Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak wins round three of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship
The KTM Enduro Factory rider delivered a winning performance at round three of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, claiming victory in both the Elite and overall classification. KTM’s Jonny Walker finished a close second overall while also topping the Under 23 classification with overall winner at round two, Danny McCanney, finishing third in the overall standings and runner-up to Walker in the Under 23 category.
In stark contrast to the sub-zero temperatures at opening rounds of the series round three enjoyed clear skies and much welcomed sunshine. With a course mixing fast flowing grass tracks and technical woodland, riders enjoyed a physical day’s racing.
Making a welcome return to the series, Blazusiak wasted little time in working his way to the front of the field. Setting the fastest time of the opening lap he immediately opened up a seven-second advantage over his nearest Elite challenger Tom Church (KTM). Consistently setting impressive times, Blazusiak progressively stretched his advantage as the day progressed to win the Elite class by 41 seconds over Electraction TM’s Jordan Rose.
For Rose, round three marked another impressive showing at the BSEC. Making a slightly slower start during the opening test than he’d hoped, the TM rider quickly began to improve his times to steal second position from Husqvarna’s Ricky Dietrich on the final test of the day.
Following a difficult season opener, Dietrich returned to the BSEC determined to improve. As the day progressed the US rider improved his pace, posting the fastest time of the day on the penultimate lap, which boosted him into second with one test remaining. However, a small error was enough to allow Rose through demoting Dietrich down to third. Early pace setter, Tom Church eventually finished fourth with Daryl Bolter (KTM) in fifth.
KTM’s Jonny Walker made it a perfect start to his weekend with victory in the Under 23 class. After twice finishing third at the opening rounds of the series, Walker returned determined to improve. Fastest on the opening test, he held a two-second lead over Danny McCanney and Husaberg’s Alex Rockwell.
With his confidence high, he continued to stretch his lead during the following two tests. After the fourth test of the day, McCanney began to find his rhythm and set about closing the gap. Leading into the eighth and final test of the day, the duo were separated by less than half a second. With everything still to play for Walker set his fastest time of the day to claim a deserved win over McCanney by three seconds. A crash on the final test by both Rockwell and Jordan Scott (KTM) allowed Husqvarna’s Jack Rowland through for third. Scott’s final lap mistake pushed him back to fourth while Scotland’s Frazer Norrie (KTM) placed fifth.
In Under 19 Steve Holcombe (KTM) grabbed his third victory of the series ahead of Joe Jones (KTM) while James Dent (KTM) was third.
Husaberg’s Jamie McCanney continued his domination of the 125 Youth Cup to claim another victory while also finishing a very impressive eighth in the overall classification. Gethin Humphreys (KTM) finished second with Lee Sealey third.
Gas Gas UK’s Luke Meredith made it a start to finish victory in Expert class to finish in front of Oliver Hart (KTM) and James Jackman (Honda).
After a closely fought battle Greg Hurley (KTM) grabbed a 12-second winning advantage in Clubman over Ireland’s Richard Topping (Honda) while early pace setter, Paul Davies (KTM) ended his day third.
Jane Daniels made another winning performance to finish first in the Women’s class. Katie Walker (KTM) was second ahead of Fionn Griffiths (KTM) in third.