Endurocross-Podium-9-24-13Ontario, CA – KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak took an exciting win at round three of the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil in Ontario, California. Mike Brown led for five laps and looked poised to take his third EnduroCross win in a row until a small mistake allowed Blazusiak to take the lead. Beta’s Cody Webb rode a steady race and kept the leaders in sight to take the final podium position.

Brown, JCR Honda’s Colton Haaker and Blazusiak were the three heat race winners but the new night time hot lap format decides the main event gate picks: Haaker set the fastest time over Webb, Blazusiak and Brown. Taylor Robert was the big loser as a crash relegated him to a second row starting position.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11Sunday is often the day when the action really unfolds here in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, and today, that was certainly true. Here at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV, just east of Reno, the skies were clearing after a couple of days of substantially smoky skies thanks to nearby wildfires, and the passionate local fans again packed the stands to watch a festival of horsepower.

Points battles are really heating up in all the classes, and while some of the frontrunners found continued good fortune this weekend, others hit major pitfalls, and had to fight hard to make up lost ground.

James-Stewart-Lucas-Oil-AMA-6-28-13MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac proved to be the fastest of the morning at the Red Bull Budds Creek National for Round 5 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. However, 450 Class competitor Mike Alessi and Wil Hahn, of the 250 Class, stepped up for the start of racing as each rider swept the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in both motos of their respective classes.

The Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program recognizes the 450 and 250 Class riders who lay down the quickest lap time of the day in timed practice. In the 450 Class, Stewart captured his first Oakley Bomb Award with a lap time of 1:58.0. Tomac wasn’t far off, as his fastest lap in the 250 Class came in at 1:59.0.

Each rider was awarded the one-of-a-kind Oakley Bomb trophy and now has one point towards the season tally that determines an overall winner in the Fastest Lap Program at series end.

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Sacramento, CA – Mike Brown kept his streak going at round two of the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil inside the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The FMF KTM rider had a nearly perfect day by setting the fastest time during the daytime hot laps, winning his heat race and finishing a close second in the night time hot laps before leading every lap of the main event. “I have started the season really well but there is still a long ways to go for the championship” Brown said. “But this is like getting the holeshot on the season”.

Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert was a very close second in the main event and kept the pressure on for the entire main event. He ate a lot of roost off of Brown’s rear wheel and eventually had to remove his goggles. “I just could not see because Brown was roosting me every lap when we exited the water hole.”

The battle for third was intense as RPM KTM’s Kyle Redmond held the spot for several laps before giving way to Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder. Then Graffunder came under intense pressure from Taddy Blazusiak and Colton Haaker, who had both moved through the pack after going down on the start. Haaker passed Blazusiak and made a last lap pass attempt on Graffunder and went down in the firewood pit. Graffunder held the final podium spot, Blazusiak passed the downed Haaker for fourth and Haaker recovered for fifth.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11LAKE ELSINORE, California – This weekend (May 17-19) the largest crowd in the history of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series presented by Geico is expected to pack Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park for the fifth and sixth rounds of this year’s 15-round series.

That doesn’t surprise the drivers at all.

“Elsinore is built on the concept of showing what a short-course race truck can really do,” reigning Pro 4 Unlimited class champion Kyle LeDuc said. “These trucks are made to fly, to do unbelievable things, and I think the Elsinore track really shows it.
“We’ll be 18 or 20 feet off the ground and in the air for 150 feet or so. Distance-wise, it depends on how much testosterone you’ve got. It’s up to the driver. And you’re doing it six inches from the guy next to you who’s doing the same thing.”

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Irvine, CA – The opening round of the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil will take place in Las Vegas this Friday, May 3rd during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross finals weekend. If you have never been to an EnduroCross, you need to get out to Las Vegas early and witness some of the most exciting racing you will ever see. The track map reveals the “usual” brutal mix of rocks, logs, sand, tractor tires, jumps, and berms that challenge the skills of the world’s best off-road motorcycle racers. Add in a water pit that makes all of the obstacles more challenging as the water gets dragged around the track and you have a recipe for crazing racing.

