David Knight – “I want to win SuperEnduro title…”
With the opening round of the SuperEnduro World Championship all but here David Knight talks about his championship aspirations, the opening round in Liverpool, and life as a Sherco factory rider…
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“I believe I can fight for the SuperEnduro championship. I know it won’t be easy at all but I won some races last year and my training’s been going well. I’m up against some great riders, and there’s sure to be some surprises throughout the championship, but I know I can fight for the title.
“I want to win the championship but I’m not expecting to dominate the racing in Liverpool. Like last year I expect to improve as the championship progresses. I’ll be going for the win but getting good championship points is what’s most important.
“The only indoor enduro event where I’ve failed to get on the podium was in Sheffield in 2009, where I’d been struggling with Flu before the race. That was disappointing, so I want to get on the podium in Liverpool. Anything more will be a real bonus and a great start to the series.”
“I’d say the battle for the championship will be between Taddy, myself and Jonny Walker. But as far as race wins go there’s probably as many as eight riders that can win. Taddy and Jonny will be really well prepared, so will Cody Webb. Ivan Cervantes knows how to win indoors, and Alfredo Gomez is really consistent. Kornel Nemeth is fast as well. It’ll definitely be close racing.”
“The set-up at Sherco really suits me. A lot has happened in a very short period of time. I’ve been doing my own thing, and the guys at the factory have been working hard. Things are really relaxed, I have the freedom to do what I need to do, while the R&D guys work on the race bikes. Sherco isn’t the biggest company, but that’s what I like about it – there’s no distractions as it’s all about enduro and trials. The R&D guys have been great and I’m really enjoying working with them.
“I had a new SuperEnduro track built about a month ago, which is great. The only problem is that it seems to have rained every day since it was finished. Obviously I’ve had a new bike to get used to, so I’ve just been riding my practice tracks as much as I can. Riding, riding, riding is pretty much the way I’ve always prepared for the start of any new championship.”