Taddy Blazusiak held on to take both final wins.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

Taddy Blazusiak held on to take both final wins.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

Taddy Blazusiak capped off a stellar EnduroCross season with a double main-event sweep at the final round of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship in Las Vegas, November 17. And with it, the FMF KTM rider wrapped up his fourth AMA EnduroCross Championship in front of a sold-out crowd at The Orleans Arena.

However, the back-to-back wins were by no means a walk in the park for the man from Poland. Not only did he and the rest of the field have to deal with the most difficult rock section of the year (if not ever), he felt big-time pressure in both races from the one rider who has been dogging him for much of the season, Beta's Cody Webb.

Cody Webb  right  challenged Blazusiak for the lead in both races.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

Cody Webb (right) challenged Blazusiak for the lead in both races.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

Webb challenged Blazusiak in both 10-lap features. He even passed Taddy for the lead in the first race but couldn't hold him back and succumbed to the extreme off-road star. Webb still finished second, while Blazusiak's teammate, Mike Brown finished third.

The rock pile gave everyone fits.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

The rock pile gave everyone fits.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

Webb again hounded Blazusiak for the lead in the second and final race, but the former AMA National Trials Champion was bothered by a sore knee that he had tweaked in the first main event and was unable to maintain the heat on the KTM rider. He still finished out the race in second place.

Third in the second race went to Husqvarna's Kyle Redmond for his first podium finish of the year.

 Left to right  Taylor Robert  Blazusiak and Webb celebrate their year-end finishes.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

(Left to right) Taylor Robert, Blazusiak and Webb celebrate their year-end finishes.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

Webb finished out the championship in second, while Monster Energy Kawasaki's Taylor Robert took third in the final standings.

RESULTS

FINAL RACE ONE
1.      Taddy Blazusiak (KTM)
2.      Cody Webb (Beta)
3.      Mike Brown (KTM)
4.      Geoff Aaron (Hon)
5.      Justin Soule (Kaw)
6.      Colton Haaker (Kaw)
7.      Cory Graffunder (Hus)
8.      Kyle Redmond (Hus)
9.      Max Gerston (Beta)
10.   Jamie Lanza (Hon)
11.   11. Kevin Rookstool (Hon)

FINAL RACE TWO
1.      Taddy Blazusiak (KTM)
2.      Cody Webb (Beta)
3.      Kyle Redmond (Hus)
4.      Geoff Aaron (Hon)
5.      Mike Brown (KTM)
6.      Justin Soule (Kaw)
7.      Cory Graffunder (Hus)
8.      Taylor Robert (Kaw)
9.      Max Gerston (Beta)
10.   Kevin Rookstool (Hon)
11.   Colton Haaker (Kaw)
12.   Jamie Lanza (Hon)

SEASON FINAL

1. Taddy Blazusiak (249/6 wins)
2. Cody Webb (179)
3. Taylor Robert (154)
4. Mike Brown (151/1 win)
5. Cory Graffunder (133)
6. Justin Soule (125)
7. Colton Haaker (123/1 win)
8. Kyle Redmond (123)
9. Geoff Aaron (111)
10. Kevin Rookstool (92)

 

 

Cycle News Magazine

Open This Issue For Reading

EnduroCross Photo Galleries

EnduroCross Headlines


Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.

Comments