WEBB TAKES WASHINGTON ENDUROCROSS

Cody Webb earned his second EnduroCross win of the season in Washington. Photo: Adam Booth.
Cody Webb earned his second EnduroCross win of the season in Washington. Photo: Adam Booth.

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Webb continued his championship bid on Saturday with a big victory at Round 6 of the AMA EnduroCross Series in Everett, Washington. Webb’s second win of the season brought the defending champion one step closer in the head-to-head battle for the 2016 title.

Taddy Blazusiak is back from Injury. Photo: Adam Booth
Taddy Blazusiak is back from Injury. Photo: Adam Booth

Series point leader Colton Haaker started off the racing action by taking the win in heat one for Husqvarna and transferring directly to the main. Webb and his teammate, Taddy Blazusiak, were both seeded into Heat #2 based off their qualifying positions. Blazusiak grabbed the early lead in the heat race, while Webb began in the 4th place position. Webb eventually worked his way up to the lead spot, where he finished just ahead of Blazusiak after six laps of racing.

The series is tightening up, with 10 points separating Webb from leader Haaker. Photo Adam Booth.
The series is tightening up, with 10 points separating Webb from leader Haaker. Photo Adam Booth.

The top two riders from each heat race then entered the evening’s single hot lap where they vied for another championship point and gate pick for the Main Event. Webb laid down the 2nd fastest time behind Colton Haaker, where he entered the EX Pro Main Event with the 2nd place gate position.

Haaker got off to a great start aboard his Husqvarna, leading with Webb in 2nd place position early on. Webb charged past Haaker to overtake the lead on lap two. From there, Webb maintained a comfortable lead over Haaker as he secured his second victory of the season in Washington.

Haaker: “I got the holeshot—had a great start—then on the second lap I had made a mistake and lost the front end and went off the track,” Haaker said. Cody got by and I paced him for five or six laps until we started getting into some lappers. I got stuck behind one early that put me in a bad spot in the firewood. From there, I felt like I was riding well but started to loose contact and struggled on the track. It’s so soft here and not like anything we normally ride in Southern California. Overall, I had more mistakes at the end of the race and just couldn’t get through the lappers as easily as Cody did. I couldn’t battle back as easily. In the end I lost a few points but didn’t give up too much so it’s still a good night here in second.”

Webb: “I felt great all day in Everett and consistency was the key to taking the win. The track was awesome – it had a technical matrix with fast jumpy sections as well. My KTM 250 XC-F performed perfectly and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

RPM/KTM’s Ty Tremaine earned his first podium-finish of the season with an impressive 3rd place in the Main Event. European KTM Factory Racing Team’s Taddy Blazusiak finished 6th place in his first race back from injury.

Next Event: Boise, Idaho – Nov. 5, 2016

EX Pro Feature Results

  1. Cody Webb – KTM
  2. Colton Haaker –Hus
  3. Ty Tremaine – KTM
  4. Cory Graffunder – KTM
  5. Kyle Redmond –Beta
  6. Taddy Blazusiak – KTM
  7. Max Gerston — Beta
  8. Trystan Hart
  9. Noah Kepple – KTM
  10. Nick Thompson – KTM

EX Pro Feature Championship Standings

  1. Colton Haaker (152)
  2. Cody Webb (142)
  3. Mike Brown (100)
  4. Ty Tremaine (96)
  5. Max Gerston (87)

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