Shan Moore Catches Taddy mid corner at Indy Endurocross EX
2011 Indy AMA Endurocross Pro Main
Red Bull/KTM Extreme Enduro Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak, a five-time Red Bull Hare Scramble winner at Erzberg and the reigning EnduroCross titleholder wrapped up his third consecutive win of the season on Friday night inside the Pepsi Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The Polish rider took a thrilling victory from KTM teammate Mike Brown in the main event to win Round Three of the 2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, which served as the kick-off to the Indianapolis MotoGP weekend.
Although the EnduroCross season is only weeks old, Blazusiak has already won three of the seven race series. He took the inaugural gold medal at the X-Games in Los Angeles, which counted as Round One and also won Round Two at Everett in Washington. This season Blazusiak has moved up to the KTM 350 SX-F machine, the bike that was developed by KTM with input from 10-time World Champion and European Red Bull Teka KTM Manager, Stefan Everts.
Blazusiak and Brown had a serious face-off in the final on Friday night with Brown leading for several laps over the obstacles before a mistake cost him the lead and the eventual victory. EnduroCross, a relatively new discipline in motorcycle racing is proving a crowd pleaser, especially after the sport’s hugely popular launch as part of the 2011 X-Games. Run over a series of daunting hazards in an indoor arena, it is proving an effective way of bringing the thrill of extreme Enduro to city venues.
Blazusiak may seem to be dominating the current competition but it was not without a challenge from Brown who looked impressive on the track. It is clear that Brown plans to take on the challenge of stopping his teammate’s domination. The afternoon kicked off with timed qualifying laps to determine the gate picks for the three heat races. Brown set the fastest time, while Blazusiak, who made a mistake was back at seventh fastest. Blazusiak went on to win his heat race to line up with Brown and the other qualifiers in the main event. KTM support rider Colton Haaker was the lead rider at the start of the main but Brown and Blazusiak quickly hunted him down. Brown held the lead for several laps but then had to succumb to Polish pressure. Blazusiak rode on in his usual near-faultless style to secure yet another victory.
Riders will tackle Round Four in Ontario, California on September 17.