Motorcycle-Superstore.com Enduro X riders Cody Webb and Maria Forsberg took home a pair of silver medals Thursday night in the opening event of Global X Games Brazil.
Webb was runner-up in the men’s competition and Forsberg struck silver in the women’s event.
The track in Brazil was unlike any seen during the regular EnduroCross season. This event was held outside, so the circuit was twice as big as a regular EnduroCross course. The biggest X-factor turned out to be the dirt itself, which held water and became slicker as each lap passed.
“It was a pretty insane track tonight,” Webb said. “I was in the first heat and the track really wasn’t all that bad. But by the time we got around to the main event there were spots on the track that felt like we were riding on ice.”
Webb won his heat easily, but got a stiff challenge from Taddy Blazusiak in the main event.
“Taddy and I had a great battle for a long time there,” Webb said. “I had the fastest line thought the rock hairpin and he was better through some of the uphill sections, which kept us bar-to-bar during the first three or four laps. I don’t know how many times we swapped the lead.”
The slick racing surface eventually bit Webb in a big way on Lap 4 when, while in the lead, he came out of an obstacle, hit an especially shiny patch of dirt, lost the rear end of his bike and slid into the tuff blocks.
“I had a nice gap on Taddy and then got the rug pulled out from under me,” Webb said. “He got a big lead after that and didn’t make any big mistakes. I was gaining back on him but ran out of time. If the race were a lap or two longer I think I might have tracked him down.”
2012 Women’s EnduroCross champion, Maria Forsberg, brought sliver home from Global X Games in Brazil.
Forsberg also enjoyed an early lead in the women’s race, but she got hung up on a downhill obstacle which allowed Spanish upstart Laia Sanz to pass her.
“I was trying to push my bike over the bottom log, which was hard because everything was wet and footing was difficult,” she said. “I felt like I was close to getting going again, but another rider got stuck next to me, then fell on top of me. It killed my momentum and gave Sanz time to get away.”
Forsberg fell as far back as fourth before recovering and working her way back into silver medal position.
“It breaks my run of gold medals at X Games,” said Forsberg, who won the last two X Games. “Thankfully, with the Global X Games now, it’s not my only chance at gold this year.”
Up next for Motorcycle Superstore Bell Helmet riders is the season opening race of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro EnduroCross series season May 3 in Las Vegas. The next Global X Games stop will be May 16-19 in Barcelona, Spain.