2011 AMA EnduroCross FimaleKTM’s Taddy Blazusiak won both main events at the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Finals presented by Lucas Oil in Las Vegas.
Monster Kawasaki’s Justin Soule finished second in the first main event followed by Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder.In the second main event, Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert earned his first ever EnduroCross podium with a second ahead of KTM’s Mike Brown. Blazusiak ended with a perfect 240 points and Brown had a solid second in the championship with Soule overtaking Geoff Aaron for third in the chase.Beta’s Cody Webb set the fastest lap time during the afternoon Hot Laps, which determine the heat race gate picks and bragging rights. Blazusiak was second with Brown third, Graffunder forth and Soule fifth. Webb, Blazusiak and Brown won the three heat races for the direct transfer to the double main events. Destry Abbott and Colton Haaker were among the surprise non qualifiers.Blazusiak took the $1000 Girardi Wealth Management Holeshot award to start the first main event followed by Soule, who stayed close during the entire main event to keep the race interesting; but Blazusiak rode a flawless race to keep his perfect season intact.Husqvarna’s Graffunder got on the podium in only his second race back after a broken wrist kept him out of most of the season. Brown passed Webb in the last turn to take forth. British KTM Rider, Johnathan Walker, rode a good race to finish sixth ahead of Robert, Bobby Prochnau, Kyle Redmond, Geoff Aaron, Jacob Argubright and Gary Sutherlin.GEICO Honda’s Redmond took the $1,000 Girardi Wealth Management Holeshot award in the second main but Blazusiak quickly passed him to take the lead. Blazusiak held nothing back and immediately checked out to a large lead.Redmond held second for a few laps but then Monster Kawasaki’s Robert took over the position and held on for his first ever EnduroCross podium finish. Brown was a very close third ahead of Soule and Redmond, who held on for fifth. Aaron had an off night and finished sixth with Prochnau, Graffunder, Webb, Walker, Argubright and Sutherlin rounding out the main event in 12th.Taylor Robert won the E3 Spark Plugs Junior Championship, which recognizes expert riders that are 21 and under. Keith Sweeten was second in the Junior Championship and Jacob Argubright was third even though he missed several rounds to race National Hare & Hound events.Max Gerston won the Open Amateur EnduroCross Grand Championship ahead of Derrick Mahoney and Shane Cuthbertson. In the Vet 35-plus class, Kurt Nichol took the win Josh Adams and Shane Cuthbertson. Bryan Roper won the TrialsCross class ahead of Max Nelson and Chase Harker. The Baja Designs night race was won by Eric Rhoten over Ryan Rodgers and Wally Palmer.The Freegun Underwear Women’s invitational was won by Louise Forsley, the top female Trials rider that used her consistency to make up for a crash on the first lap. Maria Forsburg, the current GNCC Champion finished second ahead of fifteen-year old Rachel Gutish, Kacy Martinez and Nicole Madsen.The 2012 Championship will expand to eight events with the series kicking off in Las Vegas on Friday, May 4th on Supercross finals weekend.2012 Las Vegas GEICO AMA EnduroCross Main Event 1 Results:
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This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!