Las Vegas 2011 Lucas Oil EnduroCross Finale
November 16, 2011
Only one night stands between Taddy Blazusiak and the ever elusive perfect
EnduroCross season. Though the rider has remained almost unbeatable for the last few
seasons, there's always been one race that has kept him from perfection. Last year his slip
came at round 5 in Denver. But with only the two races this weekend in Las Vegas left
and no sign of Blazusiak slowing, he's the favorite to win.
Still, one rider has kept on Blazusiak's tail and is the sole reason that the defending
champ hasn't secured the championship title again this year. Blazusiak's KTM team
mate, Mike Brown, has had a fantastic season this year. The Tennessee rider has landed
himself on the podium at almost every race this season and has held the point gap to
Blazusiak closed enough to retain a chance at the title. Of course, that chance is a slim
one. Brown would have to kill it in both races this weekend and Blazusiak would
practically have to not finish either. But it's a chance none the less. Still, winning even
one race against the infamous Blazusiak this season would almost be as good as taking
home the title.
Geoff Aaron, the world renowned trials rider, currently sits in third and will be looking to
keep his spot in the top three from being overtaken by either Cody Webb or Justin Soule
who are actually tied with 103 points in the standings.
Behind the bulk of the top riders by a decently sized gap are Colton Haaker, Gary
Sutherlin, Kyle Redmond, Bobby Prochnau and Kevin Rookstool top off the top ten and
will surely be fighting to not only stay there this weekend but to try and crawl as high up
in the point standing for a good series finish.
This season started out with EnduroCross' first appearance at the X Games in Los
Angeles, which was a great success. Even though EnduroCross was the newest sport to
join the line up, it had the most television tune-in's for a single event. Powersport
enthusiasts all over the U.S. were stunned at what they saw and drawn to this fun but
challenging sport. Since the X Games, EnduroCross has seen a massive growth in fans
and followers as well as sign ups for the races.
The Orleans Arena Track
The Orleans Arena Pro Course
This weekend, EnduroCross will be heading to Las Vegas for the final events of the
season and is expected to draw the biggest crowd of EnduroCross history to date. With a
perfect season on the line for Taddy and the top spots in the standings still up for grabs,
the riders will surely be bringing their A game. But they're not the only ones. The event
organizers are making sure that this event will be the most exciting and action packed of
the EnduroCross' best season yet. Along with all of the usual races to take place during
the weekend, there will also be an additional main event each with their own separate
championship points and purse. Two chances to win it all and two chances to blow it all.
Of course, what else would you expect in Vegas?
And Vegas wouldn't be complete without turning the lights off... Baja Designs has
anteed up battery powered Diablo light kits for the expert riders who just miss qualifying
for the double feature main event. With the arena lights turned off, the Last Chance
Qualifiers will take on the treacherous track in the dark to duke it out for a $500 purse. It
sounds like so much fun that it's almost worth not qualifying for the main events...
If you happen to be signed up in any of the amateur classes, KTM is returning with their
EnduroCross Experience, which premiered in Ontario, CA. A few spots might still be
open and those who register will get a free hour on the course with top riders such as
Brown and Blazusiak coaching them.
This weekend has all the potential to be the best in EnduroCross history. With such a
successful season, a perfect finish for Blazusiak on the line and the lights out ride
sponsored by Baja Designs, whether you ride, have been a fan since the start or have only
been a fan since the X Games, head to Sin City to catch the season finale of the 2011
Lucas Oil EnduroCross Championship. You won't be disappointed. And if you are,
well... good thing you're in Las Vegas where there are plenty of things to surely cheer
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