Taddy Blazusiak wins round two of the 2009 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series in Guthrie Oklahomaposted Aug 15, 2009
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Dominating win in front of another epic battle for second place makes Taddy the only rider eligible for the $50,000 Geico Triple Crown
Photos by: Chris Hultner
GUTHRIE, OK (Aug. 15, 2009) – By EnduroCross standards, Red Bull KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak dominated the main event tonight in Guthrie Oklahoma. But the battle for second was anything but boring as the large crowd cheered on a five rider battle over second that finally went to Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Damon Huffman. The final spot on the podium went to Zip Ty Racing Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder, a top Canadian off road racer that has been steadily improving his EnduroCross skills over the past year.
Christini KTM mounted Geoff Aaron took forth position ahead of Lucas Oil, Kawasaki backed Colton Haaker and Mike Brown who all held podium positions at one time during the main event. AmPro FMF Yamaha’s Kyle Redmund battled Mike Brown to the finish but settled for the seventh position ahead of Nick Brozovich, Destry Abbot and Patrick Smage, the current U.S. Trials champion and Jamie Lanza.
Northland Kawasaki’s Jamie Lanza earned the $500 Girardi Wealth management holeshot in the main event but finished eleventh due to a severely twisted brake lever. Blazusiaki quickly took over the lead and rode a mostly mistake free race until he hit the ground on lap six but still maintained a relatively safe lead. The battle for the podium was intense with Damon Huffman holding the position early before giving it up to Mike Brown who in turn fell and handed it to Colton Haaker. It was then Husqvarna’s Graffunder that held the position before giving it up to Huffman who charged back towards the front after crashing twice and falling as far back as fifth.
Ricky Dietrich, the defending EnduroCross champion suffered a foot injury during his qualifying “hot lap” that forced him to the hospital for x-rays during the time that he should have taking part in his heat race. The x-ray fortunately showed no broken bones but he was unable to compete on this night. Another notable rider that did not qualify for the main was multi time ArenaCross Champion Josh Demuth, who came up one position short by finishing third in the Last Chance Qualifier but it was an impressive first attempt at EnduroCross.
Guthrie, OK Geico AMA EnduroCross Expert Main Event Results
|1. Taddy Blazusiak||KTM|
|2. Damon Huffman||Kawasaki|
|3. Cory Graffunder||Husqvarna|
|4. Geoff Aaron||Christini/KTM|
|5. Colton Haaker||Kawasaki|
|6. Mike Brown||KTM|
|7. Kyle Redmund||Yamaha|
|8. Nick Brozovich||Honda|
|9. Destry Abbott||Kawasaki|
|10. Patrick Smage||KTM|
|11. Jamie Lanza||Kawasaki|
Florence South Carolina will host round three of the 2009 GEICO EnduroCross series on Saturday, September 12th. Tickets are available at 843-679-4525 or www.ticketmaster.com/venue/114999
All six rounds of the 2009 Geico AMA EnduroCross will air on the Lucas Motosports Hour on the Versus Network starting in October. For more information and air times, check www.motorsportshour.com.
EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole… and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in! Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor version of extreme off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. The GEICO Powersports AMA EnduroCross series, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, will be captured by the Versus Network, to be aired on the popular grassroots racing program; The Lucas Motorsports Hour. With its excitement and unpredictability, the EnduroCross championship has always down to the wire and this year will be no different as the series starts and finishes at Vegas’ Orleans Arena! Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO Powersports AMA Endurocross “Live” - and be sure to log-on to www.Versus.com for local airing dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour.
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