FMF BIG 6 SERIES: TAFT

Three Brothers Husqvarna rider Zach Bell returned to form for the second round of the FMF Big 6 GP series in Taft this weekend. He dominated the Pro race, taking the lead on the second lap and pulling away. In the meantime, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Dalton Shirey worked his way up from a bad start to finish second, making it a one-two sweep for Husqvarna. With that, Shirey assumes the point lead because he also finished second  at round one.

Zach Bell is back to form in Big 6 Racing.
Zach Bell is back to form in Big 6 Racing.

Adelanto winner Trevor Stewart was injured at the WORCS race last week, but he rallied to start Taft, hoping to gather a few points. He did so by finishing eighth. The Big 6 series allows riders one throw-away for their point total at the end of the year, so the value of Trevor’s efforts won’t be clear until later in the year. For Red Bull KTM rider Kailub Russell, it was a very rough outing. He’s still learning the ways of western-style racing and the big KTM 450XC-F. He gated well, but fell in the third turn and spent much of the race outside of the top five. Another crash late in the race put him in ninth place.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones nailed the start and led for the first lap.

The West Coast GP started with Ox Motorsports’ Justin Jones taking a decisive holeshot and leading the first lap. Bell got by and stretched out an immediate lead, but Jones held second for half the race with RPM Racing’s Eric Yorba third. Former WORCS champion and Ricky Dietrich came down from Oregon and was only seconds behind Yorba. The pecking order changed at the pit stop, when Shirey took over second. Yorba moved past Jones, with Chaparral’s Justin Seeds taking over fifth. In the closing laps, Gary Sutherlin put in a charge to move past Dietrich for sixth.

JP Alvarez
JP Alvarez led most of the Pro 2 class, but eventually finished third.

In the Pro 2 class, Beau Baron took advantage of a late race fall for Jason Alvarez to take the win. Alvarez had taken the holeshot and led most of the race. Clay Hengeveld also got past Alvarez on the last lap for second.

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Eric Yorba
Eric Yorba was solid throughout the race, earning another podium.
Dalton Shirey
Dalton Shirey took over second with a fast pit stop.
Kailub Russell lost his helmet visor in the late laps, eventually taking ninth.
Trevor Stewart
After falling hard the previous weekend at the Vegas WORCS race, JCR’s Trevor Stewart was content to gather a few points.
Gary Sutherlin started slow, but finished the race riding hard and fast. He was sixth.

PHOTOS BY RON LAWSON

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