Blazusiak & Dietrich Highlight GEICO EX Opener

July 27, 2009 9:50am

  • Taddy Blazusiak
  • Vegas Podium
ANAHEIM, Calif. – In one of the wilder finishes in GEICO Powersports AMA EnduroCross, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, history, KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak beat defending EnduroCross champ Ricky Dietrich (Monster/Kawasaki) over the giant tires finish line in a photo finish that, depending on where you were sitting in Vegas’ Orleans Arena, could have gone either way.

“It’s all about racing and that’s why I love it,” said an elated Blazusiak from the podium. “If my goal was not to win I could stay at home.”

Any one of four racers, including KTM’s Mike Brown and Kawasaki-mounted Colton Haaker, could have won tonight’s Expert class main event. Amazingly, during the last couple laps of the final each one of the aforementioned racers did lead for a time. And Dietrich’s charge to the giant finish tires to catch Blazusiak will be the stuff of legend as GEICO EnduroCross continues to gain momentum with its often impossible-to-believe racing action.

“I just rolled my eyes into the back of my head and absolutely pinned it,” said Dietrich of his charge to the checkers.

Moments earlier Brown had the lead. “Truth? I didn’t even know I was in 1st place,” admitted Brown after wading through the crashes, passes and throw-aways to the third and final podium spot behind Dietrich and Blazusiak.

Pulling the $500 Girardi Holeshot Award, Blazusiak raced out to an early lead, properly navigating such features as the E3 Spark Plugs Rock Quarry Corner and the Monster Energy Matrix – a series of off-set logs with bridged boards bolted in-between. Dietrich, who’s been splitting time between the Lucas Oil MX Nationals and WORCS, caught and briefly passed Blazusiak early, only to bobble and allow Blazusiak to go up by four seconds. And just when fans thought that Blazusiak, Dietrich and Haaker would settle in for a 1-2-3 finish in the eight-lap main, all heck broke loose when Blazusiak dive bombed his KTM into the Maxxis Water Hole and went for an untimely swim! Haaker quickly took the lead, only to auger in moments later and bend his bars/clutch lever. Brown would then take over the lead, only to be passed by Dietrich as the white flag flew. And the Orleans Arena was going bananas!

With the race his to lose, Dietrich did just that – putting his Monster/Kawasaki KX250F on its side while crossing a seemingly simple single log section. “It came down to who made the last mistake and I threw it away,” said a completely spent and disgusted Dietrich.

“That was an awesome race,” said Dietrich.

But there was still more to come.

  • Mike Brown
  • Ricky Dietrich
With Blazusiak back in the lead, he would crash down the side of one of the two Moose Racing Rock Mountains as Dietrich blitzed back towards him. And in one final burst of adrenaline that will no doubt have the packed house returning for the second Orleans round later in November (21st), Dietrich caught Blazusiak at the final giant tire crossing finish line and, well, you’ll just have to check out the finish when it airs on TV. Stay tuned to air times and channel!

Results: Round one of the GEICO EnduroCross Series at the Orleans Arena

Place              Name                                                 Bike

1st                    Taddy Blazusiak                              KTM
2nd                   Ricky Dietrich                                   Monster/Kawasaki
3rd                    Mike Brown                                       KTM
4th                    Geoff Aaron                                      KTM
5th                   Colton Haaker                                  Kawasaki
6th                    Kyle Redmond                                 KTM
7th                    Corey Graffunder                             KTM
8th                    Jamie Lanza                                     Kawasaki
9th                    Damon Huffman                              Monster/Kawasaki
10th                 Destry Abbott                                    Monster/Kawasaki

Next up on the GEICO EnduroCross series opener is the Guthrie, Okla., round at the Lazy E Arena, Aug. 15.

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole… and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in!  Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor version of extreme off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. The GEICO Powersports AMA EnduroCross series, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, will be captured by the Versus Network, to be aired on the popular grassroots racing program; The Lucas Motorsports Hour. With its excitement and unpredictability, the EnduroCross championship has always down to the wire and this year will be no different as the series starts and finishes at Vegas’ Orleans Arena! Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO Powersports AMA Endurocross “Live” - and be sure to log-on to for local airing dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour.

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