Brian Garrahan wins OMA Johnny Signs Indian Bluff XC
Article and photos by John Gasso
Aaron Wegner took the holeshot at the Indian Bluff XC near Millerstown, Kentucky but the Yamaha of veteran racer Brian Garrahan finished the sixth lap one minute and twenty-eight seconds ahead of the pack. Garrahan took his Valli Construction Yamaha 450 to the front after a bobble by Chris Bach. The big Yamaha 450, nicknamed the white ninja, would stay out front all day. ‘I just put time on everyone else, just rode my own race’, said Garrahan. ‘It was a really good course. A lot of potential bottleneck stuff. I just tried to, you know, go slow through that stuff and make it through consistent and just put in consistent laps.’ According to fellow pro racer and Kentucky Off-road Hare Scrambles Champion Alan Westerfield, Garrahan ‘showed us how it’s supposed to be done today.’
Kaileb Russell placed his KTM second on the podium while Wegner collected third aboard a Yamaha. Chris Bach finished in fourth place, giving Wegner the points needed to secure third place in the series point’s battle. Adam Bonneur was also in the battle for third place in the series, but an over the bars incident with his Fun Mart Yamaha left him with too much down time. Bonneur was unable to make up the lost time, and he would finish in sixth place behind the KTM of newcomer Jordan Ashburn. Alan Westerfield managed a respectable seventh place finish aboard a bone stock Kawasaki 450, while Jake Fiddler from Johnny Signs put his Lite A class Kawasaki in eight place overall and first in class. Chase Bishop, another Lite A racer, put his KTM next in line to collect ninth place overall ahead of the KTM piloted by pro racer John Robbins.