Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak wound up his 2014 EnduroCross Championship challenge on Saturday night on a high note, winning the final round of the season at Ontario California to finish second in the championship.

The Polish rider, who had won the previous five EnduroCross championships, said he was disappointed not to have taken the title but was satisfied to go out with the win.

“I am really bummed I couldn’t earn the championship this year, but I am happy to win the final race,” stated Blazusiak. “I came here to win tonight and that is what I was able to accomplish.”

Taddy was on form throughout the event, which was held in front of a packed stadium as the sport continues to grow in popularity. He turned consistently fast times in the afternoon qualifying session and followed that up with a dominant heat race win. His KTM teammate, Taylor Robert, followed suit and also won his heat. These wins gave both riders an extra point toward the championship chase.

The top six riders then lined up for the hot laps, which determine gate pick for the main event. It was Robert who topped the board with the fastest time and allowed him to pick up another point in the championship standings. Blazusiak finished second fastest for a great gate pick in the main event.

When the gate dropped both Robert and Blazusiak got an excellent jump and were inside the top three. Then Robert and Colton Haaker came together. This pushed Robert out and allowed Blazusiak to move into the lead through the fire pit. Once in the lead, Blazusiak never looked back and led every lap to take the win. Blazusiak had a four-second lead at one point but a few issues with lappers made the battle quite close at the end. Despite the lappers, he still held strong and crossed the checkered flag first to take the victory. Robert rebounded from his early race crash and finished fourth with equal points to third placed Haaker.

Blazusiak, a Red Bull athlete will now return to Europe to prepare for the opening round of the FIM SuperEnduro to be held in front of his home crowd at Gdansk, Poland on December 6, 2014.

Rd. 9 (Final)
At Ontario California

Final Round
1, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM 26 points
2, Cody Webb, 23
3, Colton Haaker, 20
4, Taylor Robert, KTM 20
5, Geoff Aaron, KTM 15
6, Bobby Prochnau, KTM 15
7, Mike Brown, 14
8, Max Gerston 13
9, Cory Graffunder, KTM, 12
10, Ty Tremaine, KTM, 11

Final Championship Points
1, Webb 214
2, Blazusiak KTM 202
3, Haaker, 198
4, Robert, KTM 176
5, Gerston, 122
6, Brown, 118
7, Graffunder KTM 113
8, Prochnau, KTM 105
9, Aaron, KTM 104
10, Tremaine KTM 100

Women – Final Round
1, Lexi Pechout 26
2, Sandra Gomez, 22
3. Shelby Turner KTM 20
4, Rachel Gutish, KTM 17
5, Morgan Tanke, KTM 16

Final Championship Points
1, Pechout, 146
2, Chantelle Bykerk KTM 145
3, Tanke KTM. 143
4, Gutish, KTM 139
5, Melissa Harten, 123

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