Almost 60 riders from 16 countries came to Ergo Arena in Gdańsk last weekend to fight in the Supercross European Championship organised for the first time in Poland. Lots of Polish riders in the line-ups of five categories attracted thousands of MX fans from all over the country.
After last year’s successful inaugural tournament Supercross King of Poland held in Łódź, its organisers went one step ahead and the second edition of their event has been granted a European Championship status. This could only mean even more fierce competition on the track, as everyone had a hunger for the title of the best European rider in their class.
A tough fight elbow against elbow, spectacular block-passes and hefty crashes – the event organised in the colosseum-shaped Ergo Arena had it all and was great to watch from the stands overlooking the relatively short yet technical track.
Maks Chwalik from Poland won the race of the lowest category – SX65, which was his last performance on a small cross bike. From next season the barely 11 year old hope of the Polish motocross will be racing on a 85cc bike.
The SX85 competition was dominated by Germans – Carl Ostermann became the first rider of the night to receive a European SX Championship trophy from Monster Girls. Ostermann beat his compatriot Nick Domann and Karlis Alberts Reisulis from Latvia.
Soon after that Adam Collings from Great Britain turned out to be the king of the SX125 class, winning his both races and grabbing the Championship title ahead of Bo De Clercq from Belgium and Axel Boldrini from France.
However, it was the SX2 category which seemed to be the mostly anticipated one by the local fans. All that because of Szymon Staszkiewicz who won the first edition and Supercross King of Poland in SX2 last year. The Pole didn’t disappoint his fans this time either and in a tougher competition finished third overall, after 3-4 in both races.
In the royal SX1 category there were two semi-finals and two race-offs, which eventually set a 12-rider line-up for the final race of the night. Cole Martinez from USA was the fastest racer after 15 laps full of a ruthless 450cc action. It was not a piece of cake for the American, though. Having survived the first corner mayhem, Martinez was fourth and it took him a couple of laps to fight out his way up to P1. Boris Maillard from France finished second, ahead of the German rider Dominique Thury who had a proper battle with Monster Energy’s Hugo Basaula from Portugal.
The dust hadn’t even settled yet, when one day later the organisers of Supercross King of Poland proudly confirmed next year’s edition of European SX Championship would also take place in the same venue. All MX/SX fans in Poland can already write down the date of 24th November 2018 in their calendars, awaiting another dose of one of the most spectacular two wheel off-road event on the Polish soil.
Results – Top 3
1. Cole Martinez - USA
2. Boris Maillard - France
3. Dominique Thury - Germany
1. Gradie Featherstone – Great Britain
2. Paul Haberland - Germany
3. Szymon Staszkiewicz - Poland
1. Adam Collings – Great Britain
2. Bo De Clercq - Belgium
3. Axel Boldrini - France
1. Carl Ostermann - Germany
2. Nick Domann - Germany
3. Karlis Alberts Reisulis - Latvia
1. Maksymilian Chwalik - Poland
2. Janis Martins Reisulis - Latvia
3. Dawid Zaremba – Poland
For the full results go HERE.