He might have taken a year’s sabbatical, but KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak is still the King indoors as the six-time world champion wins in Poland.

In front of a sold out 14,000 seater stadium in Krakow, home boy Blazusiak put in a powerful performance to ride his way onto the top step of the podium.

Carding a 2-2-2 scorecard, on a track that punished the majority of the field, Blazusiak gave the Polish crowd the Polish victory they came to see.

“Incredible, I wasn’t really expecting that,” told Blazusiak. “For sure I wanted to do well but I always thought getting on the top step of the podium was going to be a big ask.

“My starts did it for me tonight, I got out front nearly every time and that made the difference, that’s got me the #1 plate.

 

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On a track that was difficult to say the least, it was clear from the off, the Polish dirt was going to play a factor in events.

Soft and tacky, deep in ruts, a snotty matrix and a nasty tyre wall straight off the start played havoc.

Coming out swinging, defending champion Colton Haaker grabbed the Akrapovic SuperPole but that would be about as good as his night would get with bad starts dropping him well behind the front runners.

For race one, it was Blazusiak who was fastest out of the traps, but Cody Webb was quick to hunt him down and take the lead. 

Briefly though as a crash in the matrix pushed him back. Blazusiak was out front again but Webb was back on the attack and clawed his way back on to Blazusiak’s rear wheel and then got past for the win.

In race two, Blazusiak pulled off a masterstroke coming from the very outside of row two to second off the start behind Alex Salvini and then lead on lap one.

Behind him it was chaos as Haaker stumbled on the tyres and triggered a road block. Jonny Walker bore the brunt of it becoming stuck in the Maxxis hoarding. It took six men and one lap to prize his KTM free.

Again Blazusiak led to the delight of the partisan crowd, but Billy Bolt was making progress. 

Despite it only being his SuperEnduro debut, he got past Blazusiak with a lap to spare to win.

For race three it was all to play for. Blazusiak held favourite for overall honours but Webb and Bolt weren’t too far behind and could capitalise if Blazusiak made a mistake.

But, with the night that was in it, that wasn’t going to happen.

With his starts dialled, Blazusiak found himself leading race three. Granted Webb was piling on the pressure, and despite pulling through for the win, Blazusiak’s second place was enough to place him on the top step of the podium.

“Winning at home is amazing. It’s one of the best feeling’s in sport. I just took tonight as it came, and thankfully it came good. 

“It’s weird though, I wasn’t expecting myself to win. I was just happy to be racing again and if it happened then great. Victories like this mean a lot now, I’m going to enjoy this moment.”

 

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For Webb, despite two wins from three starts, it was his race two result that did the damage. A fifth knocked him out of touch.

But it’s clear his speed and race craft is on point and with a clear road, he’s going to be tough to beat in Germany next time out.

“Two wins out of three ain’t bad, but it was Taddy’s night tonight,” said Webb. “Race two screwed me up, granted I had some mistakes in race one despite winning, but race two’s fifth did the damage. 

“But my speed is there, I’m happy with that, I think having been out of SuperEnduro for one year I need to adjust a little but Riesa is just around the corner so I’m looking forward to that.”

Prior to Poland Bolt had yet to race indoors, after Poland he’s taken a race win and ended it on the podium. 

A solid night is an understatement for the SuperEnduro rookie. Fact is Billy Bolt is going to be a threat in this championship.

A 5-1-4 scorecard put him on the podium for third overall.

“I literally had no idea what to expect of tonight,” admitted Bolt. “I mean I’d never raced indoors before so, against these guys, a podium was a tall ask.

“Race two win came as a surprise too. To beat Taddy for a race win in Poland is pretty cool.

“Overall I’m pumped with tonight, racing SuperEnduro is definitely way harder than practicing for it, but I’m excited for round two in Germany.”

 

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Putting in a stellar ride, Manuel Lettenbichler ended his night fourth overall. A best race result of third in race two, shows he’s going to be strong this year.

Making his debut with Husqvarna, Alfredo Gomez was fifth overall.

Ending his night sixth, Haaker had mixed feelings…

“I just messed up off the start twice tonight. I was properly last at one point. Race three was ok with third, but tonight was one of those night you just want to write off and forget about.”

Back in SuperEnduro with Gas Gas, Danny McCanney came home seventh overall helped by a fourth place in race two.

Enduring a night to forget, Walker was seventh…

“Tonight was a bad day at the office, there’s not much more I can really say.”

 

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The Junior class saw South Africa’s Kyle Flanagan come out on top. Locked in a tight fight for overall honours with Matteo Cavallo, Flanagan claimed a debut overall win in SuperEnduro.

For Cavallo, Poland marked his SuperEnduro debut and with a race three win, it resulted in the runner-up result.

Emil Juszcazak kept the Polish crowd happy with third overall.

 

 

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Robert Lynn
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