ENDURO INDOOR GOES DOWN A STORM IN BARCELONA
Taddy Blazusiak takes the overall win at the 16th edition of the Enduro Indoor de Barcelona inside the Palau Sant Jordi stadium…
It was a night of closely fought racing as some of the best endurocross riders in the business went bar-to-bar in Barcelona.
Always a favourite for top honours, Blazusiak appeared to have things his own way when he took a clean win in the opening race of three.
But mistakes in race two left it all to play for when the gate dropped for the third and final heat. Fighting his way forward after a mistake on lap one, Blazusiak eventually took the win to secure the overall by the narrowest of margins.
“I have to say I really enjoyed tonight,” told Blazusiak. “The racing was so close all night – to be honest it was anyone’s to win.
“I managed to pretty much lead from the beginning in race one and take a fairly comfortable win but in the reversed start race two it wasn’t easy. I made a bunch of mistakes and dropped back to sixth.
“It was all on the line for the final race. Mathias was pushing hard out front and I had to fight to catch him. With about a lap to go I managed to pass him for the win but it wasn’t until the race was over I realised I also got the overall.”
Coming agonisingly close to grabbing the overall victory, Alfredo Gomez actually led the point’s race with two consistent third place results entering the final race. But despite claiming another third it wasn’t enough and the Husqvarna rider had to settled for the runner-up result.
“It was all on the line for the overall coming into the final race,” explained Gomez. “I had two strong rides in the first two races and held a slight lead when the gate dropped for race three. Unfortunately I got a little boxed out off the start and had to fight my way forward.
“I gave it everything I had but I suppose after racing at The Tough One yesterday I just didn’t have enough in reserve to hold onto the win. I’m a little disappointed but overall pleased with how I rode. I can’t really fault my riding.”
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Back in action following a nine-month lay off due to a knee injury, Mathias Bellino was the surprise of the night. Second in race one, the Husqvarna rider led the majority of a thrilling final race, only to lose out to Blazusiak in the closing stages. Nevertheless, third overall in his comeback race was still a result to savour.
“I honestly never imagined finishing on the podium tonight,” admitted Bellino. “I hadn’t prepared for tonight – I just rode my endurocross track once before this race.
“In the final race the points were very tight so it was anyone’s race to win. I managed to lead for most of it but towards the end I was maybe trying a little too hard and lost some of my advantage to Taddy and he beat me for the win. But I don’t mind so much – I’m just really happy to be back racing again. Getting a podium result is just the icing on the cake for tonight!”
Boosted by runaway win in race two, Gas Gas’ Dani Gibert took fourth overall…
“I’m really happy with how I rode tonight. I just got a break in race two and was able to stay out front for the win. It’s been a good event.”
Flying into Barcelona following his Tough One victory the previous day Jonny Walker was unable to make it a winning result. Having used up all his luck 24 hours earlier, things just didn’t go to plan for the KTM rider and he finished fifth overall.
“I felt like I rode good all day but in the races luck just wasn’t with me,” explained Walker. “I couldn’t do right for wrong. I crashed by myself and then got caught up in other people’s crashes. It was just one of those days.”
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