LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Red Bull/KTM Extreme Enduro Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak won his third consecutive AMA EnduroCross Title in front of a nearly sold out Las Vegas crowd completing a perfect season where he took all eight event wins.
Super B rider Blazusiak did not miss a beat in the defense of his 2010 title. He came out swinging in the opening round taking a dominating win and continued in style to end the season with a perfect scorecard, victory in every round and the coveted number one plate. His main competition this year was fellow KTM rider Mike Brown. The FMF/KTM rider landed on the podium multiple times throughout the season and went into the final rounds at Las Vegas with the only other rider with at least a mathematical chance of taking the title.
The Vegas round highlighted Blazusiak’s remarkable talent as he easily won the second heat to transfer into the main. Brown matched Blazusiak’s performance and took the win and the holeshot in heat number three. KTM Factory rider Johnny Walker also came all the way from the United Kingdom to race in his first EnduroCross event. He is known for his out of nowhere podium at the 2011 Erzberg Hare Scramble event and his 2nd place result in the Red Bull Sea to Sky extreme Enduro and after a tough battle in the LCQ he pushed his KTM into the main event.
The Las Vegas Finale was unique in that it was a double-header format that allowed the riders to race two 10-lap main events for a total of 50 points up for grabs. When the main event gate dropped for moto one, it was Blazusiak who launched his KTM to hop over the first log and led the group around the first corner. Brown was sitting in the top three but made a mistake and dropped to fifth. Brown eventually moved up one position to finish 4th in the main event while Blazusiak went on to take the win and the 2011 AMA EnduroCross Championship.
Taddy Blazusiak: “It has been a really crazy year. I am so happy to win the championship and to have a perfect season is amazing. It hasn’t completely sunk in yet but I am so happy to have been the first to remain undefeated in the series and to wrap up my third consecutive championship.”
After a quick break, the riders lined up for the second moto where Blazusiak quickly moved out front and went on to pull a big lead and take another easy event win to complete his perfect season. Brown had a much stronger second moto and charged his way into 3rd at the checkered flag. Brown’s results earned him 2nd overall in the series, his strongest overall result this season.
Blazusiak was not the only KTM rider to win a main event at the Vegas finale. KTM riders stacked the podium in the Women’s Pro class with KTM’s Louise Forsley taking the win followed by RPM/KTM rider Maria Forsberg and the newcomer Rachel Gutish in 3rd. KTM support rider Kurt Nicoll also earned an AMA #1 plate after taking the victory in the Vet Amateur race.
Clean sweep for KTM in every major national offroad title
Blazusiak’s championship title completes a clean sweep for KTM as the only manufacturer to have won every major national off-road championship. KTM factory riders have enjoyed a great off-road season in 2011 collecting the following titles:
AMA National Enduro Champion - Russell Bobbitt
AMA National Hare and Hound Champion - Kurt Caselli
WORCS Champion - Kurt Caselli
GNCC XC1 Champion - Charlie Mullins
GNCC XC2 Champion - Steward Baylor
WORCS Women’s Champion - Kacy Martinez
GNCC Women’s Champion - Maria Forsberg
All of the above championship titles have earned KTM riders a number of nominations at the American Motorcyclist Association Awards Banquet. KTM riders Taddy Blazusiak, Russell Bobbitt, Kurt Caselli and Charlie Mullins are nominated for AMA Racing Athlete of the Year in a National Championship Series. Maria Forsberg is nominated for AMA Racing Female Rider of the Year.