MSR Presents the Big 6 Grand Prix Series
Round 3: Prairie Dogs GP at Glen Helen Raceway
Story and Photos by Rodney Rutherford
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, FEB. 28-MAR. 1, 2015
The American Motorcyclist Association’s District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix staff scouted the north 40 of Glen Helen Raceway and set up the approximately nine-mile track on two weekend trips prior to round three of the eight-round series.
Hosted by District 37’s Prairie Dogs, they launched into the final stages of preparation three days before the two-day race, despite predicted rains on the way. To quote Big 6 media director Mike Garvin: “Another epic race weekend with rain at night and cool, overcast days. We had over a thousand race entries by noon on Saturday.”
And epic this event was, with intermittent sprinkles on the first day of racing – just enough to keep conditions primo. Racers commented that the tracked formed up very well and that there was no dust to speak of, but there was some mud to be dealt with, and tear-offs were a necessity for most.
The racers staged up behind the motocross gate, with the gate being used for a motocross-type start: Each wave would be called to the gate as the preceding wave took off. Competitors would charge their way from the start up Glen Helen’s Mount St. Helen and then move on to the west ridge, with the Boy Scout trail, a long stretch of the paved access road, parts of the REM track, and the Lucas Oil off-road track being utilized.
This reporter was on the case for Saturday’s races and the premiere $2,000 West Coast Grand Prix (WCGP), a 90-minute hammer session that started with a bit of confusion. Ryan Penhall and Jeff Loop were reportedly running first and second, respectively, but they took a wrong turn. WFOx/ MSR/ Scorpion’s Colton Udall said “thank you very much,” and off to work he went!
After lap one, Udall held an 18-second lead over Justin Seeds. Udall seemed to have a plan, and he knew exactly where Seeds was as he prepared to pit. Seeds was 16 seconds behind on lap four, and he took the lead on lap five, when Udall pitted.
In workmanlike fashion, Udall flew out onto the track, manufacturing a lap time that was 28 seconds quicker than Seeds’ and retaking the lead on lap six.
From there, Udall never looked back, concluding the 90-minute race with eight laps under his knobbies for his first win of the series.
WCGP Pro gamer Blayne Thompson sliced his way through the field after running in ninth overall on lap one. Ramping up his speed, he picked off competitors one by one to finish fourth overall and third in the WCGP Pro class. Thompson packed it up soon after and headed to the third World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) three in Peoria, Arizona, where he would. Score a second in the Pro class, behind Precision Concepts racer Robby Bell, making it two podium finishes in as many days for the off-road cowboy. Husqvarna up!
Young Yama-hauler Trevor Stewart put on his best impression of Superman with a steely ride in the interclass WCGP Pro event. Racing in the Pro II ranks, Stewart went by the scoring canopy on the first loop in fifth overall and first in class. He moved up one position overall over the next two laps, pulling in third by lap three of the eight-lap race. He skillfully executed the back sections like an old Pro, due to his experience racing in the Glen Helen’s endurance events. Stewart rode it home for the Pro II win, going wire to wire.
Stewart won the Heavyweight Expert class the following day.
Multiple AMA Southern California Motocross title holder Jesse Lundin raced in the WCGP Pro class, coming 10th overall and eighth in class, and seventh in the Unclassified class.
Nick Stover was able to make the pass on Lundin for eighth overall and second in the WCGP Pro II class. The Husqvarna hammer-man also won the Lightweight I Expert class.
Jarett Megla had a most excellent weekend, winning the WCGP 200cc Expert class and finishing 21st overall. The TO Powersports racer also went through the scoring chicane checkers with a second in the Lightweight II Expert class.
Rovers Motorcycle Club member Bryan Denny scored his first victory of the season, winning the WCGP Vet Expert class and placing 22nd overall. The KTM cruiser also placed sixth in the Vet Heavy Expert class.
Thomas Spalliero raced in the WCGP Heavyweight Novice contest, a shorter version of the WCGP Pro/ Intermediate action. Spalliero held off Mitch Hamm’s attacks and cornered in for the win. Hamm was the runner-up.
