IRC Tire EnduroCross Series presented by Progressive
Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center
Story and photos by Shan Moore
TRYSTAN HART BEATS THE ODDS
FMF/KTM Factory rider Trystan Hart entered the sixth and final round of the IRC Tire EnduroCross Series presented by Progressive in Reno, Nevada’s Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, sitting in second place in the series standings, seven points behind defending champion factory Beta rider Jonny Walker of Great Britain. However, the odds were against him. Even if Hart won all three motos, he would need help to top Walker for the title. Another rider would have to finish between Hart and Walker for Hart to cash in enough points to chips to win the championship.
When the first moto kicked off, it was Haaker who quickly moved to the front and comfortably held the position to the finish. After a top-five start, Hart was able to work his way into second behind Haaker by the finish, although a lapper kept him from a chance at the lead. Walker, who wasn’t as lucky on the start, rode a brilliant race from mid-pack to finish third.
Moto two, which uses an inverted start, where the top finishers in moto one get the last gate picks, saw RPM Racing’s Angus Riordan get the start. FactoryONE Sherco’s Cody Webb quickly moved through the pack to take the lead, with Hart and Haaker in tow. Haaker got around Hart in the matrix section and set out after Webb, taking over second when Webb bobbled. Hart settled into third, but a crash sent him to the back of the pack, although he still managed to work back up into third. The moto finished with Haaker taking another win, followed by Webb, Hart and Angus Riordan. Meanwhile, after some bad luck, Walker could only muster a seventh, setting up a winner-take-all scenario in the final moto.
FactoryONE Sherco’s Cooper Abbott squeezed through the first turn in the final moto to grab the early lead, followed by the rest of the contenders, Hart, Haaker and Walker. At the finish, only 20 seconds separated the top four riders: Hart in first, Abbott in second, Webb in third, and Walker in fourth. In the end, Hart went 2-3-1 to claim the overall for the weekend and clinch his first AMA Endurocross title – adding to his 2023 AMA U.S. Hard Enduro Championship he earned in June.
RENO EX PRO CLASS OVERALL RESULTS
- Trystan Hart, KTM, 2-3-1
- Colton Haaker, Hsq, 1-1-6
- Cooper Abbott, Sherco, 5-5-2
- Cody Webb, Sherco, 8-2-3
- Jonny Walker, Beta, 3-7-4
- Ryder LeBlond, Hsq, 4-8-5
- Will Riordan, KTM, 6-9-7
- Dominik Olszowy, Rieju, 9-6-9
- Max Gerston, GasGas, 7-11-8
- Angus Riordan, KTM, 13-4-11
Final Championship Standings
1. Trystan Hart, 147 points
2. Jonny Walker, 140
3. Colton Haaker, 137