ENDURO21.COM RIDER OF THE YEAR 2016

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Taddy Blazusiak has just announced that he will race his last race at next week’s opening round of the SuperEnduro World Championship in Poland.

As the greatest endurocross rider of our time, with five AMA EnduroCross titles and six SuperEnduro World Championships, Blazusiak has decided it’s time to hang up his professional racing boots.

“I have been thinking about this decision for a while now,” said Blazusiak. “I have always told myself that I will make that call when I feel the time is right. 

A decision that’s not come lightly, Blazusiak has given it his all for a very long time…

“I’ve been racing around the world for a long time. I trained the best and hardest I could, and I raced for every race win and championship I entered like there is no tomorrow. I achieved more than I ever thought I could, and I’m grateful for all the great memories from all my years of racing. 

“I want to say thank you to my family, especially to my brother Wojciech, for all the hard work and for being there for me from the beginning. Thank you also to my team manager and friend Alex Doringer, and of course special thanks to the KTM CEO Mr. Stefan Pierer and KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer for the opportunity to chase my dreams. 

“Thank you to all the people at KTM Factory Racing for the best bike out there, and naturally also a huge thank you to Red Bull and all my long-term sponsors. I’m grateful for all the fans around the world and thank you for your support – on to the next adventure.”

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As one of KTM’s most successful athletes, Blazusiak’s achievements have received praise right from the very top:

Stefan Pierer (CEO KTM Group): “It was clear to us right from the time Taddy took that impressive victory at Erzberg in 2007 that he was a very special and very talented rider. It was a privilege for us to have him riding for our factory team and he has been an amazing champion and ambassador for our brand. We thank him for all the exciting victories he delivered and we wish him all the best for his future.” 

Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “Taddy is not only a charismatic rider who is 100 percent committed when he’s on the bike, I can confirm that he was entering every single race like it is his last one. He has also been an outstanding role model for the next generation and made a great contribution to both Extreme Enduro and to SuperEnduro-AMA EnduroCross disciplines. His fire and commitment have never been in doubt and we thank him for all the excitement he’s given us.” 

Alex Doringer (KTM Division Manager Enduro & Rally): “Taddy is a true champion who helped put Extreme Enduro and SuperEnduro on the map as popular racing disciplines. He has given us almost a decade of thrilling racing and he is, and will always be part of the Orange Family.”