After a resounding Final in Tours (France) last February and the 5th consecutive crown for Taddy BLAZUSIAK (PL - KTM), the Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship reasserts itself this Saturday, December 6th in the Ergo Arena in Gdansk (Poland) for the first round of this enticing 2014-2015 season...
Indeed, for this opening round, the FIM has confided to the experienced Lodzki Klub Motorowyand the Polski Zwiazek Motorowy (PZM) the daunting task of organizing the first round of theMaxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. This Moto Club is now a regular organizer of the SuperEnduro as it hosts a round of the Championship for the fourth time.
A new Arena
But this year, Marek BRYGIDER (Chairman of LKM) wanted a change. So exit the city of Lodz and its white hot Atlas Arena and hello to Gdansk and its Ergo Arena! This very modern venue, with a capacity between 5100 and 15 000 seats, was opened in August 2010 and has already received many concerts such as those of Iron Maiden or Lady Gaga and many International dimensions sporting events as World Indoor Track and Field Championships (2014) or the World Male Volleyball Championship (2014). The Ergo Arena will also host the European Male Handball Championships in 2016.
Gdansk, the sixth biggest city of Poland, is located in the region of Pomerania in northern Poland. This dynamic city of about 450,000 inhabitants is located 340 kilometers north of Warsaw and just 160 kilometers west of Kaliningrad and Russia. Known in the history of the famous World Wars as one of many strategic centers for which Germany and the USSR tore, Gdansk is now considered as the largest city port in the country and is considered as the world capital of the amber. Gdansk is also the birthplace of a certain Lech Walesa, simple unionist who became a few years later President of Poland after being, with his union "Solidarnosc", the trigger of what will be the fall of the Berlin Wall and communism...
With live TV coverage on RedBull.TV, a great first in the history of SEWC, and riders over-motivated in both categories, it's in an Ergo Arena boiling that the GP of Poland will ring the opening night of the Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship!
The US Armada!
The stars of the discipline are of course eager to do battle for the first date that already has the smells of powder and revenge! The five-time World Champion Taddy BLAZUSIAK (PL - KTM) will of course act as the big favorite but he will have to watch to Cody Webb (USA - KTM) who swiped him (the last 22/11) the Endurocross title in the USA, after five years of domination!
Taylor ROBERT (USA - KTM) will also be one of the great protagonists of the season and his sense of the show should enjoy the European public. After some hesitation, David KNIGHT (GB - KTM) will indeed be present at the Ergo Arena with the sole objective of victory like last year in Lodz! He will be accompanied by his compatriots Jonny WALKER (KTM), Danny MCCANNEY (HVA) and Paul BOLTON (KTM)... Surprise of last season, the Spaniard Dani GIBERT (Gas Gas) will be also a serious contender for the podium alongside Alfredo GOMEZ (E - HVA), fourth last year, who confirmed his many improvements...
First US rider to have put his crampons on the SEWC, Kyle REDMOND (Beta) returns to the championship for the second year in a row with the intention of fighting for the top places. He is joined in Beta by the boiling 2014 Junior World Champion Giacomo REDONDI (I). Finally, we can’t forget the young wolves as Eloi SALSENCH (E - Gas Gas),Aurélien ADDESSO (F - Kawasaki) and Mario ROMAN (ESP - KTM) and the experienced as Xavi LEON (E - HVA), Marcus KEHR (D - Sherco) and Edward HUBNER (D - KTM)... But with only six riders admitted in the main event the qualification seems already to be under pressure! Note the absence of Mathias BELLINO (F - HVA) who is still in convalescence after his LCA injury last June…
Who will succeed to REDONDI?
In the Junior category, spectators should enjoy three breathtaking heats where the main actors should be named Andreas LINUSSON (S - KTM), Owain HUMPHREYS (GB - HVA) and Gethin HUMPHREYS (GB - HVA)... These three riders, who have already shown their talent last season, will be seriously worried by newcomer and 2014 Endurocross Junior Champion Ty TREMAINE (USA - KTM)! For their part, Jack ROWLAND (GB - Sherco), Tim APOLLE (D - HVA), Oskar KACZMARCZYK (PL - KTM), Manuel LETTENBICHLER (D - KTM), son of the official KTM, Joshua GOTTS (GB – TM) and Jack EDMONDSON (GB - KTM), son of Paul EDMONDSON, will look to be the surprises of the night among the pack of young prospects.
After a 2013-2014 season that saw David KNIGHT, Jonny WALKER and Alfredo GOMEZ threatening Taddy BLAZUSIAK a bit more. The Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship2014-2015 seems more open than ever and the king BLAZUSIAK ever seemed much at risk with this wave coming from the USA! First answers on Saturday, December 6th in the Ergo Arena inGdansk (Poland) from 15.00 where the stars of the SEWC give you appointment for suspense, breathless races and an even bigger show... that you can also follow on Red Bull.TV!
- Gdansk (Region of Pomerania);
- 340 kilometers North of Warsaw;
- Saturday, December 6th from 15.00;
- Organizer: Lodzki Klub Motorowy;
- Website: www.enduro-abc.com and www.enduroarena.com;
- Live TV: From 18.45 to 20.15 on RedBull.TV;
- Sequence: 3 heats for the Prestige class, 3 heats for Junior class;
- Ticket Price: From 79PLN (Polish Money) to 490PLN (VIP Access);
- Airport: Airport Lech Walesa in Gdansk