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Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker won the Seat Concepts Boise EnduroCross, presented by Fox Racing. The win also clinched Haaker his third AMA EnduroCross championship.
The 2019 series used a three moto format and Haaker won the Boise finale overall with 1-1-2 scores. Red Bull KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak came into the race with a two-point deficit to Haaker and needed to beat his rival to take the title but he finished second overall with 2-2-1 finishes. RPM KTM backed Trystan Hart finished third overall in the race with 4-3-3 moto results.
Haaker got the day started strong by topping the Seat Concepts Hot Lap. Cory Graffunder set the second-fastest time on his SRT Offroad Yamaha and Hart was third fastest. Blazusiak and Beta USA backed Max Gerston rounded out the top five.
Blazusiak took the Fox Holeshot in the first moto of the night with Haaker close behind. Haaker stalked Blazusiak for the entire race and made a last-lap pass to take the win. Gerston rode a strong race to barely beat out Hart at the finish line. Utah’s Nick Thompson had s great finish to take fifth in the opening moto on his KTM.
For moto two, the gate picks are reversed from the moto one results and Noah Kepple came out of turn one with the lead ahead of Ty Cullins on his TM. Haaker and Blazusiak were mid-pack but quickly moved through the field and Haaker passed Kepple in the pro lane to take the lead on lap four. Blazusiak was not far behind and worked his way to second place but could not make a dent in Haaker’s lead. Hart had another strong moto to finish third. Graffunder was fourth and Gerston was fifth.
After winning the first two motos, Haaker just needed a third-place finish in moto two to take the overall and championship. He made things easy on himself by taking the Fox holeshot and led a few laps before Blazusiak moved into the lead. From there, Haaker just managed his lead over Hart to take second in the moto and the overall win. Hart finished third in the moto and third in the championship. Geoff Aaron rode his GasGas to a fourth-place finish in the final moto and Germany’s Tim Apolle rounded out the top five on his Sherco.
Colton Haaker was happy to earn his third AMA EnduroCross championship. “You had to win the race to win the championship and that’s why we are here. I had a good night. That first race was great as I kept pushing and was able to make that last-lap pass. Race two was important to take the win and in the third moto, I was able to take a safe second to earn the overall. The three races this year were great and EnduroCross should be even stronger again next year.”
Taddy Blazusiak was unhappy about being held up by a lapped rider in race one but still happy with his effort: “I felt like we were doing everything right to get it done and a lapper cost me a win in moto one. I feel like I executed my night to get a win but a lot of things happen that are out of your control. The intensity of the three moto format is so high we have to push our way through the pack. I hope to be back next year to fight for it again.”
Trystan Hart was disappointed to finish third: “I really thought that I could race with Colton and Taddy and take a win tonight. I have always done well here but I just didn’t quite have the pace to battle those two. So I am not satisfied with a third here but I will try to improve in 2020.”
2019 Seat Concepts Boise AMA Super EnduroCross Overall Results
- Colton Haaker, 1-1-2, Husqvarna
- Taddy Blazusiak, 2-2-1, KTM
- Trystan Hart, 4-3-3, KTM
- Cory Graffunder, 6-4-8, Yamaha
- Tim Apolle, 8-7-5, Sherco
- Max Gerston, 3-5-13, Beta
- Geoff Aaron, 10-9-4, GasGas
- Nick Thompson, 5-8-10, KTM
- Noah Kepple, 11-6-7, Husqvarna
- Ty Cullins, 7-14-6, TM
- Mason Ottersberg, 9-10-11, Beta
- William Riordan, 14-11-9, KTM
- James Flynn, 13-12-12, GasGas
- Spenser Wilton, 12-13-15, KTM
- David Kamo, 15-15-14, KTM
- Ryan Wells, 16-16-16, KTM
2019 AMA Super EnduroCross Overall Points
- Colton Haaker, Husqvarna, 72
- Taddy Blazusiak, KTM, 67
- Trystan Hart, KTM, 56
- Cory Graffunder, Yamaha, 52
- Max Gerston, Beta, 51
- Noah Kepple, Husqvarna, 42
- Geoff Aaron, GasGas, 41
- Ty Cullins, TM, 40
- Tim Apolle, Sherco, 38
- Nick Thompson, KTM, 38