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Webb Rebounds for Reno EnduroCross Win!

| 24 September 2017 1:35 pm

EnduroCross Series
Round 2: Sparks Livestock Events Center

Courtesy of EnduroCross News
Photos by Adam Booth
RENO, NV, SEPT. 23, 2017

FMF KTM’s Cody Webb recovered from a couple of crashes to take an exciting win at the second round of the 2017 EnduroCross Series in Reno, Nevada. The two-time champion came back from two crashes to make a pass on SRT-backed Kyle Redmond late in the race to take the win. Race-one winner Colton Haaker also hit the ground multiple times but recovered for third.

FMF KTM’s Cody Webb dominated the Reno EnduroCross to take his first win of the season.

FMF KTM’s Cody Webb dominated the Reno EnduroCross to take his first win of the season.

After several rounds of qualifying put the top 13 Super EnduroCross riders into the gate-pick qualifier, Webb took the win after passing RPM KTM’s Ty Tremaine. Haaker also made a last-lap pass on Tremaine to take second.

The bracket race groups the top 12 riders into single-lap, head-to-head battles until the final two riders face off. Webb and Haaker worked their way through the bracket races to face off in the final for a single bonus point. The two riders leaned hard on each other going to the first turn, and Webb used the inside line to his advantage and Haaker ended up hitting the dirt, which allowed Webb to take the win.

Kyle Redmond rode a great race on the SRT KTM to take second.

Kyle Redmond rode a great race on the SRT KTM to take second.

When the gate dropped for the main event, Redmond took the holeshot coming out of the first turn, but he was quickly passed by Haaker through the first series of obstacles. However, Haaker then crashed in the second turn. Webb was knocked around a bit on the first lap and then crashed at the end of the wood pit, putting him further back in fifth, just ahead of Haaker.

On lap three, Webb turned into the No Joke Lane and Haaker ran into the back of him, taking both riders down. They both completed the required pass through the No Joke Lane anyway, dropping back to fifth and seventh, respectively.

Meanwhile, Redmond rode a steady race out front while Webb and Haaker sliced their way back through the field. Webb caught and passed Redmond for the lead on lap nine of 14.

Redmond lost a little more time on lap 13, when he made the mandatory pass through the No Joke Lane. This allowed Webb to take his first win of the season with a perfect night, winning the qualifier race, the bracket race and the main event.

Haaker crashed at least two more times but still worked his way up to third, just a few seconds back from Redmond.

Despite several crashes during the main event, Colton Haaker managed to take third.

Despite several crashes during the main event, Colton Haaker managed to take third.

SRT-backed Trystan Hart put in another solid ride to finish fourth on his Husqvarna. Noah Kepple rode at the front of the pack for the entire main and finished fifth on his Gas Gas.

Tremaine, who lives in nearby Gardnerville, showed a lot of speed during the night, but a few crashes pushed him back to sixth on his RPM KTM. Geoff Aaron rode a steady main event to finish seventh on his Gas Gas. Mason Ottersberg rode a Yamaha to his best-ever EnduroCross finish of eighth. Beta’s Ty Cullins finished ninth, and Spain’s Joan Pau Segura round out the top 10 on his Gas Gas.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Kyle Redmond (left) and third-place finisher Colton Haaker shared the podium in Reno.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Kyle Redmond (left) and third-place finisher Colton Haaker shared the podium in Reno.

“It was a long race,” Webb said, “so it gave me a long time to recover from a couple of mistakes. The track was really fun tonight and made for some great racing. There were multiple lines in a lot of spots. So it was great to get the win! I have to thank KTM and my mechanic Robbie; my bike was awesome tonight!”

“The track was fast and nothing too difficult,” Haaker said, “but things came out of nowhere on you. The first one was my fault on the first lap. You couldn’t tell if somebody was going to turn into the Joker Lane, and I plowed two people there and went over the bars. I think I crashed at least five times, so it was good to get back up to the podium.”

“Yeah, I got a really good start from the outside gate,” Redmond recounted. “I was out front and I just tried putting in consistent laps, but then Cody caught up with me and Colton passed me but then crashed. So – second is good. I have not led a race like that for a while, so I am happy.”

After two events, Webb holds a two-point lead over Haaker, with 49 and 47, respectively, and Kyle Redmond is third with 40 points.

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In the Women’s class, Shelby Turner took her second win in a row in Reno. The Canadian rode her KTM to a dominant win, leading every lap. Tarah Geiger worked her way through the field to take second on her Honda. FMF KTM’s Kacy Martinez was a close third.

Winner Shelby Turner (center), runner-up Tarah Geiger (right) and third-place finisher Kacy Martinez (left) earned their spots on the Women’s podium on the tough Reno course.

Winner Shelby Turner (center), runner-up Tarah Geiger (right) and third-place finisher Kacy Martinez (left) earned their spots on the Women’s podium on the tough Reno course.

In the Vet class, Destry Abbott took his second win in a row and was joined on the podium by David Stirm and Dan Hayakawa. These was the same three riders that took the podium at round one in Las Vegas.

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Kevin Dupius took the Open Amateur-class win on his Husqvarna. Joey Fiasconaro and Tyler Smith joined Dupius on the podium.

In the Amateur B class, Jordan Gamboa earned an exciting win. Colton Aeck, a regular Supercross rider, finished second in his first EnduroCross event. David Stirm earned his second podium of the evening with third place in this class.

Anthony Johnson took the TrialsCross main-event win. Josh Mouzais finished second, and Colman Johnson, Anthony’s 12-year-old brother, finished third.

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You can watch the entire night show on the www.endurocross.com website.

Round three of the 2017 EnduroCross Series will be held next weekend, September 30, inside the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. Tickets are available at http://www.endurocross.com/buy-tickets.

Sparks Livestock Events Center
Reno, Nevada
Results: September 23, 2017 (Round 2)

ENDUROCROSS: 1. Cody Webb (KTM); 2. Kyle Redmond (Hsq); 3. Colton Haaker (Hsq); 4. Trystan Hart (Hsq); 5. Noah Kepple (GG); 6. Ty Tremaine (KTM); 7. Geoff Aaron (GG); 8. Mason Ottersberg (Yam); 9. Ty Cullins (Bet); 10. Joan Pau Segura (GG); 11. Cooper Abbott (Yam); 12. Mitch Carvolth (KTM); 13. Wally Palmer (KTM); 14. Cody Miller (Kaw); 15. Spenser Wilton (Hon).

WOMEN: 1. Shelby Turner (KTM); 2. Tarah Geiger (Hon); 3. Kacy Martinez (KTM).

VET: 1. Destry Abbott; 2. David Stirm; 3. Dan Hayakawa.

OPEN AM: 1. Kevin Dupius (Hsq); 2. Joey Fiasconaro; 3. Tyler Smith.

AM B: 1. Jordan Gamboa; 2. Colton Aeck; 3. David Stirm.

TRIALSCROSS: 1. Anthony Johnson; 2. Josh Mouzais; 3. Colman Johnson.

Complete results can be found at http://endurocross.escoremx.com/class.asp?s=5&c=all&e=84.

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