Cody Webb collects his third win in four rounds of the Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, but Jonny Walker still leads the points.
FMF KTM’s Cody Webb bounced ook back to claim his third overall victory in four rounds of the 2015-16 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship series at Mineirinho, is the biggest indoor sporting arena in Brazil, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday night
Webb’s win reduced his point deficit to previous round winner and series points leader Jonny Walker, but only minimally, as the Red Bull KTM rider, who finished third overall, came into Brazil 11 points ahead of Webb and left with nine points still in hand.
Webb claimed the holeshot in the first of the three points-paying heat races, and he was untouchable from there, taking the win by a large margin. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker finished second, followed by Walker. As usual the start order of the second heat was reversed, which meant Webb had the last gate pick, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing another holeshot and taking the early lead. However, a crash in the matrix would slow his progress. Webb remounted quickly, but two more crashes during the race would drop him behind Walker, who went on to win the heat. Webb was able to make a last-lap pass on Haaker to salvage second place, with Haaker finishing third.
Webb nailed his third holeshot of the night in the third and final heat, but another crash cost him two positions; he fell behind Haaker and Walker. Webb was able to quickly recover once again, and like he did in the second race, he completed a last-lap in the last turn–this time on Walker–to take second place and clinch the overall win via 1-2-2 finishes.
“I’m happy to be back on the top step of the podium,” Webb said. “It all came down to the last corner for the overall, and I managed to get by Walker for the win. I felt like I was riding well, but I made it hard on myself with too many mistakes. We are all pushing so hard it is easy to crash. I have a weekend off now, and then it is back for the final two rounds where everything is still to play for.”
Walker appeared to be reasonably satisfied with his 3-1-3 finishes, which were good enough for third overall, behind Haaker (2-3-1).
“Tonight probably wasn’t my best night but even so I was still fighting for the overall victory right up until the final corner so I think that’s positive,” Walker said. “In the first race I rode sort of tense and just couldn’t do anything to challenge the top two guys, then in race two I focused on my own race and the win came my way.”
FMF KTM’s Taylor Robert finished fourth overall, placing three American riders inside the top five. Spain’s Alfredo Gomez was fifth overall. The next round of the 2016-16 Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship is schedule to take place in Prague, Czech Republic, March 12.
2016-16 Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship
Belo Horizone, Brazil
Results: February 27, 2016 (Round 4 of 6)
1. Cody Webb–KTM
2. Colton Haaker-Hus
3. Jonny Walker–KTM
4. Taylor Robert–KTM
5. Alfredo Gomez–KTM
2015-16 Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Points Standings (after 4 of 6 rounds)
1. Jonny Walker-212/1 win
2. Cody Webb-203/3 wins
3. Colton Haaker-185
4. Alfredo Gomez-142
5. Taylor Robert-141