KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Taddy Blazusiak will begin the defence of his US Endurocross title this Friday, May 4th when the now three-time series champion takes to the start of the opening round of the 2012 series inside the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wrapping up the 2011 Endurocross championship in style, Taddy dominated the series to remaining undefeated from start to finish. As determined as ever to continue his winning ways Blazusiak’s primary focus is a fourth straight Endurocross title.
Since winning the 2011 AMA Endurocross title Blazusiak has added the 2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship to his growing list of achievements. In recent months the Polish ace has been competing in national enduro events in both Spain and the UK, while recently ramping up his preparations for the Endurocross opener.
Arriving in the States on April 26th, Taddy has spent five days doing little other than testing and training for the opening round of the series. Now, with just days to go, Blazusiak feels in better shape than ever before. Well aware that his Endurocross rivals will have upped their games in recent months, the Polish KTM rider feels fit and confident ahead of the highly anticipated 2012 AMA Endurocross opener.
Starting earlier in the year than ever before the 2012 AMA Endurocross series gets underway in Las Vegas, Nevada before the first of three events in California on June 9. The series moves up a gear in October with three events in almost as many weeks before ending where it started back inside the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. For the second year Endurocross will be a part of X Games, ensuring a colossal global TV audience.
Taddy Blazusiak: “I really can’t wait to get the 2012 AMA Endurocross series started. Last year was great, but I’ve been working really hard in readiness for this year’s series. I know a lot or riders and teams will have upped their game during the off-season, which is why I’ve done the same. I’ve enjoyed the build-up to the championship – I’ve been training hard and having fun doing some different races and lots of Endurocross practicing.
“Last year was a perfect season, which was great. My goal for 2012, as it’s been every year, is to do my best to win the championship. In any sport there are so many things that can happen – Endurocross racing really is so unpredictable that I’m not thinking too much about another perfect season. I want to get through the first event with the best result I can, and then try and start building my championship. If I can be as competitive as I was last year, and have the good fortune I had last year, then I’ll be more than happy.
“My bike was so good last year that I knew that it would be hard to make big improvements. But we have moved things forward and I’m really happy with my 2012 Endurocross bike. The bike got me out of the gate so well last year – the 350 proved itself time and time again. My off-bike training’s been similar to last year because I know it works. I’ve just been doing more of it and working a little harder. I really do feel better than I have before any Endurocross championship. I’m ready for the first round of the series, it’s going to be great…”