Red Bull KTM off-road superstar Taddy Blazusiak got a last minute call to race the abbreviated 2019 Endurocross series when American Cody Webb was injured and he is all about winning. At round 2 in Denver Colorado he did just that with an almost perfect night. Defending champion Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker finished second followed by RPM KTM’s Trystan Hart.
New for 2019, the Super EnduroCross class uses a three moto format to determine the overall results and Blazusiak had strong 1-1-2 scores to take the top step of the podium. That second in the final moto came after a first-lap crash. Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker finished second with 2-2-4 results. He finished a close second in the first two motos but a first-lap crash in moto three resulted in his leg being stuck in his bike. He managed to come back for a fourth to edge out RPM KTM’s Trystan Hart, who had 3-5-1 moto results.
For the second race in a row, Blazusiak got the day started by setting the fastest time during the Seat Concepts Hot Lap with a 48.618second laps. Hart, TM’s Ty Cullins, Haaker and Beta’s Max Gerston rounded out the top five.
Hart took the Fox Holeshot in moto one with Cullins close behind. Blazusiak passed Cullins on lap two but it took him until lap five of nine to pass Hart for the lead. Haaker completed lap one in fifth and worked his way through the field to pass Hart for second on lap six. He closed in on Blazusiak but was not able to make a pass for the lead. Hart hung on for third. Gerston and Cullins rounded out the top five in moto one.
In moto two, the gate picks were reversed from the moto one results and SRT/Three Bros Husqvarna backed Noah Kepple took the lead and led the first lap. Blazusiak came out second despite the second-row start and passed Kepple on lap two. Haaker moved past Kepple on lap three and again closed on Blazusaiak but again finished a close second. Kepple held on for third in the moto. Cullins andHart finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Hart came out of turn one with the lead in moto three ahead of Kepple and Cullins. Blazusiak had a good start but was pushed a little wide and then he and Haaker collided on the second jump putting them both on the ground. Blazusiak got up pretty quickly and rejoined the race and completed lap one in ninth. Haaker’s leg was stuck in his bike and it took him a lot of time to get going well behind the field.
Upfront, Hart rode a flawless race to take the moto win. Blazusiak managed to work his way up to second place on lap five of nine and closed the gap a little on Hart but settled for second in the moto, which was more than enough for the overall win. Gerston finished third in the moto. Haaker sliced through the field and passed Cullins for fourth on the penultimate lap. That position was just enough to edge out Hart for second overall. Gerston finished fourth overall with 4-6-3 results. Cullins rounded out the top five overall with 5-4-5 scores.
Taddy Blazusiak: “Awesome night, the racing was awesome, the track was good and the pro lane was good. It wasn’t too technical but still challenging to race on. The team did a lot of work with the bike since round one. I have been working really hard at home and everything went super smooth. So I am really happy with the race.”
Colton Haaker: “The whole night had a lot of chaos. The first two motos were pretty good and then in that final moto, I came out of the first turn with some stuff going on in front of me and I got in the middle of it somehow. It wasn’t my best night, I have had really good nights in Denver, I have always done well here but it is not always your night.”
Trystan Hart: “That was really good, it was the first time have been able to beat those top two guys straight up and I have been working at this for seven years now. So hopefully I can bring that to Boise and have another good night. That was my fourth time leading in the six motos so far this year and I was stressed out on those last two laps because Taddy was inching up on me but I was able to get the win.”
Haaker will go to the Boise finale next weekend with a two-point lead over Blazusiak so the championship will likely go to the rider that finishes in front of the other.
2019 Denver AMA Super EnduroCross Overall Results:
Taddy Blazusiak, 1-1-2, KTMColton Haaker, 2-2-4, HusqvarnaTrystan Hart, 3-5-1, KTMMax Gerston, 4-6-3, BetaTy Cullins, 5-4-5, TMNoah Kepple, 8-3-10, HusqvarnaNick Thompson, 10-7-6, KTMGeoff Aaron, 7-10-8, GasGasCory Graffunder, 6-8-11, YamahaMason Ottersberg, 12-9-7, BetaTim Apolle, 9-11-9, ShercoRyan Wells, 13-13-12, KTMBranden Petrie, 14-14-13, KTMAustin Schiermeister, 15-12-15, HondaSpenser Wilton, 16-16-14, KTMWallace Palmer, 11-15-16, Kawasaki