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X Games Barcelona EnduroX Results
Mike Brown Wins in Close X Games Race
Mike Brown Wins Barcelona Enduro X
Mike Brown may have led the Barcelona X Games EnduroX final wire to wire, but the racing was much closer than appearance suggests. Taddy Blazusiak hounded Mike the entire way and even put a wheel on him a couple of times. Brown looked best around the very fast course that featured two huge double jumps. Taddy and Colton Haaker were there only other riders to keep close to Brown. Cody Webb was in the mix for much of the race, but he went down and dropped back.
The last lap proved to be the big one. Taddy was right with Brown, but lost a second when he had to follow Max Gerston through the rocks. Then Taddy lost it over the first double jump. He spun the wheel on the log ramp and lost drive on the take off. He had to bail off the bike as it came up short for the landing. Fortunately he was able to slide down the landing. It looked like he may have injured himself, but it could have been far worse, as he was able to remount and only lose one position.
That put Colton Haaker to second. Just feet from the checkered flag, on the very last rock, Mike Brown buried his rear wheel in, getting stuck for a couple of seconds. Colton Haaker actually had a shot at the win, but there was no good alternate line around Brownie. Colton had to slow up just enough to allow Mike to get going again and take the win. Taddy had remounted in third, but another problem would let Cody Webb back by to take the final medal position.
Laia Sanz made it clear that she is the best women’s enduro rider in the world. She got the holeshot on her new KTM, but got tangled in the first corner and restarted dead last. Within one lap she was battling for the lead again. Once in front she was able to put a small gap on Maria Forsberg and rode clean to the finish to take her second X Games gold in two races. She has to fly to Portugal tonight to ride day two of the EWC round.
We will post full results once they are available.