Monster Energy Kawasaki's Dietrich Caps Off EnduroCross Season With A Dominating Win2009-11-24 03:12
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ricky Dietrich finished his championship reign on a high note with his first AMA EnduroCross win of the year at the packed Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Teammate Damon Huffman captured his third podium with a smooth ride aboard his KX™250F, while Destry Abbott grabbed the holeshot and finished 11th. Kawasaki rider Colton Haacker finished just behind Huffman in fourth, earning the EnduroCross Pro Junior Championship, which gives riders 16-21 years old a chance to earn a championship within a championship.
Proving He’s A Winner
Dietrich had a lot to prove coming into the race, but it wasn’t for anyone else other than himself. After an up and down season, he knew he had the speed and talent to win, but needed to put it all together in the main. He did just that with a great battle for the lead early, eventually taking a dominating win.
“I’m happy for sure and it has a lot to do with me,” said Dietrich. “It’s been tough lately after breaking my foot. Since the last WORCS race, I’ve put in the best three weeks of training of my life. I’ve been honest with myself with what I needed to do to win. This win was more than just getting the last win of the season. It was motivation for the off-season and motivation for next year. It really turned a lot of things around for me.”
Happy Last Race With No. 1
With his foot injury at the second race, Dietrich only raced three events during the six-race series. Going out on top really helped bring everything together for Dietrich.
“I am extremely happy to end the season with a bang,” said Dietrich. “Although I had been training hard, I came in doubting myself. In the main, I was able to ride my own race and did what I had to do. It all came together for me and I feel back on track and ready to tackle next year.”
Back-to-Back Podiums For Huffman
Coming off a good ride in Denver a few weeks back, Huffman rode solid on the challenging course to bring home his third podium of the season.
“To be honest, I wasn’t really comfortable with the track, but the more I rode it the better I felt,” said Huffman. “My first heat wasn’t good at all, but I was able to put it together in my semi. My left knee hasn’t really been feeling great since last year and that left-handed rock pile was pretty difficult. I am pretty happy with a podium. I wish I could have been challenging for the win, but with my start, I am happy to have gotten on the podium.”
A Lot Of Riding
Abbott put in a lot of riding prior to the final EnduroCross, competing in the Baja 1000 in Mexico the day before. He made it straight into the main through his heat and was very thankful he didn’t have to ride any more than necessary. During the heat he grabbed the holeshot, but got stuck in the left-handed rock pile and finished 11th.
“I don’t know how I grabbed the holeshot,” said Abbott. “I am always going for it, but it never seems to work out. It felt good, but I was just really tired. After I got stuck in the rock pile, I was just drained. I did what I could so I could finish. Even though I was tired, it is always fun to race Vegas.”
20-year-old Haaker finished out the night in fourth, wrapping up the EnduroCross Pro Junior Championship. The championship is age restricted to those riders who are 16-21 that earn the most points throughout the season. Haaker was the only rider in the championship to make every main event.
“It’s awesome to get the championship,” said Haaker. “The night didn’t start too great with a crash in the first turn during my heat. I regrouped and came back from next to last to take the final transfer spot. It really is about making the mains and I knew the race wasn’t over until the finish line. I didn’t get the win like I wanted to in the main, but it was still a good night.”
The track builders keep getting more and more technical with their courses and in Las Vegas, the rock pile turn gave riders fits.
“That rock pile took it out of me all night,” said Abbott. “It was definitely challenging and the tracks all have a few elements that make it tough.”
Till Next Year
The race in Las Vegas was the last of the season for the off-road team and they will return to racing next year at the end of January for the first round of the WORCS series.
AMA EnduroCross Championship
Orleans Arena- Las Vegas, Nev.
November 21, 2009
Expert Pro Results
1. RICKY DIETRICH, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. Geoff Aaron, Bailey, Colo., KTM
3. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
4. COLTON HAAKER, GILROY, CALIF., KAWASAKI
5. Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM
6. Cody Webb, Watsonville, Calif., KTM
7. Bobby Prochnau, Canada, KTM
8. Cory Graffunder, Canada, KTM
9. Mike Brown, Bluff City, Tenn., KTM
10. Graham Jarvis, Scotland
11. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
Expert Pro Standings
1. Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM, 161
2. Geoff Aaron, Bailey, Colo., KTM, 134
3. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 115
4. COLTON HAAKER, GILROY, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 111
5. Cory Graffunder, Canada, KTM, 96
6. Kyle Redmond, Lake Hughes, Calif., KTM, 80
7. Mike Brown, Gray, Tenn., KTM, 75
8. RICKY DIETRICH, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 66
9. JAMIE LANZA, BEAUMONT, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 61
10. Gary Sutherlin, HSQ, 50
Source: Monster Energy Kawasaki
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