GEICO EnduroCross Championship Series
Round 3: Orleans Arena
Courtesy of GEICO
Photos by Drew Ruiz and Brian Jeffries
LAS VEGAS, NV, APR. 22, 2015
Round three of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Series will take place inside the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday, May 1. And as if the challenging track and crazy obstacles weren’t enough, Cody Webb and Colton Haaker will be racing into Vegas tied at 45 points apiece, with Salt Lake City winner Mike Brown only two points back with 43. Racing can’t get any tighter!
Defending champion Webb, in his first season riding the FMF/ RPM Racing Team Maxxis KTM, took an exciting win at the opening round in Daytona Beach, Florida, to show that he is serious about holding on to the number-one plate. He had to fight back from a mediocre start and two crashes to take that victory.
Webb and Haaker both crashed spectacularly on the opening lap of the Salt Lake City round. Webb recovered for a fourth-place finish.
Haaker, riding his new Rockstar/ Lucas Oil-backed Husqvarna, salvaged a second-place finish in Daytona, despite suffering broken ribs and a lacerated spleen just two weeks before the event. Haaker rode an amazing race at round two in Salt Lake City to nearly take the win on the last lap after that first-lap altercation with Webb. The second-place finish left him tied with Webb, so both riders will be running the red number plates that designate the points leader.
Mike Brown took the win at the Salt Lake City EnduroCross, his first victory since taking three wins back in the 2013 season. Brown had a perfect night, as he won his heat race and set the fastest time during the evening’s hot laps before leading every lap en route to taking the main-event win. The ageless veteran proved without a doubt that he is a massive threat for the 2015 title.
The Factory Beta team of Max Gerston and Kyle Redmond has shown great speed in 2015, with each racer earning a podium finish this season. You can add in Cory Graffunder, Kevin Rookstool, Ty Tremaine, Nick Thompson, Destry Abbott, Geoff Aaron and Wild Wally Palmer as riders to watch as well.
If that’s not enough to get you excited, the Las Vegas event, three rounds into the 2015 season, will be a qualifying race, with three X Games Enduro X spots up for grabs. Outstanding performances will earn three lucky riders invitations to the 2015 Austin X Games Enduro X, so you can expect a few of the up-and-comers that have not yet earned an invite to be going for it.
Speaking of X Games qualifying, check out the launch ramp in the middle of the floor: This will be used for the first-ever X Games Step-Up qualifier. This special event is open to 30 riders, with the top 10 advancing to the evening show. The top three will get an invite to compete at the X Games on June 4 in front of the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin.
To enter the Step-Up qualifier, go to Endurocross.com, click on the “entry form” tab and select the Las Vegas event to complete the event registration form. A fee is required to enter.
For more information on the X Games Step-Up qualifier, please contact Eric Peronnard, the sport organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Miki Keller at email@example.com.
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.)