Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Taddy Blazusiak has made a triumphant return to racing, claiming victory at the opening round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Poland.
The six-time world champion showed he‰Ûªs lost none of his speed despite a year‰Ûªs absence to claim the overall win in Krakow. Making it a memorable night for KTM, FMF KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Cody Webb followed him home for the runner-up overall result, while Billy Bolt rounded out the podium.
Announcing the SuperEnduro series opener as his return from retirement, Blazusiak hammered home a 2-2-2 scorecard in front of his home crowd to end the night as the overall winner.
With near-perfect starts, Blazusiak initially took the lead in each of the night‰Ûªs three races. Due to a lack of competitive time on the bike, Taddy slowed towards the end of the motos. But by holding on for second, his trio of runner-up positions were enough to secure the top step of the overall podium. Each race win went to Billy Bolt and Cody Webb who took two victories.
"It‰Ûªs an amazing feeling to come back and win, especially in my home town of Krakow," Blazusiak enthused. "To be honest, I played it smart tonight. After being away from racing for a whole year I knew the intensity of SuperEnduro was going to be tough ‰ÛÒ it‰Ûªs so difficult to prepare for, no matter how hard you train. I was suffering with arm-pump today but I think the secret is being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
"Before my retirement, I won everything that I wanted to win, so to be able to come back for another go gives me the chance to enjoy my racing. The next round in Riesa is the only other round I have ridden already, the rest will all be new so that makes a nice challenge. I came back to enjoy my racing and now I‰Ûªm going into the next round with the red plate ‰ÛÓ I couldn‰Ûªt be happier."