2011 EnduroCross Vegas Preview

November 17, 2011
Courtesy of EnduroCross

There will be a lot on the line at this weekend’s GEICO AMA EnduroCross Finals, presented by Lucas Oil. The Freegun Underwear backed Women’s class will bring together the largest and most talented field of women ever to compete on an EnduroCross course. The amateur class racers will be gunning for AMA number one plates and in the Expert class, the riders will compete in two separate main events. And KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak will be aiming to complete the first ever perfect season in EnduroCross.

When the women were given their own class at the X Games Enduro X, some were critical of their performance but the crowd gave them the standing ovations that they deserved. And now more top female riders have stepped up to the challenge. For the Open Amateur, TrialsCross and Vet class racers that have earned a chance to compete with top finishes at the regional qualifiers, this will be their opportunity to with the coveted AMA Grand Championships of EnduroCross.

For the Expert riders, the Las Vegas event will feature the first ever double main event. So it will be critical for the riders to qualify or they will miss out on two opportunities to score points. For Taddy Blazusiak, there will be the added pressure of trying to wrap up the championship as well as complete a perfect season. He has dominated EnduroCross the past two seasons but winning every event will be a tough task even for Blazusiak. Mike Brown, his KTM teammate still has a mathematical shot at the title but he will need to get his first win to have any chance of stealing the crown. And GEICO Honda’s Geoff Aaron has won a race each of the last two years and he too will be fighting to keep that streak alive.

The E3 Spark Plugs Junior Championship recognizes expert riders that are 21 and under. Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert has a narrow lead in that chase over Oregon’s Keith Sweeten, who is a recently converted Trials rider that has proven to be very consistent. Zip Ty Husqvarna’s Ryan Sandoval is also close enough to steal the title and the double main event will certainly add to the pressure on these young riders.

Like all EnduroCross events, you can count on a lot of activity at the Orleans Arena all day on Saturday, November 19th. The pits are open free all day to meet the top riders and check out their bikes up close. The arena is also open for free during the daytime qualifiers that start on Saturday morning as well as for the Expert practice and Hot Laps that take place during the midafternoon.

Tickets are available at www.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/endurocross and www.EnduroCross.com

2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule:
Location                                Date                             Arena/Additional Information
Las Vegas, NV                       May 4, 2012                  Orleans Arena (Friday during Supercross weekend)
Sacramento, CA                     June 9, 2012                 Power Balance Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA                    TBD                               TBD
Ontario, CA                            September 15, 2012      Citizens Business Bank Arena
Denver, CO                            October 6, 2012             National Western Complex
Everett, WA                           October 20, 2012            Comcast Arena
Boise, ID                                October 27, 2012            Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV                       November 17, 2012        Orleans Arena

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