One of the world’s most decorated Enduro riders, Taddy Blazusiak has his sights set on winning the 2018 World Enduro Super Series. 

 

Despite officially hanging up his race boots in December 2016, Blazusiak’s retirement was short-lived. “I’m still willing to go out and give it 100 per cent to win” says the Polish star who it turns out never really took his boots off and, as we found out in the SuperEnduro World Championship, is very much back in it to win it. 

In an interview ahead of the WESS series, Taddy talks about how his experience will help, how the challenge of different disciplines is part of the attraction and how much he’s looking forward giving it everything to win…

 

Taddy, what is it about the World Enduro Super Series that essentially enticed you out of retirement for 2018?

Taddy Blazusiak: “Personally, I feel that this is what Enduro needs — this is what our sport needs to advance. Enduro has so many individual disciplines, so I think this will be a series for the real all-round off-road racer. 

“It fits a rider who can ride technical terrain or go sixth gear flat out down a beach. I first heard about WESS six months after I retired, and when I was told the series would be a reality for 2018 I had to get back racing. I was still riding for fun then and felt competitive. I’m still willing to go out on the race track and give it 100 per cent to win.”

 

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For many, Classic Enduro sits at the heart of Enduro. What makes it special for you?

“It’s the pure sprint aspect of timed special test racing that makes Classic Enduro special for me. In all other disciplines you race your competitors side-by-side on the track at the same time, whereas with Classic Enduro it’s head-to-head against the clock. 

“You are basically riding with 100 per cent commitment to go as fast as you can during each special test. It’s a cool way of racing that has so much history attached to it — it’s something that shouldn’t be forgotten about.”

 

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This will be your first time competing at the Trèfle Lozérien AMV, what do you know about it?

“The Trèfle Lozérien AMV is a big event and means so much to the French fans. It’s going to be hard competing against some of the grass track specialists but that’s also the challenge of WESS — adapting to different disciplines as best you can.”

You are the most successful rider at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble with five victories, are you looking forward to racing there as part of the WESS for the first time?

“I have a lot of history at Erzberg, it’s helped build my career to where it is today. I love racing it, it’s so much more than just a race - it’s become a real dirt bike festival. 

“Everyone is there because they all love the same thing, which is doing crazy things on enduro bikes. The level of competition has grown so much and there are a lot of guys easily capable of winning but I also feel that I’m still one of them.”

 

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Photo Credit: Marcin Kin

 

Where do you feel your strengths will lie in the series?

“I’m a pretty good all-round guy — I can adapt. I’ve been around for a long time now, so I know all the disciplines we’ll race. I know how to prepare for each one and prepare my bike too. I can swap from a two-stroke bike to a four-stroke bike easily enough depending on where we are racing, so I also think that adaptability will help me a lot.”

With such a variety of disciplines in one series will you train specifically for each event or try to ride on instinct at some races?

“Overall, it will be a combination of doing both! Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble and Trèfle Lozérien AMV are the hardest rounds simply because they are back-to-back weekends whereas others have some time between them to prepare more specifically. “Starting the series strongly is critical so we will focus hard to be ready for rounds one and two while trying to work on the speed elements necessary for round three at Trèfle Lozérien AMV. After that we can dedicate more time specifically to each event because we have a decent window of testing between each round.”

 

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Photo Credit: Marcin Kin

 

Do you think it will be a closely fought championship?

“With points scored down to 250th position for each round it means that even if you have a bad race you can still make points. Of course you need to be close to the front all the time to fight for the overall title, but it also means certain discipline specialists can stay in the championship hunt even if some races don’t exactly suit them.”

Finally, what would it mean for you to become the 2018 World Enduro Super Series champion?

“Winning WESS would be massive, like I said it’s a dream championship for me and the reason why I’m back racing. I race to win championships, so if I’m doing something I’m in it to do it right, at maximum effort. I’d love to become the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION at the end of this year.”

 

The World Enduro Super Series kicks off with Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal on May 11-13

For the full interview check out iridewess.com

 

 

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Robert Lynn
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