BLAZUSIAK DOMINATES SUPERENDURO OPENER
Wow! What a night. If ever there was proof that SuperEnduro delivers some of the most exciting off-road motorcycle racing there is, the first round of the 2015 Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro series was it.
With home favourite Taddy BLAZUSIAK riding at his absolute best, accidents and incidents aplenty filled each of the three Prestige class finals. Blazusiak proved unbeatable and secured three wins to take the night’s overall win ahead of David KNIGHT and Cody WEBB. In the Junior class the enthusiastic Polish crowd witnessed the emergence of a definite star of the future – US racer Ty TREMAINE.
Dejected and downbeat 12 months ago having surprising failed to win the opening round of the 2014 SuperEnduro series, Taddy BLAZUSIAK showed everyone who was boss tonight inside the Ergo Arena. Clearly motivated to start the championship in the right way, the five-time SuperEnduro title winner’s night ended perfectly but started in absolutely the worst way.
Crashing with team-mate Jonny WALKER in the first corner of the opening final, Taddy put on what will be remembered as one of the all-time best come-from-behind rides to claim an amazing win. Spain’s Alfredo GOMEZ made the most of the chaos in the first turn, leading during the early laps before being passed by Cody WEBB. Webb, who moved passed Gomez when the Husqvarna rider tangled with a lapped rider, looked like he had the race won. But in losing drive as he took off over a log jump he crashed heavily, throwing away his lead. By this time Taddy had worked his way in front of David KNIGHT for second and inherited the lead with just one lap to go. Claiming a well-deserved win Taddy finished ahead of Knight and a disappointed Webb.
The second Prestige final saw Spain’s Dani GIBERT claim the holeshot from the reversed order start. It was an all-Spanish battle for the lead early on as Mario ROMAN took over the #1 position for a couple of laps. But then it was Taddy, who’d somehow managed to work his way to the front with amazing ease, who took over the lead. He was never headed. Opening up a comfortable advantage he held position and secured a second race win. David KNIGHT delivered a second strong performance to take the runner-up position with Gibert holding on for third.
Race three saw a Blazusiak start-to-finish race win, a result that brought his night to a perfect close. Opening up a commanding lead at the front of the race Taddy once again worked his way through lapped riders with ease to finish ahead of Jonny WALKER, who finally showed the form that took him to the Akrapovic SuperPole win. Knight finished third, but the night belonged to Taddy.
“It’s been the perfect start to the championship,” confirmed a delighted Blazusiak from the podium. “To get three wins is just amazing, it’s given a great championship lead. It’s special to win here in Poland, and this result makes up for last year’s disappointments. I was taking risks, but somehow staying in control. It’s been an amazing night.”
Amazingly Taddy wasn’t alone in claiming three race wins. SuperEnduro newcomer Ty TREMAINE showed that he’s unquestionably a star of the future by topping all of the night’s Junior class finals. Pushed hard by Sweden’s Andreas LINUSSON in race one, Ty finished more than 30 seconds ahead of Manuel LETTENBICHLER in race two and then 21 seconds up on Linusson in the third and final race.
The 2015 Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship moves onto the Erdgas Arena in Reis, Germany on January 3.