DEBBI TAMIETTI’S GIANT GLEN HELEN PHOTO GALLERY
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You can’t tell what happened in a first turn crash by asking the men who were there. Instead, photographic proof tells the whole story. It looks like Dean Sarver ran into the back of Jon Ortner (10). This sent Ortner careening up the hill and Sarver’s buddy Scott Highland (39) zeroing in on the fallen rider.
The Honda without a number on it centerpunches the fallen KTM, while Dan Alamangos (24) runs over the legs of the KTM rider. Meanwhile, Jon Ortner (1) hits the deck. When it was all sorted out and the race red flagged, Dean Sarver suffered a broken collarbone and everyone else restarted.
By late afternoon the track is 90% in the shade, but the other 10% is blinding sun that shines directly in the rider’s eyes. Jody Weisel extended his visor with a spare goggle lens and duct tape. This wasn’t for roost, but to block the sun going up the hills.