Kawasaki leads GEICO EnduroCross Manufacturers Championship

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.endurocross, endurocross racing, endurocross 2012, las vegas endurocross, 2012 las vegas endurocross, kawasaki, kawasaki racing, kawasaki 2012, kawasaki endurocross

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

Colton Haaker gets First Ever GEICO EnduroCross Win in Las Vegas

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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

Win Cody Webb’s Helmet at the 2012 Las Vegas EnduroCross

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!”endurocross, 2012 endurocross, 2012 las vegas endurocross, cody webb, 2012 cody webb, cody webb endurocross

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

Meet the 2012 GEICO Honda EnduroCross and Supercross Team Riders!

Meet the GEICO Honda EnduroCross and Supercross Team Riders at the Las Vegas EnduroCross Opener. Windham, Barcia, Tomac, Bogle and Hahn will be there to sign autographs at the 2012 Las Vegas EnduroCross.

The GEICO Honda Supercross team has two riders in contention for the 2012 Lites Supercross Championships that will wrap up in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 5th. Justin Barcia has dominated the East Coast series while Eli Tomac has three wins in the West Coast series. Both riders along with Kevin Windham, Justin Bogle and Will Hahn will be attending the opening round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series that is taking place on Friday night before the Supercross finals in Las Vegas.

They will be cheering on Geoff Aaron, Kevin Rookstool and Keith Wineland, their GEICO Honda counterparts in the EnduroCross series. And all of the GEICO Honda team, along with the other top EnduroCross racers will be signing autographs at the Orleans Arena when the doors open at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 4th.

Justin Barcia had this to say about attending the Las Vegas EnduroCross opener: “I’m excited to see another EnduroCross race,” Barcia said. “I really want to try it one of these days. I almost did last year but the guys at Honda didn’t want me to get hurt so they talked me out of it. I’m glad to see the GEICO series growing because it’s something different and I know people will like it if they go check it out. It’s crazy with all the obstacles they put out there, and that makes it a lot of fun to watch.”

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.

For more information, go to www.EnduroCross.com.

2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location

Date

Arena / Additional Information

Las Vegas, NV

May 4, 2012

Orleans Arena     (Friday during Supercross weekend)

Sacramento, CA

June 9, 2012

Power Balance Pavilion

Los Angeles, CA

July 1, 2012

TBA

Ontario, CA

September 15, 2012

Citizens Business Bank Arena

Denver, CO

October 6, 2012

National Western Complex

Everett, WA

October 20, 2012

Comcast Arena

Boise, ID

October 27, 2012

Idaho Center

Las Vegas, NV

November 17, 2012

Orleans Arena     

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a Supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole…and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in! Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. For the seven EnduroCross events, be sure to log-on to www.motorsportshour.com for local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network.