'HIGH FIVE' WORLD TITLES FOR BLAZUSIAK: 2014 SUPERENDURO CHAMPION!
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak was in blistering form on Saturday night in Tours, France to secure the 2014 FIM SuperEnduro title to make him five-times World Champion in the indoor disciplines.
To the collective enjoyment of the French crowd, the popular Polish rider Taddy Blazusiak got straight down to business, wrapping up the title after the first of three Prestige Class finals when he slipped past Mathias Bellino with two laps to win the first race.
While Blazusiak had already settled the title he was well supported by British rider and factory teammate Jonny Walker, who had earlier won the Superpole, who finished third behind Bellino to set up what was going to be a hot night out for the orange factory team. Walker crossed the line with a good margin to veteran David Knight and KTM rider Paul Bolton.
The second final saw riders start in reverse order with Blazusiak and Walker both having to fight their way through the pack. Taddy was back in control as early as the second lap and looked like he was on his way to a second victory on the night. But he made a mistake in the rocks, opening a window of opportunity to KTM’s young pretender, the talented. Walker took the lead over the logs obstacle and went on to claim the win, with Blazusiak in second and Alfredo Gomez of Spain in third.
With one win each on the night, this set up a two way battle for the two KTM riders in the last final to take the event victory. But Blazusiak by then was firing in all cylinders and went on to pick up his fourth overall victory in six rounds of the 2013-2014 championship. Walker was a comfortable second in the last race to assume his place on the podium and take third in the championship.
Blazusiak’s 64-point lead in the championship is testament to the fact that he remains at the apex of his sport on both sides of the Atlantic. He finished in front of Knight, with Walker third for the current season.
SuperEnduro Tours (FRA), Round 6 of 6 (Prestige Class)
1. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM
3. Mathias Bellino (FRA), Husqvarna
4. David Knight (GBR), Sherco
5. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna
Results Final 1
1. Blazusiak, 6:50:899 min (World Champion after Final 1, 5th world indoor title)
2. Bellino, +6.178 sec
3. Walker, +15.171
4. Knight, +35.997
5. Danel Gibert-Gatell (ESP), GasGas, +41.581
6. Paul Bolton (GBR), KTM, +46.004
11. Joaquim Rodrigues (POR), KTM, +1 lap
14. Oscar Hall (SWE), KTM, +3 laps
Results Final 2
1. Walker, 7:05:511 min
2. Blazusiak, +3.993 sec
3. Gomez, +23.367
4. Joakim Ljunggren (SWE), Husqvarna, +25.113
5. Gibert-Gatell, +25.586
9. Bolton, +44.031
12. Rodrigues, +1 lap
14. Hall, +3 laps
Results Final 3
1. Blazusiak, 6:50:855 min
2. Walker, +7.235 sec
3. Bellino, +19.597
4. Gomez, +30.849
5. Knight, +33.035
7. Bolton, +1 lap
13. Rodrigues, +2 laps
Standings SuperEnduro after 6 of 6 rounds
1. Blazusiak, 338 points (World Champion 2014)
2. Knight, 274
3. Walker, 259
4. Gomez, 224
5. Ljunggren, 190
8. Kyle Redmond (USA), KTM, 115
10. Kevin Rookstool (USA), KTM, 77
11. Ivan Cervantes (ESP), KTM, 58