It was a wild night in Denver’s Western National Complex, where Cody Webb grabbed his first-ever victory in the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Fueled by Monster Energy series in front of a packed house. Taddy Blazusiak passed Mike Brown late in the race to take second, while Taylor Robert made a last-lap move to secure the final step of the podium.
Cody Webb rode a fast and error-free race to claim his first GEICO AMA EnduroCross win in Denver. The factory Beta rider passed early leader Colton Haaker on lap seven of the 10-lap race and never looked back.
“I got off to a decent start and I just rode strong that whole time in second behind Colton,” said Webb. “I thought I was riding pretty good but I felt like there were parts of the track where I was faster than Colton and I was thinking I needed to make a move before Brownie and Taddy caught up. Luckily Colton got hung up the same time I whipped a big floater in the rocks and I got by him.”
Colton Haaker did everything right in Denver, including post the fastest hot lap time for the fourth race in a row, and grab the holeshot in the main event. However, a hiccup in the rocks after leading the first six laps cost the JCR Honda rider the win.
“I just gave it away, really,” said Haaker. “Again, I just didn’t put it together for 10 laps. About seven laps in, in the rock turn, I just went to turn and I just lost my front end and pushed it up high and kind of looped out.”
Haaker held on to finish fifth.
KTM riders Taddy Blazusiak and Mike Brown got physical during their battle over the runner-up position, with Blazusiak finally passing Brownie for the spot on lap eight. Blazusiak ended the race in second while Brown finished fourth, allowing Blazusiak to gain four points in the series standings on Brown.
“I made one mistake when Brownie got around me in the rock corner on the first lap,” said Blazusiak. “After that, he was like holding me back for a good three-quarters of the race, but I couldn’t do much about it, to be honest. I was trying every single line, but then I just said I was going to go for it and give it all and I was able to get around him.”
After four rounds, Brown still leads the series standings, 90 points to 87.
Taylor Robert got pushed out wide in the first turn, however, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider put on a fierce charge through the pack that eventually carried him to third after making a last-lap pass on Brown.
“Brown was in third on the last lap and I was charging to pass him, I knew he was probably getting tired, and coming into the sand turn after the water he just went a little wide and I threw it in on him,” said Robert. “It was kind of a “nice guys finish last” kind of thing, because if I hadn’t put it in there on him I would have got on the podium.
“It was a really physically demanding course and those guys who aren’t in as good a shape as some of us started making mistakes and falling. I didn’t make any mistakes and I just kept moving forward and on the last lap I made a pretty epic pass for the last podium spot on Brown.”
1. Cody Webb (Bet)
2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM)
3. Taylor Robert (Kaw)
4. Mike Brown (KTM)
5. Colton Haaker (Hon)
6. Kyle Redmond (KTM)
7. Justin Soule (Kaw)
8. Cory Graffunder (Hus)
9. Destry Abbott (Kaw)
10. Geoff Aaron (KTM)