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Haaker Crowned 2017 SuperEnduro World ChampionColton HAAKER has won the 2017 FIM Maxxis SuperEnduro World Championship at the final round of the season on France. Successfully defending his title, the American put his Husqvarna on the top step of the championship podium for the second year in a row.
It was a night of celebration for South Africa, with Yamaha mounted Blake GUTZEIT winning the SuperEnduro Junior World Championship, while in the European Cup the night and the title belonged to German Mike HARTMANN (Husqvarna).
Securing his second consecutive overall podium, KTM's Alfredo GOMEZ (E) was the victor in the GP AMV of France Prestige class, while Travis TEASDALE (KTM) of South Africa claimed a debut overall in the Junior category. "Amazing — absolutely incredible to have won my second world title,” told HAAKER. "It's been a great season, there's been some fantastic battles at every round, so to come away with the #1 plate is fantastic for myself, my family, my mechanic Josh and of course Husqvarna.”
For Gutzeit, the GP AMV of France in Albi, was also a night to saviour when he claimed his debut world crown. "It's a dream come true for me,” told GUTZEIT. "I've worked so hard for this for so long. To become a world champion is an amazing feeling and one that's not yet really sunk in. It's going to take some time getting used to that.”
Kicking things off inside the packed to capacity Exhibition Centre of Alibi it was KTM's Jonny WALKER (GB) who once again secured the Akrapovic SuperPole, setting the fastest lap time around the demanding course. His SuperPole win in France also earned him the overall Akrapovic SuperPole title. With just 11 points separating HAAKER and GOMEZ in the title fight, everything was still to play for when the gate dropped in Prestige heat one. However it was WALKER who put his KTM out front and managed to secure a comfortable win. HAAKER crossed the line in second while GOMEZ was third.
The reversed start for heat two saw GOMEZ work his way to the front to
take the win. Mistakes in the Motorex Oils Rock Garden held Walker back to
an eventual third with HAAKER once again picking up second.
In the Junior class the night ultimately belonged to GUTZEIT with the South African claiming his first world title. But it was fellow countryman TEASDALE who took the top step of the podium thanks to his 2-3-1 race results. Frenchman Max VIAL (Husqvarna) had the 4,000 strong crowd on their feet when he delivered a win in heat two to eventually place second overall. Helped in part by his opening heat race win, GUTZEIT also ended his night third overall. Czech rider David CYPRIAN (KTM) was fourth while Chile's Ben HERRERA (TM) completed the top five. Gethin Humphreys finished 7th,
In the European class Mike HARTMANN (Husqvarna) proved unbeatable as he raced his way to a double victory and the European Cup title. Jon Pearson was 4th.
Heat 1 : 1. WALKER ; 2. GOMEZ ; 3. HAAKER ; 4. LETTENBICHLER ; 5. RAUCHENECKER ; 6. ROMAN; 7. BROWN; 8. LEON; 9. SALSENCH; 10. LEONOV…
Heat 2: 1. GOMEZ; 2. HAAKER; 3. WALKER; 4. LETTENBICHLER; 5. BROWN; 6. LEON; 7. ROMAN; 8. SALSENCH; 9. VIEIRA; 10. ADDESSO…
Heat 3: 1. GOMEZ; 2. WALKER; 3. HAAKER; 4. ROMAN; 5. LETTENBICHLE; 6. SALSENCH; 7. RAUCHENECKER; 8. LEON; 9. BROWN, 10. ADDESSO…
SuperPole powered by Akrapovic: 1.WALKER; 2. HAAKER; 3. RAUCHENECKER…
Heat 1: 1. GUTZEIT; 2. TEASDALE ; 3. CYPRIAN; 4. VIAL; 5. FERNANDEZ; 6. FLANAGAN; 7. GALLAS; 8. B. HERRERA; 9. BURY; 10. APOLLE…
Heat 2: 1. VIAL; 2. HUMPHREYS; 3. TEASDALE; 4. D. HERRERA; 5. GALLAS; 6. HOARE; 7. APOLLE; 8. FLANAGAN; 9. B. HERRERA; 10. FERNANDEZ …
Heat 3: 1. TEASDALE; 2. B. HERRERA; 3. CYPRIAN; 4. VIAL; 5. GALLAS; 6. FLANAGAN; 7. GUTZEIT; 8. HUMPHREYS; 9. APOLLE; 10. SUBACHUS…
Standing: 1. GUTZEIT 151pts; 2. B.HERRERA 130pts; 3. VIAL 98pts; 4.
TEASDALE 96pts; 5. CYPRIAN 96pts; 6. FERNANDEZ 90pts; 7. HUMPHREYS 88pts; 8.
GALLAS 86pts; 9. APOLLE 77pts; 10. FLANAGAN 71pts…