K&N Filters Celebrates Colton Haaker's First Win at Las Vegas Opener

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Colton Haaker rides the Lucas Oil/K&N Filters sponsored Kawsasaki
Colton Haaker snagged his first AMA EnduroCross win at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas
There's something to be said for starting off on the right foot. So, when the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship, presented by Lucas Oil, started this past May in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, none were more excited than Lucas Oil, Kawasaki, K&N Filters' Colton Haaker. Colton not only snagged his first ever GEICO AMA EnduroCross main event win, taking the top spot on the podium, but did so by leading the pack in every lap of the main event.
Colton Haaker is the jack of all trades with experience in Motocross, Trials, and Edurocross
Colton Haaker rides a K&N equipped Kawasali

Colton was overdue for a win, but is no stranger to podium finishes. He clinched consecutive EnduroX Pro Junior Champion titles for 2009 and 2010. Colton also took the AMA National Trials Expert Championship and Junior EnduroX Champion for 2007. This past May's shutout came after yeas of riding. Colton recalled,"I got started riding when I was 7 years old. Riding was always just a family thing on the weekend. When I was 12, I raced my first race. From there I have taken it to new levels racing nationally and being involved with awesome events like the X Games.

“I raced amateur Motocross events growing up,” Colton continued."My first ever professional race I was actually competing in National Trials. From that day I have been a Pro MX, Trials, Endurocross, and off-road racer.” ' experience riding in a variety of different conditions prepared him for this 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross, as the events incorporate a cacophony of elements, ranging between rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, water, giant tires and the other racers on the Supercross-style track. Indeed, Endurocross earns the moniker as the "toughest racing on two wheels."

Colton Haaker is the jack of all trades with experience in Motocross, Trials, and Edurocross racing
Colton Haaker is the jack of all trades with experience in Motocross, Trials, and Edurocross racing
It was success that caught the eye of K&N Filters. He explained,"K&N does a great job with support at the events I compete in. They felt it was a good match to sponsor my program. They make the only products I wanted to use; easy to clean air filters with half the wear and half as many cleans as a regular filter. Less restricted air flow for maximum air intake for increased power. That's why I'm always getting holeshots!"

Even with his K&N-equipped Kawasaki, Colton's win was no cakewalk, as he fought off Monster Energy Kawasaki's Justin Soule over the laps but never let the fellow Kawasaki rider by. KTM's Taddy Blazusiak came swinging back from a first turn crash, finishing in third. After going undefeated in 2011, Blazusiak's tough day totaled with a couple of crashes in practice and during his heat race, forcing the Champion to the Semi.

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