Claiming two of the three main event finals inside the Atlas Arena, the KTM rider yet again proved to be the guy to beat in endurocross. However, with Britain’s Jonny Walker claiming victory in the second main event, he denied the Polish rider a hat trick of wins in front of his home fans.
Knowing that starts would play a major factor in determining the event’s results, Blazusiak grabbed an important holeshot in the opening main race. But with newly Honda mounted David Knight hot on his heels, he wouldn’t have an easy time of things. With the duo evenly matched on speed, Knight was unable to close the gap enough to the KTM rider and was eventually forced to settle for second as Blazusiak took the win. Fending off a race long attack from Husaberg’s Alfredo Gomez, Walker secured third.
With the start order reversed for race two, all of the top riders faced a second row start. Finding a clear line through the opening two corners, Walker emerged as the race leader. With a clear track to work on, he rapidly gapped his perusing rivals. Gaining a healthy advantage he cruised his way to comfortable win. Behind him both Knight and Blazusiak were fighting their way through traffic. By mid distance they had fought their way into second and third respectively. However, Knight made a costly error when he collided with a track marker. Slipping back to third place he handed the runner up position to Blazusiak.
Grabbing his second holeshot of the night, Blazusiak rocketed out of the start gates for the third and final time in Poland. Maintaining a fast pace out front while nursing a damaged shoulder, Blazusiak claimed the final win of the night – much to the delight of Polish crowd. Looking all but assured of second position, Knight collided with a lapped rider in the dying moments of the race. Unable to avoid the stricken rider, he eventually remounted to finish fifth. Capitalising on Knight’s mistake, Walker worked his way around the fallen Honda rider to finish second while Gomez also sneaked past Knight to grab third.
In the Junior class, it was Poland’s Pawel Szmkowski (KTM) that claimed the overall victory. Staying clear of trouble during the opening main event to win, he then place as runner up to Britain’s Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) and secured the top step of the podium. Crashing out of the lead during the first race, McCanney bounced back in style to claim a solid victory in race two and ended his night as the runner up. With a pair third place results, Italy’s Giacomo Redondi (KTM) finished his night on the third step of the podium.
SuperEnduro World Championship, Rd 1
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 57pts; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 51pts; 3. David Knight (Honda) 41pts; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 31pts; 5. Kormel Nemeth (KTM) 29pts…
1. Pawel Szymkowski (KTM) 37pts; 2. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 30pts; 3. Giacomo Redondi (KTM) 28pts; 4. Johan Edlund (Husaberg) 27pts; Magnus Thor (KTM) 18pts…