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2016 MSR Big 6 Vikings GP Race Video Highlights

Cycle News Staff | December 9, 2016

Maxxis/FMF/RPM Racing KTM backed Eric Yorba wrapped up the 2016 Big 6 GP championship in style. He took the win at the season finale at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park after fighting off a strong field of competitors.  Check out the highlights from the season finale here:

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Image riding well over 100 of tough miles and having to change your tires at the end of the day—every day—and on the clock! Robert hard at work.

Kallonen repeated the strategy ad nauseam throughout the week, pointing out the “dos and don’ts” over and over again, which proved to be effective, if not somewhat annoying to the riders.

“At one point I thought I was too much on their nerves,” Kallonen said with a laugh. “We were at the service area reminding them like, ‘Okay follow the arrows, whatever color arrow—blue today.’ Those are the mistakes that have happened in the past, that riders get fatigued and start following wrong arrows or make a wrong turn and get a penalty. Things like that.”

Bike maintenance was also a major issue throughout the week, as always. Kallonen put great importance on inspecting and maintaining the bikes at every opportunity.

“They wanted to sit in a chair on the out-check and I said, ‘No, get up and start cleaning your bike, checking out your bike,’” Kallonen said. “Maintaining the bikes, that’s really what it came down to. There were quite a few bike problems with other countries that resulted in them dropping out and we just kept going.”

But the approach was working, as evidenced by the other teams who were suffering in the standings due to small (or sometimes big) mistakes. Without throwaway scores, the ISDE proved to be a whole new ballgame, one that the Americans were ready for.

“I think we just came out there most prepared,” said Kallonen. “Maybe the others didn’t have as much emphasis on this new rule. They just went on with what they usually do every race since they used to, or they’re used to racing that format. Like we saw, there were many top countries dropping out because of either injury or bike problems, and we just kept going. We really stayed on top since day one. We had some issues along the way, but we had the least amount of issues, which turned out to really make the difference.

The final top team to drop out of the standings was Italy on day five. This left Team USA with over three minutes of breathing room, but as Kallonen quickly pointed out to the riders, that’s when mistakes happen.

“Going into day six for me was just, be smart, get through it and not do anything dumb to break your bike or break you,” said Kailub Russell. “It was definitely a little bit nerve-wracking because on the motocross test the start was really bad and the track was kind of sketchy. We were just focused on keeping it on two wheels and finishing because that’s all we needed to do.”

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Even a multi-time champ like Kailub Russell has to do all of the work on his bike.

Team USA got a big monkey off their backs by finally getting through all six days without any major misfortunes—a welcome relief after being so close to victory year after year.

“We’ve been on the cusp of winning the event the last three years. It was just the pieces of the puzzle needed to fall together,” Russell said. “That event’s brutal and it takes a toll on your body and your bike and we’re just getting the bad end of the stick every time. It was really nice to hold it together and finally get it done. It was a huge sigh of relief.”

“It’s enduro racing. You never know what’s going to happen,” said Robert. “I was still really nervous. Once the final moto was done, we were just like, ‘Ugh! Thank you so much! I’m so glad that’s done!’ We got it over with and everyone was so emotional. There was tears and hugs; it felt really cool.”

 
to do all of the work on his bike.

Team USA got a big monkey off their backs by finally getting through all six days without any major misfortunes—a welcome relief after being so close to victory year after year.

“We’ve been on the cusp of winning the event the last three years. It was just the pieces of the puzzle needed to fall together,” Russell said. “That event’s brutal and it takes a toll on your body and your bike and we’re just getting the bad end of the stick every time. It was really nice to hold it together and finally get it done. It was a huge sigh of relief.”

“It’s enduro racing. You never know what’s going to happen,” said Robert. “I was still really nervous. Once the final moto was done, we were just like, ‘Ugh! Thank you so much! I’m so glad that’s done!’ We got it over with and everyone was so emotional. There was tears and hugs; it felt really cool.”

 
, Mexico/Antonio de la Vega, 38, Mexico City/Patrick Reyes, 37, Mexico City/Jesus Zavala, 37, Mexico City/Didier Goirand, 21, Mexico City/Alejandro Sardi, 21, Venezuela, KTM 350XCW, 24:04:28; 4. 100x Fernando Beltran, 40, Ensenada, Mexico/Emanuel Verdugo, Ensenada/Ricardo Munoz, Ensenada/Fernando Tavarez, Ensenada/Carlos Miranda, Ensenada/Rigoberto Gomez, Ensenada, Yamaha YZ250F, 24:52:03; 5. 140x Boe Huckins, 38, Pueblo West, Colo./Brad Millikan/Dave Ward/John Bennett, KTM 250SXF, 27:00:09; 6. 128x Steve Kameda, 49, Japan/Waranyu Tanjaroen, 40, Thailand/Sam Nova, 28, Santee, Calif./Oscar Hale, 54, Ensenada, Mexico/Patima Kongpetch, 44, Thailand, KTM350, 27:54:42. (6 Starters, 6 Finishers)

  PRO MOTO 50 (Riders over 50 yearez, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 25:46:00; 5. 729x Michael Skurkis, 38, Henderson, Nev., KTM 450XCW, 27:48:51; 6. 775x Tanner Janesky, 21, Middlebury, Conn., Honda CRF450X, 28:29:46; 7. 722x Daniel Argano, 52, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 33:14:17; 8. 716x Ryan Gutile, 43, Madera, Calif., Yamaha WR450F, 34:22:45. (11 Starters, 8 Finishers);

