BLAZUSIAK FINISHES 3RD AT LAS VEGAS ENDUROCROSS
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak finished on the podium at the opening round of the AMA EnduroCross Series held at Orleans Arena while his fellow KTM teammate Factory FMF/KTM rider Taylor Robert finished 5th.
Taddy Blazusiak and Taylor Robert were both placed in heat one where they rounded the first corner in the top two positions. Blazusiak went on to lead every lap of the heat and take the win. Robert rode a strong race to finish 3rd for a spot in the main event.
In the main event, Blazusiak launched off the line to a great start sitting inside the top three. He quickly moved into the lead and led the first lap. Meanwhile, Robert had a good jump off the line but went over the bars on the finish line jump of the first lap and restarted in last position. Out front Blazusiak was feeling comfortable until he made a mistake in the log section and got held up. The mistake dropped him to 4th place.
“The mistake on the first lap cost me a lot of time,” stated Blazusiak. “I got into a lot of lappers after that and wasn’t able to catch back up to the lead.”
Blazusiak was able to move back up to 2nd where he spent the majority of the race as he tried to close the gap on the lead ride. Unfortunately, on the final lap, he made a mistake in the rock corner and lost one position. He finished the race in 3rd position.
“I’m bummed to not finish first at the opening round, but I am still glad to get on the podium. It is a long series and I’m looking forward to battling for the win at the next round,” remarked Blazusiak.
Robert put in an impressive ride to finish 5th overall for the evening despite a nagging stomach injury that plagued him throughout the afternoon. “I’m really happy with my race considering I didn’t get to ride much this week and was feeling pretty terrible this morning because of my stomach problems from an off-season injury,” said Robert. “Overall, it’s good to walk away with a top five and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kacy Martinez took a hard fought win in the Women’s Pro class. She earned the holeshot in the main event but dropped to 2nd on the first lap. She quickly caught the leader again and challenged for the win for the entire main event. On the final lap she was able to make a pass for the lead in the last corner to take the win.
“I had such a great time tonight,” remarked Martinez. “The track was really tough but I just rode calm and was able to make a pass when it counted, I’m really excited to leave here with the point lead.”
Next Round: June 6, 2014 – Austin, TX (X-Games)
Results & Standings EnduroCross Las Vegas (Round 1 of 8)
1. Cody Webb (USA), Beta, 26 points
2. Colton Haaker (USA), Honda, 24
3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 21
4. Bobby Prochnau (USA), KTM, 18
5. Taylor Robert (USA), KTM, 16
6. Geoff Aaron (USA), KTM, 15
7. Gary Sutherlin (USA), KTM, 14
8. Cory Graffunder (USA), KTM, 13
9. Bryan Roper (USA), KTM, 12
Results & Standings EnduroCross Women’s Pro Class Las Vegas (Round 1 of 8)
1. Kacy Martinez (USA), KTM, 25 points
2. Shelby Turner (USA), KTM, 22
3. Morgan Tanke (USA), KTM, 20
4. Rachel Gutish (USA), Yamaha, 18
5. Lexi Pechout (USA), Sherco, 16
6. Chantelle Bykerk (USA), KTM, 15
7. Tarah Gieger (USA), KTM, 14
9. Rily Ellinger (USA), KTM, 12