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King of Motos AMA Extreme round 1 win for Cody Webb

Inaugural AMA Extreme Off Road Series win for Cody Webb at King of Motos ahead of Trystan Hart with Mani Lettenbichler third after an hour time penalty.

 

Cody Webb came back with a bang to take the opening AMA Extreme Off Road West Series round of 2020 at the King of Motos.

Competing his first race since major ACL injury and his first outing in the Sherco USA colours, Webb made the best possible start to the newly formed AMA series. Trystan Hart came home in second place while WESS champion, Manuel Lettenbichler had to settle for third after receiving an hour time penalty.

The inaugural AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series saw Lettenbichler take the holeshot at the start of the three lap race, reaching the top of the event’s first rock-strewn climb ahead of previous King of Motos winner Cody Webb, Trystan Hart and Colton Haaker. 

 
Pro Start King of motos 2020 560
 

With the leading quartet completing much of the opening lap together, Lettenbichler edged ahead on lap two with Webb in tow in his first competitive outing for the Sherco USA.

The GPS-based event increases in difficulty with each lap with Lettenbichler and Webb successfully completing lap two out ahead of the rest before taking a pit stop heading in to the third and hardest lap of the event. 

 
Manuel Lettenbichler Red Bull KTM Factory Racing King of the Motos 560
 

The event took a dramatic twist close to the finish when Lettenbichler took the wrong line through a canyon while leading. The line had been used earlier in the day but the fresh GPS route for lap three meant an error for Mani and heavy one-hour time penalty which, remarkably still only dropped him to third. Colton Haaker was fourth having also taken an hour penalty for missing a checkpoint – it happens to the best of them.

 

The 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series returns on March 28/29 at the RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, in Decatur, Texas.

 
Photo Credit: Mary Rinnell + KTM 
 
 
 
 
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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester
jon.pearson@enduro21.com