Cody Webbs gets his second win for Beta, Colton Hakker sees the podium once again, Brownie back to points lead
Photos by Drew Ruiz
From KTM – Mike Brown finished 2nd at the fifth round of the AMA GEICO EnduroCross Series in Everett, Washington. Red Bull KTM rider Taddy Blazusiak put in strong ride to finish 4th.
In his heat race, Brown quickly leaped out front to lead all six laps of the heat to easily transfer to the main event. “I wasn’t very happy with my hot lap or practice times,” mentioned Brown. “I knew I needed to come out swinging and I’m really excited for the main event tonight.”
Blazusiak, who set the second-fastest lap in practice, was also able to come out on top in his heat race. The Red Bull KTM rider grabbed the holeshot in the third heat and took the win and first transfer position.
During the hot laps for gate position, Brown had a problem in the water section which caused him to lose some time to end up with 8th gate pick. Meanwhile, Blazusiak laid down an impressive lap to receive 2nd gate pick for the main event.
When the gate dropped it was Brown, from an outside gate, rounding out the first turn in the lead. Each lap Brown continued to stretch his lead to as much as ten seconds at one point. On the tenth lap Brown made a mistake in the rock section, allowing Cody Webb to make up some time. The two riders drag raced down the start straight and into the water obstacle side by side. Unfortunately, Brown took an outside line over a log turn and slid out, allowing Webb to take-over the lead. Brown was able to quickly pick himself up in second. With two laps to go Brown worked hard to get back around the leader, but was couldn’t get back around Webb to eventually end the race in 2nd.
“I started making some mistakes towards the end of the race and was really my worst enemy tonight,” mentioned Brown. “I’m still happy to be on the box and gain some points towards the championship.”
Meanwhile, Blazusiak had trouble right off the start and came around the first lap in last position. Blazusiak began to work his way through the pack, making an impressive pass through the rock turn to gain three positions. By the halfway point Blazusiak had made his way up to 5th and gaining on the 4th place rider of Colton Haaker. In the meantime, the second place rider of Taylor Robert went down allowing both Blazusiak and Haaker to gain a position. With two laps to go Blazusiak was making up substantial ground on Haaker, but was unable to make a pass. Blazusiak finished the race with a hard fought 4th overall.
With two rounds remaining, Brown holds on the points lead in the championship standings with 112 points. Blazusiak sits behind him in 2nd with 105 points. The riders will have another two week break before heading Boise, Idaho for the sixth round of the series on November 9, 2013.