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2013 AMA EnduroCross Ontario Results

Chaparral Motorsports
September 23, 2013

EnduroCross Gets Into Its 2013 Season

[caption id="attachment_28753" align="alignright" width="300"]2013 AMA EnduroCross Ontario Winner's Podium Taddy Blazusiak, Mike Brown, and Cody Webb on the winner's podium - Photo: Drew Ruiz[/caption]

The third round of GEICO AMA EnduroCross took place over the weekend of Sept. 21, and it looks like many of the top dirt bike riders in the motorsports series are getting back in the groove of competition. Taddy Blazusiak, the defending champion, certainly regained his form, winning the Ontario round after a tough battle with rival Mike Brown.

Brown started out in front, leading the pack as the riders took off from the starting line. When he faltered on the firewood section of the race, however, he left the door open for his closest competitor. Blazusiak capitalized on the mistake, shooting forward to take over the lead, which he maintained for the remainder of the race.

"It feels so good to be back on top," Blazusiak said after the race. "I have been working really hard and I am glad I was able to challenge for the win and take the victory. Mike [Brown] is a tough competitor and it is good to always have someone push me."

With the win, Blazusiak gains some ground in the overall standings. He now sits in second place with 65 points, just seven points behind Brown. The next round of EnduroCross will take place in Denver Oct. 12.

Taddy Blazusiak Takes Exciting Ontario GEICO EnduroCross Win

Mike Brown and Cody Webb round out the podium
2013 AMA EnduroCross Logo

KTM's Taddy Blazusiak took an exciting win at round three of the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil in Ontario, California. Mike Brown led for five laps and looked poised to take his third EnduroCross win in a row until a small mistake allowed Blazusiak to take the lead. Beta's Cody Webb rode a steady race and kept the leaders in sight to take the final podium position.

Brown, JCR Honda's Colton Haaker and Blazusiak were the three heat race winners but the new night time hot lap format decides the main event gate picks: Haaker set the fastest time over Webb, Blazusiak and Brown. Taylor Robert was the big loser as a crash relegated him to a second row starting position.

Brown took the early lead over Haaker at the start with Gary Sutherlin third and Blazusiak fourth. Haaker stalled his bike on the second lap and Blazusiak had already passed Sutherlin so he was quickly into second. The two KTM riders looked evenly matched until the sixth lap when Brown got held up by a down Geoff Aaron. Blazusiak took advantage of that and squeezed past Brown to take the lead at the halfway point. Brown kept it very close and Webb had also moved to within striking distance after Blazusiak and Brown got hung up in one of the rock sections. Blazusiak was able to hold a safe margin over the last few laps.

Monster Kawasaki's Robert moved through the field to take fourth ahead of Haaker. Kyle Redmond finished sixth in his first ride on a KTM 250 Two-Stroke. Sutherlin finished seventh, Cory Graffunder was eighth, Justin Soule was ninth and Geoff Aaron rounded out the top ten.

[caption id="attachment_28754" align="alignleft" width="300"]2013 AMA EnduroCross Ontario - KTM Team Mike Brown will take a seven point lead over Taddy Blazusiak into the next round of the series - Photo: Drew Ruiz[/caption]

Brown will take a seven point lead over Blazusiak into the next round of the series in Denver, Colorado on October 12th. Robert maintains third position another ten points back. Brown has 72, Blazusiak 65 and Robert 55.

The night also included several amateur classes and Kurt Nicoll took the Vet class win with a last lap pass to take the lead from runner up, Coby Begin. Canada's Stephen Foord finished third. Tucker Larrieu won a great three way battle to take the Open Amateur win over Ian Young and Noah Kepple. Ty Cullins won the TrialsCross class over Stephen Morgan and Michael Salsman.

Canada's Chantelle Bykerk took the Women's main event win over Rachel Gutish and Morgan Tanke. It was one of the largest Women's fields to date with nearly twenty riders competing for the 12 main event spots.

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Source: EnduroCross

Taddy Blazusiak Tops Podium At Ontario EnduroCross

[caption id="attachment_28751" align="alignright" width="200"]Taddy Blazusiak 2013 AMA EnduroCross Ontario - 1st Place Taddy Blazusiak took his first victory of the season - Photo: Drew Ruiz[/caption]

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak took his first victory of the season after a tight battle with series point's leader, Factory FMF/KTM's Mike Brown, at the third round of the series held at Citizens Bank Arena.

Brown, the winner of the first two rounds of the series, started the night off well after grabbing the holeshot in his heat. He went on to lead the entire heat to take the win and transfer into the main event.

Blazusiak followed in Brown's footsteps and led each lap of his heat to also take a win and a spot in the main event. "I switched to the 250 XC-F for this event," stated Blazusiak. "The bike is great and feels much lighter than my previous bike so I can easily maneuver around the track."

When the gate dropped for the main event, it was Brown who launched off the line first and came around the first corner and into the rock section with the lead. Blazusiak was right behind him in second position. The two teammates pulled away from the rest of the field and began their race long battle. Brown held the lead through the first half of the race before he made a mistake in the firewood section that allowed Blazusiak to close the gap. The next corner, Blazusiak made his pass for the lead.

