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March 22, 2015

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2015 EnduroCross News

Mike Brown Wins Salt Lake City EnduroCross
Haaker and Gerston round out the top three

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH. (March 31st) ­ Mike Brown won his first GEICO EnduroCross event since 2013 by leading every lap inside the Energy Solutions Arena tonight in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Rockstar FMF Husqvarna Factory Racing pilot and AMA professional racer since 1988, showed he’s still the man when it comes to pulling great starts, sprinting to a lead and putting down consistent laps to take a win. Rockstart Lucas Oil Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker overcame some mayhem to apply pressure on the last lap but settled for second while Factory Beta’s Max Gerston rode a smart race to finish third.
Behind Brown off the start, second-turn carnage held off defending champion and race-one winner Cody Webb from applying pressure. Brown used the room to his advantage and took the win.
Brown’s night went great from the beginning with the veteran throwing down an insanely fast lap time during the evening Hot Laps session while also “quadding” a step-on-step-off section of the track previously un-attempted by EnduroCross’ best. He took the first gate pick and a bonus championship point (his second of both for the year) into the Main Event. From there, he grabbed the Nexen Tire $500 Holeshot award (also for the second time in-a-row this year). And that’s when the race got interesting.

Right after the finish tire jump—into the second turn of the course—was were most of the drama on the evening would unfold. As Webb and Haaker charged for the inside line, they both refused to shut down and leave the second spot to the other, the result was them both going down and the rest of the class stacking up, around and on-top of them. Haaker would re-mount quickly (inside the top-10), while Webb suffered the worst of it with multiple bikes and riders blocking his way. Webb would get up and start his race in near last position. Somehow, Gerston made his way through relatively unscathed.
Meanwhile, it was clean sailing up front for Brown. On a fast track it was clear he’d be hard to catch but Gerston kept him in-check for the first half of the race with Webb’s FMF/RPM/KTM Team Maxxis rider Ty Tremaine in third. Behind them, Haaker and Webb were on a moving missing. By the halfway point, Haaker had charged past SRT Racing-backed rider Cory Graffunder and Tremaine to put the pressure on Gerston. Gerston looked strong, holding him off until nearly the 10th lap of the 15-lap main when Haaker made a smooth move on the rocks to get by.
Webb was flying, too. His pace only impeded by the fastest line being occupied by a slower rider or lapped rider. He ended up going down once more but still, somehow, managed to power into fourth overall on the evening.
With only a few laps to go, it looked like Brown was going to cruise to a victory, but Haaker had other plans and put down a two-lap charge to get right next to Brown on the final lap. In the end, Brown had enough gas in the tank to push a little harder (will he ever run out?) and take his first win of the year and first since 2013’s season. Haaker would finish second, Gerston in third, Webb in fourth and Graffunder in fifth.
 Mike Brown on the WIN:
“The track was good for me tonight. It was fast but the rocks were tough and a lot of guys were going down there. I rode the track as hard as I could and didn’t make mistakes in the difficult sections,”Brown said. “ When I saw the other guys behind me go down after the start I told myself I better go now. The start was the whole race. If I would have started third or fourth I probably couldn’t have gotten here—these guys are going so fast. I got a little tight at the end and these guys caught up to me but I can’t wait to work on a little bit of stuff for the next race.”
Colton Haaker on finishing second:
“I wanted to shut the door on that second corner and Cody (Webb) didn’t want to let me inside so we just collided right in the beginning,” Haaker said. “He was on the inside and I had a wheel on him and he probably felt like he had it and both of us felt like we didn’t want to shut down. I managed to get up faster and squirt out of there in the top ten and put in some good, consistent laps. I finally caught up to Brown on the last lap and I ran out of laps. Second is good. I didn’t want to give up any points tonight because I’m still not 100%.”
Max Gerston on third and his first podium:
“I’m feeling like a million bucks,” Gerston said. “I feel like this is where I belong and we’ve been working so, so hard for so, so long during the week and my DA8 training has been getting me to another level. I just eat, sleep, breathe EnduroCross and hopefully this is a start of a big thing. I have so much fun out here and am so fortunate. The track was fast and fun and flowed well tonight with a gnarly rock section. I had a blast!”

