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Webb And Forsberg Earn Pair Of Fourth-Place Finishes In Vegas
Posted by: newsla on May 04, 2013 - 06:25 PM
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Webb And Forsberg Earn Pair Of Fourth-Place Finishes In Vegas


Motorcycle-Superstore.com riders Cody Webb and Maria Forsberg returned from a successful trip to Global X Games in Brazil to log a pair of fourth-place finishes in the season-opening GEICO Motorcycle EnduroCross race Friday night at Orleans Arena.

 

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After flying through his heat race and looking in total command of the fast Vegas track, Webb was hampered by a first-turn logjam in the main event that likely cost him a spot on the podium. While championship riders Mike Brown, Taddy Blazusiak and Colton Haaker broke free at the front, Webb had to fight his way through the field to earn his final spot.

Even with a bad start, Webb rode his Beta two-stroke extremely well, methodically picking off his rivals as he regained the ground lost at the start. In the end, he narrowly missed a top-three spot as Blazusiak and Haaker took the last turn through the rock section at virtually the same time with Webb right on their rear fenders. Ultimately, Blazusiak and Haaker crossed ahead of Webb, earning second and third place, respectively. Brown took the win.

"This race wasn't exactly what I had in mind but we'll take it," Webb said. "I had a decent jump on the start but locked bars with someone in the first turn and nearly went down. The first two laps were just horrible but I settled in and basically freight-trained to fourth behind Taddy and Colton the rest of the race.

"The track was pretty simple and fast and everyone rode solid so it was hard to capitalize on anyone else's mistakes because there just wasn't many made."

Forsberg, the prohibitive favorite in the women's class after dominating last year's EnduroCross series, crashed at the start and found herself dead-last in the short, four-lap main event. The veteran regained her composure and closed in on a breakaway group of three riders but had a few bobbles that kept her off the podium.

It was a rare ending for Forsberg, who seemingly never finishes a race outside the top three. On this night, Canadians Shelby Turner and Chantelle Bykerk went 1-2, with Rachel Gutish taking third.

"The night didn't go as I was hoping," Forsberg said. "I had that wreck at the start and was playing catch-up all night after that. Credit Shelby, Chantelle and Rachel; they rode really well and didn't give me many chances. With a race that's only four laps long you can't make any big mistakes. There's just isn't enough time to overcome them."

The series takes a month break before Round 2, which takes place June 8 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

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