Enduro Cross specialists Cody Webb came oh-so close to winning his first ever AMA National Endurocross event on Saturday at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The Beta racer started the night out with a solid third place in the hot lap session (Hot laps determine heat races for the evening shows). Webb then put his Stillwell Performance tuned Beta 350 RR into the night’s main event by easily winning his heat race.
In the main, Webb came of the line in second and started pushing series points leader Taddy Blazusiak for the lead. Webb continued to push until he forced Blazusiak to make a mistake in the rock section. Webb put his head down and rode hard for the next four laps with Taddy on his heels as the two pulled away from the rest of the field. Webb made a slight bobble in the log pile section which allowed Blazusiak to pass for the win.
Webb describes the event: “After getting the silver medal in the X Games, I knew I had to prove that my result wasn’t a fluke. I continued my riding and training during the long break in the series and came into Ontario with new-found confidence on my Beta 350RR after signing with American Beta for another two years. Qualifying went very well for me and I had the first gate pick for the main event. I didn’t get the best jump on the start, but used my good starting position to put myself into second early during the first lap. I slowly reeled in Taddy and was on his rear wheel for a multiple laps just following his lines and trying to possibly pressure him into a mistake. My game plan worked midway through the race when Taddy bobbled right before the finish and I made a solid pass to overtake the lead. I held him off for a few laps before making a small mistake exiting the wood pile. This allowed Taddy to pass me back a few laps before the finish, and I was unable to counteract. Taddy has been a dominant force ever since he started racing Endurocross and it was a huge step in the right direction for myself and the Stillwell Performance Factory Beta team to battle him to the finish. I look forward to the next round in Denver and to push again for that top step on the podium. Thanks to all my sponsors for their support.”
Beta mounted Max Gerston rode hard all night however bad luck got in his way as his bike got caught in a huge gap in the rock pile while leading his semi. The Arizona racer is looking forward to putting his Beta in the main in Denver.
On the GNCC front, Beta mounted Justin Sode had his best overall finish of the season. The Open A rider beat out a bunch of the Pro’s with a second place finish in his class and 16th overall.
Round 10 of the series was held in New Berlin, New York at the world famous Unadilla complex. Riders were treated with perfect conditions as rain dumped on the dirt before the race.
“Unadilla track conditions were perfect. Rain the week leading up to the race left the track with loamy dirt, nice berms, and no dust. I started out the day with the holeshot aboard my Beta 350RR. On the second lap I fell into a comfortable 3rd place and just continued to ride smart and waited until the last hour to charge when the rest of the competition would be getting tired and track conditions were getting worse with whoops, breaking bumps, mud holes and deep ruts. I charged my way into the lead on the last lap but a mistake caused me to lose the lead. I finished the day 2nd and 16th overall,” Sode explains.