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X Games Reports, Taddy & Laia Sanz
X Games gold for Taddy Blazusiak and Laia Sanz in Brazil
Taddy Blazusiak has secured an X-Games Gold Medal in the Enduro-X Men’s Final in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Fending off some of the world’s best endurocross racers, the KTM Enduro Factory Team rider took a near start-to-finish win in the Men’s Enduro X Final, which marked the start of the four-day action sports event.
With X-Games Brazil the first time that Enduro-X has been ‘taken outdoors’, competitors faced a notably larger and more demanding course than those usually built. With track conditions proving extremely slippery victory certainly didn’t come easy for Blazusiak.
Struggling to find grip in his qualifying heat Blazusiak crashed on one of the tricky rock sections and was forced to battle his way from the rear of the field to his eventual finishing position of fifth.
Although faced with a difficult starting position for the Men’s Final, the KTM rider enjoyed a great start and hit the front of the race shortly after the third corner. Taking his time to deal with the extreme conditions, Blazusiak faced a fierce challenge from rival Cody Webb. During the first four laps of the race the leading duo swapped positions numerous times as both riders sought to find the perfect line around the deteriorating course. Knowing any mistake would prove costly, Blazusiak maintained a steady rhythm while Webb crashed out of contention shortly after the race moved passed the halfway point.
With the laps winding down Blazusiak settled his pace, maintaining a comfortable advantage over the chasing field of riders. Continuing to ride a faultless race he secured a well-earned victory.
Blazusiak now turns his attention towards round one of the AMA EnduroCross Championship on May 3 in Las Vegas before contesting round two of the X-Games series in Barcelona, Spain on May 16-19.
Taddy Blazusiak: “I can’t believe the night I had. Firstly, getting off a rally bike and back onto my endurocross bike was much, much harder than I was expecting. I can’t remember the last time I felt so bad on a bike. Things had been going bad all night but thankfully everything worked out, it’s great to get another X Games gold medal. The track was really cool, but it just became so slippery that it was a game of survival. It was a warm night, but it was humid. I was pretty much riding in survival mode from the start. I had the 10th pick of the start, but took the very inside gate and managed to take the lead coming off the first rock section. Cody Webb was riding strong, but I knew that pushing too hard wasn’t the way to go. I stuck to a speed I was happy with, and raced the few parts of the track I could. It’s amazing to have won… I just hope things go a little more smoothly at the next X Games event in Spain.”
The Gas Gas rider has swept the Enduro X competition and is the first Spanish rider in history to win a gold medal in this competition series.
A new success for Gas Gas rider Laia Sanz, who has managed to climb to the top of the podium again, this time, on her debut in the Enduro-X competition in the prestigious X-Games. Laia has dominated at will in the final of the Enduro-X female competition that was held in Foz de Iguazu, Brazil. Despite not having made a good start and being locked into the first corner, the Gas Gas rider has overcome obstacles and her rivals. She has overtaken the favorite Maria Forsberg in a technical section and thereafter has imposed a pace that led her to cross the finish line first under the checkered flag, earning her first medal in the Olympics of extreme sports, X Games. She is also the first Spanish rider to get a gold medal in this competition.
LAIA SANZ “I knew it would be very difficult to get a medal in my first participation. I really did not expect to win, not after the start, I have not done anything right, but I managed to recover quickly and get into a good pace until the finish line. It was incredible, a fantastic race. I’m very happy, very”.
The rider from Corbera de Llobregat has demonstrated her excellent condition, despite having no past references of her rivals or the track, and her Gas Gas EC 250 F ran perfectly both in training, in which she has achieved the best time, and during the six hard laps around the Brazilian track. Laia has surpassed the second-placed Maria Forsberg, by 32 seconds. the U.S. champion, winning the X-Games in 2012, was quick to congratulate Laia. The track was completely different to that found in practice, as the dew from the night made the red Iguazu dirt very slippery and we had to ride tactfully, something Laia Sanz is very used to from her expertise in trial .
The Gas Gas rider had no problems, and she saw very quickly that it did not suit the style of her rivals. However, she managed to keep calm and implement her own style, which eventually struck down the choices of her rivals.
After the joy and savoring the presentation of the gold medal, Laia Sanz is already thinking about her next challenge, which is to defend her world title at the start of the Enduro World Championship in the category Féminas in the town of Puerto Lumbreras, Murcia, on the 10th, 11th and 12th of May. The schedule conflict with the second round of the series with the competition of the X-Games in Barcelona will cause Laia to miss the opportunity to take a second medal. In the two following rounds Laia has no conflict (Munich, June 27-30 and Los Angeles, on August 1-4 August) and she will be able to fight again for a medal in this competition