Spalliero also led from lap two all the way to the finish for his second victory of the weekend, in the Heavyweight Novice class.
The legendary Malcolm Smith was the grand marshal of the Prairie Dogs’ round of the Big 6 Grand Prix Series, signing autographs for a long line of fans. Smith is well known for his starring part and winning a Lake Elsinore Grand Prix in the highly acclaimed 1970s motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, which led to a huge jump in popularity for our sport.
What led to his role in that film, in which he was partnered with Hollywood actor Steve Mc Queen, were his accomplishments in the racing world. He won six International Six Days Trials (ISDT) gold medals, won the Baja 500 four times, and won the Mint 400 twice. Topping that, he was a three-time Baja 1,000 winner on a motorcycle and won another three times in a car. He was one fast hombre in his time, and the sport is all the better for it. Thank you, Mr. Smith, for you contributions to the motorcycle industry, and may we have the gift of your presence for many years to come!
For more information about and complete results from the Big 6 Grand Prix, please go to http://www.big6racing.com/.
Glen Helen Raceway
San Bernardino, California
Results: February 28-March 1, 2015 (Round 3)
50 (4-6): 1. Kat Hunter; 2. Zachary Novoa.
50 (7-8): 1. Andrew Schulz; 2. Luke Lopiccolo; 3. Robbie Stephenson; 4. Tyler Kipp.
YOUTH MINI BEG: 1. Jacob Peck; 2. Connor Eddy; 3. Cody Lacroix; 4. Logan Stupin; 5. James Farrell.
YOUTH MINI NOV: 1. Scott Perez; 2. Zachary Babcock; 3. Carter Klein; 4. Ashton Stevens; 5. Aidan Ferguson.
MICRO BEG: 1. Dylan Rowe; 2. Barry Johnson; 3. Jaxzen Tully; 4. Howard Redmond; 5. Summer Alberta.
MICRO NOV: 1. Talan Van Valkenburg; 2. Mikayla Nielsen; 3. Maximum Esquivel; 4. Logan Ferguson.
JR BEG: 1. Jacob Endress; 2. Tanner Atkins; 3. Justin Beaumont; 4. Nathan Merrill; 5. Chase Hodges.
JR NOV: 1. Kade McPhetridge; 2. Aidan Ferguson; 3. Evan Rounsaville; 4. Cable Murphy; 5. Gavin Brubaker.
JR ADV: 1. Austin Eddy; 2. Scott Perez.
85 MINI BEG: 1. Andrew Jennings; 2. Ethan Clark.
85 MINI NOV: 1. Elijah Colin-Dimmitt; 2. Tyler Belknap; 3. Julian Howard.
85 MINI INT: 1. Carson Baehr; 2. Mason Stiffler; 3. Mason Klein.
SUPERMINI BEG: 1. Christopher Hancock; 2. Ryan Depue; 3. David Rudd Grow; 4. Ethan Clark; 5. Chance McCord.
SUPERMINI NOV: 1. Tyler Belknap; 2. Ethan Stupin.
SUPERMINI ADV: 1. Cory Skaggs; 2. Hayden Hintz; 3. Justin Cockrell; 4. Mason Stiffler; 5. Troy Bienert.
86-200 LIGHTWEIGHT II BEG: 1. Stryker Lane; 2. Andrew Jennings.
86-200 LIGHTWEIGHT II NOV: 1. Cory Skaggs; 2. Dylan Delgado; 3. Carson Moore; 4. Dylan Carter; 5. Max Hintz.
LIGHTWEIGHT II BEG: 1. Stryker Lane; 2. Andrew Jennings.
LIGHTWEIGHT II NOV: 1. Cory Skaggs; 2. Dylan Delgado; 3. Carson Moore.
LIGHTWEIGHT II INT: 1. Logan Tweet; 2. Garrett Lilly; 3. Nicholas Baehr.
