Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker has taken victory in the 2017 King of the Motos Hard Enduro in the USA.
Staged over two days — including a first-time night race — it was Haaker who claimed the overall win from Max Gerston and Mitch Carvolth.
Swapping his snow bike and the Apsen mountains for his Husqvarna two-stroke and the Californian desert, Haaker rode home as the overall winner.
Kicking things off with a Saturday night stage qualifier, it was the KTM pairing of Taylor Robert and Cody Webb who set the bench marker with Robert beating Webb for the win by just one second.
Haaker crossed the line five minutes behind in third with Carvolth fourth.
For the main event though drama struck when Robert crashed out. Webb went on to cross the finish line first but a missed GPS waypoint (to be confirmed) dropped him back to seventh overall.
Hitting all his markers, Haaker was crowned this year’s winner — his second KOM victory in three years.
Haaker commented on Instagram…
“Wow today was crazy at King of the Motos... First of all I am happy Taylor Robert is ok from a scary get off. Secondly I'm glad I hit all the checkpoints the past two days! In the end it was a GPS hard Enduro with extra emphasis on the GPS.
“From snow bikes last week, to the complete opposite race this weekend I had no prep coming into this race and aimed at staying on two wheels catching all the checks and having fun. Which added up to my second KOM victory in three years! Big thanks to the whole team it was definitely a team effort to make it to the finish today!
Images: King of the Hammers & Nicole Dreon Photography and Writing
Results — King of the Motos 2017