Edging one step closer to a record breaking fifth consecutive world title, KTM Enduro Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak produced a flawless performance at the penultimate round of the SuperEnduro World Championship to secure the overall win.
Taking three race wins from three starts, Blazusiak deservedly put himself on the top step of the winner’s podium inside the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona, Spain.
Entering the event with a comfortable 18-point advantage in the championship standings, the KTM rider quickly set about asserting his position at the head of the field. On a track that was incredibly slippery and demanding, the Polish rider posted the second fastest time in Super Pole qualification to take the second gate pick for final #1.
Quickly disposing of rival Alfredo Gomez, Blazusiak moved to the front of the field and secured his first win of the night. Avoiding the carnage in final #2, the KTM rider found himself out front at the end of lap one. Remaining mistake free for the seven-lap race he recorded his second victory of the night. Capping it off with his hat trick of wins in final #3, Blazusiak took the top step of the overall winner’s podium in Barcelona.
Now, with just one round of the series remaining, Blazusiak holds a 39-point lead in the championship standings and moves one step closer to securing his fifth world title.
The SuperEnduro World Championship concludes with the final round of the season in Tours, France on February 22.
Taddy Blazusiak: “What I can I say! It’s been a fantastic event for me. Winning all three races was exactly what I was hoping to do. Unfortunately I didn’t make it a clean sweep by topping the Super Pole but the second fastest time is still a good effort. The track in Barcelona was incredibly slippery. It was hard to find a good feeling with the dirt – you needed to be so precise in your throttle control because one small mistake could result in a crash. Even with the reversed start for final #2 my starts were on the money and that made a huge difference. I was able to get to the front of the field pretty quickly and once there I could ride a comfortable pace. With just one round left things are getting serious. I feel like I’m in a really good position and even though there’s still 63 points up for grabs in France I’m confident that I can bring home the title. My riding is as good as it has ever been and right now, I’m ready to end this series on a high.”
Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Rnd5
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 62pts; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 48pts; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 42pts; 4. David Knight (Sherco) 41pts; 5. Joakim Ljunggren (Husqvarna) 37pts