With the third round of the AMA EnduroCross Championship run in conjunction with the X Games for the second consecutive year, Mike Brown (KTM) took the victory ahead of Beta’s Cody Webb and Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder. The win also marked Brown’s first ever win in EnduroCross.
In the Women’s final that consisted of ten riders from four different nations, KTM’s Maria Forsberg claimed the win with Louise Forsley second and Canadian Chantelle Bykerk in third.
In the Men’s final, Brown grabbed the all-important holeshot to claim a start to finish victory. However, the chance of winning was almost short lived on the final rocky climb when a brief error by Brown allowed a closing Webb to come within striking distance.
After a top five start, the Beta rider worked his way past Graffunder and Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott to secure second. Graffunder held off a late charge by KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak to complete the top three. Blazusiak, who was buried deep in the pack following a crash on the opening lap, managed to work his way back to fourth by the end of the ten-lap final. Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert rounded out the top five with Husaberg’s Graham Jarvis showing well for sixth.
AMA EnduroCross Championship, Rd 3
1. Mike Brown (KTM); 2. Cody Webb (Beta); 3. Cory Graffunder (Husqvarna); 4. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM); 5. Taylor Robert (Kawasaki); 6. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg); 7. Destry Abbott (Kawasaki); 8. Geoff Aaron (Honda); 9. Kyle Redmond (Husqvarna); 10. Kevin Rookstoll (Honda)
1. Maria Forsburg; 2. Louise Forsley; 3. Chantelle Bykerk; 4. Kacy Martinez; 5. Rachel Gutish
Men’s Standings (after rd 3)
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 69pts; 2. Mike Brown (KTM); 3. Taylor Robert (Kawasaki) 57