Knighter hits out at ‘lazy’ opposition

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Manx enduro legend David Knight has hit out at his Enduro World Championship rivals, branding them ‘lazy’ for failing to exploit the opportunity to improve in the winter indoor SuperEnduro championship he currently sits second in after two rounds.

Speaking in an interview to the official SuperEnduro site, the three-time world champion went on to say that the onus for falling grid sizes rests with manufacturers who should be forcing their riders to take part.

 “I think many riders are lazy and don't put enough work in but also the manufacturers should be putting pressure on their riders to compete. Many riders in the Enduro World Championship are terrible at technical riding so should want to improve. Doing the indoor series would help some riders immensely, especially younger riders and riders who have been near to winning a title but haven’t due to struggling technically.”

In typically controversial form, Knighter also hit out at his rivals’ claims that his progressing years was the reason the oldest rider in the series has yet to take an outright win over main rival Taddy Blazusiak.

“As long as I'm having fun and enjoying it I'll be competitive - I don't think age is a problem, motivation is the key. Really, I could go another 5 or 6 years and be competitive; I don't feel any different to 10 years ago.”

“I believe my riding is as good if not better than Taddy's at this moment, but he is extremely fit and that's where he is beating me. Some people might wish I was finished with but I'm nowhere near the end yet, and I know I'm still a top contender and don't need to talk the talk to make myself believe it - results speak the loudest!”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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