Strong indoor results herald David Knight’s return to the KTM Family
After one season on other brands, David Knight put in a strong showing at the final round of the 2010 Indoor Enduro World Cup on Sunday in Barcelona to celebrate his return to KTM and the Orange family.
Riding a KTM series 300 cc two-stroke bike, David went out fighting and snatched victory in the first of three final races in the concluding round of the 2010 Indoor Enduro World Cup. He followed this up with two third places in the remaining two eight-lap races in what was his only appearance in the competition this season. He was second on the night behind Taddy Blazusiak and Ivan Cervantes to make it an all Orange podium celebration in the Palau Sant Jordi indoor arena.Knight got off to a confident start in the first of the three race series in Barcelona, negotiating the obstacles with finesse and capitalising on the fact that the already crowned champion Blazusiak had trouble at the start and had to work his way through the pack to finish second. The battles between David and Taddy in the other two races gave a taste of the kind of tightly fought competition that the sport’s enthusiasts may look forward to in other Extreme Enduro events this season.
“Finishing the night on the podium, and having won the first final, has been a great way to start the new season,” David said after the races in Barcelona. It’s just great to be back racing again. I knew that I wasn’t perfectly prepared for the event as I’d been testing my World Enduro Championship bike all week before….I really enjoyed the event and to finish on the podium having only spent about an hour on my two-stroke in the last few weeks is pretty good. Both Taddy and Ivan rode well - as I knew they would - so to be on the podium with them is great.”
David, who comes from the Isle of Man, is a highly decorated Enduro racer on both sides of the Atlantic. He came to KTM in 2004 and finished second in the E3 class of the World Championship before winning the title for KTM in 2005 and 2006. Competing in the USA, Knight also won two Grand National Cross Country titles on KTM in 2007 and 2008. Among many other honours he has also twice triumphed in the notorious Erzberg Rodeo and has been British Enduro champion six times.
David Knight will compete in the E3 class of the 2010 World Enduro Championship as a KTM factory supported rider in the KTM Farioli Support Team, onboard a KTM 4-stroke machine. The first races of the season are in Italy in April.