RED BULL LAST MAN STANDING: POLISH KNIGHTMAREFirst-timer Taddy Blazusiak claims victory and American Geoff Aaron is onlyother finisher.
Bulcher, Texas (December 8, 2007) — Twenty-four-year-old Taddy Blazusiakfrom Krakow, Poland, has dethroned two-time winner David Knight at Red BullLast Man Standing. The KTM rider captured the daytime lap as well as thenight lap. Ten-time national trials champion Geoff Aaron, from Bailey,Colorado, was the only other rider to finish both 40-mile laps at the RedRiver Motorcycle Trails course on the Texas/Oklahoma border.
Of the 100 starters, only Knight and Aaron joined Blazusiak in blasting offthe starting line for the night race, meaning 97 riders failed to finishthe first lap within one hour of the Polish rider. This year’s edition wasrun in chilly, overcast conditions before more than 2,500 spectators,making it the highest-attended sporting event in the history of Bulcher.
“This was a very tough race and my bike worked perfectly, said Blazusiak,who completed the night lap in 3:37:54.. “The organizers did a great jobwith the course. You hit something difficult and have no time to relaxafterwards. Last Man Standing and Erzberg are very similar and veryphysical. David and I were riding against each other in the first lap, andagain in the second lap, we were really pushing each other, trading thelead several times. When I heard he pulled out, I was able to relax alittle, but racing against him kept me focused, and I also had more lightfrom him!
TRIALS AND NO ERRORAfter suffering a mechanical failure in last year’s race, Aaron soughtredemption on a Christini KTM. Starting 26th (in the second of four groupsof 25 riders), he used his trials skills to quickly pass several riders whobegan in front of him, and ultimately became the third and final rider tomake it to the night session. He kept pace with Blazusiak and Knight at thestart, but lost a bit of time as the two KTM riders charged ahead. AfterKnight dropped out, Aaron persevered and crossed the finish line with atime of 4:09:02 – 31 minutes behind Blazusiak.31 minutes behind Blazusiak.
“Hat’s off to Taddy. I’m just psyched to get this done, said Aaron. “Itwas a great event for sure and I wanted to redeem myself this year. Goinginto the night lap, I focused on my lights and getting the bike ready. Idid OK when I could see out there, but when it got dark, it was very tough.Last Man Standing is a killer event and I want to help get trials riding onthe map with results like this.
KNIGHT’S OUTKnight, from the Isle of Man, rode into the darkness of the second lap,battling not only the ultra-demanding course, but a respiratory infectionthat rendered him unable to breathe easily. An hour and 13 minutes into thenight lap, the 2007 GNCC champion was forced to pull off the course when hewas approximately five minutes behind Blazusiak.
“I couldn’t catch my breath, said the former World Enduro champion. “I’vebeen feeling like this for a couple of weeks, like my lungs are filled withwater. But it was an enjoyable race and I had an awesome time. Taddy and Ihad a good battle. The event was difficult, but it was nice to really racewith someone.
RED BULL LAST MAN STANDING SCORING (MOTO FORMAT)
1) Taddy Blazusiak (POL) 1 1 total 2
2) Geoff Aaron (USA) 3 2 total 5
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