News 26 Aug 2014

Blazusiak claims EnduroCross lead with Atlanta victory

Defending champion back on top as season resumes.

Source: KTM.

Source: KTM.

KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak came out on top of an epic battle with Beta USA’s Cody Webb to win the first ever GEICO AMA EnduroCross race held in Atlanta.

The racing inside the Gwinnett Center Arena was exciting all night long and the main event had the crowd on their feet as Blazusiak and Webb traded the lead several times. Blazusiak took the lead for good on lap 12 of 15. Webb held off Colton Haaker on the Rockstar Lucas Oil JCR Honda.

Blazusiak, Haaker and Webb were the three heat racer winners. The top three riders in the points chase each earned a point for the wins.

In the main event, Blazusiak took the holeshot and was followed closely by Webb and Geoff Aaron. Blazusiak led the first three laps with Webb pressuring him the whole time. Webb made his first pass for the lead on lap four and proceeded to open a large gap that grew to nine seconds before some lapped riders held him up and Blazusiak closed back in.

Blazusiak passed for the lead briefly on lap nine, but Webb passed him back then opened the lead back up to 12 seconds. Webb made a few small mistakes and then got held up to allow Blazusiak to close back in by lap 12. Blazusiak passed for the lead when Webb could not clear a large double and then pulled away for the win on the last three laps.

“I am happy with my start but then I made a few mistakes and Cody got by me,” said Blazusiak. “15 laps felt like two 45-minute motos back-to-back out there on that track so it was great to come out with the win.”

Haaker closed in on Webb and made several attempts to pass for second on the last lap but always slipped up as he got close. FMF KTM’s Taylor Robert held third for much of the race but slipped back to fourth, while Aaron had a solid race to finish fifth on his KTM.

Blazusiak moved from third to first in the championship but has just a single point lead over Webb and two point lead over Haaker.

It was also a glowing weekend for Australian Kristie McKinnon in Atlanta, winning the Women’s main event from Lexi Pechout and Rachel Gutish.

2014 GEICO EnduroCross Series
Round four – Atlanta, GA

Pro Class results:
1. Taddy Blazusiak
2. Cody Webb
3. Colton Haaker
4. Taylor Robert
5. Geoff Aaron
6. Kyle Redmond
7. Max Gerston
8. Ty Tremaine
9. Wallace Palmer
10. Bobby Prochnau

Championship standings:
1. Taddy Blazusiak 94
2. Cody Webb 93
3. Colton Haaker 92
4. Taylor Robert 67
5. Geoff Aaron 56
6. Cory Graffunder 51
7. Max Gerston 50
8. Bobby Prochnau 45
9. Kyle Redmond 44
10. Mike Brown 44

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