2019 Prescott Valley EnduroCross Photo Finish

The top 10, in photos, from round 1 of the 2019 EnduroCross series.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker won the opening round of the 2019 EnduroCross series with a second place and two wins in the three motos.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker won the opening round of the 2019 EnduroCross series with a second place and two wins in the three motos. “After my mistake in the Hot Lap, I thought it may be a difficult night, but I worked my way up to second in that [first] race,” Haaker said. “Then the second race was amazing with a holeshot from row two. In the final moto, Taddy was taking my lines everywhere and I felt like I would eventually get past him. I made a pretty aggressive pass near the end to take the win. This three-moto format is familiar for me since I have been racing the world championship and that helped me.”Diahann Tanke

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Colton Haaker took the overall win at round 1 of the 2019 EnduroCross series at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. For the first time, the Super EnduroCross class used a three-moto format to determine the overall results and Haaker had strong 2-1-1 scores to take the top step of the podium.

“It felt awesome to come away with the win at round 1,” Haaker said. “Like always, there are a little extra nerves coming into the first round just to see where you stack up with a new bike, new situations, a new format, and different riders. I felt great. We made improvements as a team throughout the day and I just really appreciate all their help and trust their guidance in a lot of ways. I’m stoked on the evening and looking forward to Denver.”

SRT’s Cory Graffunder put his Yamaha YZ250F on the top step of the podium in the first race, and followed it up with top-five finishes in the following two motos.
SRT’s Cory Graffunder put his Yamaha YZ250F on the top step of the podium in the first race, and followed it up with top-five finishes in the following two motos.Diahann Tanke

Cory Graffunder had his best result in a couple of years riding an SRT-backed Yamaha YZ250F to second overall. The Canadian won the first moto and followed it up with a fifth place and third place in the following two races.

“Honestly, I was surprised that I was this competitive,” Graffunder admitted. “One year ago, I was here on crutches and then I had another injury earlier this year. I made a big mistake on the last lap in moto 2, but then rode strong in the last moto. It is great to be back up on the podium.”

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak rounded out the podium in his first time racing EnduroCross in the United States since 2016.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak rounded out the podium in his first time racing EnduroCross in the United States since 2016.Diahann Tanke

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak made his return to racing in the United States for the first time since 2016. The Polish rider is filling in for Cody Webb, who is healing up from a knee injury. Blazusiak rounded out the podium with 4-6-2 moto scores.

“The day started off well with winning the Hot Lap,” Blazusiak said. “I’ve had very limited time on the new KTM 350 EXC-F because I am still racing the WESS (World Enduro Super Series) on a two-stroke, but I was very comfortable on the bike; there were only a few changes we made during the day to make the bike better. I’m happy to walk away from round 1 on the podium and hopefully the bad luck is all behind and we can have some time to test on the bike and come back stronger for the next two rounds.”

Beta USA’s Max Gerston piloted his 300 RR to fourth place overall at his home state race.
Beta USA’s Max Gerston piloted his 300 RR to fourth place overall at his home state race. “I had a blast getting back to some EnduroCross,” Gerston said. “The three moto format was fun and exciting, and just what the sport needs in my opinion. I went 5-4-4 for a fourth overall; I really wanted that podium!”Diahann Tanke

In his home state race, Beta USA’s Max Gerston put in a fourth place performance with consistent 5-4-4 moto scores.

“The Prescott EnduroCross was awesome,” Gerston said. “I had to ride the day show because of a rough last year so it was a long day of riding and racing. After being sick all week I wanted to get out there and do the best I could. I transferred straight to the main from the day show qualifiers and was having a blast on my 300 RR; it floated through the rocks like no other. I really wanted that podium as it was in sight! I can’t wait to regroup and hammer down in Denver.”

Trystan Hart rounded out the top five with 7-2-5 race finishes.
Trystan Hart rounded out the top five with 7-2-5 race finishes.Diahann Tanke

RPM KTM’s Trystan Hart rounded out the top five, finishing inside the top 10 in each race with 7-2-5 moto finishes.

“The three-moto format created some intense racing that I’m sure the crowd enjoyed,” Hart shared. “As a racer it’s way more stressful, but I look forward to the challenge of changing my riding style to suit the higher-intensity racing.

3 Bros/SRT/Husqvarna’s Noah Kepple finished sixth overall on his FX 350.
3 Bros/SRT/Husqvarna’s Noah Kepple finished sixth overall on his FX 350. “Round 1 presented a new three-moto format, which proved to be quite thrilling for spectators and chaotic for the racers,” Kepple said. “I sure am eager to spend more time on my [bike] before round 2 and hopefully the series will sort out a change that some racers and myself highly recommend.”Diahann Tanke

2019 Super EnduroCross Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Colton Haaker Husqvarna 25
2 Cory Graffunder Yamaha 22
3 Taddy Blazusiak KTM 20
4 Max Gerston Beta 18
5 Trystan Hart KTM 16
6 Noah Kepple Husqvarna 15
7 Geoff Aaron GasGas 14
8 Ty Cullins TM 13
9 Tim Apolle Sherco 12
10 Nick Thompson KTM 11
GasGas North America’s Geoff Aaron finished in seventh overall on his XC 300 with 8-7-7 moto scores.
GasGas North America’s Geoff Aaron finished in seventh overall on his XC 300 with 8-7-7 moto scores.Diahann Tanke
TM Racing USA’s Ty Cullins put his Italian machine in eighth place overall in Arizona.
TM Racing USA’s Ty Cullins put his Italian machine in eighth place overall in Arizona. “After a good Hot Lap [gave] me third gate pick in the first of the three mains, I got a good start and ran second most of the race before ending up third,” Cullins explained. “I had a rough second and third main event ending up eighth overall at the end of the night. [It was] definitely an up-and-down night, but overall a solid foundation to start the season.”Diahann Tanke
German rider Tim Apolle went 9-11-8 to finish ninth overall on his Sherco.
German rider Tim Apolle went 9-11-8 to finish ninth overall on his Sherco.Diahann Tanke
Nick Thompson (575) rounded out the top 10 on his KTM with 11-8-10 moto finishes.
Nick Thompson (575) rounded out the top 10 on his KTM with 11-8-10 moto finishes.Diahann Tanke