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Taddy Blazusiak: ‰ÛÏWESS Is What I‰Ûªve Been Waiting For‰Û_‰Û

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Taddy Blazusiak has cited the 2018 World Enduro Super Series as an inspiration for him to return to racing after retiring in December 2016. Photo: Marcin Kin
One of the world‰Ûªs most decorated Enduro riders, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Taddy Blazusiak has his sights set on winning the 2018 World Enduro Super Series (WESS).

Despite officially hanging up his racing boots in December 2016, Blazusiak‰Ûªs retirement was short-lived. With the mixed-discipline format of WESS ticking all the right boxes for Blazusiak, the 2018 series presents the Polish star with a unique new challenge. With his competitive spirit reignited, Taddy is hungry to become the ultimate enduro champion.

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

‰ÛÏTo be honest I‰Ûªve been waiting for a championship like this for years. I think WESS is the real enduro series I‰Ûªve been looking for. Personally, I feel that this is what Enduro needs ‰ÛÓ 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‰Ûªm still willing to go out on the race track and give it 100 per cent to win‰Û
Blazusiak missed his chance at victory in the 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Champion after his bike failed in the final event. Photo: Future7Media
What appeals to you about the World Enduro Super Series?

‰ÛÏI love the concept. The calendar offers a varied mix of events starting in rocky Portugal and ending on the beach in The Netherlands with Classic Enduro, Hard Enduro and Cross-Country racing in-between. Of course, I‰Ûªm known for Superenduro and Hard Enduro but I would like to see more Classic Enduro events added as the series progresses. I‰Ûªve done a lot of Classic Enduro events over the years and I love the discipline. I think WESS will be a massive series. We‰Ûªve seven rounds this year but it has potential to grow.‰Û
Taddy Blazusiak will have his eye in a sixth Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble win in 2018. Photo: Marcin Kin
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?

‰ÛÏI have a lot of history with the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, it‰Ûªs helped build my career to where it is today. I love racing it, it‰Ûªs so much more than just a race - it‰Ûªs 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‰Ûªm still one of them. I‰Ûªm excited to race there in June as part of WESS.‰Û
Taddy Blazusiak during the 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Champion t. Photo: Future7Media
Mass participation events are an important aspect of WESS, what will it be like to race with up to 3,000 riders at some rounds?

‰ÛÏEnduro is founded on amateur rider participation. It‰Ûªs unique for our sport that we all race at the same time on the same track, you don‰Ûªt see that in many other motorsports. It removes the elitist element from sport ‰ÛÓ on the start line everyone is equal. In the paddock we all mix together too, so the amateur riders can see how some of the factory teams operate. I‰Ûªm looking forward to sitting on the start line at Gotland Grand National or Red Bull Knock Out surrounded by thousands of riders. That‰Ûªs special.‰Û
Taddy Blazusiak. Photo: Future7Media
WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES ‰ÛÒ 2018 SCHEDULE
Rnd 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13
Rnd 2. Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 31-June 3
Rnd 3. Tr̬fle Loz̩rien AMV (France) June 8-10
Rnd 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28
Rnd 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9
Rnd 6. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27
Rnd 7. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10

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