Preview – SuperEnduro Heads To Brazil
SuperEnduro will hit the halfway point in the series when round three takes place this weekend in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. For the first time ever the sport heads to a new continent as it leaves the European arenas behind.
Playing host to round three is the Mineirão stadium. As the second largest football stadium in Brazil it’ll be interesting to see what kind of a course the event organisers can deliver to test Blazusiak, Knight and company.
Sitting at the top of the standings, Taddy Blazusiak enters Brazil as the championship leader. Fourteen points clear of closest challenger David Knight, he’ll be hoping to extend that lead and not reduce it like he did last time out in Poland.
Heading to Belo Horizonte with all guns blazing – Knight is a man on top form. Winning Final #1 in Poland he went on to secure the overall win on the night. That outright victory was a long time coming for the Sherco rider but now that he’s finally got one under his belt he’s confident he can do it again. Blazusiak might be 14 points ahead of Knight but there’s still an awful lot left to play for.
Proving yet again that he’s the real deal in this series, Spain’s Dani Gibert heads to Brazil third overall in the points chase. Picking up a win in Final #2 in Poland ensured he remained on the winner’s podium for the second time in as many races. Gaining Gas Gas support for round three, Gibert will be pushing hard to pick up his hat trick of podium results.
Sitting in fourth, Husqvarna’s Alfredo Gomez has had a somewhat quiet start to his season. With mixed results, his highlight has been second place in Final #2 at round two. Six points behind Gibert, Gomez knows he needs more consistency to reel his fellow countryman in.
Currently fifth overall, Jonny Walker must view Brazil as his opportunity to turn his fortunes around. Two third place results show he has the speed to run up front, but the Brit has suffered bad starts and niggling injuries. If he can sort those issues out, his speed is good enough to carry him onto the podium.
After a disastrous round one in Liverpool, Mathias Bellino came seriously good in Poland. Nobody expected that – not even Bellino himself. Second fastest in the SuperPole he backed it up with a runner-up result to Knight in Final #1. But his standout out moment was catching and passing Blazusiak for the lead in Final #3. Granted he later came unstuck in the rock garden and finished fourth but one thing he showed is that despite his inexperience he’s not afraid to let it all hang out. Keep an eye on Bellino – he’ll be a good outside bet for his first podium in Brazil.
Right, so that’s the preview done, time to load up and head out to Brazil. Keep an eye on Enduro21 for regular event updates.