Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13After a long summer break, the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil will return to action on Saturday, September 21st inside the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The seven race 2013 championship still has five rounds remaining and KTM’s Mike Brown was on a tear before the summer break taking the wins in Las Vegas and Sacramento. He also took a win at the non AMA points paying X Games Enduro X event in Barcelona, Spain so it has been a good year so far for the likeable veteran from Tennessee. “The KTM 350 has been great for me this year and I am looking forward to competing for the championship” Brown said of his early season success.

Brown’s closest pursuer in the championship is Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak, the four time and defending EnduroCross champion that won the most recent X Games Enduro X event in Los Angeles. Blazusiak has not been nearly as dominant so far in 2013 and will be looking to reestablish his place at the top.

Morgantown, W. Va. (July 3, 2012) – Defending Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Champion and current Women’s class points leader Maria Forsberg won her second consecutive gold medal in Women’s Moto X Enduro X on Sunday at X Games Los Angeles. GNCC Women’s class competitor Rachel Gutish also grabbed sixth place in her first-ever X Games appearance.

Factory FMF/KTM’s Forsberg started off behind Louise Forsley and Tarah Gieger amidst some carnage and confusion early on. After bouncing back from a few of her own troubles, Forsberg was able to make her way to the front and hold on for the win.

“It’s way harder this year,” Forsberg said. “All the girls have gone home and done their homework and they’re way, way faster, which makes for a good race. I’m pumped for everyone and I’m pumped to be here.”

Irvine, CA (June 19, 2012) – Check out the video highlights from round two of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship, presented by Lucas Oil.

KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak took the win ahead of a fierce battle for the other two podium positions. Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert worked his way up to second after a last place start and GEICO Honda’s Kevin Rookstool held on for third despite a few crashes.

GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by Lucas Oil Sacramento Expert Results:

Taddy Blazusiak            KTM
Taylor Robert                Kawasaki
Kevin Rookstool           Honda
Cory Graffunder            Husqvarna
Mike Brown                   KTM
Bobby Garrison             Kawasaki
Cody Webb                  Beta
Gary Sutherlin               Kawasaki
Destry Abbott               Kawasaki
Colton Haaker               Kawasaki
Geoff Aaron                  Honda

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.

Ontario, CA – The 2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil made a first time stop at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California and KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak took the win in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd. Lucas Oil backed Colton Haaker took second ahead of factory Beta backed Cody Webb. Kyle Redmond finished fourth and Geoff Aaron finished fifth.

The afternoon got started with the 30 Expert riders doing a single lap against the clock running in reverse order of the current point standings to determine gate picks for the heat races. There is a lot of bragging rights on the line and Blazusiak was the final rider to take the track and set the fast time ahead of Mike Brown and Haaker.

Blazusiak, Brown and Aaron each won their heat races to take the best gate picks for the main event. Wally Palmer was among the top riders not make the main after a nasty tumble during his heat race. Jacob Argubright, Kevin Rookstool, Ryan Sandoval and Matt Oppen were among the other riders to miss the cut for the main event.

Blazusiak jumped to the front of the field at the start followed closely by Aaron and Haaker. Aaron stalled his bike on the first lap and then Haaker immediately closed in on Blazusiak and stayed close for the first half of the race before slowly losing touch. Redmond, Gary Sutherlin and Webb were equally close to Haaker and it appeared that any one of them could have taken second before Haaker started to pull a little gap. Sutherlin made a mistake to fall from contention and Webb applied pressure to Redmond to finally make the pass just before the white flag; taking the final podium spot. Aaron managed to work his way back up to fifth ahead of Monster Kawasaki’s Justin Soule. Sutherlin held on for sixth ahead of Brown, who had a pretty tough main event and lost a lot of ground to Taddy in the championship after coming into this event in second. Keith Sweeten, the youngster from Oregon finished ninth ahead of Destry Abbott and Rory Sullivan, who is a very accomplished Motocross and Off Road rider made his first main event after three years of trying finished 11th after a big crash in the rocks.

In addition to the Expert class, EnduroCross events include Open Amateur, Vet 35+ and TrialsCross classes. The top two finishers in each class also earn a spot in the Vegas Grand Championship Finals for each respective class. The Vet class was won by Todd Sciaqua over Kurt Nicoll and Baja Legend Johnny Campbell. The Amateur class was won by Eric Rhoten with Matt Crouch and Max Gerston rounding out the podium. The TrialsCross class had an amazing finish with Andrew Oldar making a last second pass on Mike Damm that ended with both of them crashing as they crossed the finish line. Twelve year old Ty Cullins took third.

