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Webb Takes Everett EnduroCross Win!

| 16 October 2017 4:30 pm

EnduroCross Series
Round 4: Xfinity Arena

Courtesy of EnduroCross News
Photos by Tanner Yeager
EVERETT, WA, OCT. 14, 2017

Cody Webb took his third straight main-event win at the Rekluse Clutch EnduroCross in Everett, Washington. The FMF KTM rider took over the lead on the third lap and held a comfortable margin all the way to the end. SRT Offroad-backed Trystan Hart finished a strong second to back up his round-one podium finish and his fourth consecutive top-five finish. Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker had a tough main event that included a costly crash on lap one, but he managed to come back to finish third.

Cody Webb rode his FMF KTM to his third straight EnduroCross main-event win of the season.

Cody Webb rode his FMF KTM to his third straight EnduroCross main-event win of the season.

The top 13 Super EnduroCross riders earned their way into the gate-pick qualifier, and Haaker took the win to earn a bonus point. He had a back-and-forth battle going with Webb, and just when it appeared that Webb was going to take the top spot, he went down in the river rock section, which allowed Haaker to take over the lead and score the win.

The bracket races group the top 12 riders into single-lap head-to-head battles until the final two riders face off. For the fourth consecutive race, Webb and Haaker faced off in the final. Haaker got the jump at the start, but Webb made an aggressive pass in the rock pile to take over the lead and then held Haaker off to the finish. This gave Webb a bonus point to offset the one Haaker got in the qualifier.

Trystan Hart (84) had another great ride to take a career-best second-place finish in Everett.

Trystan Hart (84) had another great ride to take a career-best second-place finish in Everett.

The start of the main event was chaotic, as Haaker did a nose-wheelie into the first turn when he locked bars with another rider. Hart came out of turn one with the lead, ahead of Spain’s Joan Pau Segura and then Webb. Haaker’s bad start put him deep into the pack, and then he crashed in the wood pit on lap one, dropping to the back of the 15-rider field.

Hart led the first lap. Then Webb worked his way past both Segura and Hart on lap three to take the lead. Webb and Hart both took the Joker Lane early in the race and held on to the top two spots. This allowed Webb to ride off to his third win in four races.

Hart held second until Haaker passed him on lap 11, but Haaker had not yet taken the Joker Lane, setting up a tense final three laps. Haaker waited until the final lap to take the Joker Lane, and Hart stayed close enough to retake second on the final turn.

Colton Haaker (1) had a tough first lap but recovered to take third at the Washington round.

Colton Haaker (1) had a tough first lap but recovered to take third at the Washington round.

Cory Graffunder garnered his best result of the season with fourth position, despite sitting in 14th at the end of lap one. The tall Canadian thrives on tough tracks, and this one fit the bill.

Ty Tremaine rounded out the top five on his RPM KTM and he, too, had to recover from a bad first lap, which saw him in 11th.

Beta’s Max Gerston finished sixth, riding with some injuries sustained in a crash just four weeks before.

Cooper Abbott rode his Purvines DA8 Yamaha to seventh. A crash pushed him back from a battle for fifth.

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Kyle Redmond rode his SRT Husqvarna to eighth. Gas Gas-backed Noah Kepple finished ninth after a terrible start. Wally Palmer rounded out the top 10 on his SRT-backed KTM.

Ty Cullins, Tyler Kinkade, Cody Miller, Quinn Wentzel and Segura finished 11th through 15th, respectively. Segura rode in third for half the race and looked solid until he broke a chain.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Trystan Hart (left) and third-place finisher Colton Haaker took the Everett podium.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Trystan Hart (left) and third-place finisher Colton Haaker took the Everett podium.

“I struggled with my starts all day today,” said Cody Webb, “and my face was riding Colton’s rear tire going into the first turn; I am not sure if we locked bars, but he was doing a stoppie. I tried to put in strong laps, because I did not know what was going on with Colton, and I know he rides strong all the way to end. It is great to get another win.”

“This is kind of my home race, since it is closest to my house in Canada,” Trystan Hart said. “It was so great to have so many of those fans and family come down here to cheer me on. And I got the holeshot and led for a little bit. I knew that Colton had not taken the Joker Lane yet when he passed me, so I stayed as close as possible and got him back on the last lap.”

