2012 AMA Endurocross
When multi-time Geico AMA EnduroCross Champion Taddy Blazusiak of Poland gets a holeshot on his Red Bull KTM, he usually checks out and cruises to yet another victory.
However, at the 2012 Ontario round, Beta’s Cody Webb had other ideas. Webb was second out of the second turn before momentarily relinquishing the runner-up spot to Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Justin Soule, who was returning to action after dislocating his shoulder at the Sacramento round.
After overtaking Soule, Webb was on a mission to hunt down the seemingly unassailable Blazusiak, who was the fastest qualifier in the afternoon.
With Soule making an error and dropping back to fifth behind Kawasaki’s Gary Sutherlin and Husqvarna rider Kyle Redmond, Webb was putting pressure on Blazusiak. The two riders pushing hard separated themselves from the remainder of the pack, making it a mano y mano battle. Both were flying through The Matrix, a trickly section with logs spaced just perfectly to catch wheels and toss imperfect riders into the hard dirt.
Finally, in the deceptively difficult wood chunks and chips section, Blazusiak made a bobble. Webb closed the gap, then pounced in the rock garden guarding the finish line, taking the lead to the roar of his home state crowd.
Blazusiak stuck with Webb, never allowing Webb an opportunity to open up a lead and take a breather. Eventually, in the same woodpile that cost Blazusiak a position earlier, he found a faster line to return to the front.
While Webb was not done and continued to ride hard, by the time the white flag came out, Blazusiak had a commanding lead on his KTM. A consistent final lap sealed the deal and Blazusiak had another win in the books. Webb took his Beta to a comfortable second, while Soule and his Monster Energy Kawasaki regained the final podium position.
1. Taddy Blazusiak (#111)…KTM
2. Cody Webb (#5)…Beta
3. Justin Soule (#3)…Kawasaki
4. Kyle Redmond (#7)…Husqvarna
5. Taylor Robert (#33)…Kawasaki
6. Colton Haaker (#10)…Kawasaki
7. Mike Brown (#311)…KTM
8. Destry Abbott (#8)…Kawasaki
9. Ryan Rodgers (#21)…Honda
10. Gary Sutherlin (#6)…Kawasaki
11. Jamie Lanza (#99)…Yamaha