GEICO AMA EnduroCross, Presented by Lucas Oil Ontario, California Expert Main Event Results

  1. Taddy Blazusiak
  2. Colton Haaker
  3. Cody Webb
  4. Kyle Redmond
  5. Geoff Aaron
  6. Justin Soule
  7. Gary Sutherlin
  8. Mike Brown
  9. Keith Sweeten
  10. Destry Abbott
  11. Rory Sullivan

Denver, Colorado will be the next stop for the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series on Saturday, October 1st. This is the home race for Geoff Aaron and the GEICO Honda rider won the event last year.

Tickets information is available at www.EnduroCross.com.

Everett, WA – The 2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil made a huge impact as part of the X Games less than two weeks ago then the riders made the trip up to the Pacific Northwest to race in the Comcast Arena in Everett Washington. And just like at the X Games, Taddy Blazusiak rode his Factory KTM 350 to the win. Geoff Aaron finished second on his GEICO Honda while Cody Webb rounded out the podium on his factory Beta.

The afternoon got started with the timed qualifying laps to determine the gate picks for the heat races. Blazusiak set the fastest time followed by Aaron, Graham Jarvis, Mike Brown and Colton Haaker. The “Hot Laps” determine the gate picks for the heat races.

Blazusiak, Webb and Jarvis each won their heat races to get direct transfers to the main event. Webb has really stepped up his game for EnduroCross and looks like he will be a regular podium contender. Jarvis made the trip from England to compete in a few North American off road events and showed that he is a contender. The biggest surprise non-qualifier for the main event was Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert who could not re-fire his bike after stalling in his semi.

Irvine, CA (August 4, 2011) – Still buzzing from his X Games gold medal, Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak is fired up for the Everett Washington EnduroCross event that will take place on Saturday, August 13th. “X Games just took off road motorcycle racing to a whole new level” Taddy texted the morning after winning Gold inside the Staples Center. “It was so amazing to race with live ESPN coverage and the huge crowd inside the arena so I can’t wait for Everett”. X Games was a great way to kick off the 2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil and the riders will get to race in less than two weeks in Everett Washington and then again on Friday, August 26th in Indianapolis Indiana.

Taddy’s excitement about the remainder of the series is not surprising but Maria Forsberg, the women’s X Games Enduro X Gold Medalist is also planning to compete in Everett. The Seattle resident will compete against the men since the women’s class was a one off for X Games only because there are not a lot of female riders willing to put themselves through that kind of punishment. So it will be interesting to see if Maria can earn a spot in the amateur class main event.

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)

The 2012 X-Games ended with an explosion of Orange power in Los Angeles on Sunday night with KTM riders Taddy Blazusiak (right) and Maria Forsberg winning golds in the newly inaugurated Endurocross event, the first time it had made an appearance in the X-Games program.

To round off a great night on the track for KTM riders, it was Mike Brown who took the silver in the men’s event, finishing 14 seconds behind Taddy. KTM rider Kurt Caselli also tackled the difficult course and finished seventh. The X-Games event also counts as the first round of the GEIKO Endurocross championship 2011 where KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak of Poland will be looking to renew his world championship title.

The Endurocross course for the Games was typically challenging and strewn with ten laps over seemingly impossible obstacles like tires, rock pits, a pile of split lumber, log paths, fallen trees and a water pit. But while Taddy emerged triumphant he had his difficulties in the made the finals only by way of the last change qualifiers. From then on it was plain sailing for the Polish rider who in June won his fifth consecutive Erzberg hare scramble on Austria’s iron Mountain.

“This track was a little bit more like the European tracks like we have back home, a little bit more spread out,” Taddy commented. “You could hit the stuff faster, and that actually suits my riding style better. You just try to push yourself to the limit and that’s what I tried to do and you had to make a decision in the split of a second. I’m really happy, I had a steady start, I wasn’t going over my head and I just worked my way through.”

“It’s my first time at X Games and it was great. It’s fun to watch and there’s always something going on in this sport. I hope we get to come back again next year and put on a good show for everyone,” Brown said.

For Forsberg, a big name in women’s offroad racing in the USA, it was her first X-Games appearance and she lived up to her own high standards by emerging the winner over the tough course of obstacles in the arena. “It was really challenging because all the girls out here are really good riders,” she said. “Enduro cross is about consistency so I tried to just stay on the bike as much as I could.”