MTA TWO-STROKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Sean Collier defended his MTA Two-Stroke World Championship title this weekend at Glen Helen Raceway, but it wasn’t easy. He had to deal with threats from old-timers like Doug Dubach and young lions like Justin Jones and Colton Udall.
      The race is dedicated to the purests in our sport who love the small of premix in the morning, and the bikes ranged from state-of-the-art new hardware to the classic machines of years past. The racing the pro class was as intense as anything in the mainstream motocross world.
Justin Jones was the fastest rider, but sometimes that isn’t enough.
 
      The first moto was all about Justin Jones and his Bonanza Plumbing KTM 250SX. The bike was built by AHM Services and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dirt Bike. Justin got a poor start but cut through the pack quickly. It soon boiled down to a battle between Jones and Collier. The two swapped the lead several times, then Collier lost control and went on an off-track excursion. That took the wind from his sails and he faded back over the next few laps. Udall was the only man to keep Jones in sight in the rest of that race.
Colton Udall makes a wild attempt at passing 50-year-old Doug Dubach, who learned how not to be passed before Colton was born.
      Collier came back strong in moto two. The two of them gapped the rest of the field early in the race. It was 50-year-old Dubach holding on to the third place spot for most of the moto.  At one point, Udall made an ill-conceived pass attempt on Dubach. It failed and Colton fell back to fifth place. Just before the white flag, the race order seemed set in stone, with Jones getting ready to pop the cork on his first-place champagne. Then his bike quit. He helplessly kicked while the whole field passed him. That gave Collier the win and a somewhat surprised Dubach finished second. Jones actually pushed his bike across the uphill finish line in last place. The podium had Collier on top, Udall second and Dubach third. For full results, go to www.glenhelen.com.

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