12 thousand cheering fans and 79 high caliber contestants from 22 countries. Polish racers on the podium in every category, and a perfect come back of Tadeusz Błażusiak. This sums up the opening round of the FIM FIM Indoor Enduro World Cup at Tauron Arena Kraków last Saturday, on December 9th.
The dream scenario of Polish fans has come true. After announcing the end of his riding career, our home hero, gold champion and the legend of SuperEnduro World cup – Tadeusz “Taddy” Błażusiak has returned to professional motorcycle racing in great style, guaranteeing his fans some unforgettable emotions.
During the first Super Pole race, Taddy was second, right after the 2017 SuperEnduro World Champion Colton Haaker, and before the last year’s third-best, Johnny Walker. During the first final, Cody Webb was quick to take the lead but crashed in the difficult matrix “KRAKOW”. Taddy immediately learnt from his rival’s mistake and managed to move to the first position. An intense fight for the lead had broke out since. Cody would not give in and his spirited chase after the Polish rider was nothing short of spectacular. Błażusiak was able to keep his follower at bay until the very last moment. In the end, Webb reached the finish line first, followed by Błażusiak and the Spanish runner up world champion, Alex Gomez.
In the second run, the riders went in the reverse order, which meant that the best racers were to start from the second row of the grid. Nevertheless, it didn’t prevent our favorite from figuring out the best route and ending up second at the finish line.
Three second places in each race of the Prestige class were enough for the Polish champion to claim the first place in the opening round of the 2018 FIM Indoor Enduro World Cup. This made the style of Tadeusz Błażusiak’s comeback triumphant, memorable, and reserved for a special few. Second place was taken by the current World Champion, Cody Webb, and the third position swooped by a newcomer from Britain, Billy Bolt.
“We couldn’t imagine a more magnificent comeback for our champ”, reported visibly excited Rafał Sonik, who strained his voice cheering along with delirious crowds at Tauron Arena Kraków. “I am delighted that Taddy’s retirement was short-lived and I am going to follow his accomplishments in the new round of SuperEnduro”, he added.