s Center October 14, 2017 – Everett, Washington – XFINITY Arena October 28, 2017 – Scottsdale, Arizona – WestWorld November 4, 2017 – Boise, Idaho – Ford Idaho Center November 18, 2017 – Ontario, California – Citizens Business Bank Arena
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Selected Qualifiers Ryan Powell ness, just relentless stuff. I did that whole thing! I made it from 0 to 80 and 240 back to about 390; in the process I ended up passing 1X.”
It was for naught, however, as the 1X Ox Motorsports threesome of Penhall/Potter/Samuels on their Jackson Motorsports/AHM/Scorpion Helmets CRF450X ended up with the faster official overall time, 11:35:29-11:36:33.
Being the last Pro Moto Unlimited team to start likely hurt their final result, with Penhall saying, “I was stuck in the dust at the very back just trying to stay steady and try to stay focused and not make mistakes. You can only go as fast as far as you can see out there. I got around a couple guys—unfortunately, not enough guys—but we had a few little mistakes. We’ve just got to work on the next race and hopefully we’ll be back to win another.”
The Pro Moto Limited (under 401cc) winners Morgan Crawford/Justin Morrow/Kevin Murphy/Jim O’Neal winners took fifth overall on their Monkey Business Cleaning Products/PCT/HP Race Development Husky FE 350 in 12:08:26 despite developing an injector issue that forced them to stop several times over the last half to clean it.
Other class winners included Jim Holley/Ryan Senacal/Jason Thomas/Kenjiro Tsuji/Tony Wenck in Pro Moto 30 (riders over 30 years old) in 12:50:12 on their Hicklin Powersports YZ450FX; Jeff Kawell/Jano Montoya/Alberto Ruiz/Francisco Septien in Pro Moto 40 in 12:22:47 on their PB Brown KTM 450 XC-F; Robert Gates/Chris Goolsby/Bob Johnson/David Potts/Doug Smith/Steve Williams in 13:12:36 on their HelmetKits.com KX450F; Dennis Greene/Mark Hawley/Andy Kirker/Dennis McLaughlin/Bill Tarling in Pro Moto 60 in 16:10:49 on their Tivoli CRF450X; Josear Carrasco in Pro Moto Ironman in 15:14:47 on his Too Much Fun Promotions RMX450Z; and Jose Galvan/Adan Garcia/Cornelio Garcia/Fermin Vargas in Sportsman Moto in 13:40:43 on their Pirelli-backed YZ450FX.
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Three-Day Qualifiers Phillip Anson Maloney Dillon Sheppard P. Trent Whisenant Van McCarren John Maier Steve Mason
Selected Qualifiers Ryan Powell n retired at Westwood with Alan Founds/Jake Lowther out at Ballacraine but Molyneux/Sayle were having no such problems and on their second lap they upped their pace considerably to lap at 113.641mph. Conrad Harrison, with new passenger Andy Winkle, also improved on their first lap speed with 107.458mph second time around.
That placed them sixth quickest behind Steve and Matty Ramsden (107.991) and ahead of Gary Knight/Dan Evanson (106.563) but the Birchall brothers overhauled both Founds and Reeves to go second quickest with a lap of 110.917mph.
To complete a dominant night, Molyneux/Sayle then went quicker still on their third and final lap with a speed of 114.090mph.
Tomorrow’s qualify session is scheduled to get away at 18.20 (Superbikes, Superstock, Supersport, Newcomers (ex Lightweight) to 19.20 with Supersport, Lightweight and Newcomers all classes away at 19.20 to 19.50 and Sidecars 19.55 to 20.50.
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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.”
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.”
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.”