Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker won the 2016 AMA EnduroCross Championship with a second place finish to KTM’s Cody Webb at the season ending race in Ontario, California. SRT Racing backed Cory Graffunder had a great night to finish third in the race on his KTM.
- Colton Haaker won the AMA EnduroCross Championship
- Haaker is now the current champion of SuperEnduro and EnduroCross
- Cody Webb won the race to secure runner-up in the series
- Ty Tremaine’s fifth place gave him third overall in the series
- Shelby Turner won the Women’s title
Claiming second on the night proved more than enough for Haaker to claim his first AMA EnduroCross crown, adding to the SuperEnduro title he won earlier the year.
“Winning the championship is awesome even though I crashed a few more times tonight than I wanted to,” said Haaker. “Really, nobody would expect me to come out here and charge with so much on the line, but I’m always trying to push myself and I did that tonight.
“It’s what pushes me and it worked out for the championship even though going hard had me crash a few more times than I wanted.”
Ty Tremaine rode his RPM KTM to a fifth place finish on the night to move past Mike Brown for third in the overall championship. He also earned his third consecutive EnduroCross Junior Championship for riders twenty one and under.
In the Women’s class, Canada’s Shelby Turner sealed the championship with a second place finish. She also had a dominant season, winning six of the eight events.
The evening got started with Webb and Haaker squaring off in the first heat race with Webb taking the win and bonus point to keep the pressure on for the title. Tremaine came out on top of a multi-rider battle win heat two over Ty Cullins and Max Gerston. That point would prove critical as he ultimately beat Brown for third in the championship by one point. And another youngster, Noah Kepple, took his first ever pro heat race win in group three.
Despite the second gate pick, Haaker blasted out of the first turn to take the $500 Nexen tire Holeshot award and the lead. Haaker led across the line on lap one but then Webb took the lead on lap two and the two championship contenders stayed close for a few laps before Haaker started to go into championship conservation mode, which seemed to lead to a few mistakes. That allowed Webb to stretch out a solid lead to take a comfortable win, his third of the season.
“I was determined to try and lap everyone,” Webb said. “I felt good tonight and Colton was starting to crack under pressure a bit and I was ready to make a statement to end the year with this win.
“A few little things went wrong this year and I let the championship slip away. Colton was so solid and I couldn’t chip away at his points lead this year. I’m really happy I got a convincing win tonight and look forward to carrying the momentum into next season.”
The battle for the final podium spot was intense and Graffunder managed to take the position. Beta’s Ty Cullins had another strong ride to take fourth, the best ever finish for the teenager.
Tremaine rounded out the top five on his KTM, to secure third overall in the series and win the Junior title…
“I couldn’t be happier to win the Junior Championship for the third year in a row and to finish third in the points for the year,” Tremaine said.
“It was really hard-fought and racing with Mike Brown for the third position in the championship. I moved into third tonight by one point. I couldn’t be happier.”
Kepple capped off the season with a solid sixth place finish. Geoff Aaron finished seventh on his Gas Gas. Kyle Redmond rode his Beta to eighth. Nick Thompson took ninth on his KTM. Brown rounded out the top then on his Husqvarna.
Gerston, Trystan Hart and Eric Rhoten finished eleventh through thirteenth in the main.
Beta’s Morgan Tanke took the Ontario Women’s main event win over Canada’s Shelby Turner but it wasn’t enough to take over the championship. Turner held on for the championship with 194 points to Tanke’s 176.
Rachel Gutish held on for third in the Women’s championship despite sitting out the final round with a knee injury. Tarah Geiger rounded out the podium for the Ontario final on her Honda.
For the EnduroCross support classes (Amateur, Vet and TrialsCross), the Ontario event is the AMA Grand Championship with number one plates on the line.
Dustin McCarthy took an exciting win in the Amateur class on his Yamaha just ahead of Tyler Kinkade on a KTM and Spenser Wilton on a Honda.
In the Vet class, Stephen Foord had a good battle with Kurt Nicoll. Foord was riding a Beta and Nicoll was riding an Alta Electric bike. Jason Gitchel rounded out the podium on his KTM.
In the TrialsCross class, Kyle Larson and Shad Petersen took first and second on their Betas. Brian Martinson rounded out the podium on his GasGas.
2016 Ontario AMA EnduroCross Main Event Results
1 Cody Webb, KTM
2 Colton Haaker, Husqvarna
3 Cory Graffunder, KTM
4 Ty Cullins, Beta
5 Ty Tremaine, KTM
6 Noah Kepple, KTM
7 Geoff Aaron, GasGas
8 Kyle Redmond, Beta
9 Nick Thompson, KTM
10 Mike Brown, Husqvarna
11 Max Gerston, Beta
12 Trystan Hart, Husqvarna
13 Eric Rhoten, Yamaha
2016 AMA EnduroCross Championship Final Points
1 Colton Haaker, Husqvarna, 201
2 Cody Webb, KTM, 192
3 Ty Tremaine, KTM, 127
4 Mike Brown, Husqvarna, 126
5 Kyle Redmond, Beta, 116
6 Cory Graffunder, KTM, 111
7 Max Gerston, Beta, 104
8 Noah Kepple, KTM, 100
9 Trystan Hart, Husqvarna, 97
10 Geoff Aaron, GasGas, 90