The 2016 AMA EnduroCross series will start the second half of the season in Denver this weekend and Colton Haaker holds a small seven point lead over Cody Webb. Husqvarna’s Haaker has won three of the four races so far and looked very strong taking the win in Phoenix last weekend. KTM’s Webb, the two time defending champion, has one win, two seconds and a third so far this season, enough to keep the pressure on Haaker.
While those two riders have been dominant so far, Husqvarna’s Mike Brown has been the most consistent among the rest. The ageless Brown had another strong ride in Phoenix to take fourth, backing up two consecutive third place finishes in Sioux Falls and Salt Lake City. He currently holds third in the championship.
Fourth is currently held by RPM KTM’s Ty Tremaine. The twenty year old is getting closer to the podium all the time. Tremaine also leads the Junior EnduroCross Championship, which is a championship within a championship for riders twenty-one and under.
Geoff Aaron continues to mix it up at the front on his GasGas and is tied for fifth in the championship with Beta’s Max Gerston.
Seventh is held by Kyle Redmond. The Factory Beta rider has displayed solid speed this season but struggled with putting together the top finish he is capable of.
Noah Kepple, another youngster battling for the Junior EnduroCross Championship, has qualified for all four main events thus far and finished fifth in Sioux Falls. He is currently tied for eighth with Canada’s Cory Graffunder. Graffunder thrives on the tough tracks and put in his best finish of the season so far in Phoenix with a sixth. He has finished on the podium in the past and is hungry to get back there in the four races still to come.
Tenth position is another tie between Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak and young Trystan Hart. Blazusiak opened the season with a third but has struggled since injuring his thumb at round two. Canada’s Hart on the other hand missed the opening round but has come on strong with sixth, seventh and fifth place finishes in Sioux Falls, Salt Lake and Phoenix respectively. This is another kid to keep your eye on.
This weekend’s Denver event will be held inside the National Western Events Center on Saturday, October 1st. The Arena is open for free for the daytime practice and qualification sessions that start at 10:00 am. Then the Arena opens back up to the public at 6:00 pm with opening ceremonies at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at: www.EnduroCross.com/buy-tickets/
Colton Haaker had taken his Husqvarna to the top step of the podium three times this season. Photo: Ian Reid.
KTM’s Cody Webb has been strong this season but trails Haaker by seven points at the halfway point. Photo: Ian Reid.
Mike Brown has been on the podium twice this season already and continues to be one of the top dogs in EnduroCross. Photo: Ian Reid.
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