Poland‰Ûªs Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) was eager to show his speed and quickly grabbed the holeshot. Riding both aggressively and confidently on the tough and technical course, Blazusiak controlled the lead for the majority of the race.
Fending off early challenges from Sherco Factory Racing‰Ûªs Wade Young (RSA), he managed to pull clear and claim victory.
Behind Blazusiak the fight for the remainder of the podium places was intense. As Young made mistakes and slipped backwards, Walker and Tarres came to the fore. Tarres momentarily took up second over Walker, but a mistake on the log beam allowed Walker back in front to eventually place second.
Despite his mistake, Tarres delivered one of his most impressive performances of the series so far to secure the final step of the podium in third. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Alfredo Gomez (ESP) rode a quiet race for fourth, with teammate Bolt in fifth.
‰ÛÏI had a great start - Billy Bolt was to the side of me and riding aggressive, but I thought to myself I'm not having any of it." Blazusiak commented. "I got my head down and charged for a few laps, but then I made a little mistake. Luckily, I had a good gap to the guys behind so was able to stay in front.
"From then on I rode defensive lines and just took it steady. It feels great to get the win, although it doesn't mean that much in terms of the whole event, however it‰Ûªs still a good feeling to win here in front of the crowds.‰Û