Geico Endurocross Vegas Finale
Through the first four rounds of 2010 GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, KTM rider Taddy Blazusiak – the defending ’09 EX champ – was perfect.
Wins at the Las Vegas opener, Guthrie, Indianapolis and Everett gave Blazusiak a seemingly insurmountable points lead in pursuit of his title defense.
But proving the Polish Blazusiak’s human was Colorado’s Geoff Aaron, winning Round Five of GEICO EnduroCross at his hometown track of Denver last month.
Aaron and his KTM had been highly consistent himself on the EnduroCross tour, running second to Blazusiak in three of the previous four contests.
The end result of Aaron’s effort means we still have a points chase for Vegas – albeit slim – with Blazusiak enjoying a 21-point lead, 136-115, over Aaron heading into Saturday night’s action at the Orleans in Las Vegas.
Mike Karsting (VP of Events for Source Interlink Media) says: “Taddy’s worked awfully hard this season and deserves to be in the position he’s in.”
“There’s 30 points at stake for the winner of Saturday’s main event – so Geoff’s still got a mathematical shot at this. And his odds only become greater when you factor in the past history of GEICO EnduroCross.”
From championships being ripped from one’s grasp in one race (Damon Huffman, Columbus, Ohio, ’08), to Blazusiak himself losing $50,000 in Las Vegas last year when he couldn’t lock down the final victory of GEICO’s Triple Crown of EnduroCross – an attractive bounty that was never claimed in the three-year history of the contest.
But Blazusiak – along with all the GEICO EnduroCross competitors all the way down to 21st place – all shared the richest purse this year in the history of EnduroCross with the new GEICO Travel Dollars program, which paid cash money all the way down through the standings to the 12th place finisher in the LCQ, which is effectively the 21st position for the event.
So in addition to the already over $10,000 up for grabs in purse money at each event, GEICO kicked down with an added $3,000 in cash prize money that goes to the non-podium, non-factory racers in the main event and LCQ.
Mike Karsting says: “It was a banner year for the rider purse in GEICO EnduroCross. We wish all the competitors the best of luck this weekend and look forward to the action involved with what we feel is the most thrilling and competitive form of indoor two-wheel motorsport racing on the planet.”
Tickets are still available for the upcoming Nov. 20th GEICO EnduroCross finals at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena. Link to endurocross.com for details about the Vegas motorcycle race. Doors open at 6 p.m., racing begins at 7:30 p.m.
GEICO EnduroCross on the Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour on Versus:
- Denver, CO 10/30/10 – National Western Complex: 12/12/10, 5p.m.; 12/15/10, 5 p.m.
- Las Vegas, NV 11/20/10 – Orleans Arena: 12/19/10 6 p.m.;12/23/10 5 p.m.
Note: All times are Eastern