Showing up as a wildcard for the penultimate round of the Enduro World Championship in Italy, KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak didn’t fail to impress. Despite not contesting the EWC for over two years, Blazusiak put himself at the sharp end of the highly competitive Enduro 2 class almost immediately. Incredibly leading day one he eventually placed fourth before backing that result up with another fourth on day two.

First up, why the decision to race a round of the Enduro World Championship?

Taddy Blazusiak: “Basically, with Antoine Meo out injured the opportunity came up to race. I had a bit of a break in my Endurocross schedule and just wanted to get some race miles under my belt. It’s also good to try something different. It’s been over two years since I last raced in the EWC so it was fun to be back.”

The Enduro 2 class is regarded as one of the toughest in the EWC, did you have any pre-race expectations?

“None. These guys have been focused on this type of racing all year so I was pretty open minded about where I would fit in. For me it was all about enjoying the ride.”

You must have been pleased with leading at the start of day one?

“I kind of surprised myself with that one. On those first two tests I just pinned it. I just wanted to see what I could do. I was pushing hard – I think the tests suited me. It was cool to lead and gave me a lot of confidence.”

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Unfortunately a couple of mistakes cost you a podium result. What exactly happened?

“The second to last enduro test cost me a lot. I had two crashes and that dropped me to fifth. I managed to get back to fourth. A couple of other guys also had some problems so a podium was definitely on the cards there. But I’m not too disappointed.”

You ended up fourth on day two, you’ve got to be pleased with that?

“Of course. Conditions were difficult on day two. It was tough with the rain so I was happy to get it done and get fourth. Obviously I’d love to have made the podium but I was top ten in the outright classification too, so that’s very positive. It’s been good to remind people that I’m not just an Endurocross racer.”

Any plans to do more EWC races?

“Not on a permanent basis. Endurocross is my thing. That’s what I love doing and I’m kept very busy with that. Every now and then, when I can, I’ll come back and have a go. I’ve enjoyed myself.”

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So what’s next for Taddy Blazusiak?

“It’s time to get back into Endurocross mode. The summer break is almost over and I’ll be pretty much flat out racing the AMA EnduroCross series from now until November. I’m third in the point’s race so that’s definitely not where I want to be. But it’s still early and anything can happen. Cody Webb is only three points ahead so at the next round I’ll be focused on winning and closing down that gap.”

You’ve also got the Red Bull 111 Megawatt event coming up in Poland. What can you tell us about it?

“It’s basically the first Hard Enduro race in Poland. This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while and we’ve finally found the right place to do it in. It’s a huge quarry – it’s the biggest one in Poland and we’re going to race bikes in it. It’s got everything from crazy up hills, huge down hills, sand pits and boulder gardens. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to racing that one. It’s on September 6/7 at Brown Coal Mine Belchatow, Poland…”