September 10, 2016 By Sean Finley
Cody Webb took his first win of the 2016 AMA EnduroCross Championship at round three inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. The FMF KTM rider took the lead from Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker on the second lap and held a fairly comfortable gap throughout the fifteen lap main. Haaker, the winner of the two previous rounds held on for second while Mike Brown passed Geoff Aaron late in the race to take the final podium spot.
Webb, Haaker and Brown each won their respective heat races to take the bonus point that goes with that. The top two from each of the heat races face off for a single hot lap against the clock for an additional bonus point and first gate pick for the main event and Brown showed he still has amazing speed to set that fast time over Haaker and Taddy Blazusiak.
Haaker took the $500 Nexen Tire Holeshot award to start the main event and looked likely to run off with his third win in a row. But Webb stuck close and took advantage of a small mistake to take the lead on lap two. The two top dogs of EnduroCross had a back and forth battle as Haaker closed a few times only to make a mistake and even hit the deck in a slick corner once to allow Webb to gain the gap needed to take the win.
“The main event start I think I used my engineering, analytical skills and got a good start from the inside,” Webb said. “Colton and I yo-yoed back and forth the whole race and I was able to get my first win of the season.”