The 2018 AMA EnduroCross Series will kick off the first of six rounds on August 25th in Prescott Valley, Arizona. This will be the first EnduroCross event in Prescott Valley, but Arizona is a hotbed for off-road motorcycle racing and powersports.
Longtime rivals, FMF KTM-sponsored rider Cody Webb and Rockstar Husqvarna-sponsored rider Colton Haaker will face off again on the track, as Webb enters the series as this year’s favorite to win. Webb won his third EnduroCross championship in 2017, and last month earned an FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. Haaker, the 2016 AMA EnduroCross champion, aims to reclaim the EnduroCross crown this year.
Webb and Haaker are far from 2018’s only contenders: SRT’s Trystan Hart was 2017’s runner-up, Ty Tremaine finished the series third in 2016 and 2017, and this year will be riding an Alta Motors Electric motorcycle. Other competitors to watch include Noah Kepple, sponsored by GasGas, and Cooper Abbott, son of off-road legend Destry. Fans can’t forget SRT’s Kyle Redmond, Cory Graffunder, GasGas’ Geoff Aaron and Beta’s Max Gerston.
Round two will take place in conjunction with the widely popular Sand Sports Super Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Costa Mesa, California. Two great events at one venue will make for one epic action sports weekend for fans.
Round three will be held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Nevada, another strong off-road motorcycle and powersports community along the tour. This event attracted a strong crowd as a first-time race last season.
The National Western Events Center in Denver, Colorado will host round four. This arena has been part of the series since 2007 and is a favorite among the riders.
The series will travel to the Pacific Northwest for round five. The XFINITY Arena in Everett, Washington is known for its soft soil, creating an even more challenging and exciting course. This event has been a consistent sell-out for years.
For the first time, the season will wrap up in Nampa, Idaho, just outside of Boise. The Ford Idaho Center’s huge arena floor will make for a great course to decide the championships.
In addition to the Super EnduroCross (Pro) class, the EnduroCross series will again include Open Amateur, Vet 35+, TrialsCross and Women’s classes. The main events for each of the classes will compete during the evening performance when the stands are packed with fans. 2018 AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule
August 25, 2018 – Prescott Valley, AZ – Prescott Valley Event Center September 15, 2018 – Costa Mesa, CA – Racetrack at OC Fairgrounds September 22, 2018 – Reno, NV – Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center October 20, 2018 – Denver, CO – National Western Events Center October 27, 2018 – Everett, WA – XFINITY Arena November 3, 3018 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center *Subject to Change
Cody Webb will replace his number 2 with a number 1 for 2018 and will aim to earn his fourth EnduroCross Championship.
Colton Haaker started 2017 with a win but then an injury ruined any chance of defending his #1 plate. He will be back to battle Webb again in 2018.
Photography: Tanner Yeager