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Webb Goes Back to Back with EnduroCross Win in Denver

| 1 October 2017 10:22 pm

EnduroCross Series
Round 3: National Western Complex

Courtesy of EnduroCross News
Photos by Tanner Yeager and Adam Booth
DENVER, CO, SEPT. 30, 2017

FMF KTM’s Cody Webb came into the Denver round of the EnduroCross Series with serious momentum. After a hard-fought win at round two in Reno, Nevada, Webb rolled into Denver – the city that witnessed his career’s first main-event qualification and victory – and he used confidence and some crafty strategy to take an exciting win to stay in front of a charging Colton Haaker, on his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna. Maxxis RPM KTM’s Ty Tremaine raced smartly and smoothly to finish third – his first podium finish of the season.

FMF KTM’s Cody Webb (2) raced confidently for his second win in a row in Denver. Photo by Tanner Yeager

FMF KTM’s Cody Webb (2) raced confidently for his second win in a row in Denver. Photo by Tanner Yeager

The night’s main event came after a stack of qualifying races entertained the crowd inside the National Western Complex. The top 13 Super EnduroCross racers made their way into a gate-pick qualifier, in which Webb began his winning run. He took the win, over Haaker and SRT’s Trystan Hart – who grabbed the last podium spot after a last-lap pass over teammate Kyle Redmond.

That qualifier race not only awards Super EnduroCross riders their gate-pick order, it also seeds the racers into the exciting bracket races – one-lap sprints that put the top 12 riders in head-to-head battles until the final two riders face off. Once again, Webb and Haaker advanced to the bracket finals, and that’s where Haaker gritted his teeth for a clean win.

When Haaker came into this event, it was questionable, at best, as whether he could even race. An infection in his elbow had kept him under medical care for the previous week, and it wasn’t until Friday that he knew he’d make the trip to Denver for the race. While his pace seemed strong, it was clear the injury was affecting him.

Defending champion Colton Haaker (1) fought through injury to battle for the lead. In the end, he finished second. Photo by Tanner Yeager

Defending champion Colton Haaker (1) fought through injury to battle for the lead. In the end, he finished second. Photo by Tanner Yeager

When the gate dropped for the main event, SRT’s Redmond took the holeshot for the second week in a row, with Webb, Tremaine and Haaker tightly in tow. The top four quickly pulled a gap on fifth and back, and by the end of lap one Webb had moved by Redmond in the turn between the Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC Rock Garden. Webb almost immediately pulled a gap that would be hard to close.

Behind Redmond in second, Haaker made a move past Tremaine and into third, and on lap two the top four were Webb, Redmond, Haaker and Tremaine, with Purvines Racing DA8’s Cooper Abbot, who’d gotten a great start, sitting in fifth.

By the third lap, Haaker had moved into second position after a bobble in the Matrix by Redmond, but the defending champion was nearly 11 seconds behind race leader Webb. Redmond and Tremaine stayed tight in third and fourth, respectively. Hart was charging after a few mistakes and was keeping the front-runners in sight.

Lap four saw Tremaine move by Redmond, and he stayed in third for the rest of the race. Redmond’s teammate Hart moved into fifth on the same lap. From this point on, there were no changes in the top three until lap 10.

Ty Tremaine (14) raced the best he has all season and netted a third-place finish in Denver. Photo by Tanner Yeager

Ty Tremaine (14) raced the best he has all season and netted a third-place finish in Denver. Photo by Tanner Yeager

The first No Joke Lane move by the top racers came on lap seven, when Tremaine made it cleanly – and without losing a position – through the challenging short lane that each rider in the main event must do once.

Webb took his turn in the No Joke Lane on lap nine, allowing Haaker to catch up and latch on to the front-runner. Then Haaker put on a charge and caught and passed Webb. Webb returned the favor on the same lap with a good move inside the rock turn. In the following straightaway, Haaker moved inside and Webb held up, deciding to let Haaker have the line instead of bumping through the sand turn.

Webb continued to race behind Haaker for another two laps, until Haaker had to take the No Joke Lane. The move allowed Webb to get by on the main track with a five-second lead over Haaker – enough to keep him in the lead all the way to the checkers.

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Webb now holds a five-point lead over Haaker in the championship points chase.

