Although it was Poland's Taddy Blazusiak - KTM who stole the show at the opening round of the 2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Genoa, Italy one of the night’s most impressive performers was Husqvarna's Alex Salvini. A complete rookie when it comes to indoor enduro racing, the motocross-to-enduro convert got his participation in the 2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship off to a promising start by finishing within one-tenth of a second of Blazusiak’s fastest lap during timed practice.
Although multiple crashes during the night’s first and third SuperEnduro finals severely hampered the Italian’s overall finishing position, it was his come-from-behind ride to finish as runner-up to Blazusiak in the second SuperEnduro final that quite literally brought the Genoa crowd to their feet. Starting outside the top ten, Salvini had worked his way inside the top five by the mid-way point of the race before starting the final lap in third. Knowing that second was within his grasp he launched an attack on Husaberg's Joakim Ljunggren only moments before the chequered flag was raised and secured the runner-up spot, much to the delight of the Italian crowd.
“The second SuperEnduro final was an unbelievable race for me”, remarked a clearly thrilled Salvini after the opening round of the championship. “To finish second in front of my fans was a brilliant result. I was hoping for a similar result in the last race, however I got hit by another rider when I was in third position and the crash damaged my bike. But I really enjoyed the opening round of the series. Coming from motocross racing against other riders bar-to-bar is something I enjoy. You have to really think about where you will pass riders because going away from the main racing line can be dangerous – you never know what will be there.”
“I want to better my results in Poland and have been working hard to be one-hundred per cent ready. I know my speed is good so I just hope for a little bit of good luck. Taddy showed in Genoa that if you get a good start you only have to think about the track, not the other riders. Good starts will again be important, but I will focus on improving my consistency and hopefully in Lodz I can finish with a podium.”
Round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship takes place in Lodz, Poland on Saturday 10th December.