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Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend

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Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
KTM-mounted trials rider turned two-time AMA EnduroCross Champion Cody Webb has dominated the weekend‰Ûªs Super Enduro-X at the V8 Supercar championship opener, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

On the fast and challenging course which combined highly technical enduro-x obstacles with faster supercross-style jump lanes, the Californian made his intentions clear right from the start, taking the overall victory in Friday‰Ûªs opening encounter ahead of Husqvarna-mounted duo Mike Brown and Kyle Redmond.

He won Saturday night‰Ûªs battle from Brown and Aussie Cheyne Boyd, before finishing second in today‰Ûªs final hitout, after crashing in the opening race and carving spectacularly through the pack to fourth, then wrapping up with another top-of-the podium performance to finish.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve had a blast, it was a really cool format, and everyone‰Ûªs getting more and more comfortable throughout the weekend." Webb said at the conclusion of the event. "You‰Ûªve got the moto guys mixing it up and getting more and more comfortable on the enduro-x section, and though it‰Ûªs my first time hitting supercross style rhythms, it‰Ûªs cool to look back on it and see how I‰Ûªve gotten more comfortable throughout the weekend. We‰Ûªre a little side show off to the side of the main event here, but everyone‰Ûªs really psyched on the show we‰Ûªre putting on.

"It‰Ûªs been close racing, and a couple of times I‰Ûªve had to come through the pack after going down on the first start straight ‰ÛÒ I think the crowd‰Ûªs gotten a good show and I‰Ûªve had a blast myself too. I‰Ûªm hoping they put my name on the list if they have the event again.‰Û
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
Tye Simmonds might not have ridden much of late, but his natural skill was on display in the short Man V Man races Credit: Aaryn Minerds
While Webb dominated the majority of the event, Aussie team mate Tye Simmonds who was contesting his first enduro-x outing in two years, couldn‰Ûªt quite match it with the full-time enduro-x professionals, but with a bag of supercross experience and plenty of determined aggression, he was the last man standing in the 1V1 shootouts on both nights.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a bloody good weekend. We‰Ûªve had plenty of riding from Press Day on Wednesday to today." Simmonds commented. "The track‰Ûªs been a whole lot of fun, it‰Ûªs been technical with all the logs and rocks, and then some super-cool supercross stuff as well.

"I‰Ûªm looking forward to next year. I had an absolute ball feeling like I was back in my supercross days with the big crowds. Me and Cody had a couple of good races in the man-on-mans, he tried to muscle me on the inside in the first turn in the final, so I gave him the ‰Û÷welcome to Australia‰Ûª and put him on the ground and managed to sneak away with the win and won $1000 so that was cool.

"We were okay though, he‰Ûªs been really good, he‰Ûªs been kicking our arses all weekend. We‰Ûªre racing, making a bit of coin out of it, and it‰Ûªs just a fun weekend on and off the track, so, bloody good.‰Û
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
At 45 years of age, Mike Brown has won it all and showed he still has what it takes to mix it with the best in the world Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Another rider who was able to break through and topple Webb on a couple of occasions was seasoned Veteran Mike Brown who returned to Australia for the first time since spending time down under contesting the now defunct Austrlaian EnduroX Championship.

The former American Supercross, Motocross and Endurocross champion put his 45 years of life experience to use to pick up a handful of single race wins along with this second place results in both Friday and Saturday's main events, thrilling the crowd with his smooth style and great technique.

‰ÛÏI was pretty consistent, but some of the wins I wanted ‰ÛÒ the big money ones ‰ÛÒ I never got." Brown admitted. "But it‰Ûªs alright.

"The track was good for me, but it equalled out; Cody was good on the technical parts and I was a little better on the jumps and stuff, so it was good racing. I enjoy this kind of racing better than the stuff we have in America.

"It‰Ûªs a big crowd here. I‰Ûªve travelled around, been to a lot of races, and this is one of the biggest ones I‰Ûªve ever done, because you‰Ûªve got the car racing, and it brings a lot of different people along to the motorcycle side. It‰Ûªs good to have those people coming and seeing what‰Ûªs going on. There were lot of kids here too, which was good.‰Û
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
Apart from one trail ride back in early 2000, Boyd had never rode any type of Enduro event, but quickly found his feet to be a consistent podium threat all weekend. Credit: Aaryn Minerds
While the event was dominated by the two big European manufactures, retired Australian motocross and supercross star, Cheyne Boyd pulled on the race boots for his first ever SuperEnduroX event aboard his Yamaha YZ450F. In fact it was the Victorians first ever Enduro sytle event.

Boyd continued to improve all weekend long and after just missing out on a podium result on Friday night, bounced back to go 3-3 in the two main events on Saturday night to finish third overall that was despite qualifying in last position due to a crash on his hot lap.

Unfortunately for Boyd a heavy crash at the start of today's opening race put him out for the day, nursing an injured leg and a busted up bike.

Kyle Redmond finished out the weekend with a pair of podium results, to back up his third overall on Friday night.

‰ÛÏI had a fun time. The track was pretty crazy, but I got pretty used to it fast and I had a really good day on Friday." Redmond commented. "I had a win and was up front the whole race, then in the third race Cody got me on the last lap. I pushed pretty hard and blew myself out for the final, and it seemed like yesterday I was riding really timid and pretty sore, obviously, having no bike time.

