On Saturday evening, over twenty thousand people gathered at Tauron Arena Kraków said goodbye to Tadeusz Błażusiak. Six-times world champion ended his career in great style – by winning the first round of the new series. During the official part of the event, next to several gifts, “Taddy” received one special gift from Polish sportsmen and fans of motor sports.
‘There is no other master like him in the Polish motor sports. He was the world champion six times in a row, he won many times on both sides of the ocean. This evening is probably one of the most important ones in his career, this is why I’m truly proud of the fans who cherished our great master, staying in the hall and cheering for him until the moment he left the track for the last time,’ commented Rafał Sonik, who was the ambassador of the Kraków-based contest.
Tauron Arena Kraków was in fact full to the brim. Even the seats in the highest row were occupied. Out of the sport events, only volleyball national team matches enjoyed such interest. What’s more, for the first time almost all fans stayed in their seats after the contest ended, for another 40 minutes, to thank the sportsman for the emotions he offered them for the past ten years.
Tadeusz Błażusiak received a special trophy from Andrzej Witkowski, president of PZM, and Magdalena Steczkowska, accompanied by the gathered fans, sang “Taddy Mistrz!” for him, to the tune of the famous “Let It Be” song by The Beatles. The biker, who’s competed in hard enduro for a decade, cried like a baby.
The emotions were topped up by a bottle with sand from Dakar Rally, gifted by Rafał Sonik. The bottle has the Muhammad Ali quote engraved on it: “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”, accompanied by a dedication from the fans of motor sports: “You showed us many time how not to give up and how to win. You are the GRAND MASTER. We’d like to thank you!”
Rafał Sonik, during the press conference before the Super Enduro contest, encouraged his younger colleague to take up the Dakar challenge, saying that he is the most remarkable Polish bike rider. Tadeusz Błasiak has been silent, so far, as to his plans for the future.