Ontario, CA – Red Bull/KTM rider Taddy Blazusiak returned to his winning ways and claimed the win at the fourth round of the AMA EnduroCross Series held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.
The afternoon started out well for both Red Bull KTM’s Blazusiak as well as Factory FMF/KTM rider Mike Brown. Blazusiak turned the fastest time in the qualifying hot laps while Brown was 2nd fastest. The quick times gave each rider first gate pick in their respective heats later in the evening.
Brown was up first in the second Pro heat. He jumped off the line to a 3rd place start. Unfortunately, he suffered a crash in the matrix early on which cost him a few positions. He was able to recover and finish in 3rd place but was one spot shy of qualifying and had to regroup to return for the semi race.
Blazusiak was placed in the third heat where he launched off to a 2nd place start. He quickly passed into the lead and began to gap the field. He collected the win in heat three to easily transfer into the main event.
In the semi race, Brown grabbed the holeshot but suffered a small tip over early in the race. He was able to quickly recover and fight his way back into 2nd position, but again, fell one position short of qualifying. Luckily for Brown, he was able to try again in the LCQ. Brown got off to a great start and led the entire LCQ to transfer to the main event.
In the main event, it was Blazusiak with the holeshot while Brown started around mid-pack.
Blazusiak led the first few laps before a mistake in the woodpile allowed the 2nd place ride of Cody Webb to pass for the lead. Blazusiak was able to stay close and catch back up to Webb. Blazusiak applied heavy pressure to the rear wheel of Webb for the next lap and was able to pass back into the lead when they returned to the woodpile on the following lap. Once back in the lead, Blazusiak was able to pull a small gap on Webb and went on to take the win. His KTM teammate, Brown, who struggled on the start of the race was able to eventually climb back to a 7th place finish.
“We are very happy to see Taddy get back to the top podium spot,” remarked Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “Taddy rode a fast and smart race today to put his KTM out front. Unfortunately, Brown struggled today but was able to still gain some points in the series.”
Four rounds into the series, Blazusiak retains the points lead while Brown sits 3rd overall in the point standings.