husqvarna_x-games-brazil_graffunder-4-24-13Corona, CA – Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong got back to his winning ways at the Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina, taking another big victory in the XC2 class. DeLong checked out from the field, extending his championship lead to over 20 points after only four rounds! Another Husqvarna rider was hard at work over the weekend, taking on the International X Games Enduro X. Factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder made the trek to Foz do Iguacu, Brazil where he proudly placed his TXC310R in the top-10 with a seventh place finish at the inaugural event.

Andrew DeLong and the Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna team headed to the Big Buck GNCC in search of another win. DeLong started the season with a win streak, but was stunted at round three by a hard crash. AD still managed to limp to a fourth-place finish to retain the points lead, but made a prompt return to the top of the podium in South Carolina.

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.”

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Irvine, CA – GEICO Insurance first got involved with EnduroCross as a presenting sponsor in 2007, the first year that the new sport became a multi round series. The GEICO team quickly recognized the growth potential for the exciting indoor off-road race series and became the title sponsor in 2008 and has been an active partner in helping to expand it to the current seven round series that gets worldwide attention from racers and fans. The EnduroCross team is very pleased to announce that GEICO has again signed a multi-year agreement as the title sponsor of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil.

“2013 marks the sixth-year that GEICO has participated as the title sponsor for EnduroCross, so we are very excited to serve as the exclusive insurance company for such a great series,” said Ted Ward, GEICO vice president.
“The GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship gives us a great opportunity to connect with our customers and promote our family of products within the vast EnduroCross community.”

Irvine, CA (December 5, 2012) –  The 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series will kick off on Friday, May 3rd at the Orleans Arena during the Monster Energy Supercross finals weekend. The schedule is very similar to 2012 season with all of the same venues. The second round will again take place inside the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento before taking a summer break and then picking back up in Ontario, California in September. The series will then kick into high gear with events in Denver, Colorado, Everett, Washington, Boise, Idaho and Las Vegas, Nevada taking place in October and November.

For the third year, Enduro X will be part of the X Games in Los Angeles taking place on Sunday, August 4th. There will be some additional news regarding Global X Games coming soon.

Corona, CA – November 19, 2012 – Kyle Redmond was able to ride his strong momentum to a season-best finish at the Las Vegas finale of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series. The FMF/Stillwell Performance-backed rider was able to get his TXC310 on the podium with a third place finish after battling tooth and nail down to the last lap.

“I’m really happy to get the Husky up there on the podium,” Redmond said. “It’s a huge relief for me this year. It’s a really great bike and I’m so happy to be with Husqvarna and be on this team. I want to thank Husky for sticking with me. They believed in me this year. The start of the season was not very good – obviously I fractured my ankle so I was trying to catch up. These last few rounds I felt good but I just haven’t gotten the starts I needed. It finally all came together tonight; I got the start and got through the lappers.”

Redmond’s night started out at a disadvantage when he was caught up in a crash on the first lap of the main. Fortunately for him there were two main events at the double-header season finale, so Kyle had a second chance, and thanks to an interesting starting technique, he got the start he needed to battle for the podium. Rather than picking his own gate, Redmond opted to line up on the second row, behind Taddy Blazusiak and Cody Webb (eventual first and second place finishers). The tactic paid off and Redmond was able to sneak in a top-five start.

Las Vegas, NV – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak was crowned the 2012 AMA EnduroCross Championship after sweeping both mains in the Las Vegas double-header finale held at the Orleans Arena.

Blazusiak turned the fastest lap in the afternoon hot laps to earn first gate pick in his heat. He was placed in the third heat where he took the holeshot and led every lap to easily transfer into the main event. His teammate, Factory FMF/KTM rider Mike Brown, finished 2nd in his heat to also earn a top gate pick in the first main event.

When the gate dropped for the first main event it was Blazusiak and Brown out front early. The KTM riders led the pack for the first two laps before Brown made a mistake and dropped to 3rd. On the third lap Blazusiak got stuck in the rocks which gave Webb an opportunity to pass for the lead. Blazusiak and Webb continued to battle for the next four laps swapping the lead each time through the rocks. With two laps to go, Blazusiak was able to pull a small gap as he led the way out front. Blazusiak’s mistake-free ending to the first main event helped him earn the victory and clinch his 2012 AMA EnduroCross Championship. Brown would join Blazusiak on the podium with a 3rd place finish.

