With the temperature well above the century mark, training, hydration and planning were added to the formula of speed and talent as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert took round five of the WORCS Series in Surprise Arizona. Robert, an Arizona native, was well equipped to deal with the 105 degree temperature at the Speedworld course as he went 1-1 and extended is points lead in the WORCS Series.

While many of the top Pro riders struggled with the heat Robert rode with his usual speed, cutting a blistering 9:07 fastest lap to outdistance the all-star field of racers. Quick pit stops and teamwork were also a factor as Robert finished more than a full minute ahead of the rest of the field in both races to take the overall.

“I like it this track because it’s challenging,” said Robert. “The heat didn’t bother me today and I’m looking forward to the next round in Adelanto. Kawasaki has built me a great motorcycle and the team is the best in off-road right now. We’re working really hard this year to win races and stay focused on the WORCS Championship.”

Irvine, CA (August 9, 2011) – This Saturday, August 13th, a stacked field of riders will line up to challenge Taddy Blazusiak for the win at the GEICO AMA EnduroCross presented by Lucas Oil event in Everett, Washington. Mike Brown, Blazusiak’s KTM teammate, showed great speed at the X Games opener and re-passed Taddy multiple times in their battle early in the main event. Brown is hungry for his first ever EnduroCross win. Geoff Aaron, now riding a GEICO Honda looked set to take the X Games win before a trip over the bars pushed him back to an eventual fifth place finish so he is hungry for redemption. The Monster Kawasaki team has two young guns set to challenge for the win and Justin Soule already got a taste of the podium at X Games and his teammate Taylor Robert has put more emphasis on EnduroCross practice and a full assault on the series for 2011. Those are just a few of the riders that will be fighting for the podium. Below is a quick rundown of the top riders planning to compete:

  • Taddy Blazusiak: 2009 and 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Champion and 2011 X Games Enduro X Gold Medal winner.
  • Mike Brown: 2009 WORCS Champion, 2001 AMA 125 MX Champion and 2011 X Games Enduro X Silver Medalist.
  • Justin Soule: Third in 2010 EnduroCross Championship and 2011 X Games Bronze Medalist.
  • Geoff Aaron: 2009 and 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship runner up and 10x AMA Trials Champion.
  • Cody Webb: 2010 AMA Trials Champion. Finished on the podium at 2010 Vegas final and now full time for EX.
  • Taylor Robert: Multi time WORCS Championship race winner now riding for Monster Kawasaki and committed to competing in the GEICO EnduroCross series for 2011.
  • Kevin Rookstool: One of the few riders to qualify for every EnduroCross main event in 2010. The Oregon rider led the X Games main event for a few laps.
  • Jacob Argubright: Top young off road racer that is dedicating more time to EnduroCross in 2011.
  • Rory Sullivan: Another Pacific Northwest rider that has the speed to surprise the regular front runners.
  • Colton Haaker: Two time EnduroCross Junior Champion that is now aiming for race wins on his Lucas Oil KTM.
  • Gary Sutherlin: Finished third in Everett in 2010 and sixth in the championship.
  • Kyle Redmond: GEICO Honda rider that finished fifth in the 2010 EnduroCross Championship.
  • Jamie Lanza: Zip Ty Husqvarna factory rider that is always a threat to the established stars.
  • Bobby Prochnau: The top Canadian off road rider that rides the team RPM KTM (based near Seattle).
  • Wally Palmer: Perhaps the most exciting rider on the track with his crazy antics has the speed to challenge the leaders.

If you live anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, you can make plans for an awesome day and night of action. The pit area and Comcast Arena are open for FREE all day to the public to watch the riders practice and qualify for the evening program. But if you want a seat for the main events, you better get a ticket since this event was a sellout last year.

Ticket information for all of the GEICO EnduroCross events can be found at 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 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.

FMF/KTM Factory rider Kurt Caselli went undefeated in both motos at the fifth round of the WORCS held in Payette, ID.

“Everything about this weekend worked out perfectly,” remarked Caselli. “We were able to arrive a few days early and dial in our suspension testing at some local riding areas to make sure we were ready for the event. Plus it rained off and on during the week which made the course perfect on race day.”

During Saturday’s race Caselli came around the first turn in 2nd place behind his FMF/KTM teammate Mike Brown. Caselli was able to move around Brown early on the first lap. Once he took over the lead he never looked back and went on to win the first moto. Brown put together a solid performance and finished behind Caselli in 2nd place to put both FMF/KTM team riders on the podium.

Kawasaki is gearing up for its 2011 off-road racing season. The dirt bike off-road team is gearing up for action. Monster Energy Kawasaki off-road racers Destry Abbott, Justin Soule, and Taylor Robert recently sat down to talk about the upcoming season at a photo shoot.

The racers were on hand riding, posing before getting dirty on the track, and talking about everything coming in the upcoming season of racing.

Check out the action from the recent photo shoot in the video below:

Monster Energy Kawasaki typically kicks off the racing season with an introduction at its Irvine, California, facilities just prior to the first Supercross race of the year. This year was no different, as Kawasaki invited the media and its employees to meet team riders, take race shop tours and show off a video showcasing the team.

Industry announcer Jason Weigandt hosted the opening ceremonies, introduced the individual riders, and commenced the official announcement of the 2011 Monster Energy Kawasaki Race Teams.