One-Two finish at the Vegas opener gets Kawasaki off to a good start
Irvine, CA (June 5, 2012) – For the first time, the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series will include a Manufactures Championship. Each motorcycle manufacturer will earn points for the top two finishers on their brand at each round.
Kawasaki got off to a strong start at the Las Vegas opener as Colton Haaker on the Lucas Oil backed Kawasaki won his first ever main event ahead of the Justin Soule on the Monster Energy Kawasaki.
The KTM duo of Taddy Blazusiak and Mike Brown earned third and sixth respectively to put the Orange team in second after round one. The Beta and Husqvarna teams are tied for third.
“This is a great way to recognize the motorcycle manufacturers that support the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship and also provides the fans with another reason to cheer on their favorite riders” stated Mike Karsting, VP of Events at Source Interlink. “EnduroCross is extremely tough on the machines so this will be a great reward for the winning manufacturer” he continued.
2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series – Manufacturers Championship Points after Round 1
1. Kawasaki 55
2. KTM 36
3. Beta 27
4. Husqvarna 27
5. Honda 19
6. Gas Gas 6
7. Yamaha 6
Kawasaki leads GEICO EnduroCross Manufacturers Championship
Sacramento California to host EnduroCross on June 9th
Northern California is a hotbed for off-road motorcycles and Motocross and on Saturday, June 9th, the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil will make a first ever visit to this region.
The Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club, which does an amazing job promoting the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown, will be helping the EnduroCross team make this first visit to Nor Cal a big success by providing insight on the area and getting members involved with the event.
“The Hangtown Motocross shows that Northern California has a lot of passionate race fans so we are really excited about filling up the Power Balance Pavilion and putting on a great show with EnduroCross” stated Mike Karsting, VP of Events at Source Interlink.
“The Dirt Diggers North team along with several local Kawasaki dealerships have been really enthusiastic about helping to make sure that the first EnduroCross in the area is a big success so we really want to thank those people for getting involved.” Karsting continued.
The following local Kawasaki dealers will be selling tickets and have displays at the Sacramento EnduroCross:
The X Games event will air on ESPN networks and the remaining GEICO AMA EnduroCross events will be aired on the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the NBC Sports Network. Check your local listing or www.motorsportshour.com. The Sacramento round is scheduled to air on Saturday, July 8 at 5:00 pm EST.
Results and live timing and scoring are available at: http://endurocross.tracksideresults.com/class.asp?s=&c=&e=37. For more information, go to www.EnduroCross.com.
GEICO EnduroCross Ready for First Ever Event in Northern California
The X Games staff announced the X Games 18 Enduro X qualification process and pre-qualified riders a few weeks ago and five more riders have earned invitations.
For both the male and female riders, the top two non-qualified finishers at the opening round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series in Las Vegas on May 4th would earn spots. Those riders are as follows :
- Men’s Enduro X, top two finishing riders that were not already pre-qualified
- Cory Graffunder CAN
- Max Gerston USA
- Women’s Enduro X, top two finishing riders that were not already pre-qualified
- Louise Forsley USA
- Chantelle Bykerk CAN
The X Games competition staff also extends “Wild Card” invites to top racers from around the world and there is perhaps no rider more deserving of this than eighteen year old Steward Baylor. The South Carolina resident won the 2011 Grand National Cross Country series XC 2 Pro class championship and has won five races of the first six races in 2012. On top of that, Baylor has won four out of five rounds thus far in the AMA National Enduro championship against a strong field of pro riders. Based on these results, Baylor has been invited to his first X Games Enduro X.
“The X Games is an amazing opportunity for these top racers to show off their skills in front of a huge live and television audience” stated Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross and X Games Enduro X Sports Organizer. “I especially enjoy seeing the young or relatively unknown riders get introduced to the world”, he continued.
If you want to see the riders that will be mixing it up at X Games 18, you can go to the Staples Center on Sunday, July 1st or catch many of those same riders at any of the other seven GEICO AMA EnduroCross events in 2012.
Round two of GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship will take place on Saturday, June 9th in the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. It will be the first ever visit to Northern California for the series and the last chance for non-qualified riders to earn a coveted X Games invitation.
For more information, go to www.EnduroCross.com.
Five More Riders Earn Invitations to 2012 X Games EnduroCross
The 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship, presented by Lucas Oil kicked off with a bang inside the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Colton Haaker got his first ever GEICO AMA EnduroCross main event win by leading every lap of the main event.
The Lucas Oil backed Kawasaki rider withstood heavy pressure from Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Justin Soule for the duration but never put a wheel wrong.
KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak came back from a first turn crash to finish third. After going undefeated in 2011, Blazusiak had a tough day and crashed a few times in practice and during his heat race, which forced him to the Semi. Beta’s Cody Webb finished fourth ahead of Taylor Robert rounded out the top five. Mike Brown, Cory Graffunder, Kyle Redmond, Kevin Rookstool, Brobby Prochnau and Destry Abbott rounded out the top eleven riders that made the main event.
