Triumph for Taddy at Round One, Indoor Enduro World Cup2009-11-02 09:40
Fresh from his victory in the AMA Endurocross Championship, KTM's extreme Enduro factory rider Taddy Blazusiak sent a signal to his rivals on Saturday night in Sheffield when he won all three races in the first round of the 2009 Indoor Enduro World Cup.
The "Polish Prince" of extreme Enduro indicated he means business right from the practice where he distanced himself from the other riders over the tough obstacle course in the Sheffield Arena by a massive four seconds. Then, in case there was any misunderstanding about his intentions for this four-race winter series he took the glory in all three heats. Blazusiak was runner up in last year's three-event series behind KTM factory rider Ivan Cervantes of Spain. "Obviously I'm happy after winner all three races although I'm a bit tired from the US tour," Blazusiak told reporters. "I was comfortable with the track and my bike was flawless."
Great night for Mike Brown
American KTM-supported rider Mike Brown also put in a very solid night's racing for second overall with two second places and on third in the three races to emerge second on the podium at the end of what was a thrilling night's racing for the fans. Brown has just won the American title in the WORCS (World Offroad Champion Series). The American rider said he did not expect to be on the podium. "This race was a test for me and I'll try my luck again in Genoa," he added.
Cervantes off the mark
It was not such a positive start for Cervantes who failed to get away well at the start of race two and had to settle for a final 6-6-3 result and equal points in the final reckoning with British rider Graham Jarvis. "I lacked pace and made some mistakes, especially in the first two races," Cervantes said, adding that the track was a bit too fast for his taste, even though he admitted it was good for the show of the event.
Next race in Genoa
Increased by one round this season, the Indoor World Cup series is next in Genoa at the Palasport Palfiera on December 5 before heading for Spain for the two final rounds in Vigo (January 9, 2010) and Madrid (January 30, 2010). Missing from the starting grid in Sheffield was KTM Spain's rider Xavi Galindo who is in the last stages of recovery from a fractured tibia, the result of an accident will competing in the Romaniacs Rally in the summer.
Results Round One Indoor Enduro World Cup
1. Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM 45 points
2. Mike Brown, USA, KTM, 32
3. Graham Jarvis, Britain, Sherco, 20
4. Ivan Cervantes, KTM, Spain, 20
Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG
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