Taddy Blazusiak’s winning streak may have come to an end in Las Vegas but the enduro ace remains in the mix for the Endurocross world title…
Everything going into the race last weekend felt pretty good. The only setback was the flu I picked up a few weeks before that, which ended up eating into my preparation time. But after recovering from that it felt good to be back in the States and both training and testing went well.
The bike felt fast and I had a good week in California building up to the race. I went riding with Ken Roczen and it was cool to hang out with him. It was fun to mix things up a little, so there was some riding but also some relaxing too.
The race day on Friday didn’t really start the way I would've liked. In my first practice I didn’t get the feel of the track straight away. It took me a while before I started to feel good on it. Then I crashed during the first qualifying race so I didn’t go straight through to the final. After that we made a few changes to the bike.
"I thought I could use it to bounce back onto the track but my front end got trapped and I went over the handlebars"
Once we had changed the settings on the bike I felt a lot better and got through my semi-final to win a place in the main race. Because I took such a long route to the final, my gate position for the start wasn't the best. I started from the back gate in fifth or sixth position and so I targeted the first corner to move up the field. That first corner was pretty tight but I had a really good jump out of the gate so I went for it. But unfortunately I ended up being pushed out by the other guys and I hit a log on the outside of the track. I thought I could use it to bounce back onto the track but my front end got trapped and I went over the handlebars.
I picked myself up but lost time getting back on the track. After dropping down to last place I was pretty pleased that I managed to cross the line in third place.
If I hadn't got myself together and recovered like I did then I could've said goodbye to the championship after this first race of the season. With a third place finish I’m still in the fight and I was definitely the fastest guy on the track, so that's got me looking forward to the next race. I’m happy with my riding overall and the bike is quick. With more training and some better luck we’ll get where we need to be.
I'm going to see the doctor this week. In that first corner crash I hit the same shoulder that I broke a few years back. It’s just one of those things and I’m sure it will be fixed by the time the next race rolls around. These injuries are all part of the game.
Until next time,
2012 AMA EnduroCross Las Vegas Results
1. Colton Haaker (Kawasaki)
2. Justin Soule (Kawasaki)
3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM)
4. Cody Webb (Beta)
5. Taylor Robert (Kawasaki)
6. Mike Brown (KTM)
7. Cory Graffunder (Husqvarna)
8. Kyle Redmond (Husqvarna)
9. Kevin Rookstool (Honda)
10. Bobby Prochnau (KTM)
11. Destry Abbott (Kawasaki)