Sherco rider David Knight has finished the 2014 FIM Superenduro World Championship as runner up, behind 5 time Superenduro World Champion Taddy Blazusiak, at the final round held in Tours, France on Saturday. Ending the evening in a disappointing 5th overall, Knighter suffered from bad starts all evening making it very difficult to make the podium. Riding sensibly, David turned his attention to securing 2nd in the championship which he did in the second race.
The day started well for Knighter in practice and qualifying. The track was fast and not too technical, making it great fun to ride. Getting into Superpole, David put in a strong lap but ended a disappointing 4th, still happy though to get a good start position.
David got a bad start, fighting his way to 4th but having no answer for the top 3 guys ahead.
With it's reversed grid, again David got a bad start and then got knocked off the track by a crashing rider. Fighting his way through to sixth was enough to secure him 2nd in the 2014 World Championship.
David came through from another bad start to catch the 4th placed rider on the final lap but didn't get close enough to pass.
Second in the World Championship is a great result for Knighter and Sherco in their first Superenduro season together, taking the fight to the big factory teams and proving competitive.
David Knight: "I'm over the moon with 2nd in the championship, for Sherco, my sponsors and myself. I was disappointed that I couldn't get a better result at the final round in France. From the start I seemed to struggle with power from the bike but thought it was just the tacky dirt as last year it even made a 450 Honda feel tame. I seemed to struggle when I was racing other guys, I had to ride so hard and got out paced between obstacles by just about everyone. During my Superpole lap I felt really good but struggled to jump stuff that would normally be easy as the bike felt lazy, the time was only good for fourth.
During the races my jumps outta the start gate were fine but I was out dragged by everyone each race. When you don't get away at the front it makes it almost impossible to catch up and it was very hard work all night, getting tangled up with people I should have been way in front off. Since Sunday we found a problem with my race bike engine and we were very lucky to finish all 3 races so with that I can't complain too much. We have learned a lot for next year and I'm made up for everyone involved, we gave Taddy a good run and next time I hope to be better prepared for Round 1 so I can fight for the title".
A big thanks to everyone involved and for the support of my sponsors and of course, all my fans.