BLAZUSIAK V’S WALKER – IT’S ON!
We’ve been all waiting for this one – Taddy Blazusiak and Jonny Walker square up for the Red Bull 111 Megawatt!
One of the biggest battles of the season is about to take place this weekend. It’s the one the off road world has waited quite some time for. And unless you’re at the epicentre of it all, it’s almost passed unnoticed.
In a war of wills, KTM’s top brass of Taddy Blazusiak and Jonny Walker go head to head on Taddy’s home turf at the Red Bull 111 Megawatt in Poland.
The newest addition to the Hard Enduro calendar, the Red Bull 111 Megawatt is arguably one of the most important races of 2014.
Because this Sunday will determine once and for all who is top dog – Blazusiak or Walker.
As teammates both riders squared off against each other during the winter’s SuperEnduro series, but outdoors – in the big, bad world of Hard Enduro – this fight has long been eagerly awaited.
Rewind the clock and it’s Erzberg 2011 since they last met.
Back then Taddy came out on top and recorded his fifth straight Red Bull Hare Scramble win, while Walker – an unknown kid from Keswick – was third. Since then Blazusiak has focused his attention towards endurocross while Walker has become the golden boy of Hard Enduro and is now at the top of his game.
And that’s what makes this one so interesting.
While the Megawatt may just be a fledging event, in terms of bragging rights – and even pecking order among the two – there’s a lot at stake. Neither party will want to lose.
For Blazusiak this race is a dream finally come to fruition. Poland has yet to stage a high profile Hard Enduro race. Now it’s happening in his backyard – with his name on it. Despite being ‘out of the game’ for some time this won’t be one he’ll accept defeat in easily – even if he’s adamant he’s out to enjoy the ride.
Walker on the other hand has a lot to gain by winning. If he wins he continues on what has been an incredible summer of racing. Beating Jarvis, he now has the opportunity to add Blazusiak to that list too. Doing so will firmly prove his worth as KTM’s #1 of Hard Enduro. For that reason alone losing to Taddy is not an option he’ll want to consider – outdoors he’s got to show who’s boss.
So this weekend at Belchatow Lignite Mine in Poland – Europe’s largest open pit mine of all places – KTM’s golden boys at long last go head to head. It’s on!