KTM UK rider David Knight finished an excellent runner up at Fast Eddy’s Enduro Extreme Magazine Indoor Enduro held at Stafford Showground on Sunday.
Riding against the Factory KTM indoor riders, World No 1 – Taddy Blazusiak and No 3 – Jonny Walker, Knighter started strong with the fastest qualifying time of the evening before heading into Superpole. With the top 3 in reverse order, Walker’s lap was messy, Taddy put in a great time then, last on track, Knighter made a small mistake on the log turn but still posted the 2nd fastest time – only 0.2 off Taddy and a second in front of Walker.
Race 1: David made a bad start, getting tangled in a crash on turn one. He rounded turn two in last position but quickly made his way through the field up to third. David caught Taddy but every time he tried to make a move he lost time as the main line was fast and made it pretty difficult to pass. David eventually ended the race in 3rd.
Race 2: Another mediocre start but Knighter found himself in third after Walker made a tough move on Blazusiak. Getting held up behind Paul Bolton allowed Walker to get away at the front, but an easy second was David’s closing on Walker later in the race.
Race 3: Knighter made a great start, leading for two and a half laps until a front brake problem slowed him up, allowing Blazusiak and Walker past. David settled for a third giving him an excellent second place overall for the day.
I’m happy enough with my result as I haven’t secured a ride for the Super Enduro World Championship, so I haven’t done any Super Enduro practice. I rode a bike I’ve owned only a week and ridden twice. It is a pretty much standard spec KTM 250 2-stroke. To be pretty much the fastest rider all day and beat current World Champion, Taddy Blazusiak, is a great achievement especially as I went to enjoy myself with no mechanic and just the missus and kids. Luckily the only change needed all day was to put a 1 tooth bigger rear sprocket on.
To fight with Taddy and Jonny with their factory bikes, suspension and mechanics running around after them is not easy but I felt very comfortable all day. In races 1 & 2 I honestly knew I was the fastest rider, but getting a bad start and held up made it to difficult to get the lost time back. In race 3 I knew I had to make the holeshot. I did just that and pushed the first two laps but then lost my front brake. First Taddy got past then also Jonny. Unfortunately that’s the way it goes sometimes, I was gutted as I felt I deserved a win in that race but second is a good start and at least I know I’m still well capable of winning a world title giving the right opportunity and a little luck! A little bit more fitness and I’m there as I’m still recovering from the Epstein Barr virus. I must say I really enjoyed riding the 2 smoker, the atmosphere was brilliant, the track was awesome and a massive well done to the whole Fast Eddy crew. It was a massive commitment by Paul to run this race and I hope it’s paid off for him as it was one off the best I’ve ever done and I’ve done a lot in my time.
Thanks to everyone for the support on Sunday, it made me fight a little harder as it’s tough to motivate yourself when you feel a bit down in the dumps and feel you deserve another shot at a World title. A big thanks to all my sponsors without whom I wouldn’t be able to compete at all.
Photo credit: Garry Barnes.