EnduroX: Round #3 Race Report – Las Vegas

Colton Haaker race action shot EnduroCross Media Press Release: Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker took an exciting wire to wire win at round three of the 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series inside the Orleans Arena. Although Haaker lead from the start, he withstood steady pressure from Cody Webb on his KTM. Geoff Aaron rounded out the podium on his Gas Gas. Webb set the fast lap time during both the afternoon and night time Hot Lap session to get the bonus point and top gate pick. But Haaker took the $ 500 Holeshot award. Fellow Husqvarna rider Mike Brown followed Haaker for a few laps until he made a mistake in the fire wood pit. That allowed Webb to take over second and he pushed Haaker for several laps and even got alongside a couple of times but could never make a pass stick. Both riders lapped the entire field by the last lap and Haaker gained just enough space in the final two laps to take the win by just a few seconds. “I didn’t get the hot lap but I knew if I could get the holeshot I could control the race from there” said Haaker. “But because of the lappers, the wood pile and it was a difficult track it wasn’t easy”. The win also allowed Haaker to break the tie for the points lead as they head to Austin for the X Games Enduro X, which counts for the AMA EnduroCross Championship. “It was really tough to get around the lappers” said Webb. “I rode really good all night and I caught up to Colton and then I just got hung up in the wood pit a few times and that let him get away”. Aaron took third to make up for a tough start to the season where he did not qualify for the mains at the opening two rounds. “I have been working really hard this year riding with Colton a lot and felt really prepared but just kept putting myself in the wrong place at the wrong time” Aaron said. “So it was definitely cool to pull off a podium. Cory Graffunder took a solid fourth position on his KTM. Ty Tremaine took a personal best of fifth on his KTM. Kevin Rookstook finished sixth on his Suzuki. Max Gerston took seventh on a Beta. Nick Thompson was eighth on a KTM. Mike Brown dropped to ninth after getting a piece of wood stuck in his wheel. Kyle Redmond rounded out the top ten on a Beta. Jamie Lanza, finished eleventh on a KTM ahead of Destry Abbott on a Kawasaki and Noah Kepple was thirteenth in the main. 2015 EnduroCross Las Vegas Podium Shot Las Vegas, Nevada GEICO AMA EnduroCross Men’s Main Event Results: 1.    Colton Haaker      Husqvarna 2.    Cody Webb          KTM 3.    Geoff Aaron        Gas Gas 4.    Cory Graffunder    KTM 5.    Ty Tremaine        KTM 6.    Kevin Rookstool    Suzuki 7.    Max Gerston        Beta 8.    Nick Thompson      KTM 9.    Mike Brown         Husqvarna 10.   Kyle Redmond       Beta 11.   Jamie Lanza        KTM 12.   Destry Abbott      Kawasaki 13.   Noah Kepple        KTM All eight 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross events will air full one hour shows on CBS Sports Network. The Las Vegas event is scheduled to air on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 PM ET. 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule June 5, 2015 – Austin, Texas.  X Games, Circuit of the Americas September 26, 2015 – Sacramento, California.  Sleep Train Arena October 3, 2015 – Denver, Colorado.  National Western Complex October 17, 2015 – Everett, Washington.  XFINITY Arena November 7, 2015 – Boise, Idaho.  Ford Idaho Center November 20/21, 2015 – Ontario, California.  Citizens Business Bank Arena The Vegas event also included a first ever X Games Step Up Qualifier. The crowd witnessed an exciting competition that saw Italy’s Massimo Bianconcini, Bostwa’s Alistair Sayer and Florida’s Tom Parsons earn invites to the Austin X Games. The X Games Enduro X will be the next points paying event for the 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship. That will take place on Friday, May 5th in Austin Texas as the spectacular Circuit of the America’s. For more information: www.endurocross.com Read More