The 2018 Grading List is starting to fill up ... It's now Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s turn to reveal who will line up behind the start gate for them on Saturday 9th December at the Tauron Arena in Krakow (Poland), for the opening round of the FIM Maxxis SuperEnduro World Championship.
Husqvarna will be able to count on reigning World Champion Colton HAAKER (USA). After suffering an elbow injury during the Endurocross season, the Californian has decided to skip the last events of the US series in order to get surgery and be 100% ready to defend his SuperEnduro crown!
Pascal RAUCHENECKER (AUT) will no longer accompany HAAKER, as the Austrian exits the series. He gives way to rising British star Billy BOLT! Already well known in the world of Hard Enduro, the rider from Wallsend near Newcastle became 2017 British Extreme Enduro Champion at just 20 years old, up against big names such as Graham JARVIS (GB - Husqvarna) and David KNIGHT (GB - KTM). BOLT has also proved his potential at big international events like the Erzbergrodeo where he finished 5th in 2016 against the likes of Taddy BLAZUSIAK (PL - KTM) and Wade YOUNG (RSA - Sherco). In addition to HAAKER and BOLT, Husqvarna also welcome the return of Alfredo GOMEZ (E). The 2017 SuperEnduro Vice-World Champion is back with a team he knows well, after spending two seasons with the KTM Factory Racing Team.
With such strong riders the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Team are clearly putting emphasis on the importance of maintaining their crown. Very technically talented, BOLT could spring a surprise as soon as the first GP ... this 2018 season promises to be electric!