TOURS (France) – In the first final it was Frenchman Bellino that claimed the holeshot and lead for the majority of the race but was passed by Blazusiak two laps before the finish. With each of the top seven riders all completing nine laps, it was Jonny Walker who rounded out the top three. Third from the first lap until the last, Walker finished comfortably ahead of David Knight and Paul Bolton.
Portuguese rider Joakim Rodrigues took the lead early in the night’s second final, and remained out front for two laps. Putting his supercross skills to good use, Rodrigues’ time in the spotlight was somewhat short lived as after spending two laps in the runner-up position he firstly dropped to third before ending the race twelfth. Blazusiak took over the lead on lap two and looked to be headed for a second final victory. But as the laps wound down the newly crowned SuperEnduro champ made a small mistake in the rocks, which allowed Jonny Walker to catch him. Then moving ahead of the Pole in the log jump, Walker claimed the win with Blazusiak second and Alfredo Gomez third. Gomez was followed home by his team-mate Joakim Ljunggren with Dani Gibert fifth and Knight sixth.
With Blazusiak and Walker having secured a win each, the third and last final was to decide the night’s overall results and it was Taddy Blazusiak who put the finishing touches to an incredible championship by claiming the win and earn his fourth overall win of the 2014 series. Walker needed just one lap to move into the runner-up spot and claimed a comfortable second at the flag. Third and fourth went to Mathias Bellino and Alfredo Gomez.
Taddy Blazusiak Quote
“It’s an amazing feeling to know that the title’s finally mine,” said Taddy Blazusiak after the race. “I’ve been in this situation many times before so I really wanted to get a win in the first final, so that I could enjoy the event. And that worked out.
“It took a while to get around Bellino, but once I was leading I knew the win was mine. It’s been a tough championship at times, but I feel like I’ve got back to my best and winning the championship with a win is great.”
SuperEnduro Championship 2014
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL) – KTM: 338
2. David Knight (GBR) – Sherco: 274
3. Jonny Walker (GBR) – KTM: 259
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP) – Husqvarna: 224
5. Joakim Ljunggren (SWE) – Husqvarna: 190