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The second half of the World Enduro Super Series is set to begin, with Red Bull 111 Megawatt, where championship leader Jonny Walker aims for his fourth consecutive victory at the Polish coal mine.
With the first four rounds of WESS now in the books, this year’s inaugural running of the multi-discipline Enduro series has been nothing short of non-stop action and unpredictable racing. With four different winners emerging from Extreme XL Lagares, Erzbergrodeo, Trèfle Lozérien AMV and Red Bull Romaniacs, the question now asked is who will be next to stand on the top step of the podium?
As points leader, and already a three-time winner of Poland’s biggest Enduro race, Walker enters Europe’s largest coal mine targeting his debut WESS victory. With the event offering a mixture of Hard Enduro and Cross-Country racing, the KTM ace feels it’s a race which plays to his strengths and one he needs to win.
“With it being a part of WESS, a championship I’m leading, I can’t settle for anything less. We’re just beginning the second half of the series and although I top the standings my advantage isn’t that great. I really need a win here to build a bigger points cushion”, confirms Walker.
With his round one victory, Billy Bolt sits third in the title chase and will look to make up some ground on the leading duo. Seventh in last year’s race, expect him to improve this time around. Fresh off his winning ride in Red Bull Romaniacs, Wade Young is currently a man on a mission. And with confidence booming he will be pushing the pace in Poland.
Roman seeks redemption
So too will his Sherco team-mate Mario Roman. The Spaniard has shadowed Walker across the finish line in Poland for the last two years and is hoping to end that agonising defeat this time around.
“For the last two years Jonny and myself have crossed the finish line almost side-by-side. I like the race a lot, it’s got a unique mixture of speed and technical riding”, says Roman.
“I always enjoy Megawatt and I’ve come so close to winning it too”.
“The quarry is so vast and difficult to master that it’s almost impossible for a rider to pull away from the field, which makes the racing very close. With so many good guys on the start line, it’ll go down to the wire again for the win.”
After his shock exit from Red Bull Romaniacs, Graham Jarvis looks to regroup in Poland. Although not his favoured event, the Husqvarna rider finished on the podium here in 2017 and will aim for a repeat performance. Additional riders to watch out for include Josep García and Nathan Watson. With Classic Enduro and Cross-Country backgrounds, both riders are capable of causing a surprise.
Blazusiak the hometown hero
Targeting the top step of the podium is home favourite Taddy Blazusiak. He won the very first edition of Red Bull 111 Megawatt and it’s a race he feels embodies the spirit of WESS.
“I’m super excited to have Red Bull 111 Megawatt as part of WESS,” tells Blazusiak. “It features all the elements of Enduro that the championship represents.
“You have Classic Enduro special test qualification on Saturday and Sunday’s race track is where I believe Hard Enduro meets Cross-Country racing. It’s physical, intense and the racing is always close. Add in the 1,000 competitors battling for position on track and it’s an awesome weekend of Enduro.”
The World Enduro Super Series continues with round five at Red Bull 111 Megawatt on September 8/9.