Cody Webb strikes back with a win at round three of the AMA EnduroCross Championship in Salt Lake City.
Cody Webb took his first win of the 2016 AMA EnduroCross Championship at round three inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
The FMF KTM rider took the lead from Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker on the second lap and held a fairly comfortable gap throughout the fifteen lap main.
Haaker, the winner of the two previous rounds held on for second while Mike Brown passed Geoff Aaron late in the race to take the final podium spot.
Webb, Haaker and Brown each won their respective heat races to take the bonus point that goes with that. The top two from each of the three heat races face off for a single hot lap against the clock for an additional bonus point and first gate pick for the main event and Brown showed he still has amazing speed to set that fast time over Haaker and Taddy Blazusiak.
Haaker took the $500 Nexen Tire Holeshot award to start the main event and looked likely to run off with his third win in a row. But Webb stuck close and took advantage of a small mistake to take the lead on lap two.
The two top dogs of EnduroCross had a back and forth battle as Haaker closed a few times only to make a mistake and even hit the deck in a slick corner once to allow Webb gain the gap needed to take the win.
“The main event start I think I used my engineering, analytical skills and got a good start from the inside,” Webb said. “Colton and I yo-yoed back and forth the whole race and I was able to get my first win of the season.”
“The race was tough and with no water hole they decided to water the track quite a bit so it was super slick,” Haaker said. “I had a crash around lap ten which was super costly but on to the next one in Phoenix in two weeks.”
GasGas backed Aaron kept the two leaders in sight for several laps and looked likely to take the final podium spot until Brown closed in on him late in the race. The two riders battled for a few laps before Brown took the spot for good on lap 12. Aaron held on for fourth.
“I was sick during the off season so I did not get to ride until the week before Atlanta. I am gaining endurance and looking forward to a week off to keep improving,” said Brown.
For Aaron, it was amazing he even qualified for the main event…
“I had a bad heat race and then derailed my chain in the LCQ and got it back on and was able to work my up to take the last qualifying spot and last pick for the main. So it was great to come out with a good start and ride with the leaders for the early part of the race,” Aaron said.
RPM KTM’s Ty Tremaine had another good ride for fifth. Beta’s Kyle Redmond finished sixth. Canada’s Trystan Hart was impressive for seventh on his Husqvarna. Max Gerston finished eighth on his Beta.
Eric Rhoten, an EnduroCross veteran was solid for ninth. Kevin Rookstool rounded out the top ten on his Suzuki. Noah Kepple and Cooper Abbott finished eleventh and twelfth respectively.
Blazusiak was involved in a strange crash that took him out of the main on the first obstacle due to his handlebars jabbing him in the groin and getting lodged into his riding pants. He was not seriously injured but was forced out of the race.
Haaker now holds a one point lead over Webb in the championship with 74 points. Brown currently holds third Tremaine and Gerston round out the top five.
Shelby Turner took her second win of the season in the Women’s main event on her KTM. Morgan Tanke challenged her the entire race distance and finished second on her Beta. Tarah Geiger took the final podium spot on her Honda.
EnduroCross events also include three support classes. Tyler Kinkade took the win in the amateur class over Steven Stultz. In the Vet class, Jason Gitchel took the Vet class win over David Stirm and Richard Black. Anthony Johnson won the TrialsCross main over Roger Flud and Kaden Jenkins.
Photos: Ian Reid & Future7Media
2016 Salt Lake City AMA EnduroCross Results
1 Cody Webb, KTM
2 Colton Haaker, Husqvarna
3 Mike Brown, Husqvarna,
4 Goeff Aaron, GasGas
5 Ty Tremaine, KTM
6 Kyle Redmond, Beta
7 Trystan Hart, Husqvarna
8 Max Gerston, Beta
9 Eric Rhoten, Yamaha
10 Kevin Rookstool, Suzuki
11 Noah Kepple, KTM
12 Cooper Abbott, Husqvarna
13 Taddy Blazusiak, KTM
After a one weekend break, the series will make a first ever stop to Scottsdale Arizona at the WestWorld Arena on September 24th. Tickets are available at: www.EnduroCross.com/buy-tickets/
The insane EnduroCross obstacles provide a great show and exciting racing for race fans. So if you have never been to an AMA EnduroCross in person, you need to put one on your calendar for 2016.
And if you want to tackle an EnduroCross course yourself, there are classes for Amateur, Vet, Women and TrialsCross riders. All of those support class main events run as part of the night show so it is your chance to compete in front of a large crowd. And there is nothing more challenging than tackling an EnduroCross course.
Racers can enter here: https://secure.tracksideonlineresults.com/mmsx_ex/
As an added bonus for pre-registering, racers will receive a $10 Gift Card from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.
All eight rounds of the 2016 AMA EnduroCross series will air on the CBS Sports Network for the second consecutive year. For CBS Sports Network information, please visit www.cbssportsnetwork.com
2016 AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule
Date - Location - Arena / Additional Information
August 27, 2016 - Duluth, Georgia - Infinite Energy Center
September 3, 2016 - Brandon, South Dakota - Badlands Motor Speedway
September 10, 2016 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 24, 2016 - Scottsdale, Arizona - WestWorld – Intl Off-Road & UTV Expo
October 1, 2016 - Denver, Colorado - National Western Events Center
October 22, 2016 - Everett, Washington - XFINITY Arena
November 5, 2016 - Nampa, Idaho - Ford Idaho Center
November 18-19, 2016 - Ontario, California - Citizens Business Bank Arena
* Subject to change