X Games: Taddy Blazusiak wins Enduro X title
Taddy Blazusiak owned the course that claimed so many dirt bikes and their riders’ speed. Blazusiak may not have gotten off to the greatest of starts in the Moto X Enduro X race, but he moved up through the field and then capitalized on Geoff Aaron’s fall to take the lead and, soon thereafter, the gold medal.
Aaron held the lead for the first five laps, with Blazusiak and Mike Brown giving chase. Aaron got caught on a fallen tree with a pile of rocks after it, and the two chasers blew past him.
The obstacle that ended Aaron’s medal hopes joined a water pit, tires, a pile of split lumber, log paths and a large mound of dirt in the Staples Center-altering course.
Brown could not quite catch Blazusiak, settling for silver. Justin Soule snagged the bronze medal, passing Joakim Ljunggren in the final lap.
-- Douglas Farmer
Photo: Taddy Blazusiak celebrates after winning the Moto X Enduro X final on Sunday evening at X Games 17. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images