David Knight, who injured his hip in Round 1 of the E3 World Championship in Spain last weekend made an amazing comeback this weekend to ride through the pain to score a 1-2 for the two competition rounds in Val De Cambra in Portugal.
Riding with the help of pain killers, David showed he is much more than just a superb rider to take the top step on the podium on Saturday, after which he said. "I was first in all the tests but the Enduro was very difficult. There were deep lines and lots of dust so it was hard to see. I think this was one of the hardest races I have ever had, especially in the last lap when I started to stiffen up. I took some pain killers before the race but really had to dig deep to concentrate. Now I just have to get through tomorrow and I can rest up and decide what to do about the injury."
And get through Sunday he did. Knighter came home in second place after another courageous ride where a lot of the race he had to stand up on the pedals, certainly no easy task given his injury. His weekend rides garnered him 47 championship points, but above all sent a signal to his opponents that he is still in the business of winning E3 races. He now has a chance to rest up until the next round of the competition set for Italy in a month's time. Taddy Blazusiak, who injured his thumb last week in Spain did not race this weekend.
E3 Rd 3 Saturday
1, David Knight, Britain, KTM
2, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda
3, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas-Gas
4, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna
5, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
Taddy Blazusiak did not start (injured thumb from rounds 1 & 2 in Spain)
E3 Rd 4 Sunday
1, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda
2, David Knight, Britain, KTM
3, Christophe Nambotin , France, Gas-Gas
4, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
5, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg
E3 Standings after Rd. 3 and 4
1, Ahola, 97 points
2, Nambotin, 84
3, Ljunggren, 65
4, Mena, 63
5, Tarkkala, 60
7, David Knight, Britain, KTM , 47 points