Mike Brown got the day started off by setting the fastest lap during the hot laps, where the riders do a single lap against the clock. Blazusiak finished second ahead of Webb, Graffunder and Robert.
The evening also included the support classes. The Open Amateur class, which was won by Max Gerston over Bryan Roper and Shane Cuthbertson. Kurt Nicoll won the Vet class over Josh Adams and Rich Black. Phil Smage, won the TrialsCross class ahead of Zach Sweeten and Ty Cullins.
The Women’s class was won KTM’s Maria Forsburg. Kacy Martinez passed Forsburg and led for a little while to make it interesting but a mistake forced her to settle for second. Louise Forsley finished third with Chantelle Bykerk fourth and Nicole Bradford rounding out the top five.
Colton Haaker gets First Ever GEICO EnduroCross Win in Las Vegas
A great way to compete with your friends and fellow fans
For the first time ever, GEICO AMA EnduroCross fans will be able to compete against one another in a full-throttle online fantasy league that’s sure to be every bit as competitive as the actual racing on the track.
As a virtual team manager, you’ll have the opportunity to assemble your dream team of EnduroCross racers, whose value will be determined based on their results throughout the actual season.
You’ll be able to trade racers in between events, but as soon as the action starts it’s up to you to have chosen the ultimate EnduroCross fantasy team!
Registration is free and there will be some very cool prizes on the line from Motion Pro Specialty Tools and Controls for the winners. So invite your buddies and get the rules and registration at www.EnduroCross.com/fantasy.
“GEICO has stepped up once again to help create this new fantasy league” stated Lance Bryson, Director of Sales and Marketing for EnduroCross. “Although Taddy Blazusiak has been the dominant rider the past few years, it is very difficult to predict the podium finishers necessary to get maximum points.”
GEICO EnduroCross Fantasy League Created
Motorcycle-Superstore.com announces they are a sponsor of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross by Lucas Oil Series, which opens on May 4th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
In addition to the racing action in store for the evening, the event will also feature a “Superstore-Superstar Fan Walk.” To top it off, one lucky fan will be chosen from the crowd to win a Cody Webb autographed Motorcycle-Superstore.com team Bell Moto-9 helmet.
“EnduroCross is my favorite form of racing,” says Cody Webb, Factory Beta Racing team rider and former AMA Trials champion.
“EnduroCross is as gnarly as it gets and Vegas is the best show of the bunch. I can’t wait to put my Superstore helmet on the podium!”
The Superstore-Superstar Fan Walk presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com will include some of the top racers in the world, not only from EnduroCross but also from the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series.
It will take place inside the Orleans Arena Concourse when the gates open at 7:00 PM.
The following riders are planning to be on hand:
* Justin Barcia, GEICO Honda Supercross rider, 2011 and 2012 East Coast Lites AMA Supercross Champion.
* Eli Tomac, GEICO Honda Supercross rider and current West Coast Lites Supercross series leader.
* Kevin Windham, GEICO Honda Supercross rider, Supercross legend.
* Justin Bogle, GEICO Honda Supercross rider, top Supercross rookie.
* Will Hahn, GEICO Honda Supercross rider.
* GEICO Honda’s Geoff Aaron, Kevin Rookstool and Keith Wineland.
* KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak and Mike Brown.
* Monster Kawasaki’s Justin Soule, Taylor Robert and Bobby Garrison.
* Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder and Kyle Redmond.
* Zip Ty Racing’s Gary Sutherlin, Ryan Sandoval and Ty Davis.
* Lucas Oil / Kawasaki backed Colton Haaker.
* RPM KTM’s Bobby Prochnau and Josh Strang, the 2010 GNCC Champion that will be racing his first EnduroCross.
If you are planning a trip to see the Monster Energy Supercross finals in Las Vegas, then make sure that you come in a day early to catch the GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship opener, which is an X Games Qualifier. If you have never watched one in person, you will be blown away by the obstacles and intense racing action.
Win Cody Webb’s Helmet at the 2012 Las Vegas EnduroCross
Second in the 2011 Championship and now it is time to win
Mike Brown is ready to win an EnduroCross main event in 2012. Five podium finishes led to second in the 2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil.
And if it were not for Taddy Blazusiak, his KTM teammate, Brown would likely have several wins already. But after three years of trying, he has yet to stand on the top step of the podium at EnduroCross. 2012 may just be the year to change that as he has proven to have the pure speed necessary with several heat race wins and fast times during the qualifying hot laps.
“I improved my consistency in 2011 to get second in the championship. Now I want a win” Brown said when asked about his outlook on the 2012 season. So if you are looking for somebody to break the Taddy Blazusiak streak in Las Vegas on Friday, May 4th, look no further than Mike Brown on the FMF KTM.
If you are planning a trip to see the Supercross finals in Las Vegas, then make sure that you come in a day early to catch the GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship opener and X Games Qualifier. If you have never watched one in person, you will be blown away by the obstacles and intense racing action.
Mike Brown Ready for an EnduroCross Win in 2012