  PRO MOTO 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—1. 625x Mark Hawley, 65, Anaheim, Calif./Robert Koch/Dennis Greene/Dennis McLaughlin/John Marshall/Ropert Hanson, Reno, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 32:24:58 (26.36 mph) (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)

 

5. 729x Michael Skurkis, 38, Henderson, Nev., KTM 450XCW, 27:48:51; 6. 775x Tanner Janesky, 21, Middlebury, Conn., Honda CRF450X, 28:29:46; 7. 722x Daniel Argano, 52, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 33:14:17; 8. 716x Ryan Gutile, 43, Madera, Calif., Yamaha WR450F, 34:22:45. (11 Starters, 8 Finishers);

  PRO MOTO 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—1. 625x Mark Hawley, 65, Anaheim, Calif./Robert Koch/Dennis Greene/Dennis McLaughlin/John Marshall/Ropert Hanson, Reno, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 32:24:58 (26.36 mph) (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)

 

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Dante
Dante Oliveria was flying in the Pro2 Lites division.

In Pro 2 Lites, RPM/KTM’s Dante Oliveria won his fourth consecutive race. Austin Serpa and Clayton Hengeveld rounded out the podium.

Oliveria nabbed the holeshot and was never seriously challenged, but his race was nearly over before it started.

“Maxxis saved the day,” said Oliveria. “I noticed I had a tire Mousse [inner tube] issue while going to the starting line and they took my tire off and changed it.”

Serpa challenged Oliveria but faded late in the tough test. “I thought I had the holeshot, but Dante jumped in front of me,” said Serpa. “He put some time on me. I was slowly getting some of that time back, but, at the end, I was really looking for the checkers. It was a tough race.”

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Brandy Richards topped Saturday’s Women’s Pro first moto.

After a double-header weekend of racing at the Crazy Horse Campground for the WORCS Pro Women racers, Tatum Sik maintained her points lead after scoring two podium finishes. Brandy Richards won Saturday’s race and sits second in points. Tarah Gieger, Britney Gallegos and Lauren Woods round out the top five.

Sik shook off a shoulder injury after falling in practice to finish third in Saturday’s race and second Sunday. She currently holds a 14-point lead over Richards in the Championship.

“I went down hard,” said Sik. “I’m just glad to be on the podium. I wasn’t even sure I could ride, so to be able to ride that well, I’m stoked. It’s been a rough season. I had a great round at Taft and I’ve been struggling ever since. I had a huge crash at Primm, one at South Point and now one at Havasu. It’s been pretty tough, but I’ve managed to be on the podium every round.”

Interestingly, she’s racing an eight-year old Suzuki RM-Z250 given to her by Travis Pastrana. “After my get off at Primm, we had to completely rebuild the bike,” said Sik. “I went to test it at Glen Helen the day before the next race, and the crank broke. I had an old bike that Pastrana gave me seven years ago, so that’s what I raced.”

Brandy Richards, who is from Lake Havasu, is a 15-year veteran and in her third year as a WORCS Pro. Given that she’s only 19 that means she’s been racing since she was four! Richards won Saturday’s race, marking her third consecutive victory, but she had a hard crash in Sunday’s event, which ended her win streak while leading. She ended up fourth and is second in points despite missing the first round with a knee injury.

“I love the tracks and the atmosphere here in WORCS, and winning in your hometown is the best feeling,” said Richards. “In the second race, I was trying to pass a lapper, caught a soft spot on a berm and went over the bars hard. I’m really sore. I’m pretty disappointed, but I hope that I can come back better.”

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Tara Geiger won the Women’s Pro race on Sunday. It was her first win in WORCS.

Geiger won her first ever WORCS Pro Women’s race Sunday. She battled with Sik in both races, bringing back memories of racing her in motocross. She is in her first full season of WORCS competition.

“Tatum and I had some fun battles,” said Geiger of her victory. “I got past her early, and then let off a little too much and she passed me. She stalled at the finish line about halfway through and I took the lead for good there. It was a fun race. The track was getting really rough and the lappers were tough for the last 15 minutes, so it was about being smart and not make a silly mistake. She passed me in the lake section. It was kind of refreshing, actually.”

Brittany Gallegos put together a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s race, but a hard get off resulted in a DNF on Sunday.

“It happens to the best of us. We’ll take it for what it is and move on,” said Gallegos of her crash. “I went to hit one of the tables, hit a square edge and went right over the bars. I kept running, but the bike caught up to me and took me out. My leg is hurt pretty bad and my knee is pretty torn up, but we’ll have to see.”

RESULTS

PRO

  1. Justin Wallis (Bet)
  2. Justin Jones (Hon)
  3. Travis Coy (KTM)
  4. Robby Bell (Kaw)
  5. Gary Sutherlin (KTM)
  6. Blayne Thompson (Yam)
  7. Justin Seeds (Kaw)
  8. Colton Udall
  9. Mark Samuels
  10. Dalton Shirey (Hus)

PRO2

  1. Carlen Gardener (KTM)
  2. Josh Mosiman (Hus)
  3. Cody Schafer (Kaw)
  4. Logan Chambers (KTM)
  5. Travis Damon (Hon)

PRO2 LITES

  1. Dante Oliveira (KTM)
  2. Austin Serpa (KTM)
  3. Clayton Hengeveld (Kaw)
  4. Mason Ottersberg (Hus)
  5. Preston Campbell (Hon)

WOMEN PRO

  1. Tarah Gieger (Hon)
  2. Tatum Sik (Hon)
  3. Mica Diaz (Suz)
  4. Brandy Richards (KTM)

 

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