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Three More Riders Earn Invites to X Games Enduro X

| 7 April 2015 12:59 pm

GEICO EnduroCross Championship Series

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IRVINE, CA, APR. 7, 2015

Three more riders earned an invite to the 2015 Austin X Games with top finishes at the Salt Lake City GEICO EnduroCross event. The X Games Enduro X event is scheduled for Friday, June 5, and will be aired on ESPN. (Details to be confirmed.)

Utah’s Nick Thompson earned his invite with a strong seventh-place finish at his home race. Thompson burst onto the EnduroCross scene in 2014 and has consistently qualified for main events.

Nick Thompson (575) earned an invite to X Games Austin with a strong ride in his home state of Utah.

Nick Thompson (575) earned an invite to X Games Austin with a strong ride in his home state of Utah.

With an 11th-place finish, 18-year-old Noah Kepple was the second rider to secure an invite. The teenager has amazing technical skills and is quickly learning the race craft necessary to compete with the top EnduroCross racers.

Noah Kepple (696) is a young rider who is quickly climbing up through the ranks of EnduroCross.

Noah Kepple (696) is a young rider who is quickly climbing up through the ranks of EnduroCross.

Dalton Dietz qualified for his first EnduroCross Pro main event in Salt Lake City and finished 12th. The 20-year-old Colorado native relocated to Arizona a few years ago to train with off-road racing legend and fellow X Games Enduro X racer Destry Abbott, and that move is now paying off.

Dalton Dietz (891) moved to Arizona to ride more and train with Destry Abbott, and both will be competing at the X Games in Austin.

Dalton Dietz (891) moved to Arizona to ride more and train with Destry Abbott, and both will be competing at the X Games in Austin.

Three more riders will earn Enduro X invites at the upcoming Las Vegas EnduroCross on Friday, May 1. That event will also host an X Games Austin Moto X Step-Up Qualifier. The qualifier will be open to 30 riders, with the top 10 riders advancing to the evening show. The final top three athletes will be invited to compete at the X Games Austin on Thursday, June 4, in front of the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin.

For the first time ever, there will be an X Games Step-Up qualifier held in conjunction with the Las Vegas EnduroCross on Friday, May 1.

For the first time ever, there will be an X Games Step-Up qualifier held in conjunction with the Las Vegas EnduroCross on Friday, May 1.

“These are all exciting young riders that are moving up the ranks in EnduroCross, so I am happy to see them earn invites to Austin,” said Eric Peronnard, the motorcycle sports organizer for the X Games. “We will have one last chance for three more riders to earn invites at the upcoming Las Vegas event and, combined with the X Games Step-Up qualifier, this will be an amazing show taking place on the Friday night before the Monster Energy Supercross finals in Las Vegas.”

To enter the Step-Up qualifier, go to Endurocross.com and click on the “entry form” tab and select the Las Vegas event to complete the event registration form. A fee is required to enter.

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For more information on the X Games Step-Up qualifier, please contact Eric Peronnard at eric@ericperonnard.com or Miki Keller at mikikeller@ericperonnard.com.

The next round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship will take place inside the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, May 1. This is the night before the final round of the Monster Energy Supercross Finals, so get your EnduroCross tickets to make it a full weekend of racing action!

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If you have never been to an EnduroCross, get to an event in 2015! You will be blown away by the exciting show and the amazing skills on display. And if you want to see how your skills match up to the EnduroCross track, there are classes for riders in the Open Amateur, Vet Over 35, Women’s and TrialsCross classes that anyone can enter!

Tickets and info for all of the 2015 events are available at www.endurocross.com/buy-tickets/

For more information, please visit www.EnduroCross.com.

2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule
Round 3: May 1, 2015 – Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada (Friday, Supercross Weekend)
Round 4: X Games, June 5, 2015 (Venue To Be Confirmed), Austin, Texas
Round 5: September 26, 2015 – Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
Round 6: October 3, 2015 – National Western Complex, Denver, Colorado
Round 7: October 17, 2015 – XFINITY Arena, Everett, Washington
Round 8: November 7, 2015 – Ford Idaho Center, Boise, Idaho
Round 9: November 20-21, 2015 – Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
(Schedule is provisional.)

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