[caption id="attachment_28752" align="alignleft" width="200"]Mike Brown 2013 AMA EnduroCross Ontario - 2nd Place Mike Brown placed second, but is still in the points lead - Photo: Drew Ruiz[/caption]

Brown did not let Blazusiak out of his sight and the two remained close for the remaining laps. When the checkered flag flew, it was Blazusiak who held on for the win with Brown finishing second. Cody Webb rounded out the podium in third.

"It feels so good to be back on top," commented Blazusiak. "I have been working really hard and I am glad I was able to challenge for the win and take the victory. Brown is a tough competitor and it is good to always have someone push me."

Brown commented, "I'm glad to be on the podium for my team, but of course, I would rather be on the top step. Taddy and I were close today and there are a lot of races left so I need to work harder to get on the top step and maintain my points lead."

Next Event: Denver, CO - October 12, 2013

Source: KTM North America

Cory Graffunder Back In Action

Factory Husqvarna's Cory Graffunder was back in action in Ontario, California where round three of the AMA EnduroCross series was underway. Graffunder was looking to repeat his podium performance from round two, but had to settle for eighth in the main event.

"It wasn't really an ideal night," Graffunder lamented. "I never jumped the matrix - a lot of guys were jumping that and I probably should have."

Graffunder was still able to maintain his position in overall points, leaving Ontario still in a solid fifth overall. With only three of the seven rounds in the books, Cory has hopes of getting his TXC310R back up on the podium at an AMA EnduroCross this season.

Source: Husqvarna

Ontario Overview And Point Standings

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Overall Results EX Pro Class

Finish # Name Brand Points Earned
1st #1 Taddy Blazusiak KTM 25
2nd #3 Mike Brown KTM 22
3rd #2 Cody Webb BTA 20
4th #33 Taylor Robert KAW 18
5th #10 Colton Haaker HON 16
6th #7 Kyle Redmond KTM 15
7th #324 Gary Sutherlin KTM 14
8th #118 Cory Graffunder HSQ 13
9th #6 Justin Soule KAW 12
10th #4 Geoff Aaron KTM 11
11th #9 Bobby Prochnau KTM 11
12th #15 Max Gerston BTA 9
13th #27 Wallace Palmer CHR 8
14th #125 Jamie Lanza HSQ 7
14th #8 Destry Abbott KAW 7
15th #5 Bryan Roper KTM 6
15th #539 Ricky Dietrich KTM 6
16th #11 Ryan Sandoval KTM 5
16th #911 Jacob Argubright TM 5
17th #114 Ty Tremaine KTM 4
17th #214 David Broderick KAW 4
18th #551 Phil Smage GAS 3
18th #575 Nick Thompson KTM 3
19th #811 Mitch Anderson KAW 2
19th #696 Noah Kepple HON 2
20th #158G Tucker Larrieu TM 1
20th #77 Joseph Mashchak KTM 1
- #649 Harrison Oswald KTM 0
- #78 Steven Stultz HON 0
- #949 Nic Garvin KTM 0
- #243 Colby Begin KTM 0

Rider Point Standings

EX Pro Class


Place Name Las Vegas Sac. Ontario Denver Everett Boise Las Vegas Total
1st Mike Brown 1st 1st 2nd 72
2nd Taddy Blazusiak 2nd 4th 1st 65
3rd Taylor Robert 6th 2nd 4th 55
4th Colton Haaker 3rd 5th 5th 52
5th Cory Graffunder 7th 3rd 8th 47
6th Kyle Redmond 8th 6th 6th 43
7th Cody Webb 4th 3rd 38
8th Justin Soule 9th 8th 9th 37
9th Gary Sutherlin 13th 7th 7th 36
10th Geoff Aaron 5th 14th 10th 34

Overall Results Womens Class

Finish # Name Brand Points Earned
1st #3 Chantelle Bykerk KTM 25
2nd #217 Rachel Gutish YAM 22
3rd #31 Morgan Tanke KTM 20
4th #27z Kendall Reed KTM 18
5th #68 Tara Geiger KTM 16
6th #89 Sarah Whitmore KTM 15
7th #63 Jolene Van Zugt SUZ 14
8th #972 Tatum Sik HON 13
9th #2 Louise Forsley KTM 12
10th #11 Melissa Harten GAS 11
11th #621 Rily Ellinger KTM 10
12th #426 Megan Blackburn KAW 9
- #7 Nicole Madsen HSQ 0
- #406 Veronica Whitesell KTM 0
- #15 Jackie Ives YAM 0

Rider Point Standings

Womens Class


Place Name Las Vegas Sac. Ontario Denver Everett Boise Las Vegas Total
1st Chantelle Bykerk 2nd 2nd 1st 69
2nd Rachel Gutish 3rd 3rd 2nd 62
3rd Morgan Tanke 5th 7th 3rd 50
4th Sarah Whitmore 8th 6th 6th 43
5th Tatum Sik 11th 5th 8th 39
6th Lexi Pechout 10th 1st 36
6th Melissa Harten 9th 8th 10th 36
8th Shelby Turner 1st 25
8th Nicole Madsen 7th 10th 25
10th Rily Ellinger 9th 11th 22

Manufactuerer Cup Point Standings

  1. KTM - 90
  2. Kawasaki - 63
  3. Honda - 54
  4. Beta - 52
  5. Husqvarna - 23
  6. Team TM - 10
  7. Christini - 5
  8. Gas Gas - 3
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