Blazusiak Takes Fourth World Superenduro Title

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KTM Racing Press Release:

Taddy Blazusiak has won the 2013 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship claiming a one-two-three result at the third and final round of the series held in Tours, France. Starting the event with a comfortable points lead in the SuperEnduro series, Taddy put the finishing touches to what has been a hugely successful championship campaign by securing a third overall event win.

With his focus on securing the championship, Taddy made the best possible start to the night by winning the first of the three finals. Britain’s Jonny Walker lead the race for the first four laps, but once into the lead Taddy remained out front and took the win, finishing five seconds ahead of David Knight.

The reverse start of the second final resulted in Blazusiak being forced to battle his way into the top three. With Spain’s Dani Gibert taking the lead from the start, Taddy closed to within three seconds of the eventual race winner. In placing as runner-up Taddy did all that he needed to do to successfully defend his SuperEnduro World Championship title.

With the world championship secured Taddy looked to be headed for his second win of the night in the third and closing final. Claiming the hole-shot and remaining in the lead during the opening laps Taddy was followed by Knight and Walker. But an uncharacteristic mistake in the difficult rock garden saw him drop back to third, and with only a handful of laps remaining was unable to work his way back past the riders ahead of him.

Taddy Blazusiak:

“Coming into the championship with a 29-point lead I knew what I needed to do to secure the title. In the first final I managed to get into the lead on lap four and controlled things from there to take the win. With that victory I knew it would be possible to secure the title in the second heat. But with the start order reversed I also knew it wouldn’t be easy. Starting on the outside of the second row I got blocked off entering the first corner so I decided to be patient in my riding.From last place I was able to move up a couple of positions on the first lap and then keep working forward. Once I got to second position I rode smart to secure the title. When I was leading the third final I crashed in the rocks and slipped back. I recovered well to finish third and with it also claim the overall win on the night. Winning the championship along with topping each round of the series is fantastic, and I can’t ask for anything more.”

Final 1:

1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 8.20:837

2. David Knight (Honda) 8.25:396

3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 8.35:140

Final 2:

Dani Gibert (Husaberg) 8.31:769

2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 8.35:522

3. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 8.46:019

Final 3:

1. David Knight (Honda) 8.23:046

2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 8.28:934

3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 8.33:759

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Championship Standings – SuperEnduro 2013

1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 162

2. David Knight (KTM) 130

3. Jonny Walker (KTM)

Extended SuperEnduro calendar next season:

The growing popularity of FIM SuperEnduro, which brings the thrill and skill of Enduro into the arena and makes it an accessible and attractive sport for spectators has led to an increased seven round program in late 2013 and 2014. Stops on the tour are also planned in Mexico and Brazil. Round Six, to be announced, is expected to be in Barcelona, Spain.

2014 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Venues:

Round 1 – November 17, Liverpool, England

Round 2 – December 7, Tampere, Finland

Round 3 – December 14, Lodz, Poland

Round 4 – January 11, Guadalajara, Mexico

Round 5 – January 18, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Round 6 – February 8, TBA (possibly Barcelona)

Round 7 – February 22, Tours, France

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