Irvine, CA (July 10, 2012) – The 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship already includes a five round series for women. Those five rounds were strategically selected to avoid conflicts with other major race series and allow all of the top female riders to compete for the championship. Due to popular demand from both riders and fans, a women’s class will be added to the three events that did not already include it; Ontario, California, Denver, Colorado and Everett Washington. They will be non-points awarding events but will allow female riders to compete in their own class. Ten participants are necessary for a separate race, just like the other classes.

“The spectators have really embraced the women’s class and the riders have really stepped up their skills” stated Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross. “We had several riders and fans asking if we would have the women’s class at the remaining rounds so we decided to add the class to the three events that were not already planned”.

After three of the five points awarding events, Maria Forsberg is currently leading with 81 points followed by Louise Forsley at 76, Chantelle Bykerk at 64, Kacy Martinez at 55 and Rachel Gutish at 44.

Irvine, CA – KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak won both main events at the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Finals presented by Lucas Oil in Las Vegas. Monster Kawasaki’s Justin Soule finished second in the first main event followed by Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder. In the second main event, Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert earned his first ever EnduroCross podium with a second ahead of KTM’s Mike Brown. Blazusiak ended with a perfect 240 points and Brown had a solid second in the championship with Soule overtaking Geoff Aaron for third in the chase.

Beta’s Cody Webb set the fastest lap time during the afternoon Hot Laps, which determine the heat race gate picks and bragging rights. Blazusiak was second with Brown third, Graffunder forth and Soule fifth. Webb, Blazusiak and Brown won the three heat races for the direct transfer to the double main events. Destry Abbott and Colton Haaker were among the surprise non qualifiers.

Blazusiak took the $1000 Girardi Wealth Management Holeshot award to start the first main event followed by Soule, who stayed close during the entire main event to keep the race interesting; but Blazusiak rode a flawless race to keep his perfect season intact. Husqvarna’s Graffunder got on the podium in only his second race back after a broken wrist kept him out of most of the season. Brown passed Webb in the last turn to take forth. British KTM Rider, Johnathan Walker, rode a good race to finish sixth ahead of Robert, Bobby Prochnau, Kyle Redmond, Geoff Aaron, Jacob Argubright and Gary Sutherlin.

Irvine, CA (November 9, 2011) – The first-ever KTM EnduroCross Experience took place at the Ontario, California round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil and it was a big hit. Riders got to ride the track on Friday night and get extensive advice and riding tips from Mike Brown and Taddy Blazusiak. KTM will host this great experience again at next week’s Las Vegas round. The first 20 KTM riders to enter the amateur classes will receive a FREE one hour riding session courtesy of KTM on Friday, November 18th.

Bob Theobald was one of the lucky riders that participated in the Ontario, California KTM EnduroCross Experience and he had this to say “This was an amazing event. From the expert level riders to the average vet rider such as myself, we all learned how to ride better.” He then added, “If you have never raced an EnduroCross and have it on your bucket list, or you have raced it and want to get better, then the KTM EnduroCross Rider Experience is a must do.

You can read more about Bob’s view on the KTM EnduroCross Experience at this link.

There are still a few openings for the Las Vegas event and you can find out more at www.EnduroCross.com and then follow the links to register for the race and then click the KTM EnduroCross Experience button. You do need to be entered in one of the amateur classes to be eligible.

Like all EnduroCross events, you can count on a lot of activity at the Orleans Arena all day on Saturday, November 19th. The pits are open free all day to meet the top riders and check out their bikes up close. The arena is also open for free during the daytime qualifiers that start on Saturday morning as well as for the Expert practice and Hot Laps that take place during the midafternoon.

Tickets are available at http://www.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/endurocross 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 waterhole…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.

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.