Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker struggled in Spain at the penultimate SuperEnduro round of the season, but still managed to pad his overall lead.

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With just one round of the 2017 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship remaining Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker sits at the top of the series standings following a third-place overall result at the penultimate round of the championship in Spain.

Dominating round two of the series in Germany, Haaker secured 3/2/3 results in Bilbao and now carries an 11-point advantage into the deciding final round in France. Enduring a tough night Haaker’s team-mate Pascal Rauchenecker placed seventh overall.

Despite his third place overall result the third round of the SuperEnduro World Championship didn’t go quite as Colton Haaker hoped it would. Comfortable on the series’ most technical track to date, the FE 350 mounted rider posted the third fastest time in the Superpole qualifying session before going on to finish in the same position in the night’s opening final.

Securing his best result of the event in the reversed start order second final, Haaker finished less than five seconds behind race winner Alfredo Gomez. Bringing his night to a positive close with a third-place result in the third and last final, Colton earned himself a place on the podium alongside Alfredo Gomez and Jonny Walker.

Superenduro rookie Pascal Rauchenecker endured a tough night in Bilbao. Competing in only his third Superenduro event the motocross turned enduro racer struggled with the highly technical track. Giving his all throughout each of the three finals, Pascal placed seventh overall having placed in the same position in each of the three finals.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory racing riders Colton Haaker and Pascal Rauchenecker will be back in action at the final round of the 2017 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Albi, France on March 18.

Colton Haaker: “It was a bit of a rough night for me. I did my best to salvage what I could but it certainly didn’t go the way I hoped it would. It’s hard to say exactly why things didn’t go so well for me – I’m normally fine on a more trials like track like this one. But third at the end of a not so great night isn’t too bad at all. I’m still leading the championship with one round to go. I’ll work hard during the next two weeks and be ready for the final in France.”

Pascal Rauchenecker: “It was a really difficult night for me. The track was much slower and more technical than what we raced in Poland and Germany, I just couldn’t find my rhythm and got stuck too many times. It’s certainly been a learning experience but finishing seventh in all three finals wasn’t where I wanted to be. It’s the first time I’ve ever ridden on such a technical Superenduro track.”

Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship 2017, Round 3

Prestige class – Overall Event Classification
1. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 59 points; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 53; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 48… 7. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 24

Prestige class – Final 1
1. Jonny Walker (KTM) 6:47:789; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 6:49:542; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 7:00:725… 7. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 7:25:209

Prestige class – Final 2
1. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 7:00:403; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 7:05:129; 3. Mario Roman (Sherco) 7:34:667… 7. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 7:52:129

Prestige class – Final 3
1. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 7:40:058; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 7:48:770; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 8:25:248… 7. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 7:47:097

SuperEnduro World Championship standings (after round 3 of 4)
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 165 points; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 154; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 146… 5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 77