With a string of Enduro’s all in a row over 3 weeks ISDE Gold Medalist Jordan Brandt would come out on top more times then not. Round 4 would be in Northern California where Brandt would take a 2nd overall by seconds behind Ryan Powell and Round 5 would be in Western Arizona where Brandt would take the win handily. Round 6 would return to the desert’s of Southern California, a true time keeping event, where local Overall Champion Ryan Kudla had taken the win the last 3 years in a row. On top of that the rest of the local field was looking to take Brandt on.
The first loop of the day would be its usual time keeping nightmare for some riders. It would test the skill of every rider to cross the flags and get perfect 30’s. Only a handful of riders would conquer this test; Jordan Brandt, Erek Kudla, Max Brunson, Bob Roberts and Max Christensen. Christensen would take the win in both the Masters Class and the 1 loop overall besting his 5th place at Round 1.
Ryan would end up burning a check by 1 minute gaining him a deflating 2 points early on leaving older brother Erek at the helm of the Kudla Racing team. “I won this race in my class last year so I came to win again” said Erek “and with my main competition, Cordis Brooks, on the minute ahead of me I always had some one to chase!” 3 Bro’s KTM rider Cordis Brooks Jr. had teamed up with his dad on minute 1 and after the first loop he had gained 13 seconds, but was still well in the hunt for a good finish!
The second loop would speed up quite a bit and the difficulty would go to the next level. Brandt would stay on top dropping a single point on the entire loop. There were several 4 mile an hour sections on the loop and one of them would catch several riders. One would be top 250 B rider Brunson who would burn it by 2 minutes piling on 7 points to his previously perfect score. 661 backed Senior A rider Barry Von Fossen was holding on to 2nd overall by the end of the loop followed closely by Erek and East Coast Enduro transplant Bill Baker.
Ryan would have even more bad luck with his chain derailing and becoming locked between the counter shaft and swing arm. “I tried everything to get it out… broke the chain, took the wheel off, the swing arm bolt out…” said Ryan exhausted at a reset “finally I just got it free and was almost about to hour out. I pushed as hard as I could to get back on time!” Kevin Beigler would take the 2 loop overall win and Senior B victory over VCMC’s Ty Montee and Adam Casper.
At the start of the 3rd Loop (or 2b from the Route Sheet) Erek and Cordis compared times with Erek 1 point ahead of Cordis. It would all come down to the final 15 miles of the event to determine who would be the victor of the two. Brant would 0 the entire loop finishing out the day with 1 point and another overall win extended his already enormous points lead in the series. Erek would stay in second, even after dropping a point at check 19 until the final check. Cordis would finish just 26 seconds ahead of Erek taking 2nd Overall and 1st in the 250 B class. “It was a great day!” exclaimed Cordis “We just kept going back and forth and really didn’t even know who won until Monday when the results were out.”
Finishing in 4th overall and taking the 30+ 250 A win would be Baker followed by desert racing legend Paul Krause.
OVERALL: 1. Jordan Brandt (YAM); 2. Cordis Brooks Jr (KTM); 3. Erek Kudla (KTM); 4. William Baker (KTM); 5. Paul Krause (KTM); 6. Don Knapp (KTM); 7. Travis Epperson (KTM); 8. Kevin Murphy (KTM); 9. Kyle Smith (YAM); 10. Brett Hoffman (KTM); 11. Barry Vanfossan (KTM); 12. Geoff Brownell (HUS); 13. Craig Thompson (KTM); 14. Kevin Dejongh (KTM); 15. Matthew Mills (KTM); 16. Todd Davis (KTM); 17. Thomas Pira (KTM); 18. Johnathan Gamaunt (KTM); 19. Kevin Driver (KTM); 20. Brian Mackenzie (KTM);