Cyril showing Taddy a pointer or two? No doubt we are excited to see how Taddy’s enduro speed and control can adapt to the comparably lumbering weight of a fully laden rally bike.
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Desafio Litoral Rally – Argentina
Blazusiak heads to Argentina to compete in Desafio Litoral rally
With a sizeable break in his US Endurocross schedule Taddy Blazusiak is set to compete in the Desafio Litoral rally in Argentina, a very different event to that in which he specialises. Looking to keep himself busy while also trying something new Taddy’s first ever rally adventure begins on July 23rd with the six-day event linking together the Argentinean provinces of Misiones, Corrientes and Chaco. Clocking up more than 1,600 kilometres of challenging and picturesque countryside Blazusiak is sure to get a very real rally experience. For his Argentinean adventure Taddy will be teaming up with friend, four-time Dakar winner, and KTM team-mate Cyril Despres.
Following his participation in the Desafio Litoral rally Blazusiak will compete in the sixth round of the Enduro World Championship, the GP of Sweden. Racing in the highly competitive Enduro 2 class Taddy may also then compete in the following weekend’s GP of Finland.
Taddy Blazusiak: “One thing’s for certain – competing in the Desafio Litoral is going to be one hell of an adventure for me. But I really can’t wait to experience my first rally and spend six days riding and racing in Argentina. I wanted to keep myself busy during my time off from the US Endurocross series and also wanted to mix things up and try some new things. Competing in the Desafio Litoral will definitely give me a fresh and exciting new challenge.
“At this stage this is definitely just a rally one-off – I don’t have any plans to race the Dakar any time soon. It looks like it will be an amazing week, full of new challenges, exciting scenery, and lots of motorcycling firsts for me. The biggest challenge will be using the road book, which I know will take some time to learn. This is all about having some fun and keeping myself on two wheels.
“I’ve spent some time with Cyril Despres learning the basics of using a road book, as well as generally getting used to riding the bigger bike. It’s amazing, so easy to race it’s unbelievable. It’s just like a 450cc enduro bike with navigational gear. The little time I’ve spent on the bike’s been great fun – that’s why I’m really looking forward to competing in the event. This really is about trying something new and learning what a six-day rally is all about. It’s going to be great…”
Taddy will compete on a 450cc KTM rally bike – a production based machine similar to that Johnny Aubert raced during this year’s Dakar.
Schedule of Events – Desafio Litoral – Argentina 2012
- Monday July 23rd Stage 1 Iguazú – Posadas
- Tuesday July 24th Stage 2 Posadas – Posadas
- Wednesday July 25th Stage 3 Posadas – Bella Vista
- Thursday July 26th Stage 4 Bella Vista – Corrientes
- Friday July 27th Stage 5 Corrientes – Resistencia
- Saturday July 28th Stage 6 Resistencia – Resistencia
Graham Jarvis, winner, Hell’s Gate 2011
During its past eight editions, Hell’s Gate has highlighted the “Extreme Factor” of some riders, who made the history of Enduro riding. David Knight has won three times, Taddy Blazusiak two. Both the KTM official riders have then diversified their careers: the English giant has aimed to the traditional Enduro and the Polish man has addressed himself to the United States and Indoor Races. In the meanwhile, other World-Beaters have left their significant mark on the Extreme Races, “revealing” their particular aptitudes and certifying themselves at the front desk of Hell’s Gate. The best known examples: Graham Jarvis, Husaberg, who won the 2011 edition, and Dougie Lampkin, Gas Gas, who won the 2010 edition.
The 2012 edition of Hell’s Gate presents itself once again as “The Challenge” by definition of the “Extreme Elite” and sets the “scary” challenge between the most qualified aces of the moment: Jarvis and Lampkin. The two British riders were the only two able, backward to the last two years, to climb the Hell’s Peak. For them, winning the Hell’s Gate 2012 means settling accounts and get the season pass for the Olympus – sorry, for the Hell – of the Extreme Enduro races: Hell’s Gate is the forerunner and the most representative “circle”.
