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Taddy Blazusiak wins 2018 Bassella Race 1 Xtreme


Posted: Tuesday, 6th February, 2018 : 8:03 AM - - 1,461 Reads




Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak has won the Xtreme category of the 2018 Bassella Race 1 held in Spain, northwest of Barcelona.

Taddy’s team-mate Jonny Walker rode to an excellent second place at the popular two-day event.

The Bassella Race 1 is one of Spain’s biggest enduros and traditionally kicks off the outdoor season for many competitors. Held over two days, the event is made up of several categories including extreme, enduro as well as youth and classic races. Popular with fans and competitors alike, over 1,500 riders entered the races with thousands of spectators attending the event.

Taddy Blazusiak got his outdoor season off to the perfect start. Returning to competition for 2018, primarily to contest the new World Enduro Super Series, Taddy’s performance at Bassella was almost flawless.

On the Saturday of the event, the extreme race was split up into two parts. Blazusiak finished runner-up in the first race before going one better in the second race of the day. On Sunday, Blazusiak rode the perfect race. Keeping his cool, despite being pressured by Jonny Walker and Alfredo Gomez, he crossed the line just 12 seconds ahead of team-mate Walker.

Enjoying his first outdoor event of the year, Taddy was overjoyed with the result.

“I’m so pumped to get the win here at Bassella," Blazusiak siad. "The event is awesome and the fans here are incredible too. On Saturday things went really well, I just took my time to get into a good rhythm and my pace improved as the day went on. On Sunday, things turned a little muddy after the rain overnight. It made riding a lot trickier but I loved every minute of it. I had a great battle with Jonny and Alfredo for the whole race but managed to stay in front at the line. It feels amazing to be racing outdoors again and to take the win makes it even sweeter.”


Alfredo Gomez finished third.
 
Jonny Walker pushed Taddy for the entire weekend. Finishing a close third in Saturday’s race, he improved to take the runner-up position on Sunday having fought Blazusiak every step of the way.

“That was a great race for me," Walker enthused. "As my first outdoor race of 2018, I couldn't have asked for more. I rode really well all weekend and to finish second is a real bonus. I rode the event to get more outdoor miles under my belt, but the whole weekend was really good fun. The Spanish fans were great and it’s nice to get such good support from everyone. My confidence is really high now for the next indoor in Malaga, in just under two-weeks’ time.”

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Alfredo Gomez has claimed third overall demonstrating his potential aboard the new TE300i machine, the Spaniard had previously secured a win and a third place for second overall during Saturday’s extreme heats.

Entering Sunday’s main event determined to battle for the final victory, Gomez made light work of the extremely demanding course to bring his Husqvarna home in third position, 22 seconds behind overall winner Blazusiak and runner-up Walker.

"It was a good weekend for me and it felt nice to be back racing outdoors," Gomez said. "I had a great day one and then for Sunday’s main event my goal was to battle for the victory. I took the holeshot and put my head down pushing hard to make some ground to the rest of the field. Soon after I made a small mistake missing a corner and when I got back into the race there were already five other riders in front of me. After that, I passed a few riders in the extreme section of the track to put myself into the provisional lead again. In the last few kilometers we had a great battle with Taddy and Jonny all the way down to the finish line. I might have crossed the finish in third, but I am really happy with my speed. My new TE300i felt great in these tough conditions and for me this was a great way to kick off the season.”

Main Photo: Taddy Blazusiak
Credit: fotoesport.cat - KTM Media Library

Results – Bassella Race 1 Xtreme, Saturday [Combined Heats]
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 47pts
2. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 45pts
3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 40pts
4. Wade Young (Sherco) 38pts
5. Josep Garcia (KTM) 30pts

Final Results – Bassella Race 1 Xtreme 2018
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 2:12:02
2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 2:12:14
3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 2:12:25
4. Wade Young (Sherco) 2:12:42
5. Josep Garcia (KTM) 2:14:50
6. Mario Roman (Sherco) 2:25:45


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