Welcome to The Weekly Dirt, the place to go each Wednesday to catch up on the latest happenings in the realm of off-road motorcycling. This week, catching up on a big weekend of off-road racing.
Taddy Blazusiak remained undefeated in this year’s GEICO Endurocross series, the factory KTM rider taking his third-straight win of the series at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana, held during MotoGP weekend. For sure, Endurocross has become a very specialized sport and Taddy has morphed his once wild style into one that is specifically suited for the extreme genre of off-road racing. When it comes to the really radical obstacles, Blazusiak seems to have the most productive technique and the quickest times. The Indy course was relatively easy compared to the previous two rounds, and yet Blazusiak held his own against former motocrosser and current WORCS rider and KTM teammate Mike Brown in the really fast stuff, and then pulled away in the two rock sections, which were the toughest parts of the course. This year, at least, it looks like it’s going to take a major mistake by the Polish off-road star for anyone else to get a win.
Nick Fahringer has been on a run of his own in the AMA National Enduro Series. At the latest round in Ohio, at the Big Muskie National Enduro, the factory Husaberg rider made a dramatic, last minute charge to grab his third win in a row. And he did it with a torn ACL in his left knee. Fahringer won the opening test of the day, but threw it all away when he crashed in the fifth test. The Ohio rider went into the final test sitting in fourth place, but as he would explain afterwards, “went for broke” in the final test, making up almost a minute on Charlie Mullins to take the win by a single second. After the race, Fahringer revealed his injury and announced he would be undergoing surgery this Friday and would be in recovery for almost four months.
After last Friday’s Indy Endurocross, most of the Endurocross riders made the short drive to Sequatchie, Tennessee, for the inaugural Tennessee Knock Out, which is a first time “American Extreme Enduro”. In the end, Tennessee native Mike Brown outlasted a tough field of over fifty riders to win the 40-minute main event. “This was tougher than anything I have ever done,” Brown admitted. “At the halfway mark, I thought I would not be able to finish but I was leading so I kept pushing.” Cody Webb, the factory Beta rider and 2010 AMA Trials champion finished second and was within striking distance of Brown on the final lap before stalling his bike. Bobby Prochnau, the super tough Canadian KTM rider finished third.