Barcelona prepares for season finale
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship
Barcelona prepares for season finale
The Palau Sant Jordi arena Barcelona, will welcome the stars of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship on Sunday 5th February for the final round of the 2012 series. Long regarded as the spiritual home of indoor enduro racing the Barcelona event will provide a memorable location for an exciting championship showdown, where the winners of this year’s series will be decided. With the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship making it’s final stop of the 2012 series the stage is well and truly set for a final night of thrilling racing action.
Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak – KTM is the favourite to secure this year’s SuperEnduro World title. Dominating both rounds one and two in Italy and Poland, Blazusiak has so far remained undefeated – winning each and every SuperEnduro final on offer. Earning a maximum of six wins from six starts the question many are asking now is can Blazusiak continue his run of victories and clinch the championship with a perfect season. Loved by fans for both his speed and showmanship, Blazusiak enters the Barcelona event determined to deliver yet more winning performances.
Behind Blazusiak’s charge for the number one spot, the race for the remaining championship podium positions is sure to prove electrifying. Britain’s Jonny Walker – KTM was the sensation of the Polish event. Finishing second overall on the night, the youngster recorded his first ever World championship podium by beating Sweden’s Joakim Ljunggren – Husaberg. That result in Poland now puts Walker into second position in the championship standings where he heads Ljunggren by only two points. With the runners-up result now a realistic possibility, Walker will be determined to finish the championship on a high.
Ljunggren, now an experienced SuperEnduro campaigner who had a difficult night at round two in Poland, will not want to let his chances of finishing as runner-up in the championship slip away. Suffering with poor starts in Lodz, Ljunggren found himself having to pass numerous riders in order to reach the race leaders. Knowing that a fast start in Barcelona will be crucial if he is to overhaul Walker in the championship chase, Joakim will enter Barcelona focused solely on success.
Right behind the top three in the championship comes a group of fast Spaniards led by home favourite Ivan Cervantes – Gas Gas. With home advantage on his side, Cervantes who lives close to Barcelona, could easily become the deciding factor in the expected battle for second in the championship between Walker and Ljunggren. Narrowly missing the podium in Poland due to a double crash in the night’s third SuperEnduro final, Cervantes is hopeful of giving his home crowd the result they want. Cristobel Guerrero – KTM who was third in Italy, Xavier Galindo – Husaberg and Alfredo Gomez – Husaberg are all more than capable of putting in memorable championship ending performances. Adding Italy’s Alex Salvini – Husqvarna into the mix, the Palau Sant Jordi stadium is sure to witness an explosive end to what has so far been a dramatic and unpredictable 2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship.
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