Endurocross Racingposted Oct 31, 2007
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Everyone is familiar with Supercross racing and Enduro racing. Supercross is action packed motocross racing in a stadium with huge jumps, whoop sections, berms, and close exciting racing. Enduro racing takes place in the outdoors, with all sorts of natural obstacles like tree, logs, rocks, mud, and sand. However, as exciting as Enduro racing can be, it is hard for spectators, since the courses often follow long routes over varied terrain that makes it hard for spectators to see all the action.
A few years ago, a couple of guys came up with the concept of combining Supercross and Enduro racing. They decided to call it Endurocross. The event takes place in an arena and includes obstacles like logs, rocks, sand, water crossings, jumps, berms and other challenges. Racers run a race over 8 laps, and it is endurance, skill, and a little bit of luck that will determine the winner. Most riders compete on motocross style motorcycles, but racers have competed on specialized trials bikes as well, adding an extra element of excitement, not to mention a completely different style of riding.
In 2004, 2005 and 2006, there was a single event each year at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. For 2007, the event expanded to a three event series-taking place in Guthrie, Oklahoma, Denver, Colorado, and the finale again at Las Vegas. The Endurocross has always featured a generous purse, with previous winners taking home $10,000 from the single event. For 2007, there is over $40,000 available to racers, with a $50,000 bonus for a racer who pulls off the feat of winning all three races! If everything goes right for a lucky racer, he could take home $71,000!
So far, David Knight, the Isle of Man resident and leader of the Factory KTM Off Road team has won both races at Denver and Guthrie. David is one of the most dominant off road racers in the world, and is leading the GNCC championship with one race remaining. He has put his considerable skills to good use in the Endurocross, and his well-known endurance and strength has been a big advantage as well. He was the 2005 Endurocross Champion, and is hungry to be the first man to repeat a championship.
The Endurocross has attracted many big names in the motocross and off road world, including John Dowd (the 2006 Endurocross Champion), Ryan Hughes (the 2004 Champion), Ricky Dietrich the 2006 WORCS Champion, Ty Davis, Nate Woods, Geoff Aaron, and many others.
Another twist that was added to the 2006 event and will be returning for the 2007 finale in Vegas is the Night race. As if the course wasn't tough enough as it is, when they mount headlights on the Pro LCQ competitor's bikes and turn off the arena lights, it becomes a whole new game. The crowd went wild last year, and amateur Justin Soule took the win in an exiting contest. We know this will be a highlight of the program in Vegas this year!
It not just about the pros though, as there are several other classes for the amateurs to run in, and even a chance to make it into the Main event! Predictable racing is just not possible with Endurocross, you never know what's going to happen, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat!