BLAZUSIAK TOPS PODIUM AT ONTARIO ENDUROCROSS
Ontario, CA – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak took his first victory of the season after a tight battle with series point’s leader, Factory FMF/KTM’s Mike Brown, at the third round of the series held at Citizens Bank Arena.
Brown, the winner of the first two rounds of the series, started the night off well after grabbing the holeshot in his heat. He went on to lead the entire heat to take the win and transfer into the main event.
Blazusiak followed in Brown’s footsteps and led each lap of his heat to also take a win and a spot in the main event. “I switched to the 250 XC-F for this event,” stated Blazusiak. “The bike is great and feels much lighter than my previous bike so I can easily maneuver around the track.”
When the gate dropped for the main event, it was Brown who launched off the line first and came around the first corner and into the rock section with the lead. Blazusiak was right behind him in second position. The two teammates pulled away from the rest of the field and began their race long battle. Brown held the lead through the first half of the race before he made a mistake in the firewood section that allowed Blazusiak to close the gap. The next corner, Blazusiak made his pass for the lead.
Brown did not let Blazusiak out of his sight and the two remained close for the remaining laps. When the checkered flag flew, it was Blazusiak who held on for the win with Brown finishing second. Cody Webb rounded out the podium in third.
“It feels so good to be back on top,” commented Blazusiak. “I have been working really hard and I am glad I was able to challenge for the win and take the victory. Brown is a tough competitor and it is good to always have someone push me.”
Brown commented, “I’m glad to be on the podium for my team, but of course, I would rather be on the top step. Taddy and I were close today and there are a lot of races left so I need to work harder to get on the top step and maintain my points lead.”
Next Event: Denver, CO – October 12, 2013
Overall Results –
1. Taddy Blazusiak – KTM
2. Mike Brown – KTM
3. Cody Webb
4. Taylor Robert
5. Colton Haaker
6. Kyle Redmond - KTM
7. Gary Sutherlin - KTM
8. Cory Graffunder
9. Justin Soule
10. Geoff Aaron - KTM
11. Bobby Prochnau - KTM
12. Max Gersten
13. Wally Palmer
Overall Point Standings –
1. Mike Brown – 72
2. Taddy Blazusiak – 65
3. Taylor Robert – 55