FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Trystan Hart has clinched the 2023 AMA EnduroCross Championship in the EX Pro Class after a thrilling sixth and final round of competition saw him deliver a pivotal victory to cap off the season in Reno, Nevada.
Hart posted a time that secured him P4 following the EX Pro Class Hot Lap session, setting the tone for what would be an intense night of EnduroCross action at Nevada’s Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center.
Moto 1 saw the Canadian ace power his KTM 350 XC-F to a strong start, circulating comfortably inside the top five after Lap 1. A calculated ride saw the No. 84 climb into P2, which is where he would cross the finish line and gain valuable points toward his championship tally.
The second moto began with all of the title contenders buried in the pack, with each having their respective work cut out for them across the eight-lap encounter. For Hart, another measured effort eventuated in a hard-fought third-place result, which set the stage for an epic winner-takes-all encounter in Moto 3.
Rising to the occasion in true championship form, Hart took control early on in the third and final outing. In the end, less than two seconds separated the top four of the action-packed third race, with Hart’s victory and weekend overall enough to seal the 2023 title.
Hart built momentum incrementally as the series progressed, with victory in Rounds 3 and 4 establishing his place in the title-fight. Second position at Round 5 set up a final round thriller, with Hart sealing his third win of the season in the decider — adding the AMA EnduroCross crown to his 2023 AMA U.S. Hard Enduro Championship earned in June.
Hart commented, “Wow, what a season! I got two fifth places to start it off and, at that point, the championship was really out of the question because Jonny [Walker] won the first six motos. After that, I don’t think anyone had money on me, and we found something. I skipped going to an Extreme race, and it really made a big difference — the suspension and just a little more rest. The second half of the season, I rode really good and went 1-1-2-1 in the final four races, so what a crazy season and, honestly, what a crazy journey it’s been to get here. I’ve been through so much, this series has been so tough on me after we went from the 15-minute motos to these sprint races …. This one is special, it wasn’t easy, and thank you very much to everybody behind me on the way to this championship!”
EX Pro Results: Round 6
- Trystan Hart, KTM, 2-3-1
- Colton Haaker, Husqvarna, 1-1-6
- Cooper Abbott, Sherco, 5-5-2
EX Pro Championship Standings
- Trystan Hart, 147 points
- Jonny Walker, 140
- Colton Haaker, 137