PRO MOTO PHOTO DAY: TOMAC, BARCIA & MORE PREP FOR 2020 IRONMAN NATIONAL
FOX RACEWAY PRO DAY: ELI TOMAC, JUSTIN BARCIA & MORE PREP FOR 2020 IRONMAN NATIONAL
The 2020 Ironman National is coming up this weekend and to get prepared for it some of the top Pro riders went to Fox Raceway in Southern California to get some practice laps in. The forecast shows Crawfordsville, Indiana, to have scattered showers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Hopefully the weather isn’t as bad as it was at Round 2 of Loretta Lynn’s because many of the factory teams and privateer riders used up a lot of resources when replacing blown up engines from the mud they experienced there. We hope the rain isn’t too bad, however, with Hurricane Laura on the horizon anything can happen. They ripped the track considerably deeper than on a normal day at Fox Raceway and the track was given a generous amount of water which allowed it to develop some deep ruts. “Fast Tuesday” at Fox Raceway featured many factory riders such as Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Shane McElrath, Trey Canard, and more tearing up the Southern California dirt. MXA‘s Trevor Nelson was there to capture some of the world’s fastest riders prepping for round 3 of the 2020 AMA Nationals.
Photos by Trevor Nelson
Eli Tomac took advantage of the muddy track conditions in the early morning. Most riders don’t like to ride the track while it’s still soaked but Eli went out way before anyone else to get some wet practice laps in.
Justin Barcia was flying in the first moto at the Loretta Lynn National 2 and won the first, a minute ahead of second place, unfortunately due to a bike failure taking him out of the second moto, he only managed a 7th overall.
Mitchell Harrison has been looking very fast ever since joining the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. He scored a 6th in moto 1 and a 10th in moto 2 at Loretta #2, and got a 7th overall. We’re looking forward to seeing if his performances get better when the track conditions get better.
Brandon Hartranft had trouble in the mud last weekend. Eventually his bike blew up and he got it buried in the mud. While stuck in the mud, R.J .Hampshire got stuck next to him. Brandon dropped his dead bike to help a fellow rider out. True sportsmanship.
Jerry Robin on his friend and fellow racer Kyle Greeson’s bike. The privateers have to endure a lot when it comes to racing and, in this case, Jerry’s parts are on back-order for his own practice bike. Privateers have to improvise.
If you would like to watch a raw video of the Pros going fast at Fox Raceway, click here.