Taddy Blazusiak NewsUndoubtedly one of the most successful EnduroCross and SuperEnduro riders, Taddy Blazusiak, has extended his contract with KTM Racing through 2016.
The 30-year-old Polish rider has a long history with the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer. He began his career in 2006 at the Erzberg Rodeo in Austria. Following a dominate performance at the Erzberg prologue, Blazusiak was offered a borrowed KTM bike to race the Red Bull Hare Scramble. He took the win – the first of five – and earned a ride with the KTM Factory Extreme Enduro Team.Blazusiak then began a dominating run of winning indoor enduro races in both Europe and the USA, winning five consecutive SuperEnduro World Championships, and another five AMA EnduroCross Championship.And Blazusiak will return in 2014 as the rider to beat. His weapon? The KTM 250 EXC-F.Speaking of the contract extension, Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports says “We’ve had already enjoyed eight great years with Taddy and I’m very pleased that he is staying with us as a valued member of the KTM Racing family.“Taddy is a real professional and with his thrilling riding style and will to win, he has been a key figure in the emergence of EnduroCross in the US and SuperEnduro in Europe. We look forward to sharing even more success with him in the coming seasons.”Blazusiak is now prepping for AMA EnduroCross, which begins May 2 in Las Vegas and ends in Ontario, Calif., Nov. 22. KTM reports that EnduroCross and SuperEnduro are on a popularity roll and the sport is also now being practiced in other countries. Both major international competitions continue to expand in terms of calendar events and rider and crowd support.“I already had a contract with KTM through to the end of 2014, but I’m super pumped and really happy to extend this for another two years,” Blazusiak says.“I have a great bike and a great team and I am really looking forward to winning some more titles. We are about to start testing ahead of the EnduroCross season and I’m looking forward to another great year.”KTM says “Blazusiak’s incredible riding skill and his obvious enthusiasm for what he does has not only earned him a huge international fan base; it has also made a big contribution to the growing popularity of this sport that makes enduro accessible to spectators in a stadium environment.”
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
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