Cody Webb

2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Champion

Born on 31 May 1988 in Watsonville, California, USA

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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.

Colton Haaker

2017 FIM SuperEnduro World Champion

Born on 13 September 1989 in Hollister, USA

HAAKER MAKES IT A DOUBLE

Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) successfully defended the SuperEnduro World Championship title he won for the first time last season after another final-round decider, this time in Albi, France. After placing a strong second overall at the opening round of the season in Poland, Haaker's defining moment of the campaign came at round two in Germany, where he enjoyed a perfect night with three final wins. Third place overall at round three in Spain meant that he arrived in France with an eleven-point cushion over his closest challenger Alfredo Gomez (KTM).

Kicking things off in front of a capacity crowd at the Exhibition Centre of Albi it was Jonny Walker (KTM) who once again secured Superpole, and when the gate dropped in heat one the Brit secured a comfortable victory from Haaker and Gomez. The reversed start for heat two saw Gomez work his way to the front to take the win, but second place for Haaker meant he maintained a small points buffer entering the final heat.

Gomez did all he could to keep his title hopes alive, the Spaniard charging to his second victory of the night to take the overall win, but as Walker cruised to second, Haaker happily crossed the line in third and claimed another FIM World Championship title to take back to the USA.

PALMARES
2 World titles – 2016, 2017

 

2016 FIM SuperEnduro World Champion

HAAKER SHAKES IT UP IN GRAND FINALE

Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) completed a perfect debut season in the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship at the final round of the series in Madrid, coming out on top of the three-way title showdown with fellow American Cody Webb (KTM) and Great Britain's Jonny Walker (KTM). The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider, whose father John Haaker was an ISDE Gold medallist, started the championship with a fourth overall in Poland but after that he never looked back, finishing on the podium at every round. The last event of the season in Las Rozas started with a third place for Haaker in the opening final, before finishing second to Webb in the second final.

Despite a bad start in the decisive third final, Haaker battled back to the front and went head-to-head with Webb for the win, making a pass on his compatriot on the final lap to secure the title in dramatic fashion. Webb was forced to settle for the runner-up spot in the championship ahead of Walker in third.

PALMARES
World title - 2016