Claiming his second win of the series at round six of the US EnduroCross championship in Boise, Idaho, Taddy Blazusiak has closed the points gap on championship leader Mike Brown and is now tied at the head of the standings heading into the Las Vegas final on November 23rd.
Here are Taddy’s thoughts on what was arguably one of his most important ever EnduroCross results…
Redbull.com: A winning result when you needed it most, how did round six go?
Taddy Blazusiak: It was a really good night. The start was a little slick, which seemed to be good for a 250f and I was able to get into the first turn with Mike [Brown] from a fourth gate pick. I took no risks on the hot lap, so I was pleased with fourth. In the final, I got around Mike during the first lap but was riding a little tense. I locked my front wheel and Cody Webb moved ahead of me. I got things together then, moved back into the lead, and got the win.
RB: There’s still one round to go but winning round six must have been one of your all time most important results?
TB: Definitely. If I had finished off the podium it would have made things very, very difficult at the final in Vegas. Not impossible because anything can happen, but things would have been stacked against me. I knew I needed to make this result count and I’m pleased that I got the win.
RB: You seem to have had an up-and-down EnduroCross season compared to others. Is there any specific reason for that?
TB: It’s hard to say. I was late starting my pre-season training because of shoulder surgery. Then I was working on strengthening my shoulder, which isn't what you want for racing. So I wasn’t as fast as I wanted to be early in the season. Then I spent some time competing on a rally bike, which wasn’t good for my Endurocross speed. When things are going well you don't think about it too much. But when you're not exactly where you want to be you realise that there are so many details that all need to fall into place. I feel like those pieces are only just coming together again. I’m back on track.
RB: It’s all down to the Vegas final for the championship now between yourself and Mike Brown. Surely that’s going to be one hell of a high-pressure event?
TB: The way I see it is that it’ll be like an X Games event – a one-off, but whoever does best gets the EnduroCross championship. I feel like I know how to ride under pressure so I’ll do all I can to win. The start will be massively important. What’ll be interesting is that no matter where Mike and I finish, that will decide the championship.
RB: Before the Endurocross final you have the FIM SuperEnduro opener in Liverpool, England. Does that complicate your EnduroCross preparations?
TB: No, not really. It’s a bit of a crazy situation having one championship starting before another has ended, but it’s like that. The bike I'll race in SuperEnduro will be a lot different to my EnduroCross bike, but I’m really looking forward to the race. There are a lot of fast riders competing in SuperEnduro so it’s going to be seriously competitive. But I also have a championship in the States to try and win, so I have to remember that.
The final round of the AMA EnduroCross series takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 23rd.
The opening round of the FIM SuperEnduro championship is in Liverpool, England on November 17th.