NGPC TAKES ON CACHE VALLEY
HYMAS EASES TO WIN AT CACHE VALLEY
The seventh round of the AMA FMF National Grand Prix series picked back up this past weekend after a short summer break, where the series trekked north to Preston, Idaho. Located just north of the Great Salt Lake, racers saw themselves tackling a particularly unique grand prix-style race course with 10+ minute lap times and an almost 9-mile long extravaganza. Embedded on its farmland, racers saw your natural motocross track, high-speed straights, and a freshly bladed grass track that saw you bobbing and weaving through the property’s corn fields.
Leading from start to finish factory Hondas, Chance Hymas proved that his talents are not only for the motocross track but can also be applied to the endurance side of racing. The young Honda racer saw himself lead every lap and, at times, looked like it was another Sunday ride at ease. The factory racer coming off a somewhat disappointing time at the Amateur Loretta Lynn’s Championship, proved his speed is still in tack after nearly winning the Pro race by forty seconds to factory Beta’s Dare Demartile and Precision Concepts Kawasaki rider Tyler Lynn. Rounding out the top five was Factory Husqvarna’s Austin Walton and Factory KTM’s (current points leader and champion) Dante Oliveira.
In the Pro 250 class, the Kilmartin Racing Team is beginning to find their stride. Kai Aiello, who elects to race the Kilmartin Husqvarna bike, looked to be in a fighting position for second until a mechanical error took (points leader) Mateo Oliveira out of contention, which also ended his remarkable undefeated winning streak. Kai went on to show that speed can win, and consistency is critical. Following his teammate was Kilmartin KTM’s Colton Aeck, who saw himself redirect his path to a second-place finish with eventual third-place finisher Evan Stice breathing down his rear fender. The two would finish nearly a second apart, with Stice earning his first Pro 250 podium. Rounding out the top five were SLR Hondas Jack Simpson and Gainslinger’s Cole Zeller.
The Women’s Pro class saw a new winner but not an unfamiliar face. With series champion Brandy Richards not in attendance, it opened the doors for somebody new to stand tall on the top step. Kilmartin 3Bros GasGas Racing’s Ava Silvestri not only achieved her first Pro Win of the season but her first Pro Women win of the series. If that wasn’t enough smiles on the day, she also proved that being consistent is paying off, and now is neck-and-neck with Richards in the NGPC points hunt. However, it didn’t come easy as she’d like having a wire-to-wire battle with JCR Honda’s Tara Gieger. Silvestri once again proved that consistent laps attribute to good things happening, grabbing the win. With Gieger hanging on to second place, it was another Kilmartin GasGas racer in Lauren Woods who rounded off the podium. Thus, wrapping up four podiums for the newly-founded Kilmartin 3Bros team, which supports all Austrian models.
As the International Six Days gets ready to lift off, we won’t see another NGPC take place until the first week in October, when the series will take us back to the deserts of Ridgecrest, CA, hosted by the Viewfinders MC.