Enduro legend Taddy Blazusiak has finished his career in winning style, taking victory in the first round of the new SuperEnduro World Championship at home in Poland as his final competitive venture on two wheels.
The win brings to an end a stunning career that has saw the KTM racer take five victories in the incredibly tough Erzbergrodeo, as well as dominating the SuperEnduro series in recent years with six world titles, five US championships and four gold medals at the X Games.
And admitting after the night’s racing in front of 13,000 fans in Krakow’s Tauron Arena that he had worked hard to end his career on a high, it worked out for the 32-year-old with a dominant overall victory backed up with two out of three heat wins.
“No words can describe how happy I am. It’s crazy how things have panned out for me these past few months. I worked really hard to get back after my injury in EnduroCross and then decided to skip the last round to get my thumb good again. It paid off and I was able to push 100% in Poland. It’s such an amazing feeling racing in front of my home fans so I gave it all I had on the track.”
“I have been thinking about this decision for a while now. I have always told myself that I will make that call when I feel the time is right. I’ve been racing around the world for a long time. I trained the best and hardest I could, and I raced for every race win and championship I entered like there is no tomorrow. I achieved more than I ever thought I could, and I’m grateful for all the great memories from all my years of racing.”