Go Set Your DVR’s To ESPN for this Sunday from 6-8PM. Do It Now.
News Flash: the sport of EnduroCross is red-hot in the off-road world but after this Sunday night’s Enduro X at Staples Center this spectator sport of the future will ignite a solar storm over the motorsports world. 30 of the worlds most talented dirt bike racers will go for the gold and all eyes are on this highly anticipated debut in the world famous X-Games. This action is so toxic it would make Charlie Sheen call 911 and you can lay a C-note down on old Tiger’s Blood to tune in as well.
ESPN’s X-Games is about to put Endurocross on the global map and take our word for it that if you want to be early to this party, you need to get in by this Sunday, after that, you’re late.
Here’s the deal: anything can and will happen at any normal EnduroCross event but this Sunday you’ll see a main event (contained riot) in L.A. where everything will go chaotic in the first couple of laps and not stop until the checkered flag. It’s that non-stop action that separates EX from MX, FMX and SX. The action never stops and the entire crowd has an intimate seat to the show, unlike Supercross where the cheap seats are in outer space. And to validate RDC’s theory, top-tier sponsor money from Monster Energy and GEICO have been early to the party; you have to trust Warren Buffet (GEICO) to be an early entrant to a great investment. EX takes place in arenas and thus brings the crowd right into the action as the Cirque du Soleil for the internal combustion era.
As a preview, here’s what you need to know about Enduro X: This is the season opener for the 2011 EX season and you have a mob of über talented moto-warriors vying for one of only 3 spots on the metallic podium of X. Please note that at most motorsports events, anything but a win is first or second loser so its the Breauxstradamus prediction that the bronze medalist this Sunday will have a party that will make Jagger and Gibson choke on their own vomit.
Atop the list of names to watch is hands down favorite Taddy Blazusiak from Poland who comes off an Erzberg Rodeo win and cleaned house at Endurocross for the past 2 seasons. Attacking at his heels are Geoff Arron and Taylor Robert, both of whom will be trying to stave off attacks from Kurt Caselli, Justin Soule, Cory Graffunder and 39 year old Destry Abbott. Baja champion Kendall Norman has a lot to prove in his quest for X Gold as he trails stable mate Colton Udall in his effort to defend the most coveted plate in North America-1x.
Here’s why you need to set your DRV’s up right now: It will be the first event to rival the ancient Roman Gladiators since the debut of the “Modern Day Gladiators” in 1970. That’s right, Enduro X is Planet Disney’s answer to the first-ever Superbowl of Motocross at the LA Colossium almost 4 decades ago. http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/122_0903_the_first_supercross/motocross.html
RDC recommends that you bet the entire farm on this Sunday night’s Enduro X to be the next long-term, secular paradigm shift in off-road motorsports.
Put the X-Games in perspective: For close to 2800 years, the Olympics have been the ultimate mark of athleticism and test of the human spirit. But with the advent of high-fructose corn syrup and carbon fiber, the X-Games have taken the global center stage of the athletic world as the true mark of galactic competition.
