RMP Racing Salinas TT
Salinas Sports Complex
Story by Randy Kremlacek/ CFTA
Photos by Diana Mattos/ D Marie Photography
SALINAS, CA, APR. 26, 2014
Unexpected rain earlier in the week had California flat-track promoters canceling events left and right, but the sun shined on RMP Racing, and they delivered a great show on their superbly manicured TT and short tracks.
RMP Racing has been promoting motorcycle short-track and TT races in Salinas, California, for the past five years. Owners Patti and Robert Silva are the brains and brawn behind this successful series. Their events are designed with a special emphasis on family values.
“We are doing this for one reason and one reason only: the kids,” Patti explained. “We want to give them and their families a wholesome environment.”
And true to the promoters’ goal, more than half of the entrants at this event were riding bikes under 150cc, and the pits were filled with happy racing families.
RMP splits its events between the Monterey County Posse Grounds and the Salinas Sports Complex. They run TT and short-track events at both facilities, usually with the TT during the day and the short track at night. Many will remember that the Salinas Sports Complex hosted legendary half-mile TT events, with rider counts upward of 700 racers per event. Most recently, the facility hosted a professional AMA GNC round in 2011.
On this race day, there was some great action in the Class C TT Traction Money Race. Dan Cahoon led off of the line but was hounded by Austin Scaggs and Wesley Hearne. Halfway through the race, they were three-wide off of the TT jump, with Scaggs arriving at the hairpin first.
However, it was a short-lived lead, as Hearne made a clean pass in the infield section on the next lap and hightailed it away, developing a commanding lead at the checkers, followed by Cahoon and Scaggs, who had slipped back to third.
Many of the Class C riders also rode the Open Traction TT Money Race, so it, too, was a talent-packed affair. However, Cody Silva nailed the start and never looked back. This local Salinas rider is certainly at home on a cushion track. His pace and rhythm were like clockwork, and he left the remainder the pack to duke it out for the remaining positions. Wesley Hearne rolled to second place, and Curtis Peebles took the last podium spot.
The RMP 85cc Open class is packed with talent, which made for a very entertaining main event. Blake Ash jackrabbited on the green flag, followed closely by Dustin Silva and Tucker Mount. It was “GoPro” (Silva) chasing “Mohawk” (Ash) as they diced back and forth. Silva attempted an outside pass on the infield, nearly high-sided in the process, and recovered a few bikelengths back.
However, this young buck was not taking kindly to the idea of a second-place finish, so Dustin made a clean but aggressive pass off the jump on the white-flag lap to take the lead – and the win.
These three fast 85cc riders – Dustin Silva, Blake Ash and Tucker Mount – are great examples (among many more at this event) of the young citizens and racers who are nurtured and championed by RMP Racing. All three are bright, respectful and friendly boys, but competitive to the bone. And they are tough! A couple of years ago, the then-10-year-old Tucker Mount survived a 50cc crash that resulted in 39 stitches to his forehead, which he now proudly shows off when asked. His parents, Doug and Vicky, have done a great job of attracting substantial sponsors such as Ronnie Brown, Rod Lake and Brown’s Cycles. This is one of many families to be commended for their passion for the sport and for family values.
RMP has an unusual policy of not publishing race results online; they feel it’s all about that day, and that the awards of the day speak for themselves. I guess there is something to be said for that approach.
RMP Racing’s next event is May 16 at a new venue for them, as part of the Salinas Valley Fair in King City, California. The gates will open at noon, with practice starting at 2:30 p.m. and races commencing at 5 p.m.
Salinas Sports Complex
Results: April 26, 2014
85 OPEN: 1. Dustin Silva; 2. Blake Ash.
CLASS C TT TRACTION MONEY: 1. Wesley Hearne; 2. Dan Cahoon; 3. Austin Scaggs.
OPEN TRACTION TT MONEY: 1. Cody Silva; 2. Wesley Hearne; 3. Curtis Peebles.