TADDY BLAZUSIAK SECURES HIS ENDUROCROSS HAT TRICK IN INDIANAPOLIS
KTM Extreme Enduro factory rider Taddy Blazusiak, five-times Red Bull Hare Scramble winner at Erzberg and current Endurocross titleholder wrapped up his hat trick on Friday night in the Pepsi Stadium Indianapolis.
The Polish rider took a thrilling victory from KTM teammate Mike Brown in the main event to win Round Three of the 2011 GEICO Endurocross Championship.
Even though the Endurocross season is only weeks old, Taddy has now already won three of the seven race series. He took the inaugural gold medal at the X-Games in Los Angeles, which counted as Round One and also won Round Two at Everett in Washington. Taddy has this season moved up to the KTM 350 SX-F machine, the bike that was developed by KTM with input from 10-times world champion and Red Bull Teka KTM Manager in Europe, Stefan Everts.
Taddy and Mike had a serious face-off in the final on Friday night with Brown leading for several laps over the obstacles before a mistake cost him the lead and the eventual victory. Endurocross, a relatively new discipline in motorcycle racing is proving a crowd pleaser, especially after the sport’s hugely popular launch as part of the 2011 X-Games. Run over a series of daunting hazards in an indoor arena, it is proving an effective way of bringing the thrill of extreme Enduro to city venues.
Taddy may seem to be dominating the current competition but on Friday night Mike Brown also looked impressive on the track and it is clear that he plans to take on the might of his teammate’s domination. The afternoon kicked off with timed qualifying laps to determine the gate picks for the three heat races. Mike set the fastest time, while Taddy, who made a mistake was back at seventh fastest. Then Taddy won his heat race to line up with Brown and the other qualifiers in the main event. Colton Haaker was the lead rider at the start but Mike and Taddy quickly hunted him down. Mike held the lead for several laps but then had to succumb to Polish pressure. Taddy then rode on in his usual near-faultless style to secure yet another victory.
Riders will tackle Round Four in California on September 17.
1, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM
2, Mike Brown, USA, KTM
3, Justin Soule, USA Kawasaki