Haaker held on for second, and Tremaine stayed in third. Fourth place went to Trystan Hart after he passed his teammate on lap 11.

After a poor start, Gas Gas’ Noah Kepple rode a solid race, going from 13th to sixth by the end. Another Gas Gas rider, Spain’s John Pau Segura, charged from 10th to seventh, and Geoff Aaron, on yet another Gas Gas, finished in eighth after racing as high as sixth. Cooper Abbott finished in ninth after starting in fifth. SRT-backed Husqvarna pilot Cory Graffunder rounded out the top 10.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Colton Haaker (right) and third-place finisher Ty Tremaine shared the podium in Denver. Photo by Tanner Yeager

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Colton Haaker (right) and third-place finisher Ty Tremaine shared the podium in Denver. Photo by Tanner Yeager

“It was a great race,” Webb enthused. “The No Joke Lane finally paid off in a race. It took three races for it to make a difference in the final outcome. I had a good start and got into the lead quickly and built that gap. I was actually kind of gapping Colton, but when I took the No Joke Lane, I could tell the fire lit up in him. I had a few issues with lappers, and I got splashed in the water so bad I couldn’t see out of my left eye. Colton passed me and I had to just let him get by and do all the hard work. He was pushing really hard at the end. I gave him one block-pass, since I was there, and checked up in the next corner, because I knew he’d give it right back. [I made] a couple small mistakes I wish I could take away, but overall, I’m really glad strategy worked out for me. That college degree finally paid off.”

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“This is my third race and my third injury, as I’ve come into each race this season with something,” Haaker said. “I was lucky and happy to be here, as I didn’t 100-percent commit until even Friday morning before my flight. Today, in practice, I felt it out, and adrenaline kicked in and I was all right for the most part. I’m glad we have a break before Everett so I can get a full recovery. I had a good result, considering, and I had to get a good ride in here. I’m looking forward to Everett.”

“It was a good race,” Tremaine reported. “I struggled the last couple weeks and had a practice crash that set me back, so I’ve been kind of just throwing it back to basics and getting back to where I was riding at the end of last season. Tonight, I got out front early and held the pace the whole time, and it felt great to finally be up front with these guys and end up on the podium.”

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In the Women’s class, Kacy Martinez took her FMF KTM to the top step of the podium after an intense battle with JCR Honda’s Tarah Geiger and defending champion Shelby Turner. Beta’s Morgan Tanke got into the mix as well during the main. Geiger took second, and Turner finished third. The entire field was mixed up at multiple points in the race, making it an exciting race.

Winner Kacy Martinez (center), runner-up Tarah Geiger (right) and third-place finisher Shelby Turner (left) earned spots on the Women’s podium after battling the Denver course. Photo by Adam Booth

Winner Kacy Martinez (center), runner-up Tarah Geiger (right) and third-place finisher Shelby Turner (left) earned spots on the Women’s podium after battling the Denver course. Photo by Adam Booth

In the Vet class, Destry Abbott took his third win in a row and was joined on the podium by David Stirm in second – for the second time in a row – and Derek Raycraft from Colorado, who took third in his home-state race.

Kevin Dupius took the Open Amateur-class win on his Husqvarna for the second race in a row. Josh Greco came in second, and James Flynn grabbed third.

In the Amateur B class, Alec Peronnard took his first win, in front of Tanner Killmer. Cole Wilton brought it home in third.

The young guns stole the show in TrialsCross competition, with 14-year-old Elliot Key, 14-year-old Anthony Johnson and 16-year-old Nigel Parker going one, two, three.

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

Round five of the 2017 EnduroCross Series, presented by Cycle Barn, will be held in two weeks, on October 14, inside the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington.

National Western Complex
Denver, Colorado
Results: September 30, 2017 (Round 3)

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

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

VET: 1. Destry Abbott; 2. David Stirm; 3. Derek Raycraft.

OPEN AM: 1. Kevin Dupius (Hsq); 2. Josh Greco; 3. James Flynn.

AM B: 1. Alec Peronnard; 2. Tanner Killmer; 3. Cole Wilton.

TRIALSCROSS: 1. Elliot Key; 2. Anthony Johnson; 3. Nigel Parker.

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

 

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