LIGHTWEIGHT II EX: 1. Jesse Vanhoy; 2. Jarett Megla; 3. Paul Krause.
WOMEN NOV: 1. Hana Hintz; 2. Lesha Kubacki; 3. Jenna Breck; 4. Lindsey Nardone; 5. Trisha Holland.
WOMEN INT: 1. Kylie Hart; 2. Danielle Crawford; 3. Laura Ferguson; 4. Natalie Schons; 5. Kim Devine.
WOMEN EX: 1. Ashley Hayes; 2. Kelly Barbosa; 3. Jean Turner; 4. Amanda Boyer.
LIGHTWEIGHT I BEG: 1. Benny Landry; 2. Hunter Oakley; 3. Mikey Vogt.
LIGHTWEIGHT I NOV: 1. Tate Kaplan; 2. Kaden Lehne; 3. Robbie Poznoff.
LIGHTWEIGHT I INT: 1. Camden Cota; 2. Ian Myers; 3. Jake Orchard.
LIGHTWEIGHT I EX: 1. Nick Stover; 2. Zach Teno; 3. Chance Wyllie.
HEAVYWEIGHT BEG: 1. Cory Rash; 2. Dayton Maute; 3. Matthew Phillips; 4. Dan Nielsen; 5. Vicente Gonzalez.
HEAVYWEIGHT NOV: 1. Thomas Spalliero; 2. Alec Eaton; 3. Gian Grillo; 4. Dillon Herrick; 5. Loren Rivers.
HEAVYWEIGHT INT: 1. Tyler Frank; 2. Justin Moore; 3. Tylor Hemme.
HEAVYWEIGHT EX: 1. Trevor Stewart; 2. Josh Nunes; 3. Troy Armstrong; 4. Chance Bayes; 5. Andrew Puckett.
UNCLASSIFIED SAT: 1. Justin Seeds; 2. Blayne Thompson; 3. Gordon Ward; 4. Ryan Reina; 5. Ryan Penhall.
UNCLASSIFIED SUN: 1. Patrick Pico; 2. Johnny Degen; 3. Ian Myers; 4. Kaden Lehne; 5. Tate Kaplan.
WCGP WOMEN NOV: 1. Jenna Breck; 2. Trisha Holland.
WCGP 86-200 BEG: 1. Lance Holms; 2. Brandon Dorf; 3. Stryker Lane; 4. Dominick McCormick Jr.; 5. Jeremy Rinder.
WCGP 86-200 NOV: 1. Hayden Hintz; 2. Carson Moore; 3. Cory Skaggs; 4. Dylan Carter; 5. Keaton Opteyndt.
WCGP 86-200 INT: 1. Joey Schoeningh; 2. Mason Stiffler; 3. Nicholas Baehr; 4. Shaun Jones; 5. Logan Tweet.
WCGP 86-200 EX: 1. Jarett Megla; 2. Trevor Hunter.
WCGP 201-250 BEG: 1. Mikey Vogt; 2. Jar Wasylink; 3. Kamron Hacker; 4. David Owen; 5. Andrew Sweeney.
WCGP 201-250 NOV: 1. Kaden Lehne; 2. Robbie Poznoff; 3. Chase Brubaker; 4. Tyler Walent.
WCGP 201-250 INT: 1. Troy Vanscourt; 2. Preston Campbell; 3. Sinjin Bayes; 4. Chuck Ramsey Jr.; 5. Garrett Mullenniy.
WCGP 201-250 EX: 1. Jesse Vanhoy; 2. Rhyan Marshall; 3. Tim Tarry; 4. Michael Allen.
WCGP HEAVYWEIGHT BEG: 1. Mike Hawkins; 2. Matthew Phillips; 3. Dayton Maute; 4. Christian Augier; 5. Les Holland.
WCGP HEAVYWEIGHT NOV: 1. Thomas Spalliero; 2. Mitch Hamm; 3. Gian Grillo; 4. Alec Eaton; 5. Johnny Degen.
