The first running of XTINCTION – Canada’s premier Extreme Enduro is in the record books and has proven to be a fantastic event.
Beginning with a gnarly two-hour qualifier through the Canadian Badlands, racers were faced with extreme challenges ready to derail several of them as they came face to face with “XTINCTION”! As if the course which the Corner Grass Racing Team (CGRT) had prepared was not already enough of a challenge, Mother Nature came a calling with a steady downpour making the course nearly impassable!
Thirty competitors were able to complete the qualifying session and were fortunate enough to be greeted with sunny skies for the XTINCTION Showdown. They were tasked with another two hours in the saddle, during which time several of the competitors faced XTINCTION and were eliminated from the race!
In the end, Canadian Off-Road phenom Cory Graffunder and American rival Kyle Redmond put on a spectacular show and battled to the end with Graffunder squeaking out the win and taking home a healthy part of the $5000 CAD purse!
Shane Cuthbertson of CGRT aboard his Husaberg FX 450 qualified second behind Cory Graffunder but got his bike tangled up in one of the plastic fences in the first lap of the main race after a good start and lost precious time and positions.
After he got going again he put his head down and stormed through the field but the top was already out of reach so he had to settle for 6th position.
CGRT young gun Cole Dobovich (16 years, FX 450) made a great debut in Extreme Enduro racing, considering he usually doesn’t get to ride long and steep up- and downhills in his home area, and finished a respectable 22nd.
Xtinction Official Results:
1) Cory Graffunder (Husqvarna)
2) Kyle Redmond (KTM)
3) Jason Schrage (Honda)
4) Julien Cerny (KTM)
5) Geoff Nelson (KTM) 6) Shane Cuthbertson (Husaberg)
7) Ben Rego (Yamaha)
8) Paul Petrin (KTM)
9) Noel Bolso (KTM)
10) Jared Thomas (KTM)