But we do not believe that this year Hell’s Gate Battle will be limited to the two leading actors of the last two editions. KTM, in fact, is “sharpening” a new “weapon” to face this kind of exciting races. As if on purpose, here is another English man, Jonny Walker. Apart from the obvious “alcoholic” joke, we tell you that Jonny, twenty years old, from Keswick, Cumbria, UK, has been a trialist, and came to enduro riding only three years ago, with a second hand KTM. Fourth in E3 category at the Finnish Six Days, third at the Erzberg 2011 and second overall in the World Indoor just awarded. This year Walker will be a KTM Supported Enduro Rider and he will be racing at the more important Extreme Races. Starting, of course, from the Hell’s Gate.
Over one hundred riders at Hell’s Gate 2012. For many of them ‘HsG’ is a must, the occasion not to be missed whatever the result will be; for others it is an important goal. Who knows, it may be a rookie, a surprise to write his name in gold-book of Fabio Fasola’s Extreme. For example, why do not to wish to the little-known Hemingway brothers, Ben and Daniel, British, too, to enter the elite of the “Extreme Enduro”?
The 9th edition of the Fabio Fasola’s Hell is now ready. What changes and… what does not.
With the passing of time, Fabio Fasola’s Hell has changed, with some new aspects that improbe the shape of the event, more and more followed and exciting, but that didn’t change the basis that could soften the pity. Damned! Whenever did you see a Hell turn into a Purgatory?
The burning heart of Hell’s Gate still stands as an extreme and selective challenge and so will be also for the ninth edition.
The best riders in the world have already proved that Hell can be won, with sacrifice, effort and talent, and only a few, normally the most “qualified”, could write their names down on a Gold Book that is not only the register of an enduro discipline, but a real pass for the History of Enduro.
Knight, Braybrook, Blazusiak, Lampkin, Jarvis are all great champions that gained their universal fame also to the fact that they had Hell’s Gate among their successes.
In 2012 a new challenge takes place into…Paradise of Ciocco, the unequalled scenery for the creation of an event without compromises.
“Nucleo” and details: the Trophy of Hell’s Gate will be given again after a track of five laps that will be only a little changed in order to empathize the technical aspects of the race.
The qualification phase in the morning will be changed on a technical level and be shaped to be easier also for the “passionate” which are an always growing part of the participants to the Hell’s Gate. Based on the modern enduro, the elimination phase will be easier in order to shape the selection on a more technical basis and not only power. This solution could open the doors of Hell’s Gate to a new name, a new talent or an “old lion” that still has something to say about it.
Again more changes for Hell’s Gate 2012, this time linked to the “Happening” still representative for all the passionate that each year climb up to the mountains of Ciocco to take part to the party. But we still have time to talk about that later, of course we need to keep up with some suspense.
Place and Date:
The 9th edition of the Hell’s Gate race will take place on February 18, 2012 at “Ciocco International Centre” located in Castelvecchio Pascoli, Lucca, Italy.
07:00 —> Start of the #1 rider from the Stadium. 4 laps with 1 Enduro Special Test per lap, excluding the first lap
15:30 —> Start of the second part of the race. Only the best 30 riders of the Moring Heat will take part in the Final Race. Starting grid Supermoto style.
5 laps. During the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th laps, any rider with a delay of 40 minutes from the rider leading the race will be eliminated at the Check Points. During the 5th lap, any rider with a delay of 30 minutes from the rider leading the race will be eliminated.
21:00 —> Award ceremony and gala dinner.
The Gala Dinner is open to anyone wishing to be there (riders, escort persons, public).
You just have to reserve your place by February 10th, contacting our office: +39.02.5391579 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gala Dinner price is 60,00 euro per person.
- E1 (up to 125cc 2 strokes and up to 250cc 4strokes)
- E2 (from 125cc to 250 cc 2 strokes and from 250cc to 450cc 4 strokes)
- E3 (over 250cc 2 strokes and over 450cc 4 strokes)
The first 3 riders who will carry off the climb to the Hell’s Peak will be awarded:
- 1st Place: KTM bike + cup
- 2nd Place: medal
- 3rd Place: medal
From the league standings of the Morning Heat the first three classified riders of each category will be awarded with a medal.