Current US Endurocross series leader Taddy Blazusiak made a successful return to Enduro World Championship competition at the penultimate round of the 2011 championship, the GP of Andorra, where the KTM Enduro Factory Team rider placed in sixth and fifth in the competitive Enduro 2 class aboard a 350 EXC-F machine.
Switching from the Enduro 3 class in which he raced during the opening three rounds of the series, Taddy used the event to test his 350 Endurocross motor in a European EXC chassis ahead of the opening round of this winter’s Indoor Enduro World Championship.
Landing back in Europe the Tuesday before the event following his third successive 2011 Endurocross victory, Blazusiak made a great start to the opening day’scompetition but frustratingly ended up sixth having found it hard to read adjust to EWC competition. With fierce competition in the Enduro 2 class, on day two Taddy found his rhythm and produced a much-improved performance, earning fifth behind EWC regulars Cristobal Guerrero, Ivan Cervantes, Antoine Meo and Pela Renet.
Taddy’s next event is the fourth round of the US Endurocross series, in Ontario, CA,on September 17.Taddy Blazusiak: ‘Overall I’m pretty pleased, especially when you consider that I came here straight from the US just for a one-off race. It took me a while to find my rhythm because Enduro World Championship events are very different to Endurocross, which is what I’ve been focusing on recently.
I struggled a little on day one and I finished sixth, which I was a little bit disappointed with. Day two went much better and I finished fifth, but I was fourth just before the start of the fifth lap. I backed off a little bit during the last two laps because I felt like I was riding a little too close to my limit. With things going really well in Endurocross I didn’t want to take any risks. I only backed off a little bit but my times dropped off quite a lot. Normally, I look forward to the extreme test, that’s where I’m able to make up some time, but we only had two timed runs on the extreme test during the whole weekend. That makes me even happier with my result, because I did it without the benefit of an extreme test.
I really enjoyed racing the 350 – the bike’s amazing. I was using my Endurocross motor, just to see how it worked in Europe. I race an SX, with the linkage, in the states, and here I was riding a PDS EXC model. That’s what I’ll be race during the European indoor enduro events and we found some great settings, which is what the weekend was all about really.