Taddy Blazusiak has moved into the lead of the 2014 AMA Endurocross championship following a winning ride at round four of the series in Atlanta, Georgia. Returning to competition after the championship’s two-month break, Taddy opted to race on his KTM 350 and secured a solid main event win ahead of Cody Webb and Colton Haaker…
Another Endurocross event under your belt and another race victory to your credit, how was your Atlanta win?
Taddy: “Yeah another race done and it’s great to have got another win. I’ve been looking forward to getting back to racing Endurocross for a long time so to have got the win is great. It wasn’t an easy race as Cody was riding great, but I feel like I rode well and that’s important.”
You’ve returned to Endurocross following the summer break on a 350cc machine, what’s the reason for the change?
Taddy: “I loved racing the 250 but I felt like I wasn’t getting the starts I needed. Getting back on the 350 was something we started talking about a while back. It’s a bike I know well and have had success on – it seemed like the right thing to do. I got a great start in Atlanta and got the win, so I’m pleased that we made the call to switch to the 350.”
Although you got the holeshot and the win you didn’t have things all your own way. Talk us through the main event…
Taddy: “Generally I’m really pleased with the way I raced. I got a great start and won the race, which are the two most important things, but Cody was riding well and I made some mistakes that I’m not happy with. When Cody moved into the lead I could see that he was pushing 100 per cent. I was happy to follow him because I knew with the track the way it was it was going to be a tough race. I guess it was mid-race when I started to push harder. I got back into the lead and managed to open up a pretty good advantage at the finish.”
How important was it for you to win at the re-start of the championship?
Taddy: “It’s very important. I had some ups and downs during the opening races. It’s hard having to work for weeks to be ready for the first race of the series, then having a big break before the second round. With three races in October and two in November I really feel like I have something to get my teeth stuck into now. I want to win the Endurocross title again and I feel good out on track. It’s easy to stay focused and motivated when you know that the next race is only a few weeks away.”
Things are very tight at the top of the series standing between yourself, Webb and Haaker. Are you looking forward to what’s building to be a close title fight?
Taddy: “I think it’s going to be a great fight for the Endurocross title. Both Cody and Colton are riding really well and want to win. Winning Endurocross is never easy so every point is going to count from now on. I feel like I’m riding well, but so are they. Thinking about points and not just going for race wins is going to be important. It’s going to be fun…”
Results – Endurocross, Atlanta, GA
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM), 2. Cody Webb (Beta), 3. Colton Haaker (Honda), 4. Taylor Robert (KTM), 5. Geoff Aaron (KTM), 6. Kyle Redmond (KTM)…
Photo credit: Shan Moore, tandenews.com