Taddy Blazusiak claimed his fourth win of the 2012 US Endurocross series at round six of the championship inside the Comcast Arena, Everett, Washington, placing ahead of Kawasaki mounted Taylor Robert with Canadian Bobby Prochnau third.
Although Blazusiak secured another win he was made to work hard throughout the night’s final, challenged again by Beta’s Cody Webb during the early stages of the race. Webb lead for several laps before sliding out in a simple turn of all things. Blazusiak regained the lead but the Beta rider remained close until two laps from the end when he stalled his bike and could not get it to re-start. He eventually went one-lap down and finished tenth. Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert fought through the pack to take second position. The battle for third raged until the last lap when top Canadian off road racer, Bobby Prochnau took the position away from Mike Brown.
KTM’s Blazusiak set the fastest lap time during the afternoon’s MVP Racing Hot Laps, which puts the riders on the track one at a time against the clock to earn the best gate pick for the heat races. Colton Haaker was second fastest ahead of Mike Brown. Brown, Haaker and Blazusiak won their respective heat races and got the first picks for the main event. Cory Graffunder, Geoff Aaron and Webb got second in each of the three heats to earn direct transfers to the main event. Only one rider earns a spot out of the Semi’s and Prochnau earned his way in via Semi number one. Jamie Lanza had a great battle with Gary Sutherlin to take the win in Semi two. Semi three was won by Robert. That left several top riders fighting for that last two transfer positions via the LCQ and Justin Soule and Kyle Redmond got those last two spots in the main. Kevin Rookstook missed qualifying by one position for the third race in a row and was joined on the sidelines by Ricky Russell, Max Gerston, Gary Sutherlin, Ryan Sandoval, Byran Roper, Keith Sweeten and Destry Abbott.
Blazusiak took the lead at the start of the main event but he got stuck in the rock pile on the second of 12 laps and Mike Brown ended up stuck right next to him. This allowed Beta’s Cody Webb move into the lead. Webb looked solid for several laps before sliding out in a turn and handing the lead back to Blazusiak. Webb then held second until lap ten when the costly stall took him out of the running. Robert was battling with Webb and took over second. The battle for the final podium position changed several times in the last two laps and Brown had it leading into the last lap with Prochnau and Soule on his tail. Prochnau, who recently switched from a KTM 250 two-stroke to a 350 four-stoke passed Brown on the last lap to get his first podium position of the year. Brown held on for forth and Husqvarna’s Redmond and Graffunder both passed Soule to take fifth and sixth. Soule ended up seventh ahead of Lanza, Aaron, Webb and Haaker.
Results US Endurocross Round Six
1. Taddy Blazusiak KTM
2. Taylor Robert Kawasaki
3. Bobby Prochnau KTM
4. Mike Brown KTM
5. Kyle Redmond Husqvarna
6. Cory Graffunder Husqvarna
7. Justin Soule Kawasaki
8. Jamie Lanza Honda
9. Geoff Aaron Honda
10. Cody Webb Beta