2022 EnduroCross final round showdown – will it be Hart or Walker?
The self-proclaimed “biggest little city in the world” of Reno hosts the final showdown round of the 2022 AMA EnduroCross series – will it be Jonny Walker or Trystan Hart who takes his first US EX crown?
As the EnduroCross team put it: “One round. One point. One champion. We find out who the ONE is Saturday. Buckle up, folks!”
That’s what the 2022 season has come down to after a dramatic turnaround in Boise two weeks ago. FMF KTM’s Trystan Hart entered that penultimate race with a 15 point cushion over Taddy Blazusiak and Walker and looked to have one hand on his maiden EnduroCross crown.
But the Canadian had a bit of a mare in Boise, taking a 5-6-8 scorecard to finish off the podium in fifth. Meanwhile JW22 was on a mission and took not just his second overall win of the six-round season (matching Hart), but the most convincing three moto score of the series so far with 1-1-2 moto finishes.
The result is a single points separates the top two riders Hart and Walker and that means a genuine ‘winner takes all’ finish to the ’22 EX series in Reno.
That’s not to count out third to fifth placed Taddy Blazusiak, outgoing champion Colton Haaker, and Cody Webb. It is still mathematically possible that Taddy, Cody or Colton could win but it would need a disaster from the points leaders for that to happen. Those top five will also have to contend with Cooper Abbott and Ryder LeBlond who are more than capable of robbing points and affecting the outcome in this showdown.
2022 EnduroCross series standings after (Rnd 5 of 6):
If you are anywhere near Reno, Nevada this will be well-worth watching live. Tickets are available here: www.endurocross.com/tickets
If not, you can watch the show live on RydeTV via subscription – one month option is $5.99. International viewing is available they tell us. Find out more here: www.rydetv.com
Meanwhile whet your appetite with some hype and a season so far review from the IRC Tire Guy:
Photo Credit: Jack Jaxson