MSR BIG 6 GP, GLEN HELEN

Justin Jones scored the Pro win in an eventful Big 6 Round.
Justin Jones scored the Pro win in an eventful Big 6 round.

The third round of the AMA District 37 Big 6 GP series had a massive turnout at Glen Helen Raceway this weekend. When all the racing of day one was done, the top man was Ox Motorsports rider Justin Jones, who won the Pro race after 90 minutes of plot twists and drama. The first controversy of the day was the firewood pit, which created carnage on the first lap. The obstacle was originally designed by Ty Davis for the Prairie Dog’s Last Dog Standing a year ago. Most of the later classes ended up stuck in a massive bottleneck there. Eventually, club officials routed riders around the problem, then tried to put it back in, then took it out again. The subsequent rerouting worked in favor of some riders and against others. Early leader Blayne Thompson of Fasthouse Racing was one rider who lost big on the second lap through the obstacle, getting passed by both Jones and Dalton Shirey.  Thompson then settled in, repassed Jones and began an epic battle with Shirey. In the meantime, Colton Udall was battling with Jeff Loop and Robby Bell–Bell was doing well despite having a nasty case of the flu.

Thompson got back in the lead, but then tried to stretch his fuel range a little too far. He ran out of gas, giving the lead back to Shirey. Shortly after that, Udall started catching Jones. When the two Ox Motorsports riders got together they both picked up the pace and started catching Shirey. It all came down to the final lap as the three riders closed up. Dalton might have had enough cushion to bring it home, but it wasn’t to be. He fell on the final lap. Shortly after that, Udall passed Jones. “I held the lead for about 100 feet,” he said later. “I got tangled up with a lapped rider and Justin squeezed by.” From there all the way to the finish, the two Honda riders pinned it, with Jones holding out. Shirey was third, and fourth overall wend to the top Pro 2 rider, Trevor Stewart.

West Coast GP Pro class

1 Justin Jones (Hon)
2 Colton Udall (Hon)
3 Dalton Shirey (Hus)
4 Jeff Loop (Yam)
5 Eric Yorba (KTM)
6 Blayne Thompson
7 Justin Seeds (Kaw)
8 Robby Bell (Kaw)
9 Ryan Reina (Kaw)
10 Michael DelFante (Yam)

Pro 2
1 Trevor Stewart (Yam)
2 Beau Baron (Hon)
3 Mitch Anderson (KTM)
4 Mason Ottersberg
5 Jarett Megla (Hon)

 

Blayne Thompson looked like he had the race under control until he ran out of gas.
Blayne Thompson looked like he had the race under control until he ran out of gas.
Trevor Stewart won the Pro 2 class and caught up to fourth overall.
Trevor Stewart won the Pro 2 class and caught up to fourth overall.
Zip Ty Racing rider Dalton Shirey suffered a last-lap get off and went from first to third.
Zip Ty Racing rider Dalton Shirey suffered a last-lap get off and went from first to third.
Robby Bell suffered through a case of the flu to finish eighth.
Robby Bell suffered through a case of the flu to finish eighth.
The Prairie Dogs used the same firewood pit that was designed for the Last Dog Standing. It was a little too much for the Big 6 crowd.
The Prairie Dogs used the same firewood pit that was designed for the Last Dog Standing. It was a little too much for the Big 6 crowd.
Jones and Udall made it an exciting finish.
Jones and Udall made it an exciting finish.

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