Round one of the 2015 Big 6 GP Series got underway this weekend with the return of the Adelanto GP. For years, the original Desert Vipers Adelanto GP was one of the biggest motorcycle races in the world, often attracting around 2000 participants, and was a charter member of the original Big Six Series. The race went through a number of changes over the years and eventually was discontinued. For 2015, it’s back, now organized by So Cal MC and once again a prized part of the District 37 Big Six. In its reincarnation, the race is now staged in Maverick Stadium right off Highway 395 with the full blessing of the Adelanto City Council. The racecourse is 7 miles around and includes an EnduroCross section designed by Ty Davis right on the baseball field.
The Big 6 series itself is enjoying something of a rebirth, too. It now has a healthy Pro class. The Adelanto race had a cool $2000 going to the winner of the premier So Cal GP on
Saturday. This weekend, that prize went to Bonanza Plumbing’s Gary Sutherlin who dominated the race. At various points in the race, a number of different riders held the lead, including Robby Bell, Eric Yorba, Justin Seeds and Blayne Thompson. With different pit-stop strategies, the lead often changed hands temporarily. But it was always Sutherlin in control. The best come-from-behind ride was turned in by WFOX Honda rider Colton Udall, who muffed up the dead engine start and spent the first lap in dead last. But he picked off riders one by one to eventually finish in third overall behind THR/Precision Concepts rider Justin Seeds, who also had an incredibly clean ride. Robby Bell was fourth after wearing most of the skin off his off-season hands.
Other notable riders included JCR’s Chris Bach, who was far from his east-coast playground, but turned in a solid performance. Justin Jones was showing off his new Hinson
Honda, but tore off his rear brake on the second lap and struggled to make up time for most of the race. Ty Davis himself rode, winning the Vet Heavyweight race and then riding the pro class as well. Desert veteran Paul Krause, having just turned 50, won the Heavyweight Magnum class. For official results, go to www.big6racing.com.
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