Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak won his first race since returning from a mid-season injury at the fifth round of the EnduroCross Series Saturday night.
The day started off well for Blazusiak after he set the fastest lap time in practice on the very fast and difficult course. “There were two hard rock sections that were the only two obstacles that separated the field. Luckily, I found some good lines through them and it helped me to make up time on my competitors,” commented Blazusiak.
Blazusiak won his heat race and received first gate pick for the main event. His teammate, Mike Brown, in only his second EnduroCross event was unable to qualify in his heat race but won his semi in order to make it into the night show.
In the main event, Blazusiak got a good jump off the start line but crashed in the first turn. Christini KTM rider, Geoff Aaron, also suffered from a bad start and was forced to fight his way to the front alongside Blazusiak.
Blazusiak and Aaron stayed close the entire race and by the third lap they were battling for the lead. When the flag flew Blazusiak just edged out Aaron for the win. Kawasaki rider Ricky Dietrich finished third, Brown held on to fourth and KTM rider Colton Haaker rounded out the top five.
“Today was a tough race for me. Geoff (Aaron) made it a fun yet challenging race as we battled from start to finish. It felt great to win today and I hope it carries over to the finale in Las Vegas,” replied Blazusiak.
1. Taddy Blazusiak – KTM
2. Geoff Aaron – Christini KTM
3. Ricky Dietrich
4. Mike Brown – KTM
5. Colton Haaker – KTM
Next Event: Round 6 – Las Vegas, NV – November 22, 2008
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Taddy Blazusiak: â€œItâ€™s hard to describe how good it feels to win again. Itâ€™s just
the best feeling ever. Iâ€™m still nowhere near 100 per cent fit but I felt good and
everything went well. This win is better than anything else Iâ€™ve achieved.
â€œMy heat went perfectly. I felt strong, rode well, and won by more than
one-second. I was pretty confident for the main event after that. I got out of my
gate really well but then no one was really ahead going into the first turn. I
clipped a tree on the inside of the first turn, which lifted my front wheel off the
ground. I crashed but managed to keep my bike running and was fourth out of
the first turn.
â€œI moved up to third in the first rock section, and then up to second a few
corners after that. Then I spent one-lap behind Ricky Dietrich before taking over
the lead. I felt really good and much stronger than at the last round. Everything
went well until I came up behind a lapped rider and had to change my line. I got
stuck and thatâ€™s when Geoff Aaron caught right up to me. It was close between
us, but I managed to hold on and win. It feels so good to win again.â€