TULSA, OK (August 23, 2019) – The 2019 AMA EnduroCross Championship will kick off this Saturday, August 24th inside the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Colton Haaker, the defending EnduroCross champion, will be taking on an impressive field of riders that will include five-time AMA EnduroCross and five-time FIM SuperEnduro champion Taddy Blazusiak. The 2019 series will utilize a three moto format with double row starts and a lowest combined score to determine the overall winner.
“The three main events are shorter in time and the inverted gate picks for race two puts the top riders on row two. This gives a lot more riders an opportunity to lead and possibly win a moto,” said Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing backed Colton Haaker. “This format is more challenging for the riders and will be very exciting for the fans.”
Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak will be filling in for the injured Cody Webb and racing a Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 350 EXC-F. “I am really motivated to come back to the U.S. and fight for another title there. I am really looking forward to the new EnduroCross format being similar to the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship because it’s something that I am obviously very comfortable with,” said Blazusiak.
While Haaker and Blazusiak are the favorites, there are several riders that are likely to be a challenge to them:
Trystan Hart burst onto the EnduroCross scene in 2014 when he and his brother started traveling down to the US from Canada to race. He quickly improved and started to be a regular top-five competitor and in 2017, he finished second to Cody Webb in the championship. He started strong in 2018 with a third and second-place finish but then broke his wrist at round three and had to miss the remainder of the year. He will be racing for the FMF / RPM / KTM / Maxxis team in 2019.
Ty Tremaine is a three-time AMA EnduroCross Junior Champion, which recognizes riders that are 21 and under. The Beta USA factory rider finished third overall in the pro class championship in both 2017 and 2018. He is still just 23 years old and continuing to improve.
Kyle Redmond has raced every season of EnduroCross since 2007. He has earned multiple podium finishes during that time but has come just short of getting a win. 2018 was one of his strongest seasons overall and he finished fourth in the championship. He and his fiancé had their first child earlier this year so Redmond announced that he was going to retire from racing but he had second thoughts and will now be back racing a Sherco 300 four-stroke.
Geoff Aaron is a Ten-time AMA Nationals Trials Champion and has been with AMA EnduroCross since day one and continues to run with the best. Watching the Red Bull backed rider manhandle is GasGas XC300 on an EnduroCross course, putting his legendary trials skills to work, is a sight to behold. Geoff has two career EnduroCross main event wins to his credit and finished second to Taddy Blazusiak in the 2009 and 2010 championships.
Quiet and focused, Ty Cullins is a man of few words, but plenty of talent. Cullins came up through the Trials ranks. While Trials skills are his forte, Cullins spends plenty of time on the motocross track sharpening his aggression for EnduroCross. His increased speed earned him sixth place in the 2018 championship and the Junior EnduroCross title for riders 21 and under. He will be racing a TM motorcycle in 2019.
Noah Kepple started racing at a much older age than most of his competitors. He has incredible balance, a very fluid riding style and is often one of the first riders to jump difficult obstacles. He is a full-time college student that can still put in top results against the best EnduroCross riders in the world. He will be racing a Husqvarna for the 3-Bros / SRT team in 2019.
Max Gerston has raced the EnduroCross pro class since 2011 and has multiple top-five and podium finishes to his name. The “Cowboy” is an Arizona native that races for the Beta USA factory team. He is a two time AMA East Hare Scrambles champion. The Arizona native will be looking to impress at his home state race.
Dustin McCarthy has come up through the ranks of EnduroCross. Two seasons ago, he was racing the amateur class. He made his first pro class main event in 2017 and then in 2018, he qualified for five of the six main events and finished tenth in the championship.
Mason Ottersberg has come through the ranks of EnduroCross. The Arizona native had his best season yet in 2018 with a 9th place finish in the championship. He will be back racing a Beta in 2019 and looking to further improve on his recent success. He is another Arizona native that will want to impress the local fans.
In addition to the pro class, there will be classes for Women, Expert, Intermediate / Amateur, Vet 35+, and a local club class for each round. The Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) is the local club for this event. This gives riders of all levels a chance to race in front of the packed arena and provides a full night of racing action.
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2019 EnduroCross Series Schedule:
- August 24th, 2019 | Prescott Valley, Arizona | Findlay Toyota Center
- October 19th, 2019 | Denver, Colorado | National Western Center
- October 26th, 2019 | Boise, Idaho | Ford Idaho Center
Now is the time to make your plans to compete or come see one of the 2019 EnduroCross events in person.
Tickets for round one in Prescott Valley, Arizona are available here: http://www.findlaytoyotacenter.com/events/endurox-extreme-offroad-racing