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Team Green | 6/11/2013
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert Finishes Runner-Up in Sacramento
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert Finishes Runner-Up in Sacramento
Irvine, Calif. (June 11, 2013) – After a month-long break since the opening round of the AMA EnduroCross Series, Round 2 took place at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert kicked the night off with a runaway win in his heat race to transfer to the main event. He got a great start in the main and stalked the leader for the entire 15 lap race to finish a close second. Teammate Justin Soulé put in the second fastest hot lap in qualifying and finished second in his heat race as well. In the main event a few mistakes on the first lap dropped him back in the field, but he fought hard to finish eighth.
Back on the Box
Robert has shown the speed to win races since the start of the EnduroCross season. After two X Games and one round of AMA EnduroCross, Robert put the pieces together in Sacramento. Robert easily won his heat race and threw down a very fast hot lap to be awarded third gate pick for the main event. He got a clean start out of the gate and began his chase for the leader. Robert sprinted early to stick on the rear wheel of the leader and the two of them gapped the field immediately. He looked for an opportunity to make a move for the lead but crossed the line in second to secure his first podium of the season.

“The track was really fast and wasn’t that technical,” said Robert. “There was nothing to separate guys so you were pushing the whole time. Mike Brown and I had similar lines; I was faster than him on half the track, and he was faster on the other half. I would catch him every lap right before the sand pit and he would roost me every time. I ran out of tearoffs, but still finished right on him.”
Task at Hand
Soulé was confident heading into Round 2 after logging more hours on his KX™250F than before the opening round. Although not known to have a blazing fast hot lap, Soulé set the second fastest hot lap to start the night off which he backed up with a second place finish in his heat race. In the main event, Soulé rounded the first corner within the top five but a few mistakes on the opening lap dropped him back. From there he worked his way into eighth place and although he was riding smooth and fast, the basic track made it tough to make up time.

“It was really tough to pass out there,” said Soulé. “You had to wait for a mistake because there was only one really fast line and everyone was taking it. But I’m happy with my riding even though the results don’t show it. I started this season with a different mindset. I feel good about the bike and I’ve been focusing on the task at hand instead of worrying about points or position and it’s been working for me.”
Heading Abroad
The AMA EnduroCross Series takes a break for the summer, but Robert and Soulé will head to Munich, Germany for X Games EnduroX. While Robert has competed at each X Games event this year, Soulé will join his teammate for the two remaining events in Munich and Los Angeles. X Games Munich kicks off June 27th with EnduroX taking place June 29th.
Results
AMA EnduroCross – Round 2
Sleep Train Arena – Sacramento, Calif.
June 8, 2013

EX Pro Main Event

1. Mike Brown, KTM
2. TAYLOR ROBERT, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
3. Cory Graffunder, Husqvarna
4. Taddy Blazusiak, KTM
5. Colton Haaker, Honda
6. Kyle Redmond, KTM
7. GARY SUTHERLIN, KAWASAKI
8. JUSTIN SOULE, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI

9. Max Gerston, Beta
10. Eric Rhoten, Beta

EX Pro Points Standings
1. Mike Brown, KTM, 50
2. Taddy Blazusiak, KTM, 40
3. TAYLOR ROBERT, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASKAI, 37
4. Colton Haaker, Honda, 36
5. Cory Graffunder, Husquavarna, 34
6. Kyle Redmond, KTM, 28
7. JUSTIN SOULE, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 25
8. Geoff Aaron, KTM, 23
9. Max Gerston, Beta, 23
10. GARY SUTHERLIN, KAWASAKI, 22
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