. Upfront both Taddy and Mathias Bellino were pushing the pace – I didn’t want to get involved – so I just let them at it until it fizzled out. Taddy kept charging but Bellino made some mistakes and I got around him for second. I knew then the overall was safe and rode smart to get it.
“Winning in Poland felt awesome – it’s been a long time coming. I’ve had race wins but just kept missing out on the top step of the podium. Getting the overall win makes all the sacrifices worthwhile. We’re just a small team – Sherco is a small factory – so to be able to reward them with a victory so soon is incredible. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season now and will be giving it my all to win some more.”