“I was down in the firewood section and stuck in somebody’s bike,” Colton Haaker said. “I got a good start, and when I put the brakes on, I hooked handlebars with somebody, and that put me into a nose-wheelie. I rode the best I could, and it wouldn’t have mattered [if he had taken the Joker Lane earlier in the race] That’s what happens when you have to pass that many riders.”

Webb opened a ten-point lead over Haaker, 101 to 91, with three events remaining. Hart holds third with 78 points. Redmond is fourth with 69, and Tremaine is fifth with 66 points.

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Canada’s Shelby Turner took her third win of the season in the Women’s class. This was perhaps her easiest win yet, as she led every lap, despite one tip-over in one of the tricky rock turns.

Beta’s Morgan Tanke came out on top of a great battle with KTM’s Kacy Martinez to take second. Martinez had crashed on lap one and recovered to nearly take second.

Winner Shelby Turner (center), second-place finisher Morgan Tanke (right) and third-place rider Kacy Martinez (left) earned the Women’s podium positions on the tough Reno course.

Winner Shelby Turner (center), second-place finisher Morgan Tanke (right) and third-place rider Kacy Martinez (left) earned the Women’s podium positions on the tough Reno course.

Destry Abbott took another Vet-class win on his Purvines/ DA8 Yamaha. Canadian Stephen Foord finished second on his Beta, and local rider Bill Baldwin rounded out the podium on his KTM.

Joel Tonsgard, another Washington local, took the Open Amateur main-event win on his Beta. Shane Culbertson rode a solid race to take second on his Husqvarna, and Kevin Dupuis rounded out the podium on his Husqvarna.

In the Amateur B class, Ryan Middleton took the win on his Kawasaki. Yamaha-mounted Max Rokosh and KTM pilot Nick Buechler rounded out the podium.

Anthony Johnson took another TrialsCross main-event win. Jake Lackie and Ronald Ringuette, both Washington residents, rounded out the podium.

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Complete results can be found at http://endurocross.escoremx.com/class.asp?s=&c=&e=85

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

Round five of the 2017 EnduroCross season will see the series move on to Scottsdale, Arizona, on Saturday, October 28.

The insane EnduroCross obstacles provide a great show and exciting racing for race fans. If you have never been to an AMA EnduroCross in person, you need to put one on your calendar for 2017. Tickets are available at http://www.endurocross.com/buy-tickets

If you want to tackle an EnduroCross course yourself, there are classes for Amateur, Vet, Women and TrialsCross riders. All of those Support-class main events run as part of the night show, so this is your chance to compete in front of a large crowd. And there is nothing more challenging than tackling an EnduroCross course! Racers can enter at https://secure.tracksideprereg.com/endurocross/

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2017 AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule
October 28, 2017: WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona
November 18, 2017: Ford Idaho Center, Boise, Idaho
November 18, 2017: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
*Subject to change

For more information, visit www.endurocross.com.

Xfinity Arena
Everett, Washington
Results: October 14, 2017 (Round 4)

ENDUROCROSS: 1. Cody Webb (KTM); 2. Trystan Hart (Hsq); 3. Colton Haaker (Hsq); 4. Cory Graffunder (Hsq); 5. Ty Tremaine (KTM); 6. Max Gerston (Bet); 7. Cooper Abbott (Yam); 8. Kyle Redmond (Hsq); 9. Noah Kepple (GG); 10. Wally Palmer (KTM); 11. Ty Cullins (Bet); 12. Tyler Kinkade (KTM); 13. Cody Miller (Kaw); 14. Quinn Wentzel (Hsq); 15. Joan Pau Segura (GG).

WOMEN: 1. Shelby Turner; 2. Morgan Tanke(Bet); 3. Kacy Martinez (KTM).

VET: 1. Destry Abbott (Yam); 2. Stephen Foord (Bet); 3. Bill Baldwin (KTM).

OPEN AM: 1. Joel Tonsgard (Bet); 2. Shane Culbertson (Hsq); 3. Kevin Dupuis (Hsq).

AM B: 1. Ryan Middleton (Kaw); 2. Max Rokosh (Yam); 3. Nick Buechler (KTM).

TRIALSCROSS: 1. Anthony Johnson; 2. Jake Lackie; 3. Ronald Ringuette.

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