TADDY BLAZUSIAK IS 2012 SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPION!
published at 05.02.2012
KTM factory rider Taddy Blazusiak continued his golden run on Sunday night to win the third and last SuperEnduro event of the FIM World Championship season 2011-2012 in Barcelona, Spain, to again clean sweep both the event and the series.
In another staggering display of excellence Taddy won on the night and outright in the series to add another impressive piece of silverware to his collection. Already the reigning champion, Taddy also won the first ever X-Games Gold medal in 2011, every race in the US EnduroCross competition and his fifth Erzberg Red Bull Hare Scramble, the event that originally vaulted him into the limelight and won him a KTM factory ride.
In SuperEnduro, Taddy was also untouchable in the first round in Genoa, Italy, and put on a triumphant performance in the second round at home in Poland. It was the third season in a row for Taddy to take the FIM Indoor title. “He was just amazing,” said KTM’s team boss Alex Doringer. “Everything he did was perfect. He had great starts and rode faultless races all night long. For sure he’s in a class of his own.”
Emerging KTM talent Jonny Walker of the UK was second overall in the series and took third place behind Alex Salvini on the night to thrill the 9000-strong crowd in Barcelona’s Palau St. Jordi stadium. Also racing in Barcelona was KTM factory rider Cristobal Guerrero who started well but suffered from arm pump. Guerrero finished fifth in the championship.
Indoor Enduro, as the event was originally called, is contested in an arena and riders have to negotiate a number of daunting obstacles. It is proving to be the perfect solution to bring world class Enduro competition into the city and giving the public a close up and personal look at the world’s leading talent. The sport in the classic sense is usually held in the open countryside over laps of around 70 km.
Taddy dedicated the victory to the memory of multi world Enduro champion Mika Ahola of Finland, who died recently as a result of injuries only weeks after he had announced his retirement from top class racing. Taddy also wore a memento of this great rider as a sign of tribute.
As part of his preparation for the main racing season Taddy Blazusiak will be racing in the opening round of the British Sprint Enduro championship next weekend along with other top riders including Jonny Walker and KTM Enduro Factory riders David Knight and Johnny Aubert.
Results Round Three in Barcelona
1. Taddy Blazusiak (PL), KTM
2. Alex Salvini (I), Husqvarna
3. Jonny Walker (UK), KTM
Final SuperEnduro Championship Standings
3. Joakim Ljunggren (S), HUSABERG