News 10 Feb 2014

Blazusiak extends SuperEnduro advantage in Spain

KTM rider on target for fifth straight world championship.

Image: Jonty Edmunds.

Image: Jonty Edmunds.

Red Bull KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak won the penultimate round of the 2014 Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship at Barcelona in Spain on Sunday.

Edging one step closer to a record-breaking fifth consecutive world title, Blazusiak produced a flawless performance to secure the overall win with a clean-sweep of the finals.

“What I can I say!” Blazusiak said. “It’s been a fantastic event for me. Winning all three races was exactly what I was hoping to do. The track in Barcelona was incredibly slippery. It was hard to find a good feeling with the dirt – you needed to be so precise in your throttle control because one small mistake could result in a crash.

“Even with the reversed start for final two, my starts were on the money and that made a huge difference. I was able to get to the front of the field pretty quickly and once there I could ride a comfortable pace. With just one round left things are getting serious.

“I feel like I’m in a really good position and even though there’s still 63 points up for grabs in France I’m confident that I can bring home the title. My riding is as good as it has ever been and right now, I’m ready to end this series on a high.”

Teammate Jonny Walker was second overall in Spain with Husqvarna’s Alfredo Gomez completing the podium. Title contender David Knight was fourth overall.

Now, with just one round of the series remaining, Blazusiak holds a 39-point lead in the championship standings and moves one step closer to securing the title.

The SuperEnduro World Championship concludes with the final round of the season in Tours, France, on 22 February.

2014 Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship
Round five – Barcelona, Spain

Prestige overall results:
1. Taddy Blazusiak 62
2. Jonny Walker 48
3. Alfredo Gomez 42
4. David Knight 41
5. Joakim Ljunggren 37
6. Mathias Bellino 27
7. Daniel McCanney 25
8. Ivan Cervantes 23
9. Kornel Nemeth 19
10. Kyle Redmond 18

Championship standings (after five of six rounds):
1. Taddy Blazusiak 279
2. David Knight 240
3. Jonny Walker 204
4. Alfredo Gomez 188
5. Joakim Ljunggren 163
6. Daniel Gibert-Gatell 147
7. Mathias Bellino 123
8. Kyle Redmond 115
9. Daniel McCanney 78
10. Kevin Rookstool 77