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
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
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
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:
Stay tuned for the race results and more rider profiles.