Round 6: Lake Elsinore MX Park
Story and Photography by Tom Corleyfirstname.lastname@example.org
LAKE ELSINORE, CA, JUNE 20, 2015
Braving the elements on this day meant working around the hottest temperatures of any CALVMX event this year. You know it’s hot when one rider had an umbrella over his bike to shield it from the heat! (Yes, we’ve got the picture.) The water truck cooled down the track, which kept the dust down, but that presented a new challenge for those riders who went down on a slippery first turn. (And yes, we’ve got the picture.) The slippery surface of the Elsinore track was thought by some to be closer to that of Saddleback and not water-absorbing like the favored track at Cahuilla. All of this is just part of racing motocross, and those who did could be considered the brave.
An awards presentation topped off the day, which gave the winners a chance to have a picture taken with the beautiful Astrid Logan. Though a cold drink was important to rehydrate, a spirited group of racers (including Astrid) found a creative way to cool down, and that was by taking off the MX gear and jumping into the pond that was in the middle of the track. (And, oh yes, we’ve got that picture too!)
“My day was a waste,” Marcus Crider said after the event. “The Maico loaded up on the starting line of the first moto, so I missed that moto. Heat forced me to pack up and go home early. Next race, I’ll be ready for a win.”
“Every day at the track is a good one,” declared Scott Mays. “I got a good start in the first moto, then discovered how slick Elsinore can be. I went into Ed Tashjian as he tried to make a pass heading into turn two, and it took us both off the track.”
“The racing was great, and the track was just as slippery as Saddleback – slick and hot, just the way we like it,” said Mark Stubbs. “If you raced Saddleback back in the day, you should have had no problem with the slick track here!”
“Going into the first turn,” Darin Hammond recounted, “a rider [Barry Katz] in front of me went down. When he slammed on his front brakes, it caused his back end to pop up. When his back tire came down, it landed on my bike’s right side, tearing the radiator shroud away from the bike. For the rest of the race, the broken piece kept catching on my knee, which hindered me for the rest of the race.”
Cleaning off the muddy knobbies makes sense, and it works for Kevin Reynolds.
“It was a really warm day,” Reynolds said. “I stayed plenty hydrated all day long. I raced the GP Over 50 Novice and the GP 2 500cc Novice class. My first moto was a little sketchy, as the track had some pretty slippery sections from the morning watering during track prep. I held on for a first in both classes in moto one and two. The highlight of the day was taking the holeshot in my last moto on the multiclass gate and taking the overall win!”
“I hadn’t ridden the Elsinore since our January race at Elsinore,” reported Timothy Bartee. “I was totally out of shape, and I’m still dealing with neck issues. I had a good first moto, chasing Jeff Snyder around, but I didn’t have enough umph to get past him. The second moto was the same, and I knew I didn’t have to beat him, so I just had fun hitting jumps and stuff. It was a fun track, hot day; all in all, I was happy to just be out there and ended up second for the day.”
“Rare Maney first-moto disaster… could not fire the Cyclone and completed only the last lap,” Frank Maney said. “Stellar second moto… battling McIntyre to finally overtake him for third overall and first overall in the Sportsman 500cc Intermediate class.”
“I had a great time racing with everyone,” said Christian Hanks. “As usual, my bike ran really good, and I rode pretty good. I won my class and battled it out with Darrin Hammond in the last moto of the day for the win!
“Thanks to CALVMX for always putting on the best races,” Hanks added. “Also, to my Pops, for always coming out and helping me and supporting me, and thank you to my beautiful girlfriend Astrid, and to my mom for supporting me and always helping me and making sure I make it out to my races. It was another great race in the books and another win for me!”
That’s it for our coverage of this event, but we will see you for more fun and adventure at the next CALVMX motocross at Cahuilla Creek MX Park on July 19.
[For more from this event, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Snyder and Tashjian Beat the Elsinore Heat!” by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro… Editor]