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HAAKER STAYS IN TITLE CHASE WITH WIN IN IDAHO

NAMPA, IDAHO.– The GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series hit the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho, for round eight with Colton Haaker taking an exciting win over series defending champion and points leader Cody Webb. Webb finished a smooth second after being caught by Haaker late in the race and now keeps a 10-point advantage going into the final round in Ontario, California, in two weeks.

A packed house and a fast and challenging track greeted the racers in Idaho, featuring big air jumps, multiple lines and corner options, fast straights, and a merciless firewood pile that stopped nearly every competitor at least once during the day.

FMF/RPM/Team Maxxis KTM’s Webb started the evening with more laps of perfection, taking the first heat race win and earning the valuable bonus point to extend his lead. Behind him, Geoff Aaron put his Gas into second place, and young gun Ty Cullins grabbed third for a well-deserved ticket to the main on his Beta.

In the second heat race, Husqvarna’s Mike Brown rocketed to the holeshot and railed the first few laps with impressive speed. His charging style helped him gap a quick-starting Ty Tremaine and Factory FMF/KTM pilot Taylor Robert in second and third, respectively. Following the top three, after an oddly slow, start was Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker– in need of any points possible to close the championship gap on Webb. But a heat race win wasn’t in the cards for Haaker tonight as Brown rode fast and hard to the win while Haaker struggled with mistakes– mostly in the firewood pile. Taylor Robert came in second and Ty Tremaine– another young pro to watch– headed to the main out of the heat.

Riding momentum from an international win in Australia, Beta’s Kyle Redmond took the third heat race win after powering past SRT Racing-backed Cory Graffunder in the firewood pile. Destry Abbott battled up front for most of the race while Beta’s Max Gerston steadily moved forward from a slow start. In the end, Gerston would get by Abbott for third with two laps to go and move straight to the main event with Graffunder just in front in second.

During the evening Hot Laps, which challenges the top two finishers from the three heat races to race against the clock for one lap for a bonus point and the top gate picks for the main event, Webb was once again flawless. After multiple riders cut the lap times down, it was Haaker that put an impressive time in just before Webb had his turn. Webb rode flawless sand fast and knocked Haaker off– stealing the first gate pick and another championship point.

When the main event gate dropped the crowd was fired up and loud. Webb lined up on the first gate inside to be in prime position for the 180-degree first turn and was first to the corner. Brown quickly dove inside to pressure and Webb gave in, letting Brown sneak away with the Nexen Tire $500 Holeshot Award. Webb went to work quickly and by the time the pack hit the second straight, he had put his KTM in the lead and was airing out the massive tire jump in front. Following closely was a motivated Brown, Redmond and Graffunder. Ty Tremaine and Taylor Robert rounded out the top five out of the start lap.

The start didn’t go well for Haaker. He was pushed wide into the center lane of the course and as he re-joined the main line, he clipped his footpeg on a border log, sending him down immediately. He re-mounted his Husqvarna in absolutely dead last as the pack roared away.