Corona, CA – Zip-Ty Husqvarna racer Cory Graffunder didn’t start his season off on an ideal note, but fortunately he was able to end it on one. After returning from an injury, Graffunder closed out his GEICO AMA EnduroCross season with a podium finish at the Las Vegas finale.
“I had one chance to come back and redeem myself from missing practically the whole season,” Graffunder said. “I was really excited to get on the podium and I wanted to prove to everyone that I still had the speed.”
A broken wrist only days before the X Games season opener left the Zip-Ty Husky rider on the sidelines of the STAPLES Center rather than battling for a medal. Graffunder would go on to miss out on five of the seven venues, and looked at the Las Vegas double-header as his last opportunity for redemption in 2011.
“I trained really hard in the off-season with the hope of improving from number four,” Graffunder said. “I thought I had something for Taddy [Blazusiak] but the wrist threw a wrench in my whole season. The Las Vegas finale was as eye-opening to me as it was for everyone else. I trained really hard the whole month before that and I didn’t know where I was going to be. I raced the Idaho EnduroCross round and I didn’t have much speed there, but I’d been getting better and better. In the first main, I ended up getting a good start. Cody Webb went at it and I had him covered. It was great to get on the podium again.”