Taddy Blazusiak has claimed his fifth AMA National EnduroCross title after a tough battle with title rival Mike Brown in Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena.
The Polish KTM rider managed to claim the title despite finishing the main race in fifth, with both Blazusiak and Brown suffering incidents on the night that led to Brown finishing down in ninth.
The two riders clashed on lap two of the race after leading the field off the linewith the resultant multi-rider pile-up dropping both Brown and Blazusiak way down the order.
Both riders would crash again en route to the finishing the race, with Blazusiak’s fifth place enough to give him his fifth EnduroCross title, four points ahead of Brown in the final riders’ standings.
“I’ve never been so far back in a race battling for a championship,” said Blazusiak after taking the chequered flag. “I can’t believe how [Mike Brown and I] kept finding each other throughout the race. I don’t think I breathed the entire twelve minutes.
“It was so much fun to battle with Brown this year and I am excited we were both able to keep it clean while we battled for the championship,” the Polish rider added.
Blazusiak will now be focusing all his attention on the SuperEnduro championship, after getting his season off to the best possible start by taking three wins out of three at the opening round in Liverpool last weekend. The next round takes place at Blazusiak’s home event in Lodz, Poland.