Round 4 of the 11-race SRA Grand Prix series took place at Glen Helen Raceway on April 29, 2018; a cool, overcast Sunday. The Glen Helen and SRA crews laid out another fun and challenging racecourse that used the GP, REM, and Lucas Oil Truck tracks. Rider turnout in all classes increased again with many new names on the entry list. New to SRA this month was electronic scoring, provided by Moto-Tally.
The first race of the day showcased the Vet 30+ and Senior 40+ riders. This race was by far the largest of the weekend with 100 riders lining up. Last month’s overall runner up, Vet +30 rider Billy Lavorci, moved up one spot to take the overall. Lavorci was closely followed by Mike Baker, and Baja racers Johnny Campbell and Max Eddy. David Faux, Wes Nemec, and Chad Strothers were the winners in the Vet +30 Amateur, novice, and beginner classes respectively. Mike Baker, Chris Russell, and Chad Longfellow were the winners in the Senior +40 classes.
The 65cc, 85cc, and Super Mini classes took the start for the second race. SRA no longer mixes these riders on their smaller bikes into the 450cc, 250cc, and 125cc race and instead dedicates Race Two specifically to these classes, with the thought that doing so will increase rider safety and allow all other riders and family members watch these futures of our sport.
This month there were 14 riders in this race that runs the complete GP racecourse, but SRA expects rider turnout to increase as word of this class gets out. Conner Eddy on his Super Mini dominated this race, pulling away to a lead of close to a minute and a half by the finish. The Little Engine That Can, Jett Lessing rode his 65 all the way to third overall, beating all others except the two Super Minis.
Race Three featured 70 riders in the Super Senior +50/60 and Women’s classes. Super Senior +60 class champion, Rick Sanders, won the Super Senior +60 race but was very nearly chased down by Super Senior +60 novice, Morgan Pierce. Impressively, Super Senior +60 riders Sanders, Pierce, Pete Vetrano, and Kirk Kovaleff all finished in the top 10 overall. The Woman’s race was won by Kimberly Lappnow followed by Kelly Barbosa and Jordan Sedlak.
The 450cc, 250cc, and 125cc riders made up the fourth race. Trevor Stewart was the showcase rider this month. The JCR Honda rider led off the start and never looked back. Benny Breck did his best to keep Stewart in sight but had to settle for second. Smitty Lamberton and Nick Stover had a dual to the death for third overall with Smitty persevering; while Stover had to settle for winning the 250cc class. Amateur Oskar Kristjanassan pushed his little 125 to a class win and all the way up to 12th overall.
Now in its third month, the Pee Wee race is starting to take off. Word is getting out and 15 riders and their families participated this month. The riders (and parents) were caught having a tremendous amount of fun. SRA will continue to make adjustments to this race to improve safety and fun. Next month a second class will be added to accommodate the more advanced riders who have joined the fun. The track is fun, challenging (but not too challenging), and safe. Please help SRA grow support for this race, as this is the true future of our sport.
This month a team race was held to raise funds to help a fallen comrade. Jim Masters who is a long time SRA member and Big6 rider was badly injured in a racing accident at another track. Jim will require extensive health care for the remainder of his life and the SRA family felt that donating the proceeds from this race would be a good start toward that effort.
Results for this race can be found at http://moto-tally.com/SRAGP/Results.aspx.
Rich Suitor and the staff of SRA are working hard to improve the SRA experience. Please let them know how they are doing. Reach out via SRAGP.com
SRA will not hold a race in the month of May because of the AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race at the end of the month. Round 5 of the SRA Grand Prix series will be at Glen Helen Raceway on Sunday, June 24, 2018.