Cody Webb wins Reno EnduroCross from Colton Haaker, while Ty Tremaine makes AMA history putting Alta on the podium.
FMF KTM’s Cody Webb rebounded from a disappointing round two to win the Reno EnduroCross. Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker, Webb’s primary championship rival, finished second to keep the championship points tied at 73 apiece after three of six rounds.
Ty Tremaine rounded out the podium on the Alta Redshift electric bike to earn the first-ever AMA professional podium for an electric powered motorcycle.
Haaker started the day strong by edging out Webb for the fastest hot lap time. SRT-Husqvarna’s Kyle Redmond set the third fastest time with his teammate, Trystan Hart, fourth. Cooper Abbott rounded out the top five on the RPM KTM.
Haaker dominated the first of the two pro class heat races but forgot to take the No Joke Lane and, therefore, had to go to the Last Chance Qualifier instead of the main event. GasGas backed Noah Kepple moved up to take the heat one win, the first of his career. Redmond, Ty Cullins, Cristobal Guerrero, Abbott and Ryan Wells finished second to sixth respectively to earn main event spots.
In the second pro heat race, Webb took the win over Tremaine. Dustin McCarthy, Geoff Aaron, Giacomo Redondi and Mason Ottersberg finished third through sixth respectively to earn slots in the main event.
The top four riders from each of the above heat races faced off in head-to-head bracket races. The winner earns a bonus point and first gate pick for the main event. With the points leader Haaker not in the brackets, it was Webb’s opportunity to gain a point. But Tremaine, who is from nearby Gardnerville, Nevada managed to beat Webb when they faced off in the final.
In the main event Cody Webb pulled it out the bag with some mid-week practice sessions paying off to get himself back on point. Solid riding, particularly through the 'matrix section' of the track, allowed faster overall lap times and to keep Cody ahead of main challenger, Haaker.
“Reno was much better than last weekend.” Said Webb after the race. “With the injury earlier in the year, I was behind and trying to rely on talent and that wasn’t enough. So I spent all week with Trystan Hart, Cooper Abbott, and Cody Miller riding motos to get my intensity back and that helped. I hope Trystan is okay since he was riding so good, so it is a bummer to see him hurt his wrist or arm.”
For Colton Haaker it wasn’t quite enough on the night but second position keeps the championship points close as the series takes a month break until Denver, October 20.
“The mistake I made in the heat race (missing the No Joke Lane),” said Colton. “It was easy tonight and I was so focused on the track that I just forgot to hit it. In the main, I got an okay start and got to second pretty quick and tried to close on Cody. He was so good in the Matrix and jumping into the rocks that he was putting a couple of seconds on me there. I think I was making up time on the rest of the track but not enough.”
Meanwhile Ty Tremaine not only made the podium in front of his family and friends at his hometown race but made AMA history! Ty’s third place will go down in the history books as the first time an electric motorcycle made the podium of an AMA professional class race.
Speaking after the main event, Tremaine said: “I didn’t get the best start so I took the ‘No Joke Lane’ right away, and then from there, I just started picking guys off one by one. I got into third and then rode my own race. We made history tonight with the Alta, which is crazy. And I did it with all of my family and hometown crowd here, which was so great.
2018 Reno, Nevada AMA EnduroCross main event results:
- Cody Webb, KTM
- Colton Haaker, Husqvarna
- Ty Tremaine, Alta
- Geoff Aaron, GasGas
- Kyle Redmond, Husqvarna
- Noah Kepple, GasGas
- Cristobal Guerrero, Yamaha
- Ty Cullins, Beta
- Benjamin Herrera, Beta
- Cooper Abbott, KTM
- Giacomo Redondi, KTM
- Dustin McCarthy, Yamaha
- Mason Ottersberg, Beta
- Ryan Wells, KTM
Turner at the double
Shelby Turner took her second consecutive Women’s class win on her KTM. FMF KTM’s Kacy Martinez put up a good fight but ultimately finished second. Allie Dorsey rounded out the podium on another KTM.
Destry Abbott won the Vet class on his KTM. Craig Thompson finished second on a Husqvarna and Dan Hayakawa rounded out the podium on another Husqvarna.
James Flynn rode a GasGas to win the Open Amateur main event. David Kamo and Anthony Johnson rounded out the podium.
Dan Hayakawa earned his second podium of the night with a win in the Amateur B main event. Cole Wilton finished second and Jacob Kinkel finished third.
Josh Mouzakis won the TrialsCross main event. Coleman Johnson and Allie Stambaugh rounded out the top three.
EnduroCross round four will be in Denver, Colorado on October 20.
2018 AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule:
August 25, 2018 - Prescott Valley, AZ - Prescott Valley Event Center
September 15, 2018 - Costa Mesa, CA - Racetrack at OC Fairgrounds
September 22, 2018 - Reno, NV - Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center
October 20, 2018 - Denver, CO - National Western Events Center
October 27, 2018 - Everett, WA - Angel of The Winds Arena
November 3, 3018 - Nampa, ID - Ford Idaho Center
*Subject to Change
More information: endurocross.com
Photo Credit: Tanner Yeager