Looking to capitalise on his opening round performance of second overall in Italy Ljunggren’s night got off to a slow start inside the Atlas Arena as he initially struggled to find his rhythm around the fast and flowing track. After starting second in the opening SuperEnduro final, Joakim eventually dropped back to finish fourth having struggled with arm pump during the 11-lap race. ‘I think third overall was the best result possible for me tonight,’ commented Joakim after the podium celebrations. ‘I was not my normal self early on in the night and was fighting off arm pump during the first final. It held me back as I wasn’t able to ride relaxed on the bike. Once I settled in I began to find my rhythm again and my results improved.’
With the start order reversed for the second race Ljunggren found himself having to work his way through the field to finish fourth after a difficult start from the second row on the start line. During the final race of the night Joakim delivered his best result and finished second to race winner Taddy Blazusiak having finally got himself in tune with the track. Grabbing another top-two start Joakim later found himself locked in a three-way battle for second with Britain’s Jonny Walker and Spain’s Ivan Cervantes. Successfully fending off both riders during the 11-lap final he thereby ended his night third overall.
‘I had some great battles tonight with Jonny and Ivan,’ continued Joakim. ‘Jonny was riding very strong and I know that I must up my game in order to finish second overall in this championship. With my result in Poland it’s really tightened things up in the race for second and unfortunately now I’m two points behind Jonny in third. But we’ve got eight weeks to prepare for the final race in Barcelona so I’m very motivated to fight as hard as I can to end the season on a high.’
For Spaniard Xavi Galindo fourth overall was another strong result for Husaberg. Carrying on from where he left off in Italy, Galindo again placed up front in each of the SuperEnduro finals with his best result of the night coming in race two. After starting second, Galindo worked his way into the lead at the end of the opening lap. Putting in some fast lap times he was able to hold onto the lead for another three laps before eventually being overhauled by Blazusiak and Walker to finish third and top Husaberg mounted rider.
‘Fourth overall has been another strong result for me. Although it’s the same result I had in Italy, I feel tonight has been a better race for me,’ confirmed a satisfied Galindo. ‘I felt very comfortable on my bike and was able to push hard throughout each race. In race two I got a perfect start and was able to pass my teammate Mike Hartmann and lead for three laps before dropping back to third. Leading the race was an incredible feeling and I’m confident I have the ability to finish on the podium at my home race in Barcelona.’
Eighth overall on the night marked another solid result for the continually improving German rider Mike Hartmann. With three top ten results in Poland Hartmann has every reason to be pleased with his performance, recording his best result of sixth in race two having lead the race on the opening lap.
Spain’s Alfredo Gomez was another rider capable of improving on his opening round performances but with a high-speed crash during mid week training prior to the Polish event, which resulted in a trip to hospital and a badly swollen arm, Gomez was just thankful to be able to start the event. Riding in obvious discomfort he struggled to hold on during the later stages of all the finals but was able to achieve his primary goal of finishing the event with a well-deserved ninth overall.
With the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship marking Husaberg’s final outing of 2011 the team now take a well earned break for the Christmas period before once again focusing their assault on the final round of the championship in Barcelona, Spain on February 5th.