Blazusiak Third On US Endurocross Return - Dirt Rider Magazine

AMA Endurocross Rnd 4, Denver, Colorado, 27.9.2008KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Taddy Blazusiak has claimed a third placeresult at round four of the US Endurocross series - the event that marked his return to competition after undergoing facial surgery following a practice crash in early August.Although far from being fully fit due to his enforced lay-off, Taddy recorded the fastest lap time during the event's 'hot lap' session before going on to win his heat race with relative ease. Knowing that he would find the main event tough due to having not raced in over two months, Blazusiak overcame a mediocre start to round the first turn close behind race leader Damon Huffman. Quickly up to third Taddy was battling with Ricky Dietrich before the Kawasaki rider fell, which allowed Blazusiak to inherit the runner-up position.With the Denver track not overly technical it didn't allow Taddy manyopportunities to put his trials riding skills to use. Nevertheless Taddy heldsecond until two laps from the end of the race when he made a mistake andcrashed over the bars. Although quickly to his feet and on his way Taddydropped to third behind Geoff Aaron. Opting not to try and re-pass the Christini KTM rider Taddy settled for third - a result that considering all that he's been through in recent weeks he was pleased with.Round 5 of the AMA Endurocross series takes place on October 4, in Columbus,Ohio.Results - AMA Endurocross Rnd 4, Denver, OH
1. Damon Huffman (Kawasaki)
2. Geoff Aaron (Christini/KTM)
3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM Enduro Factory Team)
Taddy Blazusiak: "After everything that I've been through since my accident I'mpleased with my result. It's just great to be able to put my injury behind me, I can now focus on improving my fitness and improving my results. Everything went well for me in Denver, but I suffered with my lack of fitness, which I was expecting. I got the fastest lap during the hot lap session, I was more than one second ahead of Damon Huffman and Ricky Dietrich."I knew from the moment I won my heat race that I was going to find thefinal tough. In the main event I made an ok start, I was mid-pack going into the first turn, but I managed to work my way to third in the first few corners. I was having a good battle with Ricky Dietrich until he made a mistake and I moved into second. I didn't try to catch Huffman who was leading because I knew if I pushed too hard I would suffer in the last laps."With two laps to go I crashed and went over the bars. I was up quickly but I dropped to third behind Geoff Aaron. I was really tired by that point so I didn't try and pass him. I'm just pleased to be back on the podium."