Race winner Cody Webb gives the Utah fans some love after the main event (Photo courtesy of Ian Reid)
Cody Webb proved that the third time really is a charm as he stepped up to the top podium position in the third round of the 2016 EnduroCross season. Webb, who had to settle for second place in the first two rounds, took an early lead in the main event in Salt Lake City and maintained a solid cushion for the remainder of the race. Webb looked right at home atop the rostrum – a spot he frequented on his way to the 2015 title.
Colton Haaker, the winner of the first two rounds of the season, took the early lead in the final race as he garnered another holeshot. However, on lap two, he gave ground to Webb and the rest is history. The Vivint Smart Home Arena course was a challenge for Haaker. “The race was tough and with no water hole they decided to water the track quite a bit and it was super slick,” Haaker said after the race. Those slick conditions proved too much for the Husqvarna rider late in the race. “I had a crash around lap ten which was super costly but on to the next one in Phoenix in two weeks.”
Mike Brown garnered his second podium finish of the season with a late pass of an aggressive Geoff Aaron. Brown, who has now finished third in the last two EnduroCross rounds, is looking forward to the week off before the Arizona race. “I was sick during the off season so I did not get to ride until the week before Atlanta so I am gaining endurance and looking forward to a week off to keep improving.”
A high-flying Mike Brown claims his second podium of the season (Photo courtesy of Ian Reid)
Former EnduroCross Champion, Taddy Blazusiak, must be feeling that the first lap of the main event holds some kind of curse for him in 2016. Last week in South Dakota, Blazusiak injured his thumb on a first obstacle crash and had to retire from the race. This week in Utah, the first obstacle again spelled the end of his race. Blazusiak had to pull out after his handlebar became lodged in his riding pants. That’s got to be a first for EnduroCross. He was not seriously injured.
Going into the off week for the series, it’s certainly time to give some props to the talented ladies of EnduroCross. Shelby Turner captured her second win of the 2016 season with a fast main event in Utah. Morgan Tanke finished with a quick and competitive second place and Tarah Geiger rounded out the podium in third. In addition to the top men’s and women’s classes, EnduroCross also features amateur, vets, and TrialsCross support classes.
The K&N-sponsored EnduroCross season will resume in two weeks with a stop at WestWorld in Scottsdale, AZ. The race will be an exciting part of the International Off-Road & UTV Expo held the same weekend at the Scottsdale facility. No matter what your passion – ATV, UTV, or motorcycle – look to K&N for your high-performance filtration needs. Use the K&N search by vehicle tool to find the parts that fit your car, truck, or motorcycle today.
Shelby Turner (center) is all smiles after her second win in Women's EnduroCross (Photo courtesy of Ian Reid)
Utah EnduroCross Results:
1. Cody Webb, KTM
2. Colton Haaker, Husqvarna
3. Mike Brown, Husqvarna
4. Geoff 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