BROWN WINS AMA ENDUROCROSS SEASON OPENER
Las Vegas, NV – Factory FMF/KTM rider Mike Brown earned his first official AMA EnduroCross Series win at the opening round held at the Orleans Arena. Red Bull KTM Factory rider and reigning AMA EnduroCross Champion, Taddy Blazusiak, finished second overall.
Brown was the highlight of the show from the afternoon hot lap session where he earned the fastest time until the final finish line jump where he secured his first win. Brown never showed any signs of struggling and made the technical track look easy as he worked toward his win.
Brown, an X-Games EnduroX Gold Medalist, was placed in the first heat where he choose the far inside gate. His gate choice paid off and earned him the holeshot and helped him to lead every lap to easily qualify into the main event. Blazusiak followed in Brown’s footsteps and also took a heat win aboard his KTM 350cc machine.
The AMA EnduroCross Series added a new element to its night show line-up for the 2013 season where the twelve riders that qualify for the main event ride in hot laps with the fastest person getting first gate pick. Brown again took the honor of holding the top spot after turning a 40.1. Blazusiak earned the second choice spot with a time of 40.2.
The two riders choose the two inside gates for the start of the main event. Just as predicted, they rounded the first corner in that order with Brown taking the holeshot and Blazusiak in second. The two riders never changed position throughout the twelve lap main event. Brown went on to earn his first career EnduroCross win while Blazuisak took the runner-up position with Colton Haaker rounding out the podium in third.
“It feels so great to get my first win tonight. I’ve been training hard and working toward this goal for a few years now and everything finally feels right. I am extremely grateful to my team that has been behind me this season and built me a great bike. I hope to carry my momentum into the next round and work toward a championship,” stated Brown.
Blazusiak was also happy with his performance, “I struggled a little bit with bike set-up this morning but everything was improved for the main event. I am happy to start the season off on the podium but I definitely have a goal of being on the top step and will shoot for that at the next round.”
Factory FMF/KTM rider and the reigning Women’s EnduroCross Champion, Maria Forsberg, had a spell of bad luck in her main event. She grabbed the holeshot in the main but made a mistake approaching a large log section which sent her back to second place. A corner later she was taken out by another rider and because of the position of her fall, had to wait for all riders to pass by before she could get back on her bike. She restarted in last position and in the short three-lap race was able to climb back to fourth place just barely missing out on a podium finish.
Next Event: Sacramento, CA – June 8, 2013
Overall Results Pro Class –
1. Mike Brown – KTM
2. Taddy Blazusiak – KTM
3. Colton Haaker
4. Cody Webb
5. Geoff Aaron – KTM
Overall Results Women’s Class –
1. Shelby Turner – KTM
2. Chantelle Bykerk – KTM
3. Rachel Gutish
4. Maria Forsberg – KTM
5. Sarah Whitmore – KTM