WCGP HEAVYWEIGHT INT: 1. John Achey; 2. Matt Winslow; 3. Tyler Frank; 4. Stephen Benny; 5. Troye Haas.
WCGP HEAVYWEIGHT EX: 1. Sage Vincent; 2. Brendan Crow; 3. Billy Smith Jr.; 4. Ray Dal Seglio; 5. Justin Lewis.
WCGP VET BEG: 1. Mark Dorf; 2. Jeremy Kilborn; 3. Harry True; 4. Rene Garcia; 5. Edwin Garcia.
WCGP VET NOV: 1. Robert Weber; 2. Andrew Beaumont; 3. Chance Alberta; 4. David Watts; 5. Alex Hernandez.
WCGP VET INT: 1. Eric Chase; 2. Mike Rozier; 3. Brett Basarich; 4. Nathan Williams; 5. Steve Herstad.
WCGP VET EX: 1. Bryan Denny; 2. Kyler McPhetridge; 3. James Justin Shultz.
WCGP PRO II: 1. Trevor Stewart; 2. Nick Stover; 3. Rowan Trefz; 4. Kirk Raleigh.
WCGP PRO: 1. Colton Udall; 2. Justin Seeds; 3. Blayne Thompson; 4. Mark Samuels; 5. Ryan Reina.
30+ VET LIGHTWEIGHT BEG: 1. C.J. Eversole; 2. Josh Powers.
30+ VET LIGHTWEIGHT NOV: 1. Simone Crescini; 2. Jason Gearald; 3. Brandon Kowalski; 4. Chris Ferguson; 5. Lester Mascon.
30+ VET LIGHTWEIGHT INT: 1. Brett Basarich; 2. Randy Gilbert; 3. Joey Stewart; 4. Nick Fiello; 5. Chris Palermo.
30+ VET LIGHTWEIGHT EX: 1. Morgan Crawford; 2. Rowan Trefz; 3. Matt Alexander; 4. Ronnie Smith; 5. Ryan Liebelt.
30+ VET HEAVYWEIGHT BEG: 1. Matthew Sirevaag; 2. Clayton Cummins; 3. Nathaniel Jandra; 4. Jason Baker; 5. David Riley.
30+ VET HEAVYWEIGHT NOV: 1. Justin Iannalfo; 2. Robert Weber; 3. Brian Dufort; 4. Mark Burnett; 5. Jeff Kagan.
30+ VET HEAVYWEIGHT INT: 1. Justin White; 2. Mike McGregor; 3. Keith Hamstreet; 4. Kent Watson; 5. Michael Young.
30+ VET HEAVYWEIGHT EX: 1. Gordon Ward; 2. Mark Tilley; 3. Tyler Renshaw; 4. Andrew Puckett; 5. Morgan Crawford.
40+ SR LIGHTWEIGHT NOV: 1. Daniel Cheswick; 2. Charles Spangler; 3. Robert Sean Stuckley; 4. Steve Cameron; 5. Mason Todd.
40+ SR LIGHTWEIGHT INT: 1. Jeff Laubscher; 2. Kenneth Wood; 3. Eric Perez; 4. Devon Heckman; 5. Robert Jackson.
40+ SR LIGHTWEIGHT EX: 1. Robert Baehr; 2. Brent Farrell; 3. Steve Nakamoto; 4. Scott Perkins; 5. Ronnie Smith.
40+ SR HEAVYWEIGHT BEG: 1. Les Holland; 2. Bruce Thielbar; 3. Josh Kelly.
40+ SR HEAVYWEIGHT NOV: 1. Chance Alberta; 2. Joey Gardner; 3. Andrew Beaumont; 4. Michael Herrera; 5. James Engleman.
SR HEAVYWEIGHT INT: 1. Jimmy Rivers; 2. Steve Herstad; 3. Curt Van Valkenburg; 4. Todd Carter; 5. James Hicks.
SR HEAVYWEIGHT EX: 1. Richard Pratt; 2. Paul Krause; 3. Kyler McPhetridge; 4. David Glass; 5. Jeff Belknap.
