FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Webb returned to the center of the Super EnduroCross podium on Saturday night to claim his second victory of the season from Round 3 of the 2018 AMA EnduroCross Series in Reno, Nevada. His teammate, Kacy Martinez, continued her three-race podium streak with a second-place finish in the Women’s class.
Cody Webb Wins Reno EnduroCross
Held inside the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, Saturday’s track was bigger than usual, incorporating Arenacross-style jumps and challenging obstacles, including perhaps the toughest of them all – the elevated Matrix section, along with up and down-hill rock gardens.
Webb came out swinging in practice, topping both sessions with the fastest lap time. He fought hard to claim the extra point in hot laps, but a small mistake in the firepit caused him to ultimately finish a close second. Webb went on to take a convincing win in Heat #2, moving on to the bracket racing. Webb dominated his way through the brackets, where he faced Ty Tremaine in the head-to-head finale. Webb got the holeshot and battled Tremaine through the first corner, but he went down early on and wasn’t able to reclaim the lead before the lap was over. As a result, Webb headed into the Super EnduroCross Main Event with second gate pick.
As the gate dropped for the Main Event, Webb powered his KTM 350 EXC off the start and battled side-by-side for the early lead before assuming the position on lap one. Webb set a fast pace right away and began to open a gap on the rest of the field by making quick work of the matrix section with a rhythm that couldn’t be matched by any other rider in the Main Event. Leading all 17-laps of the Main Event, Webb went on to finish five seconds ahead of the second-place rider. With two wins to-date, Webb now sits tied for first in the Super EnduroCross Championship with three rounds remaining.
“It felt great to redeem myself at the Reno EnduroCross,” Webb said. “I put a lot of hard work in during the week and it paid off. My bike was working awesome, even at altitude, and that made my job so much easier.”
In the Women’s Main Event, Martinez powered her KTM 250 EXC-F into the holeshot, where she led the first half of the opening lap before KTM-mounted rider Shelby Turner passed her for the lead. Martinez kept her within striking distance as the duo battled for the first two laps until Martinez got stuck in the tricky matrix section and Turner got away. From there, Martinez worked hard to close the gap but she wasn’t able to reel in the leader, ultimately finishing second at Round 3.
“The track was fast other than one lane, where they had the matrix and rock hill,” Martinez said. “I never got a clean line through the matrix! Making line choices is tough in our class because you come up to an obstacle and half the field is down, so it’s hard to think quickly on what the next best line. I did feel like I rode better than I did last weekend, but I still need to minimize my mistakes and be more consistent every lap! We have four weeks off now, so I’ll be focusing on doing long consistent motos!”
The 2018 AMA EnduroCross Series takes a small break before heading to Denver, Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 20 for Round 4 of the six-round series. For more information, please visit www.endurocross.com.
2018 AMA EnduroCross Championship
Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center
RESULTS: September 22, 2018
Super EnduroCross Main Event Results
- Cody Webb (KTM)
- Colton Haaker (Hus)
- Ty Tremaine (Alta)
- Geoff Aaron (GG)
- Kyle Redmond (Hus)
Women’s Main Event Results
- Shelby Turner (KTM)
- Kacy Martinez (KTM)
- Allie Dorsey (KTM)
- Monique Johnson (KTM)
Super EnduroCross Championship Standings (After Round 3 of 6)
- Cody Webb (73)
- Colton Haaker (73)
- Ty Tremaine (53)
Women’s Championship Standings (After Round 3 of 6)
- Shelby Turner (72)
- Kacy Martinez (69)
- Allie Dorsey (51)