Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles
Earning three victories from the three Prestige class finals at round
two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Colton Haaker has moved
to the top of the SuperEnduro series standings following a perfect night
on the technical track in Reisa, Germany. With the event marking the
mid-way point of the championship Haaker’s overall event win moves him
22 points ahead of Spaniard Alfredo Gomez in the championship
Despite wet and rainy weather at his home in
California hampering his preparations for the second round of the
series, Haaker carried his good form from the opening round of the
championship in Poland into the Reisa event to master the technical
track and come away with three impressive final wins. Enjoying his
largest margin of victory in the night’s opening race, Colton battled
his way to the front in the reversed start order second final to claim a
near six-second advantage before rounding out an impressive night with
victory in the third final.
The second round of the
SuperEnduro series also proved to be a positive one for Haaker’s
team-mate Pascal Rauchenecker. Fifth overall and just two points behind
fourth placed Mario Roman, Pascal delivered a much-improved performance
over his first ever SuperEnduro outing in Poland back in December.
Placing fifth in the first and third finals the SuperEnduro rookie
claimed a solid fourth in the second final having lead the race for five
The FIM SuperEnduro now takes an eight week break before round three takes place in Bilbao, Spain.
Colton Haaker: ”It’s
awesome to have had such a great night here in Germany, and to be
leading the championship now. I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel great on the
track tonight and didn't feel like I rode that well for the most part.
But I got good starts, put down fast laps, and got the results I needed.
I struggled with a little arm pump but apart from that things went
well. I’ve spent a fair amount of time riding since the first race in
Poland, but because we’ve had so much rain in California my Endurocross
track’s been flooded. I’ve spent all my time riding in the hills. I
guess it hasn't been a bad thing, but like I said I did get a little arm
pump. I’m doing Winter X Games soon, so I’m looking forward to a little
down time in February and having some fun doing something a little
different before getting back to business at round three in Spain.”
Pascal Rauchenecker: “It
was a great night, I was much more consistent and I feel like I took a
big step forward. This track was very technical but I enjoyed it. I
tried to push really hard at the start of the races, which worked well
for me. I started to feel a little tired towards the end of the races
because I was sick for two weeks over Christmas, so I wasn’t in my best
shape tonight. I felt like I showed some good speed, and I’m really
looking forward to the next round.”
Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship 2017, Round 2
Prestige class - overall
1.Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 63 points; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 50; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 49; 4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 37; 5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 35; 6. Eloi Salsench (Beta) 26; 7. Mike Brown (Husqvarna) 25; 8. Rannar Uusna (KTM) 21; 9. Wesley Pittens (Yamaha) 16; 10. David Luonov (Husqvarna) 14…
Prestige class – race one
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:22:314; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 10 laps 7:28:639; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 10 laps 7:36:493; 4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 10 laps 7:59:559; 5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 8:02:718…
Prestige class – race two
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:29:102; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 10 laps 7:34:691; 3. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 10 laps 7:45:308; 4. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:49:846; 5. Mario Roman (Sherco) 10 laps 7:54:802…
Prestige class – race three
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:19:608; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 7:20:511; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 10 laps 7:22:035; 4. Mario Roman (KTM) 10 laps 7:50:614; 5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 10 laps 7:53:230...
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