GEICO EnduroCross Championship Series
Round 1: Ocean Center
Courtesy of GEICO
Photos by Drew Ruiz
DAYTONA BEACH, FL, MAR. 6, 2015
Cody Webb kicked off the defense of his GEICO EnduroCross AMA Championship in style by taking the win at the opening round inside the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The FMF/ RPM/ KTM Team Maxxis rider had a back-and-forth battle with Kyle Redmond, on the Factory Beta, early in the race and survived a crash and a bad start to take the win. Redmond eventually had a few crashes himself but battled back to finish third. Rockstar/ Lucas Oil/ Husqvarna-backed Colton Haaker rode a steady race to take second.
Mike Brown had the top gate pick by setting the fastest hot lap of the evening, and he took advantage of that to rocket into the lead and take the Nexen Tire $500 Holeshot Award. Brown led the first lap but then had the first of several crashes on lap two. He would eventually finish sixth.
Webb quickly recovered from a bad start to get into third on lap two, and he took the lead on lap three. He appeared to be on his way to an easy win, but Redmond, who took over Webb’s place on the Factory Beta for 2015, kept the pressure on, and Webb went down. Redmond then led for a few laps, and the two battled until a mistake pushed Redmond back.
From the midway point of the 15-lap main, Webb steadily opened his lead on Haaker and eventually finished with a 13-second margin to take the win and the points lead.
“Honestly, a win’s a win, but that one sucked,” Webb said after the race. “I made a lot of mistakes there in the beginning and bent my lever up, but I recovered, and everybody one else had their troubles, so I got the victory. Now I am looking forward to going to Salt Lake in a few weeks.”
Haaker had a great debut on his Factory-backed Husqvarna, finishing a solid second, despite coming into the series injured.
“I came into the night with three broken ribs and a lacerated spleen from a crash two weeks ago,” Haaker said. “I asked Fly to send me out a chest protector so I could try to race and do my best. The track tonight was different than we’ve ever had, with the crazy, coffee-grounds-like dirt. So I’m super excited to start the series off in second after all that.”
SRT Racing-backed Cory Graffunder had a great ride for his new team, taking fourth. He was in contention for a podium position but got stuck behind lapped riders multiple times and fell as far back as seventh before moving forward again.
Beta USA’s Max Gerston survived a lot of carnage and an off-track excursion to finish fifth.
Brown was sixth, ahead of Bobby Prochnau.
Kevin Rookstool battled inside the top five and eventually finished eighth. He will be racing the Daytona Supercross on Saturday and the opening round of the GNCC Series on Sunday for a Bike Week trifecta like no other.
Ty Cullins finished ninth in his first Pro EnduroCross race on the Factory Beta.
Destry Abbott rounded out the top 10 on his Kawasaki.
In the Women’s class, Morgan Tanke took the win in her first race for the Factory Beta team. She survived a last-lap battle with Shelby Turner and Tarah Geiger, who finished second and third, respectively.
All of the EnduroCross events also include Support classes. Cooper Abbott took the win in the Open Amateur class, over Quinn Wentzel and Steve Deines.
Canada’s Stephen Foord won the Vet class, ahead of former top GNCC racer Jason Raines. Jonny Barber took third.
Ty Cullins had a great battle with Quinn Wentzel to take the TrialsCross-class win, and Chris Venditti took third.
The next round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series will take place at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, March 21.
All 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross events will air full one-hour shows on the CBS Sports Network. The Daytona, Florida, event is scheduled to air on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. ET. For more information, please visit www.CBSsportsnetwork.com.
Daytona Beach, Florida
Results: March 6, 2015 (Round 1)
MEN PRO: 1. Cody Webb (KTM); 2. Colton Haaker (Hsq); 3. Kyle Redmond (Bet); 4. Cory Graffunder (KTM); 5. Max Gerston (Bet); 6. Mike Brown (Hsq); 7. Bobby Prochnau (KTM); 8. Kevin Rookstool (Suz); 9. Ty Cullins (Bet); 10. Destry Abbott (Kaw); 11. Ty Tremaine (KTM); 12. Nick Thompson (KTM); 13. Cooper Abbott (Kaw).
WOMEN: 1. Morgan Tanke; 2. Shelby Turner; 3. Tarah Geiger.
OPEN AM: 1. Cooper Abbott; 2. Quinn Wentzel; 3. Steve Deines.
VET 35+: 1. Stephen Foord; 2. Jason Raines; 3. Jonny Barber.
TRIALSCROSS: 1. Ty Cullins; 2. Quinn Wentzel; 3. Chris Venditti.