Dirt Buzz EnduroCross Preview // Riders in the Mix

By Dale Spangler

By Dale Spangler

With the start of the 2017 EnduroCross series just a week away we thought we’d bring you a quick run-down of the series contenders. Heading into the opening round at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, it seems like it’s been forever since Colton Haaker wrestled the title away from Cody Webb in 2016. Who will it be this year? Will a new rider step up to challenge Haaker and Webb? Only time will tell but for now here’s a brief rundown of riders that will be in the mix.

All photos: Tanner Yeager Photography

Colton Haaker

After winning his first EnduroCross title in 2016 and successfully defending his World SuperEnduro title, it would seem Colton Haaker has all the momentum coming in the 2017 series. However, an ill-timed foot injury leaves his race condition a mystery coming into the opening round and he may be forced to race through his injury at the start of the series. Follow: @coltonhaaker // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Cody Webb

Having qualified to race this year’s ISDE in France, finished third at the Erzbergrodeo for the second straight year, and chasing a possible fifth straight Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro win, Cody Webb is in a good place coming into the series opener. Follow: @codywebb2 // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Ty Tremaine

After finishing third in the 2016 series, Ty Tremaine will look to become a race winner and consistent podium threat in 2017. Follow: @tyga_114 // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Kyle Redmond

Kyle Redmond will surely be a podium and race win threat at every round in this year’s series, especially after beating 2016 EX champ (and training partner) Colton Haaker at the Red Bull Rocks & Logs event and a third at this year’s stacked Idaho Orofino Loggercross. Follow: @kyleredmond777 // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Geoff Aaron and Cory Graffunder

Geoff Aaron (4) will be back as a part of the Gas Gas Motos team riding their all-new 2018 machine, while Cory Graffunder (118) will once again be under the SRT Offroad tent alongside Trystan Hart. All three riders will be a threat for top five finishes. Follow: @geoffaaron | @corygraffunder // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Max Gerston

Seventh in the 2016 series, Max Gerston has the speed to be a podium threat and will look to increase his consistency in 2017. A recent win at round seven of the Western Hare Scramble series will give Gerston an added confidence boost coming into the series opener. Follow: @maxgerston // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Noah Kepple

One of the up-and-coming young guns of EnduroCross, Noah Kepple finished eighth in the 2016 series and will ride for the resurgent Gas Gas Motos team under the guidance of multi-time trials champion and EnduroCross race winner Geoff Aaron. Follow: @noahkepple // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Nick Thompson and Ty Cullins

Nick Thompson (575) and Ty Cullins (16) finished 11th and 12th in the 2016 series. Both will be back to challenge for top ten finishes; Thompson aboard his Topar Racing ride and Cullins aboard his American Beta machine. Follow: @thompson575 | @ty_cullins16 // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Cooper Abbott

Another one of the younger riders looking to become a future title contender, Cooper Abbott will be aboard a Yamaha as part of the Purvines DA8 squad and have guidance from his father (and offroad legend) Destry Abbott. Follow: @cooperabbott120 // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

Mason Ottersberg

After a brief stint in the GNCC series at the start of the year, Mason Ottersberg is back to the familiar arenas of Endurocross racing. He’ll line up aboard a Sherco machine in the 2017 series. Follow: @masonottersberg // Photo: Tanner Yeager.

2017 ENDUROCROSS SCHEDULE

  1. August 19 - Las Vegas, NV
  2. September 23 - Reno, NV
  3. September 30 - Denver, CO
  4. October 14 - Everett, WA
  5. October 28 - Phoenix, AZ
  6. November 4 - Boise, ID
  7. November 18 - Ontario, CA

More info and tickets: endurocross.com