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Taddy Blazusiak Wins Hells Gate 2009, Again

  Posted at 06:27:15 PM
  File under  KTM Racing
  Author: KTM Press Release
  Location: Normandy, France

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Extreme Enduro Maestro Taddy Blazusiak takes Hells Gate 2009 victory

KTM extreme Enduro factory rider Taddy Blazusiak again illustrated his immense skills on his KTM to take his second consecutive victory in the notorious two-stage Hells Gate competition in Tuscany, Italy on Saturday.

Taddy Blazusiak       © Edmunds J

Blazusiak battled the course and the opposition on a day that was sunny but extremely cold and icy during what was nine tough hours of competition. He finished the race ahead of fellow KTM rider Alexander Botturi with Dougie Lampkin of Britain taking third.  It was a test that went beyond riding skill to be also one that demanded fitness, mental strength and personal endurance and in the final shakeout only seven of the original 80 riders were at the chequered flag.

While the competition itself is hard enough, the frozen ground added another difficult dimension to the course comprising slow-speed, technical sections and higher speed tracks and trails. Riders tackled rock faces that defied gravity, achieved impressive balancing acts and closed the competition with the daredevil run up the dreaded Hell's Peak climb. Blazusiak, who was the eventual winner by an eight minute margin, did not escape unscathed.

Taddy Blazusiak       © Edmunds J.

Taddy crashed after hitting a patch of ice in the morning session but still secured two winning special test performances and one runner-up result to ensure he had the pole position for the main Hell's Gate in the afternoon. From pole, he surged ahead of the field while the other riders jockeyed for position. After leading in the first lap he slipped back to second after running into difficulties in one of the riverbeds where he lost several minutes on Botturi while pushing his bike free, hampered by a painful wrist, a result of the morning crash. Once back on course he surged past Botturi and retook the lead. Out in front again, Taddy took a steady but cautious fourth and final lap before reaching the flag at the notorious Hell's Peak to secure victory.

Taddy Blazusiak:
This year’s event was really, really tough. The course was frozen slid everywhere and incredibly slippery in places. I had a big crash, like lots of riders in the morning qualifying event, and hurt my right wrist and fingers. That made it really hard for me. But of course it’s great to win again. The morning event went well. I felt good and despite my big crash I won two of the timed special tests and finished second on the last one. You couldn’t relax anywhere because when you did the frozen ground would catch you out. Finishing in front of some of the World Enduro Championship riders was good, but the main thing was that I qualified on the first row for the main race, which I did. "

I got a good start and opened up a bit of a lead off the start in the main race, but with the conditions it was easy to make mistakes. My wrist was giving me a lot of pain but I was riding as hard as I could. I made a mistake on the second lap, which allowed Alessandro Botturi to pass me. He was riding really well so I had to push hard to catch him. Once I did I moved past quickly and again tried to push as hard as I could. I guess I managed to open up a pretty good lead and on the third lap I was just trying not to make too many mistakes. The last lap was tricky because the track became even more slippery in places once the sun went down. I managed to stay upright and got to the finish on one piece. It’s great to have won Hell’s Gate again.”  

Taddy Blazusiak       © Edmunds J.

Final Classification

1. Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM E2
2 . Alessandro Botturi, Italy, KTM E3
3  Dougie Lampkin, UK, Beta  E2
4. Graham Jarvis, UK, Sherco, E1
5. Tom Sagar, UK, Husaberg E2  

Via: KTM

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