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Who is Ready For Some Endurocross?
Any Question Who Is Favored For Win?
Taddy Bazusiak ready for 2012 Endurocross
Here we are on the eve of the 2012 AMA Endurocross season, I should be perched on the edge of my seat anxiously waiting for it all to begin. Undoubtably this wild form of indoor dirt bike racing is some of the best action ever conceived for spectators. Yet, I sit here feeling mildly apathetic about the whole thing.
So what is my problem? Let’s face it, racing is only racing when the outcome is in dispute. I expect that tomorrow’s season opener will see some of the best bar to bar action of the year. 30 some riders will be “all in”, hoping to get a place in the main event. Once the main event starts, those dozen riders will all be frenzied, giving it their best to put on a show for the crowd. Too bad that all of them, except for one, will be racing for second place. As for who will actually win the race, do we have any doubt who that will be?
Over the last 12 months Taddy Blazusiak has put on a display of racing dominance that will be hard for anyone to repeat. Not only did he vanquish all comers in the US last year, but he then headed off to Europe where he put on a repeat performance in the World Super Enduro Championship. There is not one person in the world that can match Taddy indoors right now.
I have caught a couple of the 2011 races on the mid-week TV coverage recently. On TV it is a little easier to dissect the race break down. It really becomes clear just how fast Taddy is. It is almost as if he never slows down, regardless of the obstacle. There are a few riders that can match him for a couple of laps, but over the course of the entire event, nobody! Taddy is number one in skill, conditioning, team and motorcycle. Apparently my campaign to convince KTM to send Taddy to race in the desert and let Kurt Caselli ride in his spot did not gain much traction.
Honestly I wish we knew a little more about Taddy. He just shows up, wins and leaves again. As a personality, he really isn’t part of our off road community. One thing I do know, is that he has had to make a decision to race Endurocross over some other very prestigious events this year. Due to the schedule, he will have to miss Erzberg and probably Romaniacs.
Of course, Taddy can’t possibly win every race. Someone is going to get the door opened and sneak past. So to who has the next best chance for a win? Who is the best of the rest? That is a great question and I really don’t have an answer for it. Some of the very best talents are, how shall I say this, are riding on second tier motorcycles. I don’t mean to sound critical, but when you have to go up against a full factory effort like KTM, it takes big commitment. The suspension on the KTM’s probably costs more than most of the bikes they line up against.
So who else might get a shot at the top step? For the Americans I am going to go out on a limb and predict Taylor Robert. I think the Kawasaki’s are probably the next best EX bikes right now and Taylor has the conditioning and aggression needed to win. I am not sure who among the Euros that we might see ride in the series, but I think that both Graham Jarvis or Johnny Walker could make it to a win.
So there you have my 2 cents. I think the best racing of the night will probably be the LCQ, those are the hungry guys. I have not talked about many of the other top riders, so tell me who you like. Let’s hear from you. Leave your best comments below.
btw- Geoff Aaron will sit out the season opener due to a separated shoulder injury.