Kawasaki’s Colton Haaker finally managed to stand on top of the results for the MVP Racing Hot Laps. Haaker, who had set the second fastest time at the previous round, this time posted the fastest time ahead of Webb and Mike Brown. Blazusiak struggled with two minor crashes during his lap and finished 17th.
With momentum high, Haaker won the first heat race over Ryan Sandoval. Blazusiak took the holeshot and won heat two with Webb second, despite a bad gate pick. Graffunder won heat three over Honda’s Geoff Aaron.
Graffunder ended his night on the podium in third place...
In the semi’s, Kyle Redmond, Justin Soule and Gary Sutherlin all secured victory in their respective heats to transfer into the main. In the LCQ, Bobby Prochnau and Jamie Lanza took the last two spots for the main. Taylor Robert, second in the championship points coming into this event, missed qualifying for the main.
Destry Abbott, Bryan Roper, Bobby Garrison, Eric Rhoten and Keith Wineland were also among the riders that missed the cut. KTM’s Mike Brown chose to call it a night after the heat race due to an unknown illness that has been bothering him for the last few weeks.
In the main event Webb blasted into the first turn with the lead as Blazusiak was buried in the pack. But as they hit the large log existing the first turn he quickly found his way into second.
Webb was fast in Idaho...
Webb led the first lap but then Blazusiak found a way by and led laps two, three and four before Webb passed Blazusiak back in the woodpile to lead lap five. Blazusiak again passed Webb. Slowly opening up a lead of eleven seconds he appeared to be on his way to another easy win until he got stuck on a tractor tyre obstacle on the last lap allowing Webb to get very close as they approached the finish but was not able to make a pass.
The battle for the final podium position included several riders. Aaron held the position for the first four laps but then Graffunder and Haaker passed him. Haaker made a few mistakes and Redmond and Soule closed in on Graffunder and both took their attempted to overtake but never found a way by Soule ended getting fourth and Redmond fifth. Aaron went a lap down and finished sixth ahead of Haaker, Prochnau, Sutherlin, Lanza and Sandoval.
This event was also the fourth round of the women’s championship and KTM’s Maria Forsberg took the win over Louise Forsley and Kacy Martinez.
Blazuisak is on a winning streak right now...
Taddy Blazusiak (KTM): “I am very happy to win, but I struggled with the tyre jump turn all day. I crashed there in my hot lap and I also twice in the main. I was about fifth exiting the first turn of the main race and then suddenly everybody went wide in the second turn and left the inside wide open for me. So I came out second behind Cody. The course was great and it made for great racing for the fans.”
The 2012 AMA EnduroCross Championship concludes with the final round of the series inside the Orleans Arena on Saturday, November 17th. The finale will feature a double main event format that will award full points and purse for each main.
2012 AMA EnduroCross Championship, Rd7
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM)
2. Cody Webb (Beta)
3. Cory Graffunder (Husqvarna)
4. Justin Soule (Kawasaki)
5. Kyle Redmond (Husqvarna)
6. Geoff Aaron (Honda)
7. Colton Haaker (Kawasaki)
8. Bobby Prochnau (KTM)
9. Gary Sutherlin (Kawasaki)
10. Jamie Lanza (Honda)
11. Ryan Sandoval (Yamaha)