LIEVIN, France — Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt delivered a dominant performance at round one of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship.
Making it three wins from three starts inside the Arena Stade couvert de Lievin, Billy also topped the SuperPole hot lap on his FE 350 to complete round one with a maximum points score.
Despite a short turnaround between the final round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship and round one of the SuperEnduro World Championship, Bolt was fired up to go racing in France following several weeks of intense training.
Confident of a positive start to the series, the fast-paced course favored the Brit. Fastest in timed practice, Bolt then began the evening’s racing by topping the superpole hot lap by over eight-tenths of a second.
Opting for a middle starting gate for race one, Bolt timed his reactions to perfection and grabbed the holeshot. With his wheels out front, he set a blisteringly fast pace on the opening few laps to build a comfortable lead. Extending that advantage as the race progressed, he took the opening win of the night by a sizeable 20-second lead.
With the start order reversed for race two, Billy made good of his outside start position on row two.
Attacking from the drop of the gate, he exited the first rock garden in sixth, then quickly moved up to third by the end of lap one. During the following lap he took the lead and never looked back. Unchallenged, he scored another commanding win.
Aiming to end round one on a high, Bolt took his second holeshot of the night in race three.
Knowing the course was deteriorating, he pushed hard for the first few laps to establish a strong advantage over the chasing pack. Remaining mistake free, he raced on to make it three wins from three starts and with it secured a deserved overall victory.
The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship now moves on to round two in Krakow, Poland, on Dec. 9.
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“It’s been a perfect night and perfect start to the championship here in France. To get three wins from three starts, along with winning superpole, is great. But more importantly, I felt my riding was where I wanted it to be and without mistakes,” Bolt said.
“With only a few weeks between the hard enduro and SuperEnduro series, I wasn’t sure where my intensity level would be in the races. But my fitness was good and I could go the distance each race. I’m looking forward to building on this at round two in Poland.”
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63pts;
2. Jonny Walker (Beta) 53pts;
3. Will Hoare (Beta) 39pts;
4. Dominik Olszowy (Rieju) 35pts;
5. Alfredo Gomez (Rieju) 34pts