EnduroCross Kicks off 2011 in Everett, WA

August 11, 2011

And they're off! The X Games in Los Angeles two weeks ago gave fans a taste of what this season of EnduroCross has to offer. But the season is just getting started this weekend in Everett, Washington and promises to keep the excitement coming.

Last year, Taddy Blazusiak dominated the series and took home the title for the second year in a row. At the X Games, Blazusiak showed that he wouldn't be giving his title without a fight as the reigning champ snagged the X Games EnduroCross gold medal.

But Blazusiak quickly found out that his title isn't going to go unchallenged. KTM Teammate Mike Brown made Blazusiak work for that medal as he passed up the champion several times in an attempt to win the X Games race. But while Brown did put on a good show, he was forced to settle for silver. At least for now.

Many amazing riders will be joining some very promising new riders this season and it's all to kick off at the Everett track on the 13th. And by the looks of it, this season won't be giving the riders any breaks.

Check out the rider profiles of some of the top contenders for this race and the rest of the season:

Taddy Blazusiak: The EnduroCross two time champ started to turn heads when he decided to race in the 2007 Erzberg Rodeo and won with easy and on a barrowed bike. But it has been in the last few years that Blazusiak really made himself a name as a champ. With his two AMA Endurocross titles and as an Indoor Enduro World Champion, this Pole is on top. This year, Blazusiak has already got the X Game gold medal under his belt and has shown that he is ready to defend his title for the third year in a row.

Mike Brown: Tennessee born and raised, Mike Brown started winning on a motorcycle in 1994. Brown managed to follow up this performance in 2000 and in 2001, he won the AMA 125cc MX National Championship. In 2009, Brown took home the WORCS Championship. Last season, Brown took home tenth in the EnduroCross despite having some decent finishes. Now, Brown is on the heals of Taddy Blazusiak in hopes of taking home the 2011 EnduroCross Championship. Taking home the silver medal at the X Games, Brown showed that he's still got some serious racing left in him and is here to win.

Justin Soule: Standing in third place at the X Games podium isn't the only thing that shows that Justin Soule will be a true competitor in this year's EnduroCross season. With six WORCS National Championship titles, 3 MRANN Championships and 3 Nevada State Off-Road Championships, Soule is ready to take on the EnduroCross again in hopes of improving upon his third place win last season. Will this be the year that Soule takes the championship title from Blazusiak?

Geoff Aaron: There's no denying that trials riders have got something special going on when they hit the EnduroCross track. So it was no surprise when this 10-time AMA National Trials champ (among a whole slew of other wins) took second in last season's EnduroCross. And while Aaron spends a great deal of time traveling around the country in order to promote his sport, he's now taking the time to once again hit the EnduroCross tracks and try and take the title. But after only getting 5th in the X Games, will the renowned trials rider settle for second place in EnduroCross for the third year in a row?

Cody Webb: Cody Webb from beautiful Santo Cruz, California has spent many a year under the tutelage of 10-time AMA Nationals Champ Geoff Aaron. And Webb shows to have learned a thing or two as he took the AMA National Trials Championship last year. Along with his trials title, Webb took ninth in last year's EnduroCross but finished third in the last two rounds. This season, Cody Webb is back to try and climb the EnduroCross ranks after getting 9th place in the X Games. This rider is one to watch as he continues improve. If he keeps his eye on the ball, who knows what he will achieve.

Taylor Robert: With multiple WORCS Championship race wins under his belt, Taylor Robert has never put his full attention on EnduroCross. This year, however, Roberts is taking on the challenge with Justin Soule as his teammate on the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team. The chances of Roberts holding a medal at the end of the season is slim to none, but this rider is one to watch. If Roberts can watch, learn and perform quickly, he'll keep the top riders on their toes.

Kevin Rookstool: Competing since 2007, this young racer hails from Klamath Falls, Oregon and is once again joining the ranks of the EnduroCross. Taking 8th place in the series last year, Taylor showed little improvement at the X Games and only got 9th. With tons of great competitors in the line up for this year, Rookstool has a whole lot of learning to do. But with his best win being 3rd in Indianapolis last year, Rookstool shows that he can really get it right at times and will prove to be interesting to watch this season.

Wally Palmer: Wally Palmer doesn't have the nickname "Wild Wally" for no reason. Starting on three-wheeled ATVs, Palmer got to the EnduroCross but a more unorthodox means. But once he got there, he became known for his insane riding style that leaves fans and viewers on the edge of their seats. Unfortunately for Palmer, however, his style of riding is quite prone to hitting the ground and may keep him from stealing the title for Blazusiak. But this rider will definitely be one to watch as no one will ever know what Wild Wally will do next.

Also to ride in this weekend's event are:
Jacob Argubright
Rory Sullivan
Colton Haaker
Gary Sutherlin
Kyle Redmond
Jamie Lanza
Bobby Prochnau
Graham Jarvis
Stay tuned for the race results and more rider profiles.

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