The KTM rider looking to make the most of home advantage at this weekend’s races in Poland.
As the 2014 SuperEnduro World Championship gears up for round two in Poland, it’s Taddy Blazusiak who’ll enjoy the warmest welcome in Lodz.
After his dominant performance at round one of the series in Liverpool last month, Blazusiak heads to the Atlas Arena in Lodz as the clear championship leader. Taking three wins from three starts, while also picking up an extra three points for topping the timesheets in the Super Pole, the KTM rider left the Echo Arena with a commanding 18-point advantage over nearest rival David Knight.
“Liverpool went better than I could have imagined,” said Blazusiak. “Picking up three wins from three starts and also setting the fastest time in the Super Pole made for an incredible opening round to the series.”
Never beaten in Poland
With momentum now firmly on his side, the Polish rider is gearing up for victory at his home round of the championship. In what will be the third running of the event, Taddy has yet to be beaten inside the Atlas Arena. Can he claim a hat trick of wins this time around?
“That’s the goal. I love coming home to race in Poland. It’s the only time I get to race there each year and it’s always a special one for me. So far things have gone great for me. I’ve won both times. The first time around in 2011 was great but I think last year means a lot more to me.
“I crashed heavily in the lead up to the race. I could barely hold onto the handlebars and thought I couldn’t ride. But I made myself race and managed to come away with the overall win. It was an incredible feeling to do that. To go from an absolute low to an incredible high is something I won’t forget in a hurry. It helped me win the title.”
All eyes on Blazusiak
Home races often add that extra pressure to perform on the night, with thousands of spectators eager to cheer you on to victory. So how does Taddy remain focused on the job in hand?
“I remember the first time I walked into the stadium for the opening ceremonies – the atmosphere was electric. I got goose bumps. But once I’m sitting on the starting line all that excitement and noise disappears. My focus is 100% on the race ahead. All I can think about is getting the holeshot and fighting for the win. It’s only after the race is all over that I enjoy the buzz again.”
With such a solid start to his season in Liverpool, how important will another winning result be for Blazusiak as the series heads into its Christmas break?
“What happened in Liverpool was perfect,” he says. “But I can’t assume it’s easy from here on out. The target is on my back so I’ve got to deliver the goods again. For sure I want to win and extend my points lead. It will be a nice feeling to head into the Christmas break with a decent advantage over my rivals.”