Blazusiak Injured In Spain

Kit Palmer | April 6, 2010

Extreme off-road star Taddy Blazusiak suffered a hard fall while training in Spain today. The KTM Enduro Factory Team rider from Poland hit a concrete block and was ejected off the bike at speed. Blazusiak suffered a concussion and a broken shoulder blade and won’t be able to compete in this weekend’s opening round of the 2010 Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship in Spain and might have to miss the second round in Portugal, as well.

He has since returned to Poland to recover from his injuries.

“I’m so disappointed that I’m not going to be able to race this weekend,” he said in a release. “I guess I’m lucky that my injury isn’t more serious than it is, but having worked hard for the last two months in preparation for the GP of Spain, not being able to race is frustrating beyond words. What makes it worse is that it was one of those ‘one more lap’ crashes. I’d finished my training, and it was my last day of riding before heading to Valverde del Camino – I just decided to do one more lap. I hit a concrete block that was hidden by sand and got fired off my bike. My bike was totally destroyed, so having walked away is something positive I guess.

“I got a pretty good concussion, but the worst thing is my fractured shoulder blade,” he added. “Thankfully it’s not too serious, but I have a lot of pain when I try and move it. There’s no way I can race, not this coming weekend anyways, so I’m back in Poland now doing everything I can to speed up the recovery. Crashes happen, it’s just one of those things, but I was really fired up for the first two Enduro World Cup races and looking forward to seeing how I would perform.”

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.