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Bronze for Taddy at Munich X Games

Taddy Blazusiak Media Service
X Games, Barcelona 2013
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Bronze for Taddy at Munich X Games
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X Games Munich served up a third consecutive dose of Enduro-X craziness, with KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak claiming a hard fought bronze medal result. Fastest during timed qualifying by some four seconds, things didn’t exactly go the way Taddy hoped they would in the final. Crashing off of a rock pile on the opening lap, the X Games Brazil gold medal winner was forced to charge hard on a track that charging hard on was anything but easy to do!
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Here’s Blazusiak’s thoughts on his X Games Munich experience, recovering from the wrist injury sustained at X Games Barcelona, the US Endurocross series, and what he has planned for the weeks ahead…
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Taddy, are you pleased to have claimed a second X Games medal, or a little disappointed it wasn’t a gold medal?
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“I’m not too disappointed at all. I’d have loved a better result, but everything considered to get a medal was great. Things started really well, I was four seconds faster in timed practice, but things just didn’t quite go the way I wanted in the main event. I made a huge mistake, bent my bike, got mud on my gloves, and that made things really tough and cost me a better result. But I’m happy. Mistakes were almost impossible not to make, so a bronze X Games medal is good. The track got worse and worse, with so many ruts. It made riding across obstacles we’d normally jump across almost impossible.”
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Talk us through the main event – it looked seriously tough!
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Taddy: “I started pretty well, I think I was fourth coming out of the first corner. I moved up into third, and then crashed off one of the rock piles. I threw things away there. I guess you had to slow right down and get your line, but that’s hard when you’re racing. I could see the leader and just got a little sideways and dropped off the rocks. I pushed hard after that to try and come back as best I could, and made some more mistakes. The track was hard. I’m pleased to have finished on the podium.”
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You had a huge crash at X Games Barcelona and injured your wrist, how was that in Munich?
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Taddy: “It’s ok. Not perfect, but a lot better than it was. The biggest issue I’ve had is that I’ve not been able to ride much. I had to take some time off, which is why I couldn’t race at Erzberg, then I went down with the flu right before the last Endurocross event in the States. It’s been a tough time for me, but there’s a little time before X Games in LA, so I hope to get fit and healthy and be as close to 100 per cent as I can be for that race.”
The three ‘non-US’ X Games events in Brazil, Spain, and Munich, are now over, what’s your take on them?

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Taddy: “I’ve loved them. I got two medals from three races, which is cool. Of course I’d have liked to have done a little better, but that’s how it goes some times. I guess taking Endurocross outdoors was something new for everyone. The weather’s made things hard on everyone – the organisers, track builders, fans, and racers. The racing’s been so unpredictable because of the mud and ruts. It’s two days of stress for 20 minutes of racing. Personally, I know that bike set-up is so important for the bigger stadiums. But the weather’s made that tough to do. A supercross bike would have been good for Barcelona, a 125cc enduro bike probably better for Munich. Overall it’s been great, and I’m sure it will only get better.”
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You mentioned that you got Flu right before round two of the US Endurocross series. That must have made things challenging?
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Taddy: “It did. The day I got on the plane to fly to the States I really started to feel bad. During that race I just wasn’t completely with it. I went down in the first turn and gave all I had to get back to fourth. That was a really good result considering how I was feeling. I was finished with about three laps to go. I couldn’t push any harder.”
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There’s four weeks until X Games in Los Angeles, and even longer until the next Endurocross event, what’s the plan for July?
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Taddy: “I’m going to be working to put things back in place, to re-group a little. I need to spend some quality time back on a bike, with no injury and no flu. It’s been a frustrating start to the year, but I know I can turn things around. The LA X Games is the biggest event, so I really want to get myself back to where I know I can be for that. Then there’s still a ways to go before the re-start of the Endurocross series. I guess I’ll just be working hard to get back to the level I can race at…”