Knighter dominates at the Abbey Enduro
Date: August 22, 2013
Reigning and 15 times British Champion, David Knight made a welcome return to the British Enduro Championship at the weekend by dominating both days of the Abbey Enduro in Wales. Three days after winning the Fast Eddy EnduroX, the Knighter.net Honda rider looked very strong and determined, continuing his strong return from injury by winning 20 of the weekends 21 special tests and showing that he is getting back to his old self after a tough few months with wrist and thumb injuries.
The race was run over 4 laps on Saturday consisting of 3 special tests per lap and 3 laps on Sunday. Conditions were slippery and the track got very rough by Sunday’s final lap. David rode very strong all weekend only once having problems in a special test when his goggles steamed up and caused him to clip a tree and crash. It was a good weekend for Manx riders as fellow Manxmen Jamie and Daniel McCanney completed the podium making it an all Manx 1-2-3.
It was my first British Enduro of the season and it was a good tough enjoyable event, for me it’s what enduro is all about. The 3 special tests were all different from one another, the enduro test was almost 11 minutes long and pretty fast, the MX test was 5 minutes and a good mix, and the extreme test was 3 minutes long held in woodland terrain, very different from the other tests.
I love tests like this and have missed riding them this year. I started well on Saturday and just gained confidence the more I rode. As the weekend went on we made small adjustments to the bike and I felt I made some big improvements, which is what I was aiming for before the final EWC in France. Winning the event on both days by such a large margin was nice as I’ve been out with injury for a few months and I was happy with how I rode. There is still room for improvement as always but the only real mistake I made was trying to go flat out with my goggles fogged up and I clipped a tree which caused me to crash. It was my own fault but everything else went great, the 450 Honda ran perfectly and I really enjoyed the event. It’s a pity there are no EWC events like this anymore. I’d like to say thanks to the organisers and well done to everyone involved. Now for me I’ll get ready for the French EWC where I’ll aim to finish the World Championship with a strong result. Thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me.