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South Africa’s Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha) was crowned superenduro junior world champion in France on Saturday.
The Oslo Beach-based star soared to the summit after finishing third in the fourth and final round of the FIM Maxxis SuperEnduro World Championship in Albi.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” an elated Gutzeit said.
“I’ve worked so hard for this for so long. To become a world champion is an amazing feeling and one that’s not yet really sunk in. It’s going to take some time getting used to that.”
Gutzeit led the championship going into the French finale and went all out in heat one to score the most important win of his career.
That was enough for the 22-year-old to bring a world title to South Africa and his small KwaZulu-Natal South Coast town.
Countryman Travis Teasdale (KTM) sealed his maiden overall round win after placing second, third and first.
French ace Max Vial finished second on the night, while Gutzeit’s fellow South Coast rider Kyle Flanagan (Yamaha) finished eighth.
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