World title stars robbed

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David Knight is two rounds from clinching his first World Enduro Championship – if he can get over the shock of taking part in the International Six Days Enduro in Poland at the weekend.

Competitors were attacked and robbed and armed police had to be called in to guard special stages.

“I rode OK in the event but it was everything else going on that was a worry. There was more than 20 bikes stolen from competitors and our British team manager needed a police escort to the airport after he was advised to fly home early after trying to confront a gang of 30 armed thieves.

“They also hit a Swedish rider with a plank of wood while he was racing in a forest and made off with his bike. An American rider crashed and was knocked out, when he came around his bike, boots and helmet were all gone.

“After that the special stages were manned by armed police.”

Finland took both the Trophy and Junior Trophy prizes at that event.

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The Isle of Man KTM rider must now focus on the penultimate World Enduro round in Greece on October 2-3 before a German finale on October 16-17.

“I¹ve closed the gap to the leader to just 18 points and there are still 100 points up for grabs,” said Knight, who has finished as runner-up in the championship three times.

Knight is also among the favourites for the inaugural Moto1 series this autumn. He was 1996 National experts trials champion and recently finished in the top 10 in a British Championship motocross round.²

He admits: “Road racing is my only worry but I¹ll be having a go on a bike before I get to Moto1.”

Moto1 involves 24 of Britain¹s best motorcycle sports stars doing battle in two days of competition over four disciplines; road racing, motocross, supermoto and trials.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff