Endurocross 2010posted Jan 14, 2010
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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 logs, rocks, mud, and sand. However, as exciting as Enduro racing can be, it is difficult for spectators, since the courses often follow long routes over varied terrain that makes it hard for spectators to take in all the action.
A few years ago, the concept of combining Supercross and Enduro racing came to be. It was 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. Since 2007, the event expanded to multiple events all over the United States.
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), David Knight (2005 and 2007 Champ), Ricky Dietrich the 2006 WORCS Champion and the 2008 Endurocross Champ, Ty Davis, Nate Woods, Geoff Aaron, and many others.
Another twist that was added to the program a few years ago is the Night race. As if the course wasn’t tough enough as it is, when they mount headlights on the competitor’s bikes and turn off the arena lights, it becomes a whole new game. The crowd goes wild, and you never know what is going to happen.
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!
Motion Pro has been a major sponsor of Endurocross since its inception, and we are proud to be a part of this exciting race series.
The Endurocross season ended in November, with the Season Finale in Las Vegas. Ricky Dietrich won the final race of the year, but just a 5th place finish was enough for Taddy Blazusiak to take the number one plate away from Ricky for 2010. In the new E3 Sparkplugs Pro Junior Championship, talented young Colton Haaker was able to take the win and the title for 2010.