Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker took another mile-high win in Denver, round four of the 2018 EnduroCross championship.
Taking his fourth win out of the last five races held in Colorado, Haaker won over championship rival FMF KTM’s Cody Webb in a tight battle with Beta-mounted Ty Tremaine taking his consecutive podium in third.
The two EnduroCross front runners came into the event tied in points. Now, Haaker goes into next weekend’s Everett, Washington round with a four-point lead.
Colton Haaker: “Denver has always been really good to me. The tracks are a little faster and I always have good results here. I’ve won four of the last five races here. I made an error in the rocks after my Holeshot and Cody got by me so I tried to keep calm and just ride my race to the end. I tried to keep the pressure on but not make mistakes.
“I saw an opening in the rocks in the same exact place I lost the lead and I went for it. From there I tried to put down some good laps and stay out front cleanly. Then, I fell in the sand turn and took a lot of time going through the No Joke Lane tonight because it was actually No Joke. It was pretty serious! I made it through in the lead and just brought it home."
Webb was riding with his usual stellar form in Denver, taking impressive lines through the very technical ‘No Joke’ lane. Carrying a ton of momentum into the Main Event and looked to be the favorite for the win.
Webb took his Heat Race win over Tremaine and Gas Gas’ Noah Kepple. Cooper Abbott, Mason Ottersberg and Austin Schiermeister rounded out the top six to go straight to the main.
Then, Webb set the fastest Hot Lap time over Haaker and Tremaine to head into the Bracket Races as the top seed.
Haaker had a banner day though, winning his Heat Race over SRT’s Kyle Redmond and Gas Gas’ Geoff Aaron. Ty Cullins, Dustin McCarthy and Daniel Mundell finished fourth through sixth, respectively, to transfer straight to the Main out of heat two.
Then, Haaker took the win in the hotly contested Bracket Race with an aggressive pass in the second turn that put Webb out of contention in the final head-to-head, one lap sprint—both wins earning championship points for Haaker’s hunt for the #1 plate.
When it came time for the Main, Webb looked to be in complete control, grabbing the lead early from Haaker’s holeshot after a small mistake in the rockpile. Soon, the two were out and away from the field, setting an unmatchable pace that quickly had them racing into lapped traffic.
Webb, leading the way into the lappers, made a bobble in almost the same spot of the rock garden as Haaker that allowed Haaker to make a pass. The rest of the race was Haaker’s as he managed lappers efficiently and moved into the No Joke Lane without issue on the last lap before taking the checkers.
Cody Webb: “I had a lot of pressure from Colton in the Main Event and it was a pretty fast track and we were both all doing the same lines and obstacles out there. The intensity was really high and I made a little bobble in the sand and then started to get tight. I was the first guy to start passing lappers and getting through them was really tricky for me tonight. I made a bad call into the rocks and Colton got by me. After that, I was too tight and just couldn’t put down the intensity.”
For Ty Tremaine it was another impressive race to secure back-to-back podium positions. His result was even more impressive given the demise of Alta Motors (who he had been racing for and had taken a historic podium for at the previous round). Arriving at Denver with “a set of handlebars” for new Beta RR 300 Racing two-stroke, Tremaine took the third step on the the podium.
Ty Tremaine: “I flew into Denver with a pair of handlebars and that’s it. Luckily, I’m in pretty good shape because I’ve been training really hard to ride the Alta, and it’s a bummer with what went down with them and I feel for the company. But, I’m so fortunate to be able to keep racing with Beta for the rest of the year and to get a podium on my first race with them, I couldn’t be happier.”
Kacy Martinez won the Women’s race ahead of Shelby Turner and Nicole Bradford in third. The entire Women's field came away winners with a bonus Women's Pro Purse fund from a list of sponsors – huge pay-out checks all round!
Denver, Colorado AMA EnduroCross Main Event Results:
- Colton Haaker, Husqvarna
- Cody Webb, KTM
- Ty Tremaine, Alta
- Noah Kepple, GasGas
- Cooper Abbott, KTM
- Ty Cullins, Beta
- Kyle Redmond, Husqvarna
- Geoff Aaron, GasGas
- Mason Ottersberg, Beta
- Dustin McCarthy, Yamaha
- Cody Miller, Husqvarna
- Spenser Wilton, KTM
- Daniel Mundell, Sherco
- Austin Schiermeister, Honda
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
Photo credit: Diahann Tanke
More information: endurocross.com