Taddy Blazusiak is coming back from retirement to race the upcoming SuperEnduro series and a full 2018 enduro season.
Just one year after hanging up his boots in Poland in December 2016, Blazusiak will make his return from retirement there this weekend at the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship opener with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.
But that’s not all, as Blazusiak is also making a return to outdoors stating he's got an exciting and new challenge of enduro planned for 2018.
“It’s really exciting to return to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team,” told Blazusiak.
“My retirement might seem a little short lived, but 2018 is going to be a new chapter in my career.
“What’s planned for 2018 after the SuperEnduro series is the true reason I’m returning to racing.
“It’s something that’ll offer me an amazing new challenge and something I know a lot of people will be excited by."
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2018 to bring old and new races for Blazusiak
Blazusiak has signed a one-year contract with KTM in which he will race the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship along with a return to several well-known races plus a few new ones too — so it sounds like Erzberg is on the cards.
A year of helping Red Bull with media duties in hard enduro while still being heavily involved in rider training and testing duties has re-ignited that racer’s fire and passion in Blazusiak.
“When I stopped racing at the end of last winter’s SuperEnduro series I didn’t think I'd ride a bike again. I was burned out.
“Two months after I stopped I was back riding, and really enjoying it. I kept riding – riding different tracks, riding with different people, even going to some events, and it became clear that I still loved riding and that I wanted to race again.
“That added to the fact I’m super motivated by what’s planned for 2018 is why I’m returning to competition."
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KTM welcome back Taddy
Naturally remaining with KTM for the year ahead, the team he raced his entire professional enduro career with, Pit Beirer, KTM’s Motorsport Director, is happy to welcome him back to the fold…
“We are honoured to welcome back Taddy to our enduro line-up for the upcoming season. Taddy is a true champion and has been an amazing ambassador for the KTM brand and the sport of enduro.
“His passion and commitment has never been in doubt and we look forward to once again supporting him as he returns to competition, and hope to celebrate more great results.”
Whether Blazusiak will pick up winning where he signed off in the blaze of glory just 12 short months ago remains to be seen, but it’s clear the six-time SuperEnduro World Champion is raring to go.
“I’ve always enjoyed new challenges, and 2018 will be all about taking on a new challenge. After a year away I can’t wait to return to competition and getting back to what I love best – racing.”
The opening round of this weekend’s 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship in Krakow, Poland just got a lot more interesting.
Robert LynnEnduro21 Editorrobert@future7media.com