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Webb Snares His Fourth Win in Scottsdale!

| 29 October 2017 9:41 am

AMA EnduroCross Championship Series
Round 5: WestWorld

Courtesy of EnduroCross News
Photos by Tanner Yeager
SCOTTSDALE, AZ, OCT. 28, 2017

Cody Webb kept his hot streak alive by taking his fourth straight win at the Law Tigers Scottsdale EnduroCross. The FMF KTM rider had a perfect night, winning the qualifier, the bracket race and the main event for maximum points. Trystan Hart put in another solid ride for his second consecutive runner-up finish on his SRT Husqvarna. FMF Maxxis KTM’s Ty Tremaine rounded out the podium.

Cody Webb took his fourth straight EnduroCross main-event win on his FMF KTM.

Cody Webb took his fourth straight EnduroCross main-event win on his FMF KTM.

Webb took the win in the Super EnduroCross gate-pick qualifier to get the night show started off right. His only problem was that he smashed his fingers on a course marker and was concerned about how that might affect his grip as the night wore on. The SRT Racing-backed trio of Kyle Redmond, Cory Graffunder and Hart finished second, third and fourth, respectively. In addition to the main-event gate picks, this race sets the match-ups for the bracket races.

The top 12 riders face off in the single-lap brackets races, and the crowd was treated to a great show in the second round, when Hart beat Webb to the first turn and the two battled all the way to the finish, with Webb making contact to push Hart out and take the win. That put Webb in the final, against Redmond, and Webb again took the win for his second bonus point of the evening.

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In the main event, the short start straight made for a hectic first turn, and Webb came away with the lead. He was closely followed by Hart, and those two had a race of their own for the win. Hart kept Webb honest for most of the main but started to lose touch and ultimately finished 19 seconds behind Webb.

For Webb, it was his fourth straight win, and he opened a large lead in the championship, due to the fact that Colton Haaker missed the Scottsdale event due to injury. For Hart, this was his third podium finish in five races, and he took over second from the absent Haaker.

Trystan Hart (84) matched his best-ever finish with another second place and took over second in points.

Trystan Hart (84) matched his best-ever finish with another second place and took over second in points.

The battle for third was intense, as Redmond held the spot early, but he was passed by a charging Tremaine on lap three. Tremaine finished lap one in seventh, so his podium finish was an impressive result. Redmond held on for fourth, and Graffunder put in a good ride to round out the top five.

Ty Tremaine (14) passed several riders to take the final podium spot in Scottsdale.

Ty Tremaine (14) passed several riders to take the final podium spot in Scottsdale.

Spain’s Joan Pau Segura rode his Gas Gas to sixth. His fellow Gas Gas rider Noah Kepple moved to seventh after completing lap one in 11th position; a broken footpeg in the qualifier race put him on row two for the main event. Beta’s Max Gerston and Ty Cullins finished in eighth and ninth, respectively. Cooper Abbott rounded out the top 10 on his Purvines DA8 Yamaha.

Eric Rhoten, Spenser Wilton, Wally Palmer, Quinn Wentzel and Geoff Aaron rounded out the main event in 11th through 15th, respectively.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Trystan Hart (left) and third-place finisher Ty Tremaine (right) took the Scottsdale podium.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Trystan Hart (left) and third-place finisher Ty Tremaine (right) took the Scottsdale podium.

Regarding Colton Haaker missing this race and likely the rest of the season, Webb said: “No, I still want to charge hard, and it is a bummer Colton could not be here, because we were putting on a good show for the fans.

“In the main,” he continued, “I really wanted to sprint right away, but then Hart kept holding the gap the same, so everyone is stepping it up.”

“I really wanted to get second, since the last race was a big confidence boost,” Hart said. “I didn’t get the greatest start but tucked into the inside in the first two turns and came out with second. I could see that Ty was staying close the whole way, and I’m just happy that I was able to get back up here for second again.”

“I had a bad start, midpack, and just put my head down and fought for it on those first few laps,” Tremaine said. “I tried to chase Trystan down, but he was riding really good. I have been working really hard and I am really happy with third.”

Webb now has a 28-point lead over Hart, who took over second from Haaker. Haaker held on to third but will likely miss the remainder of the season. Redmond and Tremaine round out the top five.

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KTM rider Shelby Turner took her fourth win of the season in the Women’s main event. The defending women’s EnduroCross champion finished ahead of Beta’s Morgan Tanke and KTM’s Kacy Martinez.

Winner Shelby Turner (center), runner-up Morgan Tanke (right) and third-place finisher Kacy Martinez (left) shared the Women’s podium again in Scottsdale.

Winner Shelby Turner (center), runner-up Morgan Tanke (right) and third-place finisher Kacy Martinez (left) shared the Women’s podium again in Scottsdale.

Destry Abbott, an Arizona native, took another Vet-class win on his Purvines DA8 Yamaha. David Stirm rode his Husqvarna to another solid second place, and Jason Gitchel finished a close third on his KTM.

Josh Greco took his first-ever Open Amateur-class win on a KTM. Kevin Dupuis finished second on his Husqvarna, and Zane Roberts rounded out the podium on a Kawasaki.

In the Amateur B class, Shelby Turner took the victory, prior to taking the Women’s class win later in the evening. Kawasaki jockey Alec Peronnard and Yamaha-mounted Noah Tidball rounded out the podium.

Brian Stull took the TrialsCross main-event win. Cole Cherick and Shaun Stuck took second and third, respectively.

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

Round six of the 2017 EnduroCross Series will take place inside the Ford Idaho Center in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, November 4.

Round 5: WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Results: October 28, 2017 (Round 5)

ENDUROCROSS: 1. Cody Webb (KTM); 2. Trystan Hart (Hsq); 3. Ty Tremaine (KTM); 4. Kyle Redmond (Hsq); 5. Cory Graffunder (Hsq); 6. Joan Pau Segura (GG); 7. Noah Kepple (GG); 8. Max Gerston (Bet); 9. Ty Cullins (Bet); 10. Cooper Abbott (Yam); 11. Eric Rhoten (Yam); 12. Spenser Wilton (Hon); 13. Wally Palmer (KTM); 14. Quinn Wentzel (Hsq); 15. Geoff Aaron (GG).

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

VET: 1. Destry Abbott (Yamaha); 2. David Stirm (Hsq); 3. Jason Gitchel (KTM).

OPEN AM: 1. Josh Greco (KTM); 2. Kevin Dupuis (Hsq); 3. Zane Roberts (Kaw).

AM B: 1. Shelby Turner; 2. Alec Peronnard (Kaw); 3. Noah Tidball (Yam).

TRIALSCROSS: 1. Brian Stull; 2. Cole Cherick; 3. Shaun Stuck.

Complete results can be found at http://endurocross.escoremx.com/class.asp?s=&c=&e=87

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