Wed. Aug 21st, 2019

2019 Taft Grand Prix Race Report

Practically each rider has a favourite monitor and it’s secure to say that Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, California, has to price extremely with Zach Bell. The professional motocrosser bought his first-ever off-road race victory there in 2017 on a Honda, happening to win the AMA District 37 Large 6 Grand Prix Championship. He adopted that up in 2018 by successful on a Husqvarna, ending up second within the level chase.

And although he and the remainder of the Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Ideas/Kawasaki crew aren’t chasing the collection this 12 months—now generally known as the FMF AMA Nationwide Grand Prix Championship Collection—when schedules allow, they’ll return, and so they did so with a bang at spherical 2 of the collection, the Honolulu Hills Grand Prix hosted by the Filth Diggers Bike Membership.

The end result? Bell’s third straight triumph on the monitor with defending collection champ Trevor Stewart second and Bell’s teammate Blayne Thompson third. Even within the Professional II class, the crew made a mark with Clay Hengeveld operating the number-one plate for the primary time and ending up second behind Ciaran Naran, the three Bros./SRT/Husqvarna rider successful in solely his second GP.

Bell remarked, “I like coming again to this spherical! Like I stated, this [was where I got my] first off-road win, so I like coming again right here. That is three for 3 racing right here now, so I like this place!” Requested why he will get alongside so nicely on the venue, he replied, “I don’t know! I like the rolly hills and the chop, the sq. edges and stuff—that’s type of what I grew up doing. Then, getting my first [off-road] win right here, at all times coming again right here I’ve this optimistic vibe.”

Though Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda’s Stewart led off the road and thru the primary two turns, he couldn’t preserve Bell behind for lengthy and needed to accept second, admitting, “I simply rode to my potential at this time.” Nevertheless, within the massive image, he was glad since Bell (and Thompson) aren’t contesting your complete collection so he ended up taking the purpose lead, assisted by the truth that spherical 1 winner Justin Seeds had issues off the beginning by being concerned in a pileup that left the Purvines Racing Yamaha rider final. From there, he did nicely and demonstrated greater than aggressive velocity by coming again to eighth.

In Professional II, one other motocrosser made his mark in solely his second off-road race. three Bros./SRT/Husqvarna’s Ciaran Naran chased FMF/Maxxis/RPM Racing KTM’s Austin Serpa for many of the first half of the 90-minute race earlier than making his transfer. From there, he was untouchable, Serpa getting handed by Hengeveld within the final moments and settling for third.

Colorado Recycling KTM’s Brandy Richards dominated the Ladies Professional class, successful handily over JCR Honda’s Tarah Gieger and Yamaha-mounted Micah Diaz.

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