Although Brett Metcalfe (24) is signed up to race the Canadian Nationals for Kawasaki in 2014, he say that his total focus is on doing something big at the May 24th Glen Helen 250/450 National. Metcalfe holeshot and won both 450 Pro motos.
Preston Tilford (744) and Tony Amaradio (130) crossed paths in the Pro race. It may looks like Tilford got the worst of it, but more is yet to come.
…Tony looks back to see what hit him.
…and then goes down 30 feet later.
Last week Perth, Australia’s Damon Gibbons won the 450 Pro class. This week the competition was tougher, as was the track…as Damon found out. He finished fifth overall. He also needs a new jersey.
Damon Gibbons (47), James Southwick (673) jockey for position as Tanner Taylor (700) waits for his opening.
Ryan Surratt won the 250 Intermediate class and matched Brett Metcalfe’s lap times for the first half of both motos—after that Metcalfe’s training regimen proved to be vastly superior.
Trevor Stewart went 2-2 behind Ryan Surratt, but it was way behind Surratt.
Doug Dubach won the first moto of the Over-50 Elite class and then went home. This is the same thing he did two weeks ago. In the end, Willy Simons (2-1), Rob Engel (4-2) and Bob Weber (6-3) rounded out the top three.
Bob Weber raced a KTM 450SXF Factory Edition. The former New England Pro is also the owner of 6D Helmets. Weber finished third in the Over-50 Elite class.
Famous 1970’s desert and Baja star Bob Rutten (66) grabs a little too much throttle in front of current Baja racer Andy Kirker (56). Kirker showed up to watch the races, but after watching practice decided to race—after he took the desert gearing off his bike.
Mark Hall goes two mufflers better with twice-pipes on his Honda CRF450. These unusual pipes are being tested by MXA for an upcoming issue.
Bryan Friday (43) won the Over-50 Expert class, not to be confused with the faster Over-50 Elite class, Joe Sutter (111) was fifth, Val Tamietti (31) third, Phil Dowell (23) sixth, Randy Skinner (3) 15th and, believe it or not, second overall Will Harper is dead last in this start photo.
This was the trickiest corner on the track. It had an outside berm, but if you used it, as Brit Tony Parsons is doing, you had to hit some big bumps. If you cut straight up the face, as Jody Weisel (192) is doing, you ran the risk of spinning out on the hard pack.
Tom Holmes railed this berm a tad too much. He flew off the track and needed the flagman to help pull his bike out from behind the berm.
Gavin Antil (86) leads the Over-40 Novice class with Sam Hawley (151) in close contact. Antil would go 4-5 for fourth, while Hawley’s 3-9 gave him fifth.
This week’s “Greg Groom Creative Line Award” goes to 450 Pro Broc Armbruster (215) who insists that all the other riders are on the wrong side of the orange cone.
Photos by Dan Alamangos, Debbi Tamietti and Chris Alamangos (click on the photos to make them larger)