Taddy Blazusiak undisputed King of Erzberg and other KTM News

On the eve of the Red Bull Hare Scramble at the 2008 Erzberg Rodeo, experts predicted that no rider would master the Iron Mountain in less than two hours. KTM factory rider Taddy Blazusiak charged through the checkered flag in 1:20.132.

The Polish rider who won the event and a factory ride in extreme Enduro events for the Austrian sports motorcycle manufacturer in 2007, left no doubt about his shooting star role. He has taken to top level competition like a duck to water. Taddy not only won the 2008 event, he did it in seemingly effortless style and passed through the victory arch on the top of the mountain almost 15 minutes in front of his nearest rival, German rider Andreas Lettenbichler.
Popular victory
Blazusiak’s victory through the 16 control points of the massive mountain slope, terraced through hundred of years of iron ore mining was enthusiastically celebrated by the thousands of fans who came to Austria for the event. Particularly vocal were the large numbers of fans from his home country Poland who travelled south to watch him master what is considered to be the toughest one day competition on the extreme Enduro racing calendar.
Supercross winner
Taddy had warmed up for the challenge on Saturday with a victory in the super final of the Rodeo-X Supercross then on Sunday, 500 enthusiasts from 32 different countries were on the starting line for the Hare Scramble. They ranged from fully fledged factory riders to enthusiastic amateurs and it was the German Lettenbichler who won the start and held onto the lead for the first 20 minutes before he was overtaken by the 25-year-old Pole. From that point on it was never in doubt that Blazusiak would capture the glory.
Fourth for KTM’s Despres
Dakar winner and KTM factory rider Cyril Despres of France was fourth this year while two other KTM riders from the USA, Kyle Redmond and Geoff Aaron came in at fifth and sixth. The results list continued to underline the supremacy and tenaciousness of the orange machines from KTM.
The 2008 Hare Scramble, the fourteenth annual race, wrapped up four days of riding and events at the annual Erzberg Rodeo and was this year held in perfect weather.
Results Red Bull Hare Scramble
1. Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM 1:20:13
2.  Andreas Lettenbichler, Germany, BMW, 1:35:58
3.  Paul Bolton, UK, Honda, 1:38:03
4.  Cyril Despres, France, KTM, 1:38:22
5.  Kyle Redmond, USA, KTM, 1:42:19
6.  Geoff Aaron USA, KTM, 1:45:32
7.  Gerhard Forster, Germany, BMW, 1:46:15
8.  Chris Birch, New Zealand, KTM, 1:47:35
9.  Juha Salminen, Finland, KTM, 1:51:19
10. Mark Jackson, UK, KTM, 2:04:45


No stone unturned for KTM’s Blazusiak
Only one way up at notorious Red Bull Hare Scramble
Dakar winner Despres heading for summit
KTM factor rider Juha Salminen in action
MX3 GP victory for guest KTM rider Jonathan Barragan
Jonathan Barragan, Spain’s MX1 rider for the KTM-supported Team Silver Action stood in for the injured Alvaro Lozano of the JM Racing Team at the MX3 Grand Prix in Alhama de Murcia on Sunday and came away with victories in both motos.

Barragan, riding Lozano’s KTM machine, said after qualifying that he had a ‘good feeling’ and hoped to finish in the top three. That was no problem for the experienced Spanish rider. Clearly at home in front of his own crowd, he romped home with impressive winning margins in both the first and the second heat of Round Six of the MX3 world championship.   Battle with Campano Paying tribute to the efforts of JM racing Team and how they prepared Lozano’s KTM machine for him to compete, Barragan said ‘We had a big battle with Campano and it was very exciting. I was fast in yesterday’s qualifying but it took me a while to feel comfortable during the race.’ Carlos Campano was second to Barragan in both motos.
Breugelmans rescues points in second moto
On a day when the weather was changeable and some rain fell during the races, KTM factory rider Sven Breugelmans crashed during the first race and did not finish. The Belgian had crashed during Saturday’s qualifying and bruised his wrist badly, managing only to qualify in 14th place. He put in a solid second moto to rescue third place behind Barragan and Campano and add another 20 points to his championship standings but it was not an easy weekend.
Breugelmans starts with injured wrist
‘My wrist was hurting a lot and I needed to have it taped to start in Sunday’s races. I made a good start in the first race and was right on Campano’s tail who was in second position behind Barragan when I crashed in lap 11 and wasn’t able to finish the race,’ said Breugelmans. He had a pain killing injection between the two heats and was up with  Barragan and Campano at the front of the pack in race two. ‘Then the pain killer started to wear off and I had to let go of Campano and settle for 3rd.’
Leader Cristian Beggi was also not on the podium on Sunday but has extended his lead to 235 points. Breugelmans from Belgium is second with 219 points at the conclusion of the sixth round. Beggi and Breugelmans have already taken a substantial lead on the MX3 other riders.
Teilet’s winning streak on hold
In the EUMX2 GP series, JM Racing’s Valentin Teilet onboard his KTM had to put his winning streak on hold on a compact, one line circuit that did not suit his riding style. He crashed in both motos and registered only thirteenth overall at the Spanish circuit. Despite the luckless weekend he still leads the overall championship standings by 20 points over Loic Larrieu. 
MX3 Round Six Results
1. Jonathan Barragan, Spain, KTM
2. Carlos Campano, Spain, Yamaha
3. Christophe Martin, France, Husqvarna
4. Cristian Beggi, Italy, Honda
5. Adrian Garrido Gago, Spain, Yamaha
10. Sven Breugelmans, Belgium, KTM
Championship Standings
1. Cristian Beggi, Italy, Honda, 235 points
2. Sven Breugelmans, Belgium, KTM, 219
3. Christophe Martin, France, Husqvarna, 160
4. Patrick Caps, Belgium, 157
5. Thomas Allier, France, 148
Result GP EUMX2
1 Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland,  KTM
2 Loic Rombaut, France, Kawasaki
3 Nikolaj Larsen,Denmark, Suzuki
4 Loic Larrieu, France, Kawasaki
5 Kenny van Dueren, Belgium, KTM
13 Valentin Teillet, France  KTM

Breugelmans rescues third in second moto
JM Racing Team preparing KTMs for racing action

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