The mighty Knighter was back on his KTM and in exemplary form to dominate the second round of the 2007 FIM Indoor Enduro World Cup held in the Olympic Stadium Munich at the weekend.
KTM’s newest factory rider Taddy Blazusiak (Poland) was close behind in second place, rounding off an excellent weekend for the Austrian manufacturer.
Riding for the Red Bull KTM Offroad Race Team, Knight, the newly crowned AMA Endurocross champion, had fully recovered from the illness that forced him to withdraw recently from the Red Bull Last Man Standing in Texas. In fact the Isle of Man rider re-emerged stronger than ever in Munich.
Repeats Results of Round One
As sharp as he was in round One of the competition in Barcelona, Spain, Knighter went out fighting and again finished the event with two wins and a runner-up result to extend his lead in the overall standings. Knight threw down the gauntlet by being fastest in the timed qualifying sessions. His start in the first of the three rounds was not perfect but he worked his way past several riders in the opening lap and once he hit the front he took a commanding lead. He successfully repeated the same tactics in race two and settled for a safe second place in the final race, won by team-mate Blazusiak, the winner of the 2007 Last Man Standing.
Knighter savours victory
David admitted it had been a great evening and everything had gone according to plan. “It was always my plan to get the hard work done early on and then I would be able to take it a bit easier towards the end of the night. Although I won the first race I didn’t get a great start but I was pretty aggressive early on and made some good passes to move into the lead quite quickly. I pulled away a bit then and held a good gap over Taddy.” He said similar tactics in the second race had removed the pressure. “I knew that if I could win the first two then I’d win the overall with a half decent result in the last race,” he added.
The final round of the event will take place in Genoa, an occasion where Knighter aspires to add the Indoor Enduro World Cup title to his significant trophy collection.
Round Two Results:
- 1. David Knight KTM 42
- 2. Taddy Blazusiak KTM 39
- 3. Mika Ahola Honda 27
- 4. Markus Kehr KTM 26
- 5. Xavi Galindo KTM 17