Monster Energy Kawasaki’s EnduroCross Team Ends Season on a High Note
Irvine, Calif. (November 21, 2011) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s off road team wrapped up the season on a high note at the final round of the AMA EnduroCross series at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. With two main events, and a sold-out arena, the final round of the series was loaded with excitement. Justin Soule’ finished second in the first main event and took fourth in the second main to finish the season third in the points. Taylor Robert finished seventh in the first main and put on a solid charge to take runner-up in the second main and score his first EnduroCross podium of the season. Although Destry Abbott didn’t make the main, he stuck by his team throughout the event to help strategize and cheer them on.
Man on a Mission
Soule’ came to Vegas determined to finish the season strong. He transferred to the main event after taking second in his heat. In the first main, Soule’ got a good start and rode smooth over the challenging course to finish second. In the second main, he was knocked off his KX™250F going around the first corner, but quickly jumped back on and put on a solid charge to advance from eighth to fourth.
“I really wanted to end the season with a bang,” said Soule’. “I knew I wasn’t racing for a championship, so I just focused on having fun and really enjoyed every lap out there. In the first main I got a good start and went after the leader. I really wanted to win, but felt good that I finished second. In the second main I had to battle after going down in the first corner pile up, but worked my way back into fourth. I moved from fifth in the points to third, which is a great way to end the season. I will definitely be coming in hot next season and looking to take over the number one spot. I am more excited about the X Games next year than anything, that event has already done so much for the sport.”
Hard Work Pays Off
At the final round of the series, Robert put on his best EnduroCross performance to date. In the first main, Robert got a mid-pack start and finished seventh. When the gate dropped in the second main, he got great start and quickly pulled into second place. He continued to navigate the course with confidence and powered his KX250F all the way to the checkers.
“I had an awesome night,” said Robert. “It would have been even better to take the win, but this second felt better than any of the wins I took in the WORCS all year. There are so many great riders in this series, just getting on the podium is an accomplishment. I couldn’t have asked for a better end to my first season. By the second main event I really had my lines dialed and was riding like I do when I practice. I have been practicing so hard, and its great to have it finally pay off. Ending the season on the podium gives me a lot of confidence going into the 2012 EnduroCross season. Tonight I proved I am podium contender in this series and I’m really shooting for a medal at next year’s X Games.”
Abbott came to Vegas healthy and ready to charge on his KX250F. During practice he found some clean lines and felt confident he would make the main. However, Abbott couldn’t seem to get lady luck on his side and was unable to qualify for the main event.
“I was really unlucky tonight,” said Abbott. “It all started during hot laps when I clipped a rock, derailed my chain, and ended up with the last gate choice. Things just seemed to go downhill from there. In my heat race I got a good start, but another rider went down right in front of me and knocked me to the back. In the LCQ, I felt like I had a great chance of qualifying until the race got underway. Guys just kept getting stuck in front of me around every turn. I kept finding myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was pretty bummed with the result because I know I have the speed and skill to do better. I really love this sport and am pumped that I am seeded for next year’s X Games.”
Popping the Cork
Soule’ came to Vegas sitting fifth in the points. With the season on the line, Soule’ demonstrated why he is one of the highest ranked EnduroCross riders in the world. After two main events, his solid performance propelled him two spots up the leaderboard. He ended the season popping the cork in the number three spot on the championship podium.
Pro Junior Champion
After an impressive night of racing, Robert ended the season with his first ever EnduroCross podium and earned the 2011 EnduroCross Pro Junior Championship, which recognizes expert riders that are 21 and under. Robert came to Vegas 11th in the points and finished the series eighth overall.
2011 AMA EnduroCross Series
Orleans Arena – Las Vegas, Nev.
November 18-19, 2011
Pro Class Main Event 1
1. Taddy Blazusiak, KTM
2. JUSTIN SOULE’, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
3. Cory Graffunder, Honda
4. Mike Brown, KTM
5. Cody Webb, Beta
6. Johnathan Walker, KTM
7. TAYLOR ROBERT, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
8. Bobby Prochnau, KTM
9. Kyle Redmond, Honda
10. Geoff Aaron, Honda
Pro Class Main Event 2
1. Taddy Blazusiak, KTM
2. TAYLOR ROBERT, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
3. Mike Brown, KTM
4. JUSTIN SOULE’, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
5. Kyle Redmond, Honda
6. Geoff Aaron, Honda
7. Bobby Prochnau, KTM
8. Cory Graffunder, Honda
9. Cody Webb, Beta
10. Johnathan Walker, KTM
Pro Class Points Standings
1. Taddy Blazusiak, KTM, 240
2. Mike Brown, KTM, 166
3. JUSTIN SOULE’, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 146
4. Geoff Aaron, Honda, 144
5. Cody Webb, Beta, 131
6. GARY SUTHERLIN, KAWASAKI, 90
7. Kyle Redmond, Honda, 87
8. TAYLOR ROBERT, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 80
9. Bobby Prochnau, KTM, 77
10. Colton Haaker, KTM, 76
19. DESTRY ABBOTT, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 28