Irvine, CA (November 8, 2012) – The upcoming stars of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship are recognized via the MAVtv Junior EnduroCross Championship. It is a series within a series with riders 21 years of age and under eligible. Past Junior Champions include Lucas Oil/Rockstar backed Colton Haaker, the winner of the 2012 Las Vegas opener and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert, who is currently second in the 2012 Expert points chase. The young riders battling for the 2012 MAVtv EnduroCross Championship prove that there is a large group of talented riders knocking on the door of the established stars.

Arizona’s Bryan Roper will enter the Las Vegas finale as the top ranked rider eligible for the MAVtv Junior EnduroCross Championship. The nineteen year old is currently in 15th in the Championship with 34 points. Ryan Sandoval is next in line with 28 points. The Yamaha rider qualified for his first main event of the year at the Boise, Idaho round and Sandoval is gaining momentum. Oregon’s Keith Sweeten is a few positions back with 22 points but with the double main event format in Las Vegas, there are plenty of points available to pull himself into contention for that number one plate.

Hurricane Mills, TN – Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg earned her thirteenth straight win at the final round of the GNCC Series held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Her win at the ranch marked the end to a perfect GNCC season.

Forsberg has already set multiple records this year. Forsberg won gold at Women’s EnduroX for the second straight year at the summer X-Games. She then went on to wrap up her GNCC championship the following weekend four rounds early. Later in the season she would become the first female rider to overall the morning class in the GNCC Series. And after thirteen straight wins, she ended her season with a perfect score.

The talented factory rider has set the benchmark again for fellow women racers with the completion of the perfect season. However, her season is not done. Forsberg will head to Las Vegas, NV in mid-November to compete in the final round of the AMA EnduroCross Series where she currently leads the EnduroCross Women’s point standings. A top three finish at that event would secure another championship for Forsberg who is well on her way to a perfect year.

Boise, ID – The penultimate round of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series took place inside the Idaho Center, just west of Boise and the packed house witnessed racing on the toughest EnduroCross track yet. The difficult track created a lot of action and KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak took another win despite a last lap crash that allowed Beta’s Cody Webb to get within striking difference. Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder withstood pressure from multiple riders to earn the last podium position.

Lucas Oil backed Colton Haaker finally managed to stand on top of the results for the MVP Racing Hot Laps. The top 35 riders in the night show do a single lap against the clock to earn the best picks for the heat races. Haaker had finished second at the previous two rounds but this time he managed to set the fastest time ahead of Webb and Mike Brown. Blazusiak had two minor crashes during his lap and finished 17th.

Haaker won the first heat race over Ryan Sandoval. Blazusiak took the holeshot and won heat two over Webb despite a bad gate pick. Graffunder won heat three over GEICO Honda’s Geoff Aaron. In the semi’s, Kyle Redmond, Justin Soule and Gary Sutherlin won to get the only spots in the main. Then in the LCQ, Bobby Prochnau and Jamie Lanza took the last two spots for the main. Taylor Robert, second in the championship points coming into this event missed qualifying for the main. “This was a really tough track and it was difficult to race because you had to focus on getting through the obstacles”, Robert said. Destry Abbott, Bryan Roper, Bobby Garrison, Eric Rhoten and Keith Wineland were also among the riders that missed the cut. KTM’s Mike Brown chose to call it a night after the heat race due to an unknown illness that has been bothering him for the last few weeks.

Everett, WA – A sold out Comcast Arena in Everett, Washington hosted round six of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series and witnessed an amazing night of racing. Although KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak got another win, he was challenged again by Beta’s Cody Webb who passed him and then led several laps before sliding out in a simple turn of all things. Blazusiak regained the lead but Webb remained close until two laps from the end when he stalled his bike and could not get it to re-fire and eventually went a lap down and finished tenth. Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert fought through the pack to take second position. The battle for third raged until the last lap when top Canadian off road racer, Bobby Prochnau took the position away from Mike Brown.