Salt Lake City, Utah GEICO AMA EnduroCross Men’s Main Event Results
1.    Mike Brown                       Husqvarna
2.    Colton Haaker        Husqvarna
3.    Max Gerston           Beta
4.    Cody Webb                       KTM
5.    Cory Graffunder    KTM
6.    Ty Tremaine         KTM
7.    Nick Thompson     KTM
8.    Kyle Redmond      Beta  
9.    Kevin Rookstool    Suzuki
10.  Destry Abbott          Kawasaki
11.  Noah Kepple        KTM
12.  Dalton Dietz          KTM
13.  Wallace Palmer    Christini
GEICO AMA EnduroCross 2015 Point Standings Top-Five (unofficial)
1. Cody Webb              45
2. Colton Haaker          45
3. Mike Brown              43
4. Max Gerston            36
5. Kyle Redmond         34
6. Cory Graffunder       34

In the Women’s class, Sandra Gomez from Spain took her first EnduroCross win on the season after missing Daytona—even after going down on the first log after the start. The Women’s Main Event was packed with action as defending champion Lexi Pechout took the lead early. A hard-charging Shelby Turner followed with Morgan Tanke (round 1 winner) in third. Slowly and surely Gomez closed in on the front three. And with two laps to go, she had moved into second place. Meanwhile, the lead was changing often with Turner and Tanke swapping. When it came down to the last lap, it was Gomez and Tanke bar-to-bar with Tanke going down hard and Gomez taking the win. Tanke was looked at by paramedics after the encounter.

All of the EnduroCross events also include support classes and Dalton Dietz took the win in the Open Amateur class and made his first Pro Main Event. Kale Elworthy came in second and Austin Schiermeister rounded out the top three. Stephen Foord won the vet class ahead of Rich Black and Jason Gitchel. Nathan Brown won the TrialsCross class with Michael Salsman in second and Keith Adams in third.   

The next round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series will take place at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, May 1st ­kicking off a weekend of action in Vegas before the Supercross Finals on Saturday.  
Mike Brown got back to his winning ways and put his Husqvarna on top of the podium tonight in Salt Lake City.  Photo: Brian Jefferies
Colton Haaker made it two Husky's on top tonight after his second runner-up position in a row  Photo: Brian Jefferies
Max Gerston put his Beta into third position for his first podium finish in the Pro Class Photo: Brian Jefferies
Mike Brown (center), Colton Haaker (Left) and Max Gerston earned podium positions at round two of the 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Photo: Brian Jefferies
Sandra Gomez took the win in Salt Lake City.  Photo: Brian Jefferies
Mike Brown won his second $500 Nexen Tire Holeshot Award in as many races.  Photo: Brian Jefferies
If you have never been to an EnduroCross, get to an event in 2015. You will be blown away by the exciting show and amazing talent on display. And if you want to see how your riding skills match up to the EnduroCross track, there are classes for Open Amateur, Vet 35+, Women and TrialsCross that anyone can enter!
Follow the FMF Live Timing and Scoring here:

All 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross events will air full one-hour shows on CBS Sports Network. The Salt Lake City, Utah event is scheduled to air on Sunday, April 5th at 12:00 PM ET. For more information, please visit
2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule

March 6, 2015 - Daytona Beach, Florida.  Ocean Center (Friday Daytona Bike Week)
March 21, 2015 - Salt Lake City, Utah.  Energy Solutions Arena
May 1, 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada.  Orleans Arena (Friday - Supercross weekend)
June 5, 2015 - Austin, Texas.  X Games, Circuit of the Americas
September 26, 2015 - Sacramento, California.  Sleep Train Arena
October 3, 2015 - Denver, Colorado.  National Western Complex
October 17, 2015 - Everett, Washington.  XFINITY Arena
November 7, 2015 - Boise, Idaho.  Ford Idaho Center
November 20/21, 2015 - Ontario, California.  Citizens Business Bank Arena

Schedule is provisional.
For more information, please visit  
EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a Supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole…and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in!  Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. 

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