"Then today I was able to push again and have a second and a third, so I was happy. There were so many people here it was awesome, the crowd was big! The Australian riders are all super-fast, every time I‰Ûªve been over here there‰Ûªs always been real fast guys, so it was a good challenge.

"A couple of weeks ago I was sitting on my couch wanting to come here and I‰Ûªm glad I came, and made some money! My bike is amazing, coming off what I was on the last two years, I couldn‰Ûªt go into a race any more unprepared, and I was on a bone stock bike, so it just shows the competitive they are right out of the box.‰Û
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
Laia Sanz is a world class rider and despite never having ridden a SX track before quickly adapted to a new style of riding Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Another rider who captured the attention of the crowd across the entire weekend was 13 time Female World Trials Champion, former Women's world enduro champion and the 9th placed rider outright at the 2015 Dakar Rally, Laia Sanz.

Having never raced motocross or supercross in her life, the Spanish rider improved across the three days of racing, but the end of the weekend was hitting the SX sections like a pro.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm enjoying and also learning. It‰Ûªs not my normal kind of riding, but I‰Ûªve learned a lot from the first day until now, so I‰Ûªm enjoying the experience." Sanz said. "I was trying not to be the last one against the boys, but it was a difficult track for me with the jumps, so I was just trying to enjoy and to learn.

"The first day it was so hard for me, but now I‰Ûªm getting better every time and I‰Ûªm much faster in those sections than when I arrived here. Everybody‰Ûªs really nice here and it‰Ûªs nice to be a part of this event and so many people are coming to see us. It‰Ûªs big and it‰Ûªs a nice experience.‰Û
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
Saturday evenings overall podium Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Clipsal500 SuperEnduroX Friday Overall Final Results:
1. CODY WEBB: KTM Australia - 50 Pts
2. MIKE BROWN: HUSQVARNA M/C, ROCKSTAR ENERGY - 42 Pts
3. KYLE REDMOND: Husqvarna Motorcycles - 42 Pts
4. DYLAN REES: First Class M/C, Ipone, EKS Goggles - 33 Pts
5. CHEYNE BOYD: Park4MX, Yamaha - 32 Pts
6. TYE SIMMONDS: KTM Australia, Troy Lee Designs - 31 Pts
7. ANDREW WILKSCH: Sherco - 27 Pts
8. ROBBIE MARSHALL: Honda, Betta, NGK, Showtime - 24 Pts
9. PETER BOYLE: Honda Racing, Penrite, Honda Genuine - 23 Pts
10. JACOB SMITH: Cairns Coconut Resort, Honda Racing - 23 Pts
11. IVAN LONG: Buttrose Earhtmoving, Schwarz Excavati - 22 Pts
12. LAIA SANZ: KTM, Michelin, Motorex, Karcher, Akrap - 19 Pts
13. ADRIAN HARRY: SA - 16 Pts
14. RILEY GRAHAM: Yamaha, Ficeda Acc, Ipone, Dunlop, AXO - 16 Pts
15. SHANE METCALFE: Y-AIM, Yamahalube, GYTR - 6 Pts
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
Kyle Redmond come off the couch for his first ride since injury and impressed with some great speed Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Clipsal500 SuperEnduroX Saturday Overall Final Results:
1. CODY WEBB: KTM Australia - 50 Pts
2. MIKE BROWN: HUSQVARNA M/C, ROCKSTAR ENERGY - 44 Pts
3. CHEYNE BOYD: Park4MX, Yamaha - 40 Pts
4. KYLE REDMOND: Husqvarna Motorcycles - 34 Pts
5. TYE SIMMONDS: KTM Australia, Troy Lee Designs - 34 Pts
6. IVAN LONG: Buttrose Earhtmoving, Schwarz Excavati - 28 Pts
7. DYLAN REES: First Class M/C, Ipone, EKS Goggles - 28 Pts
8. JACOB SMITH: Cairns Coconut Resort, Honda Racing - 26 Pts
9. ANDREW WILKSCH: SHERCO - 25 Pts
10. ROBBIE MARSHALL: Honda, Betta, NGK, Showtime - 23 Pts
11. RILEY GRAHAM: Yamaha, Ficeda Acc, Ipone, Dunlop, AXO - 19 Pts
12. LAIA SANZ: KTM, Michelin, Motorex, Karcher, Akrap - 18 Pts
13. ADRIAN HARRY: BETA - 14 Pts
14. SHANE METCALFE: Y-AIM, Yamahalube, GYTR - 9 Pts
15. PETER BOYLE: Honda Racing, Penrite, Honda Genuine - 7 Pts

Top Image: Cody Webb Celebrates his winning weekend at Clipsal

Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
Ivan Long lead the way for the Local SA riders aboard his Husqvarna - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
Showtime FMX's Robbie Marshal was on double duty all weekend jumping from the ramp to the SuperEnduro-X track Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Cody Webb Continues His Domination Of Clipsal Over The Weekend
Dylan Rees was impressive on Friday night finishing 4th overall and was consistent again on Saturday, but had to sit out Sunday after sustaining some damage to his bike

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