Taddy Blazusiak Results ServiceTrefle Lozerien, France, 30-31/5 & 1/6.2008
Blazusiak finishes 15th at '08 Trefle Lozerien
Poland's Taddy Blazusiak headed to France last weekend to compete in the Trefle Lozerien - France's most prestigious 'classic' enduro. Only the second time in which the two-time Erzberg winner had ever taken to the start of a traditional enduro, Taddy placed a creditable 15th overall at the end of the three-day competition, just one place behind former World Enduro Championship winner and current Dakar star Stephane Peterhansel.
Competing at the request of sponsor Red Bull Blazusiak had little time to fully prepare for the event due to heading to France almost directly from Austria where he claimed his second Erzberg Rodeo victory, but nevertheless enjoyed his time competing against the cream of France's enduro riders. Disappointingly the weather in France wasn't anything like as good as it was at Erzberg with each of the three days of the Trefle Lozerien event being wet.
Knowing that he was competing 'just for fun' Taddy decided to take things steady on the opening two days but still put in some impressive special test times to claim 15th on day one and 13th on day two. On the final day of the event Taddy's result took a slight turn for the worse as his decision not to take the advice of a spectator resulted in him getting stuck. Losing valuable seconds Taddy learned that sometimes it's good to use the lines spectators recommend.
Taddy will now continue his preparations for the opening round of the AMA Endurocross championship, which takes place in Las Vegas on July 5.Taddy Blazusiak: "Competing in the Trefle Lozerien was a really interesting experience for me. I was competing at the request of Red Bull, along with Cyril Despres, and despite the weather being extremely wet I really enjoyed myself. I'm certainly not looking to start racing in enduros regularly, but it's been good to compare my speed against some of the world's fastest enduro riders. "During the event I had some good test times, and got my ass kicked on some others. I managed to beat Ivan Cervantes on a couple of tests on the first two days, which I was really pleased with. I just can't remember the last time I spent so many hours on a bike completely wet to the skin. "The French riders are so, so fast in the grass and mud. During the first two days I just took things steady - traditional enduro races aren't my thing so I didn't want to do anything stupid. I didn't have any crashes on the first two days so I decided to push it a bit more on the last day, but I soon wished I hadn't. "On one section of a special test a spectator was showing me a line through some mud, but I thought that I would try my own line. It didn't work. I got completely stuck, and couldn't stop laughing at myself. "Considering that it was my second true enduro I'm pretty pleased with 15th. I'm now going to spend the next weeks getting myself ready for the first round of the AMA Endurocross championship."
Results - Trefle Lozerien '08 (overall)
1. Marc Germain (Yamaha) 1.01:07.5592. Fabien Planet (KTM) 1.02:02.4133. Emmanuel Albepart (Honda)
1.02:07.55615. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM Enduro Factory Team) 1.05:17.834