KTM riders once again put their abilities to the test and succeeded in all motorcycle competitions at famous X-Games in Austin, Texas.
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak of Poland picked up his fourth gold medal at the 2014 X-Games and second round of the AMA EnduroCross Series at the Circuit of the Americas Grand Prix facility in Austin, Texas.
FMF/KTM rider Kacy Martinez took the gold in the women’s event to make it a good night out at the event for the Austrian manufacturer.
Blazusiak has now moved into the lead on the championship table with a one-point margin over Cody Webb, setting up a hard fought fight for the 2014 title. Factory FMF/KTM rider Taylor Robert finished sixth.
At the start of the main event Blazusiak was second out of the first corner behind Mike Brown, then doubled through the water obstacle to take over the lead. He stayed out in front until mid-race then went down in the rocks. Colton Haaker jumped in behind him and the two riders battled wheel to wheel for a few laps before lapped traffic allowed Blazusiak to put time on Haaker. With two laps to go Blazusiak continued to stretch out his lead and he went on to seal his fourth X-Games gold medal.
“It feels great to win another X-Games gold”, stated Blazusiak. “I struggled a little this morning with some of the jumps in practice, but the main is where it counts.”
Robert was mid pack at the start and fifth at the halfway mark in the main; he went on to finish in sixth place. KTM riders also took places 7-10 in the men’s competition.
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kacy Martinez was thrilled to earn her first-ever X-Games gold medal. She launched her KTM off the start of the women’s event to grab the holeshot and never looked back, leading every lap of the six-lap race. KTM rider Rachel Gutish took the bronze medal. The women’s event did not accrue points towards the AMA Championship.
KTM rider Ronnie Renner entered his sixteenth X-Games appearance where he claimed his sixth gold medal in the Step-Up competition with a strong performance to out jump his competitors by clearing the bar at 34-feet. Renner is still the current height record holder of 47ft set in 2012.
“I was pumped when we made it over 32”, said Renner. “I knew I was at least in medal contention at that point, but at the same time knew I could keep going higher.”