50+ MAG LIGHTWEIGHT NOV: 1. Dean Hazzard; 2. George Galindo; 3. Jim Hilliard; 4. Ben Greenwood; 5. Steve Gesselman.
50+ MAG LIGHTWEIGHT INT: 1. David Tieskoetter; 2. John Gomez; 3. Kenneth Larson; 4. Pete Vetrano; 5. Garrett Gesselman.
50+ MAG LIGHTWEIGHT EX: 1. Mark Davenport; 2. Steve Nakamoto; 3. Ron Lawson; 4. Rick Lundin; 5. Bill Boyer.
50+ MAG HEAVYWEIGHT NOV: 1. Bob Gilbert; 2. Carl Cox; 3. Scott Townsley; 4. Mark Cline; 5. Dominick McCormick.
50+ MAG HEAVYWEIGHT INT: 1. Todd Winslow; 2. Todd Carter; 3. Steve Matlock; 4. Steve Lucero; 5. George Brosnihan.
50+ MAG HEAVYWEIGHT EX: 1. Paul Krause; 2. Ron Hofer; 3. Greg Fountain; 4. Kris Goolsby; 5. Brad Oxley.
60+ MASTERS: 1. Robert Koch; 2. Mike Sixbery; 3. Max Christensen; 4. Terry Davis; 5. Steve Bebeck.
70+ LEGENDS: 1. Dennis Tooman; 2. Don Voyer; 3. Joe Ferrante; 4. Lee Olson; 5. Peter Bormanis.
VINTAGE 0-1974 NOV: 1. Steve Gesselman.
VINTAGE 0-1974 INT: 1. James Mooney; 2. Rick Brown; 3. Darrell Allen.
VINTAGE 0-1974 EX: 1. Daryl Hambleton; 2. Lawrence Klein; 3. Raymond Wildman; 4. James Howard; 5. Lake Hoffman.
CLASSIC 0-1979 NOV: 1. Mike Curtis.
CLASSIC 0-1979 INT: 1. Garrett Gesselman; 2. Eric Perez; 3. James Brown; 4. Michael French; 5. Andrew Davis.
CLASSIC 0-1979 EX: 1. Brian Tracy; 2. Anthony McElhenney; 3. Dwayne Scrivnor; 4. Kevin Rezende.
EVOLUTION 1980-85 NOV: 1. Bob Kelley; 2. Philip Solenberger.
EVOLUTION 1980-85 INT: 1. Mike Furlong; 2. Scott Hisey; 3. Glen Mulock; 4. Rick Levine; 5. Patrick Cook.
EVOLUTION 1980-85 EX: 1. Billy Smith Jr.; 2. Kevin O’Donnell; 3. Tim Tarry; 4. Art Foreman; 5. Richard Cruz.
REVOLUTION 1986-95 NOV: 1. Cody Hillard; 2. Jeremy Kilborn; 3. Michael Cummings.
REVOLUTION 1986-95 INT: 1. Pete Vetrano.
REVOLUTION 1986-95 EX: 1. Aaron Griffin; 2. Rick O’Donnell; 3. Bob Roberts.
SIDECAR: 1. Mark McDade; 2. Mark Wood; 3. Roy Watson; 4. Randy Langosh.
QUAD NOV: 1. David Ogden III; 2. Brock Pennington; 3. Eric Lantis; 4. Kote Morgan; 5. Taylor Scala.
QUAD INT: 1. Travis Work; 2. Ray Aldama; 3. Eli Madero; 4. Ross Falen.
QUAD EX: 1. Tyler Henschel; 2. Richard Cruz; 3. Roy Bloodworth; 4. Cody Moore; 5. William Shue.
QUAD VET NOV: 1. Brad Adams; 2. Travis Walsh; 3. Mike Noland.
QUAD VET EX: 1. Derek Lanier; 2. James Donoho; 3. Robert Scott Melville; 4. Pete Garcia; 5. David Igden Jr.