WEBB MAKES IT STICK
Cody Webb (KTM) finally claimed the title of FIM SuperEnduro World Champion after twice finishing runner-up over the past three seasons and enduring a heart-stopping final couple of rounds of the 2018 season in the Basque Country and Sweden.
Webb, who lost the title to his American compatriot Colton Haaker in 2016 and Polish legend Taddy Błażusiak in 2015, made a strong start to this campaign with two wins and a second place from the opening three rounds in Poland, Germany and Spain. Banging bars and fighting hard on technical and perilous tracks with the likes of Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna), Johnnie Walker (KTM) and emerging British talent Billy Bolt (Husqvarna), as well as the more familiar challenge of Haaker (Husqvarna) and Błażusiak (KTM), Webb held a healthy 23-point lead over the latter with two rounds remaining.
However, his championship charge was almost derailed in Bilbao, where three nervous crashes in quick succession in the third heat cost him six points to Błażusiak and raised questions about his mettle, having already let the title slip through his fingers in the latter stages of 2016.
The pressure increased when Webb lost half of his advantage to Błażusiak in the first race of an emotional final round in Lidköping, however a breakdown for the Pole with a broken rear suspension in the second race ended his hopes of seventh title in the discipline and handed a first to the Californian with a race to spare.
British rookie Bolt then took a stunning debut victory in the final race of the night and the season to snatch the runner-up spot in the championship from Błażusiak by a single point.
World title – 2018