Honey Lake WORCS Race, Milford, CA. June 11-12, 2011
Race Result Point Standings
Robby Bell PRO 6th 6th
Justin Seeds Pro-2 7th 2nd
450 A 3rd 2nd
Mark Harstine Pro-2 16th 25th
Open A 12th 12th
Honey Lake is always one of our favorite races of the year. 60 miles north of Reno, NV. it is right up against the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The off road sections are technical with lots of rocks. Unfortunately Gary Sutherlin was still recovering from his knee injury at Idaho and was unable to race. Also Jack Achey has just plain out grown his 250F and was not ready in time to run his 450F. They will both be back at Washougal.
In the Saturday Pro race,Robby got a mid pack start. He was quickly up to speed and pushing to the front. On lap four, he passed his way into 5th. Then an embedded rock caught him and bent the rear disc so bad, it pushed the caliper into the spokes and broke a couple and locked up the rear wheel causing him to crash. He was up and going quickly, but was bruised up, and the rear wheel and brake system was damaged. He rode as best possible but fell back to 7th at the finish.
In Sundays Pro race, He once again rode well, but was still feeling the effects of Saturdays crash. He pushed into the top five, then fell to sixth at the finish. Overall it wasn’t where he wanted to be, as he was looking for a podium and had the speed to make that happen.
Justin Seeds struggled with his start in the 450 A class, and settled for a third place finish. Then he hole shot the Pro-2 start. He was pulling away fast till a crash put him on the ground. The entire pack passed before he could get going. He had to come into the pits for repairs. Once going again, he made a lot of passes, but ran out of time and settled for 7th place.
Mark Harstine continues to improve as he qualified for Pro-2 at his second race in a row. He took 12th in the Open A, then rode half the Pro-2 race with a flat rear tire to take 16th.
Mammoth Mountain MX, Mammoth Lakes, CA. June 23-26, 2011
Robby Bell Open Pro 8th
250 Pro 11th
450 Pro 6th
Jack Achey Open B 20th
450 B 36th
Mark Harstine Open C 10th qualifier, flat in semi
Robby ran strong in all his Pro classes. His biggest hold back was once again his starts. He was rarely in the top 20 in the first turn. His speed was good as he always sliced through the pack, passing some factory backed riders, and the only thing keeping a higher finish was he ran out of time. Oh longing for the old 45 minute motos. He had lap times that would put him on the podium. His focus this summer is starts, starts, starts.
Jack Achey was in the same boat. bad starts plagued him as well. He actually rode well, even the 20th in Open B, beating the Pro-2 WORCS points leader. Then in 450 B, he got ran into and injured his leg and was forced to pull out.
Mark Harstine just missed qualifying in his heat, and looked good to get in through the semi. Unfortunately a rider went down in front of him and he had no where to go. By the time he was up and going, the pack was gone. It was a heart break not to see him qualify knowing he had the speed. Such is Mammoth.
A special thanks to Paul Ondas, Little D, and the FMF gang for all the help at Mammoth.
We are now into our summer break. the next WORCS race is at the end of August. We will however be racing local events. We are also looking to go to the Washougal MX National in July. Gary Sutherlin has been invited to race the X-Games Enduro Cross. And the regular Enduro Cross season starts mid August. So I guess it’s not much of a break.