Taddy Blazusiak will return to competitive action this weekend at round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship following double shoulder and hand surgery at the end of 2012. Going under the surgeon’s knife shortly before Christmas, Blazusiak, who crashed heavily prior to the opening round of the Superenduro series, has now been back on a bike for three weeks and is confident of securing a strong result inside the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona, Spain.
Ending the 2012 season as US Endurocross champion and early leader of the FIM Superenduro series, Taddy also needed ‘to get himself fixed’ and subsequently underwent his shoulder and hand surgery. With both procedures going well, and following a period of rest during early January, Taddy has been able to return to both training and riding and has spent three weeks back on a motorcycle, the last two of which practicing on his Endurocross track.
As the current leader of the short but intensive three round Superenduro series, Blazusiak enters the penultimate event with a healthy six-point lead. Despite the shoulder injury sustained prior to the opening round of the series in Poland, Blazusiak rose to the occasion in front of his home crowd to claim a fantastic double race win by topping the night’s first and third final.
With almost nine weeks separating rounds one and two of the series, Taddy has spent that time wisely and is now almost fully recovered from his injury. With doctors allowing the KTM rider to return to normal training, Blazusiak has worked hard during the past fortnight to prepare for the race. Spending the last two weeks training hard for the event, the defending champion is feeling confident that he will be able to repeat his winning performance from the series opener.
Taddy Blazusiak: “I’m looking forward to getting back to racing again following my time off after surgery. It’s kind of cool for me to race in Barcelona because the city has become like my second home. I don’t live too far away from Barcelona and a lot of my friends are coming to the event to support me. After winning the race last year my goal is too obviously try and repeat that again this year, but I know that won’t be easy. I’ve had my shoulder and hand injury fixed and although it’s not in perfect condition I’m in better shape than when I raced in Poland. I’ve got a six-point lead in the championship but it’s not enough to allow me to play it safe. There are a lot of new guys coming to this race so that will make things exciting. But if I race smart and stay out of trouble then I’m confident I can put myself into the best possible position to fight for the win.”
Jonny Walker – The FIM Superenduro World Championship fires back into life this coming weekend with the second and penultimate round of the series taking place inside the Palau St Jordi stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Coming away from the championship opener with a win to his credit Walker currently sits second in the series standings. Hoping for more success in Barcelona Jonny gives his thoughts ahead of what is largely considered to be Europe’s biggest and best indoor enduro event…
It’s been nine weeks since the FIM Superenduro World Championship opener in Poland, looking back were you pleased with the way the event went?
Jonny: “Yes, I’m really happy with how it went. There is always a lot of uncertainty going into a big race like that, but it was a very positive start to the season for me. That was the main thing for me – I wasn’t focused on a specific result, I just wanted to have a good ride and get on the podium all being well. I’m really looking forward to getting back to racing indoors in Barcelona now.”
You were the only rider to beat Taddy Blazusiak in Poland. That must have given your confidence a boost?
Jonny: “Winning the night’s second final was great. Taddy’s always a tough, tough rider to beat and things worked out really well for me at the start of the second final. The start was reversed and I managed to get out front quickly, and then didn’t make any mistakes. It definitely gave me a boost, now I just need to take the next step and go for an overall win.”
It’s extremely tight at the top of the championship with just six points separating yourself and Taddy. Do you have a set game plan for Barcelona this weekend?
Jonny: “The plan’s the same as always – to enjoy the event and have a good time. Hopefully a good result will follow. I need to stay focused and not make any mistakes, which isn’t easy, and if I can get a solid result I’ll hopefully stay in the points chase going into the final race in France.”
As well as yourself, Taddy, Knighter, Joakim Ljunggren and the usual Superenduro regulars you’ll be joined by Ivan Cervantes, Cristobal Guerrero and Antoine Meo. How do you think that’ll change things?
Jonny: “Barcelona is definitely going to be a really tough race. Every one of about eight or 10 riders is capable of winning races. I’m sure there’ll be some surprises, and some unexpected results, as anything can happen. It’ll be important to try and stay out of trouble as much as possible, and hope everything works out well…”