Blazusiak Takes Home Gold in Inaugural Enduro X Debut
Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak made one heck of a grand entrance to his first X Games appearance Sunday, helping close out the games with a gold medal in Moto X Enduro X, the newest sport at X Games 17.
‘You just try to push yourself to the limit and that’s what I tried to do and you had to make a decision in the split of a second,’ Blazusiak said. ‘I’m really happy, I had a steady start, I wasn’t going over my head and I just worked my way through.’
The debut of Enduro X was nothing short of incredibly exciting with riders racing 10 laps around a course littered with boulder fields, a pond, wood logs and bank turns.
Mike Brown, who also made his first appearance on the X Games scene this year, kept the heat on Blazusiak, finishing just 14 seconds behind the winner for the silver medal.
‘It’s my first time at X Games and it was great. It’s fun to watch and there’s always something going on in this sport. I hope we get to come back again next year and put on a good show for everyone,’ Brown said.
A two-time champion in the World Off Road Championships, Justin Soule was able to add more moto hardware to his collection with his third-place-finish.
‘This is awesome because everyone gets to see what Enduro X is. Everyone knows what BMX and skateboarding is and now they know Enduro X so it’s cool and it’s an honor to be a part of this,’ Soule said.
The Enduro X events capped off four days of X Games 17 competition that garnered an attendance of 141,500 people in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. LIVE, beating last year’s attendance of 138,525.
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Name Bib No. Hometown Time
1. Taddy Blazusiak 111 Krakow, Poland 9:06.439
2. Mike Brown 311 Bluff City, Tenn. 9:20.930
3. Justin Soule 3 Victorville, Calif. 9:33.448
4. Joakim Ljunggren 69 Karlskoga, Sweden 9:41.829
5. Geoff Aaron 2 Redding, Conn. 9:48.979
6. Destry Abbott 14 Phoenix, Ariz. 9:52.518
7. Kurt Caselli 66 Palmdale, Calif. 11:22.279
8. Cody Webb 247 Santa Cruz, Calif. 11:28.735
9. Taylor Robert 33 Scottsdale, Ariz. 11:54.467
10. Kevin Rookstool 8 Klamath Falls, Ore. 11:59.693