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KTM’s Blazusiak: SuperEnduro Champion

2011-2012 FIM SuperEnduro

Once again, Taddy Blazusiak dominated the FIM Indoor Enduro, which was re-branded the SuperEnduro World Championship for the 2011-2012 season.

Blazusiak won the third and final round Sunday evening in Barcelona, making for a clean sweep of the three-round series; the Barcelona win arrived after the KTM rider put in flawless performances in Genoa, Italy, and at his home round in Poland last year.

This is Blazusiak’s third consecutive title in the indoor series, and arrives after many stellar performances – Taddy 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.

Alex Doringer (KTM Team Boss) says: "He was just amazing. 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 Johnny 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, KTM reports.

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 Johnny Walker, KTM reports.

Barcelona FIM SuperEnduro Results:
1. Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM
2. Alex Salvini, Italy
3. Johnny Walker, UK, KTM

Final SuperEnduro Championship Standings:
1. Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM
2. Johnny Walker, UK, KTM
3. Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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