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