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Webb Storms to Boise EnduroCross Win!

| 5 November 2017 11:58 am

AMA EnduroCross Championship Series
Round 6: Ford Idaho Center

Courtesy of EnduroCross News
Photos by Tanner Yeager
BOISE, ID, NOV. 4, 2017

Cody Webb dominated the Boise EnduroCross to take his fifth straight win. The FMF KTM Factory Racing rider had a nearly flawless evening, setting the fastest hot-lap time, winning the qualifier, and topping the main event.

Cody Webb took his fifth straight EnduroCross main-event win on his FMF KTM in Boise.

Cody Webb took his fifth straight EnduroCross main-event win on his FMF KTM in Boise.

SRT Offroad-backed Cory Graffunder was Webb’s closest rival on the night and won the bracket race and finished second in the main. Despite a bad start, Ty Tremaine finished third for the second consecutive race.

Webb got the night started off strong with a win in the Super EnduroCross gate-pick qualifier. Graffunder served notice that he was ready for a good result by finishing second, and Cooper Abbott put in a strong result for third. In addition to determining 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 this, again, provided a lot of excitement. Webb and Graffunder each won two rounds to face off in the final. Graffunder managed to beat Webb to the first turn and put in a flawless lap to take the win, despite heavy pressure all the way to the finish, and earn a bonus point in the championship.

Cory Graffunder put in a great ride in Boise to finish second.

Cory Graffunder put in a great ride in Boise to finish second.

To start the main event, Webb fought hard to take the lead exiting the first turn and was closely followed by Graffunder, Geoff Aaron, Cooper Abbott and Kyle Redmond. Webb rode a flawless main event, despite an extremely difficult wood pit and No Joke Lane. He steadily pulled away from Graffunder to take his fifth straight main-event win.

Graffunder had an equally solid race to maintain second for all but one lap, when he took the No Joke Lane, but he was quickly back into second. He could not match Webb’s pace, but it was a great result, considering he’d missed round two due to a badly broken thumb less than six weeks ago.

The fight for third was exciting, as Aaron and Abbott battled for the position in the early laps, until Abbott had problems. Then Aaron crashed in the No Joke Lane on lap eight, and Tremaine made a bold pass, as he was already committed to the lane on the same lap. Trystan Hart passed both riders but then relinquished the position back to Tremaine when he took the No Joke Lane on lap 10. This gave Tremaine the final podium spot, despite having completed lap one in 13th. Hart, who is currently second in the points, held on for fourth.

Ty Tremaine (14) recovered from a terrible start to finish third.

Ty Tremaine (14) recovered from a terrible start to finish third.

Beta’s Max Gerston had a pretty quiet night but came out with a fifth-place finish on the tough Boise track. Aaron recovered for sixth position. Abbott finished seventh, and his fellow Yamaha rider Mason Ottersberg finished eighth. Redmond finished in ninth after a pretty tough night that included a big crash in the qualifying race. Ty Cullins rounded out the top 10 on his Beta.

Joan Pau Segura, Eric Rhoten, Noah Kepple, Wally Palmer and Quinn Wentzel finished 11th through 15th, respectively.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Cory Graffunder (right) and third-place finisher Ty Tremaine (left) took the Boise podium.

Winner Cody Webb (center), runner-up Cory Graffunder (right) and third-place finisher Ty Tremaine (left) took the Boise podium.

“This was definitely the toughest track we’ve had this year,” Webb noted. “Boise always has a ridiculous wood pit, and I fell down there five or six times in practice. I fell more in those first two practice sessions than I have all year. I really struggled early today and didn’t let the track come to me. In the qualifier, I rode great. Graffunder got me in the bracket race, but it was a great race and a good show for the fans. In the main, I got the holeshot and felt awesome. I had two little bobbles and a couple issues with the lappers in the wood pit, where I was forced to just take my time. It was probably the loosest I rode all year, and it feels great to get the win!”

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“Tonight was probably the most incident-free, smoothest and cleanest race I’ve ever had,” Graffunder declared. “I attribute it to my good riding early in the day that set me up with a good gate pick that put me ahead of a lot of carnage and let me just click off laps. I did two laps and had a big enough gap to do the No Joke Lane, got that out of the way when I was nice and fresh and made it through there without incident. Then I kept clicking off laps. I don’t want to say it was the easiest race, because the track was difficult, but as far as adversity and making mistakes, it definitely was the easiest I’ve had. It was clean, start to finish.”

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“It was not an easy one tonight,” Tremaine confessed. “I’ve been working hard all year, and the beginning of the season has kind of sucked, to be honest. I haven’t felt like I’m riding where I’m supposed to. I was fastest in the second practice, so I knew I had the speed. Cody and Colton have always been so far out front, and my goal is, if I don’t beat them, I want to be really close. Tonight, that was my goal again, but right off the bat, nothing went right. People were crashing right in front of me and it was a nightmare. Coming around the first lap, I was in dead last place – so I just started charging forward and made passes. I found myself in fourth, behind Trystan Hart, and then I took the No Joke Lane behind Geoff Aaron, because I knew he’d make it – and then he ended up crashing! I don’t know how I made it through, but I passed Geoff and got out of there, and then Hart took the No Joke Lane and I made it into third. I just stayed there, thankfully. It was the hardest race I’ve ever done.”

Webb now holds an insurmountable 32-point lead over Hart in the championship heading into the final round in Ontario. Tremaine has taken over third, nine points back from Hart. These two will battle for the Junior EnduroCross championship for riders 21 and under.

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Tarah Gieger took her first-ever Women’s EnduroCross main-event win, coming out on top of a great three-way battle with Shelby Turner and Kacy Martinez. It was a popular win for the former Women’s Motocross champion, who has been trying to get an EnduroCross win for years.

Winner Tarah Gieger (center), runner-up Shelby Turner (right) and third-place finisher Kacy Martinez (left) shared the Women’s podium in Idaho.

Winner Tarah Gieger (center), runner-up Shelby Turner (right) and third-place finisher Kacy Martinez (left) shared the Women’s podium in Idaho.

Destry Abbott kept his undefeated streak alive in the Vet class on his Purvines DA8 Yamaha. Canada’s Stephen Foord put up a good fight and ultimately finished second. David Stirm took another podium on his Husqvarna.

David Kamo, a former top desert racer and an Idaho resident, took the Open Amateur main-event win. Canada’s Kevin Dupuis put up a great fight but crashed in the final turn while attempting to make a pass for the lead; however, he managed to hold on for second. Shelby Turner, the 2016 Women’s EnduroCross champion, took the final podium spot, the first woman ever to earn a podium finish in the Amateur class!

In the Amateur B class, James Flynn took the win on his Husqvarna. Justin Rokosh finished second on a Yamaha, and Austin Serpa rounded out the podium on his KTM.

Stephen Foord took the TrialsCross main-event win. Anthony Johnson and Kaden Jenkins took second and third, respectively.

Ford Idaho Center
Boise, Idaho
Results: November 4, 2017 (Round 6)

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

WOMEN: 1. Tarah Gieger; 2. Shelby Turner; 3. Kacy Martinez.

VET: 1. Destry Abbott (Yam); 2. Stephen Foord; 3. David Stirm (Hsq).

OPEN AM: 1. David Kamo; 2. Kevin Dupuis; 3. Shelby Turner.

AM B: 1. James Flynn (Hsq); 2. Justin Rokosh (Yam); 3. Austin Serpa (KTM).

TRIALSCROSS: 1. Stephen Foord; 2. Anthony Johnson; 3. Kaden Jenkins.

Complete results can be found at http://endurocross.escoremx.com/class.asp?s=&c=&e=88

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