Once in the lead Blazusiak remained out front until he received the chequered flag shortly before the two-hour mark. Making few mistakes during the event Taddy ended the race feeling tired but thrilled to have started ’09 with a win. Making it the perfect day for Blazusiak he then topped The Boulder Dash – a short sprint across a technical, unforgiving and demanding section of rocks.
Taddy now heads to Italy where he will compete in the Genoa Indoor Enduro – round two of the FIM Indoor Enduro World Cup. After one round of the series Taddy sits a close second behind Spaniard Ivan Cervantes.
Results – WOR Events, The Tough One ‘09
1.Taddy Blazusiak (KTM Enduro Factory Team)
2.Tom Sagar (Husaberg)
3.Wayne Braybrook (Gas Gas)
Taddy Blazusiak: “The Tough One was the one extreme event missing from my resume, so I am really pleased to have won. It’s not best suited to trials riders because it is more of a hard cross-country race, so to win it is really great. It’s a shame that David Knight and Paul Edmondson had problems, but I felt that I rode well. I had quite a good start but some of the bigger riders pushed me back so I wasn’t at the front by the time we had run to our bikes. I was about fifth or sixth off the start. I knew I had to push hard for the full two hours if I was going to win, which is what I did. Tom Sagar was riding really well, and making me work really hard during the first hour. I was just keeping an eye on my pit board during the second half of the race – I could see that I was far enough in front not to worry too much, but at the same time I was still pushing because anything can happen when you get in with the lapped riders.”