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Webb Snags Thrilling Everett GEICO EnduroCross Win!

| 28 October 2013 1:33 pm

GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series
Round 5: Comcast Arena

Courtesy of GEICO
Photo by Drew Ruiz
EVERETT, WA, OCT. 26, 2013

The 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil, visited a sold-out Comcast Arena in Everett, Washington, and Beta’s Cody Webb took a thrilling win to move into a tie for third in the points chase.

Cody Webb (2) pounced on lap 10, taking the lead – and the win – at round five of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series.

Cody Webb (2) pounced on lap 10, taking the lead – and the win – at round five of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series.

Webb passed KTM’s Mike Brown for the lead on lap 10 of 12 and held on to take the win. Brown had to hold off Rockstar/ Lucas Oil-backed Colton Haaker to take second. Taddy Blazusiak salvaged fourth place, despite two crashes in the main and a nasty crash during the first practice that injured his right wrist. Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder rode a strong race to take fifth.

Mike Brown (3) was runner-up in Everett, Washington.

Mike Brown (3) was runner-up in Everett, Washington.

Kyle Redmond, Brown and Blazusiak won the three heat races, which all included exciting battles. The 13 riders who qualified for the main via the heats and last-chance qualifiers each completed a single hot lap against the clock to determine the gate picks. Webb set the fastest time to get the first pick, ahead of Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert, Blazusiak, Haaker and Redmond. Brown had a near crash into the pond, which contributed to him earning the ninth pick and a less-desirable outside pick.

The third step on the podium went to Colton Haaker (10).

The third step on the podium went to Colton Haaker (10).

Despite the outside gate pick, Brown came out of the first turn in second, behind Robert, and then immediately passed him for the point position and then put in a couple of extremely fast laps to open up a big lead. Robert and Webb exchanged second position a few times before Webb finally took that position on lap four, and at that point he was nearly nine seconds behind Brown.

Webb put in several consistent laps at the same time that Brown started to suffer from arm pump and cut the lead in half, and then closed to Brown’s back wheel on lap 10 when Brown got stuck in a tricky rock turn. Webb made an aggressive pass on the inside to take the lead and then took the white flag before opening up a five-second gap on the last lap to take his second consecutive GEICO EnduroCross win.

“This track was so difficult, and I felt like I was so tired,” Webb said, “but I know that Brown and Colton must have felt the same way out there.”

Brown came under heavy pressure from Haaker, and the two battled all the way to the checkered flag to take the final two podium positions.

“I could not hold on after the halfway point,” Brown said. “The ruts and slippery track was difficult, but I should have continued to pull away.”

Blazusiak, who had suffered a huge crash during the first practice session, crashed multiple times during the main event; however, he managed to work his way back through the field to finish fourth, and he lost only four points to Brown in the championship chase.

Overcoming a crash-filled evening, Taddy Blazusiak (1) still managed to finish fourth.

Overcoming a crash-filled evening, Taddy Blazusiak (1) still managed to finish fourth.

Graffunder completed the first lap in eighth and steadily moved through the field to finish fifth. Robert, who was sick all week, faded to sixth, despite taking the lead on the start. Redmond finished seventh, Gary Sutherlin was eighth, Geoff Aaron was ninth, and Justin Soule rounded out the top 10.

Initial main-event leader Taylor Robert had been ill all week. He ended up sixth. Photo by Drew Ruiz

Initial main-event leader Taylor Robert had been ill all week. He ended up sixth. Photo by Drew Ruiz

Brown gained four points on Blazusiak in the championship chase, 112 to 105. Robert narrowly held on to third, with 90, and Webb moved into a tie for fourth with Haaker, at 88 points apiece.

Chantelle Bykerk (3) took another win in the Women’s class at round five, but it was a close one.

Chantelle Bykerk (3) took another win in the Women’s class at round five, but it was a close one.

Like most of the races during the evening, the Women’s main event came down to the last battle, and Canada’s Chantelle Bykerk took a narrow win over Shelby Turner. The two exchanged the lead a few times, and Turner closed to Bykerk’s rear wheel but came up a little short. Rachel Gutish took over third on the last lap to take that last step on the podium.

Bykerk has now won three races in a row and has opened up a large points lead over Gutish, 119 to 97. Morgan Tanke is in third, with 75, and Turner is fourth, with 69.

Each EnduroCross event also includes several Amateur classes, and Montana’s Rob Farrington took the Vet win over Stephen Foord and Ryan Pugh.

Harrison Oswald made a last-lap pass to take the win in the Open Amateur class, ahead of Wyatt Hart and Daniel Brown.

In the TrialsCross class, Daniel Blanc-Gonnet took the win, over Kyle Larsen and Nathan Brown.

Two rounds remain: Boise, Idaho, on November 9, and Las Vegas on November 23. For more information, please visit www.EnduroCross.com.

Comcast Arena
Everett, Washington
Results: October 26, 2013 (Round 5 of 7)

EX MAIN: 1. Cody Webb (Bet); 2. Mike Brown (KTM); 3. Colton Haaker (Hon); 4. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM); 5. Cory Graffunder (Hsq); 6. Taylor Robert (Kaw); 7. Kyle Redmond (KTM); 8. Gary Sutherlin (KTM); 9. Geoff Aaron (KTM); 10. Justin Soule (Kaw); 11. Max Gerston (Bet); 12. Jamie Lanza (Hsq); 13. Wally Palmer (Chr).

OPEN AM: 1. Harrison Oswald; 2. Wyatt Hart; 3. Daniel Brown.

WOMEN: 1. Chantelle Bykerk; 2. Shelby Turner; 3. Rachel Gutish.

VET: 1. Rob Farrington; 2. Stephen Foord; 3. Ryan Pugh.

TRIALSCROSS: 1. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet; 2. Kyle Larsen; 3. Nathan Brown.

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