Blazusiak-Endorocross-X-games-8-5-13Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak earned his second Los Angeles X Games Enduro X gold medal in three years by riding a flawless main event. The KTM rider withstood heavy pressure first from his teammate Mike Brown and later from Colton Haaker on the Lucas Oil JCR Honda but both riders made mistakes that allowed Blazusiak to hold a narrow gap to the finish.

Brown recovered from a few small mistakes to take the silver medal and Beta’s Cody Webb rode a consistent race to take the bronze medal in his first race back from a broken foot. Haaker finished fourth and Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert took fifth.

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Irvine, CA (April 22, 2013) – Taddy Blazusiak, the current GEICO AMA EnduroCross champion had to overcome a poor qualifying heat race and an extremely slippery track to win the first ever Global X Games Enduro X event, which was held in Foz Do Iquacu, Brazil. Cody Webb, runner up in the 2012 GEICO EnduroCross Championship showed that he is capable of challenging Blazusiak and leading when he washed out the front end to give up the lead. In fact, Webb and Blazusiak exchanged the lead several times in the first few laps. Webb recovered to finish second ahead of the UK’s David Knight, the multi time World Enduro and GNCC Champion, making it three nationalities on the podium.

“I don’t know how it looks on TV but I have never ridden something as hard as this track,” Blazusiak said after the finals. “It’s so slick … I’m super stoked on first place. I gave it all I had and I’m so pumped.”

Hurricane Mills, TN – The first-ever Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series double-header made for an exciting weekend of racing as Loretta Lynn’s Ranch hosted a record-setting total of nine races – beginning on Friday with day one of bike racing, ATV racing took place on Saturday and the grand finale of bike racing on Sunday. North Carolina’s Charlie Mullins added another page to the GNCC Racing history books by securing the 2011 XC1 Championship title after riding yet another flawless race on day two of the Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Rewinding to Friday, Mullins suffered a mechanical issue near the end of a race that he indisputably dominated, while Paul Whibley and Josh Strang closed the points gap on the American off-road racing star heading into Sunday’s finale. Mullins proved that he could handle the pressure, though, riding his way to claim his first-ever GNCC XC1 title. And to top it off, Mullins also won the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award at the start of the race.

The win gave Mullins the XC1 title over New Zealand’s Paul Whibley, who won the title in 2009. In fact, Mullins is the first American to win the GNCC title since Rodney Smith held it in 2004, which demonstrates the wide-reaching scope of GNCC Racing. To put the significance of Mullins’ title in perspective, seven of the last 11 GNCC championships have been won by foreign riders, including the last five straight: Australia’s Shane Watts won it in 2000, Finland’s Juha Salminen held it from 2005 to 2006, David Knight from the Isle of Man was champ in 2007 and 2008, while New Zealand’s Paul Whibley and Australia’s Josh Strang claimed the titles in 2009 and 2010. To say the least, Mullins’ win was a popular one, especially since he’s been racing the series since he was a youth rider.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Mullins. “I’m really at a loss for words, right now. I’ve worked so hard and so many people have helped me along the way. There are so many people out there that helped make this happen and it feels really good to finally win it, it’s been a long time coming.”

“It’s been 10 years ago I was in the youth class, and it’s pretty cool to come up and be the champion,” added Mullins. “When I started racing it was just me and my dad and my uncle just coming out on the weekends, just spending time with the family and having a good time. I really never thought it would progress to this, it’s something I’ll always remember.”

Mullins put on an incredible display over the extremely rugged 12.5-mile course, while Kailub Russell, Cory Buttrick, Paul Whibley, and Josh Strang locked up in an intense battle for the runner-up position. Strang washed out on the loose rocky start, sending him to the back of the pack early on but the defending champion pushed his way to fourth, just behind Buttrick and Whibley. Unfortunately, Strang hit a set of tree roots that sent him to the ground and furthermore added to his string of bad luck in 2011, as the Aussie superstar’s day ended abruptly with a leg injury. JG Off-Road/GEICO Honda’s Jimmy Jarrett volunteered to end his day as well, along with XC2 racer Cody Gragg – who both stopped to assist the injured Strang in the woods.

Irvine, CA (October 14, 2011) – A perfect season in motorsports is rare and in the unpredictable world of GEICO AMA EnduroCross, it seems even more unlikely. But KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak has won all five events of the 2011 series heading into round six in Boise, Idaho next weekend, which is leading many to predict that he can pull it off. Blazusiak is downplaying the perfect season stating that “The championship is the most important thing for me so I don’t think about the possibility of winning every race”. But when you watch the way he attacks the track right from the gate drop, it is easy to see why he has become so dominant.

Blazusiak has an unlikely mix of Trials skills and Motocross type aggression that rivals his teammate Mike Brown, who is known to be one of the most aggressive riders of all time. Five years ago, Blazusiak was competing in the Trials World Championship when he decided to attend the infamous Erzberg Enduro with some friends. He caught the eye of the KTM Factory team during qualification and an impromptu “EnduroCross” type event and they offered him a bike to race, which he went out and won. Later that same year, he came over to Las Vegas for the EnduroCross finals and beat David Knight in a heads up battle and has been almost unstoppable ever since. Blazusiak has now won five consecutive Erzeberg Enduro’s and is the two time defending champion in GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by Lucas Oil. With five out of eight main event wins in the bag already, he will head to Boise, Idaho next weekend and “Focus on the Championship” but you can be sure that when the gate drops, he will be going for the win.

Speaking of the Championship, Blazusiak could clinch the title early in Boise if he gains 13 or more points on Brown. A win by Blazusiak and forth position or worse for Brown would clinch the title early even with two main events with full points planned for the Las Vegas finals.

For all EnduroCross events, the pit area is open for free all day so it is great opportunity to meet the top riders up close to get autographs and check out their bikes. The arena is also open for free during the daytime qualifiers that get started at 10:00 am as well as for the Expert practice and qualifying laps that take place during the midafternoon. So it is certainly worth coming out early for a full day of action.

Tickets available at Carl’s Cycle Sales, Grizzly Motorsports, Moto Tech, Birds of Prey, ICtickets and www.EnduroCross.com.

2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location Date Arena / Additional Information
Los Angeles, CA July 31, 2011 Staples Center     (Expert only during X-Games)
Everett, WA August 13, 2011 Comcast Arena
Indianapolis, IN August 26, 2011 Pepsi Coliseum    (Friday during MotoGP weekend)
Ontario, CA September 17, 2011 Citizens Business Bank Arena
Denver, CO October 1, 2011 National Western Complex
Boise, ID October 22, 2011 Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV November 19, 2011 Orleans Arena      (Double Main event)

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme 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 off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO AMA EnduroCross “Live”. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition, which will include Enduro X. For the six remaining EnduroCross events, be sure to log-on to www.motorsportshour.com for local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network.