Southern California Flat Track Association
Round 9: Perris Raceway
By Jamey Blunt
Photos by Janice Blunt/Jamey61@verizon.net
PERRIS, CA, SEPT. 21, 2013
Yet another “first” happened at Perris Raceway during the ninth round of Southern California Flat Track Association action. Seventeen-year-old Dylan Morin from Simi Valley, California, earned his first Pro main-event victory on the quarter-mile Perris oval.
Riding a 450cc Kawasaki for Simi Valley Kawasaki once seen under National number 98m Kayl Kolkman, Morin has long been a contender in the Pro ranks and has finished second many times in a Pro main event. But on this night, Dylan stepped up his game, leading every lap of the Pro main event to take the checkered flag more than two seconds in front of second place. This race also saw what is probably the best start Dylan has gotten to date.
On another note, of the 111 riders on the score sheets who filled the 21 heat races and 18 main events, those in the Bomber class always provide some of the best racing of the night. In just the heat race, which only counts for starting position in the main event, the action was bar to bar and wheel to wheel – literally, as Danny Perking lost his rear brake (flat-track bikes don’t run front brakes) and couldn’t help slamming into Travis Petton on the entrance to turn one, putting both of them on the ground. When Travis was asked about the incident later, all he had to say was, “It was just a racing accident – rubbin’ is racin’!”
This class definitely has some of the best sportsmanship in dirt track, without exception! All these riders really care about one another.
Here are some photos to whet your appetites, and full race coverage, results, and more photos will be posted soon…