Here’s a breakdown of the gladiators:
|Taddy Blazusiak||2009 and 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Champion||Poland||Team KTM|
|2009 and 2010 FIM World Indoor Enduro Champion|
|Winner of some of the world’s toughest “Extreme Enduro” events|
|Geoff Aaron||10 Time AMA Trials Champion||USA||GEICO Honda|
|2009 and 2010 AMA EnduroCross championship runner-up|
|2x EnduroCross main event winner|
|Ricky Dietrich||2008 EnduroCross Champion||USA||Vali Motorsports Yamaha|
|2007 WORCS Champion|
|Currently racing AMA Motocross Championship|
|Mike Brown||2009 WORCS Champion||USA||Team FMF KTM|
|2001 AMA 125 Motocross Champion|
|Colton Haaker||2009 and 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Junior Champion (Expert class riders 21 and under)||USA||Team Lucas Oil KTM|
|Kurt Caselli||Multi time top American at International Six Days Enduro (ISDE)||USA||Team FMF KTM|
|2006 and 2010 WORCS Champion|
|Cody Webb||2010 AMA Trials Champion||USA||Team Beta|
|3rd place at 2010 EnduroCross final in Vegas|
|Destry Abbott||5x AMA Hare & Hound Champion||USA||Monster Energy Kawasaki|
|Justin Soule||3rd in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||Monster Energy Kawasaki|
|Kendal Norman||Multi time Baja 1000 and Baja 500 Champion||USA||JCR Honda|
|2010 AMA Hare & Hound Champion|
|Cory Graffunder||Canadian Off Road Champion||Canada||Zip Ty Husqvarna|
|4th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship|
|Andreas Lettenbichler||2009 Romaniacs Extreme Enduro Winner||Germany||Husqvarna|
|Multi time German Off Road champion|
|Antoine Meo||2010 E1 World Enduro Champion||France||Husqvarna|
|Joachim Lundgren||2010 World Indoor Enduro 1 Championship runner up||Sweden||Husaberg|
|Bobby Prochnau||Multi time Canadian Off Road Champion||Canada||KTM|
|Ivan Ramirez||Multi time Mexican Off Road Champion||Mexico||KTM|
|Kyle Redmond||5th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||GEICO Honda|
|Gary Sutherlin||6th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||Kawasaki|
|Kevin Rookstool||8th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||KTM|
|Jamie Lanza||11th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||Zip Ty Husqvarna|
|Former WORCS Pro 2 Champion|
|Rory Sullivan||12th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||Kawasaki|
|Matt Oppen||13th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||Kawasaki|
|Jacob Argubright||15th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||Kawasaki|
|Wally Palmer||16th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||GEICO Honda|
|Keith Sweeten||17th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||KTM|
|Ryan Rodgers||19th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||GEICO Honda|
|Corey Floyd||21st in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||Kawasaki|
|Ryan Sandoval||22nd in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship||USA||Zip Ty Husqvarna|
|Taylor Robert||Top WORCS Championship competitor||USA||Monster Energy Kawasaki|
|Eric Sorby||Former top Motocross racer||France||TBD|
Let’s handicap the field’s top picks
2/9 Taddy Blazusiak-Don’t place this bet because risking 9 bucks to earn 2 is dumb money; you’ll risk a lot to win a little. Save your scones for a Smash Burger.
2/7 Geoff Arron- The US trials sensation has been runner up in the past two seasons.
2/5 Kurt Caselli-You can bet on Caselli-$5 across the board will pay you back if he places and we can’t see that not happening. Talent and maturity favor him over these younger thoroughbreds.
2/1 Taylor Robert- After being sidelined early in 2010, he is healed and willing to bang bars to own gold in the dawning of the new age.
3/1 Justin Soule- “Its incredible feeling you can’t replicate, a worldwide event that’s recognized on every continent. It’s living the dream. I never really saw myself doing the X Games. Its so high up, sometimes you just think you can’t go that high. Its beyond totally cool and I’m honored to do this for my sponsors and every single person who has ever supported me in my career.”
4/1 Ricky Dietrich-2008 Endurocross Champ on the Vali Motorsports Yamaha has the knowledge, experience and drive to make it “blue-gold” on Sunday.
5/1 Cory Graffunder- There’s something they put in the Canadian water that makes these guys a bit more capable. This is one of the better value-oriented bets. Put $50 down across the board and you’ll have one of your best plays for the night.
Wild Card Favorites:
8/1 Destry Abbott- The consummate gentleman and warrior has only two to things left on his bucketlist: Baja 1000 and, you guessed it, a medal in the X-Games: “Ive accomplished quite a bit in my career but to be in the X Games is a real honor. I really hope to get a medal in the event.”
10/1 Kendall Norman-He will likely be pissed that he’s more of a long-shot in this one but he blew minds with 3 championships in 2010. He’s losing ground in Baja this season and this is his best shot at continuing his run from last year.
15/1 Ivan Ramirez- Caliente would put him a little closer to the money because they know the Mexican sensation has a big future. Constant disappointments in Baja make the stakes high for Red Bulls KTM.
Words by Scotty Breauxman
Photos by Chad McClellan