Last weekend saw Red Bull KTM Factory Racing star Taddy Blazusiak racing his first event since May this year, after he was diagnosed with the dreaded Epstein-Barr virus that’s seen him sit out of all events this summer to recover.
Time for a flourish for one of the greatest riders and personalities in the motorcycling world. Gio Sala does not just remind me of his exploits behind the handlebars. Whenever I see this permanently perky Italian, it also makes me think of a plain old washing machine.
Robbie Maddison, perhaps best known as a Guinness world record holder, jumping off Arc de Triomphe in front of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Tower Bridge in London, being a James Bond double and all round Freestyle legend, visited the Erzbergrodeo for the first time at the weekend as part of the “On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter” launch.
Julian Stevens has been working in the Enduro scene for over 25 years and is now known as being Jonny Walker’s right hand man. After an ultra-tough Erzbergrodeo, where Julian was also exhausted, covered in dirt and can be seen encouraging Jonny all the way through the race, we ask him about his role as Jonny’s manager as well as the Erzbergrodeo 2015.
It was 20 years ago that the starting flag first dropped on the Erzberg Rodeo – the 21st race will be hosted from 4th to 7th June 2015. This dirt track race in the ore mine has enjoyed cult status for many years. In 2005 Britain´s David Knight won the notorious Red Bull Hare Scramble for the first time on KTM.
Short after the 20th Erzbergrodeo, we grabbed five minutes with Trial star Taichi Tanaka who tackled the Red Bull Hare Scramble for the final time this year. Here is what the charismatic Japanese ace had to say.
For the first time, on 1st June, the successful German downhill mountain biker Marcus Klausmann races the Erzbergrodeo on a KTM FREERIDEE 350 – the world´s toughest single-day extreme enduro event. We talked with him about his preparations and expectations.