TY DAVIS STORMS BACK–MARCH 18
Montclair Yamaha’s Ty Davis has finally regained his winning ways taking top honors at the Parts Unlimited World Off-Road Championship Series round at the Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Riding a Yamaha YZ250, Davis led through out most of the race, though Team Yoshimura/Suzuki’s Rodney Smith and Mike Kiedrowski kept him within range through out the two-hour race.
Rodney Smith kept the pressure on for the first half of the race, and then Kiedrowski upped the ante in the second half. But the course was very much a desert type event where big whoops and higher speeds made it more appropriate for light weight machines as opposed to the DR450 mounted Suzuki boys, who had trouble man-handling the heavy machines. Ty Davis prevailed, crossing the finish line about 45 seconds ahead of Kiedrowski. Not far behind Kiedrowski came Yamaha YZ250 pilot Russ Pearson, who moved up the leaderboard in the second half of the race to pass Rodney Smith and then challenge Kiedrowski for second. Pearson eventually hit the wall (ran out of internal fuel) and settled for third, a little over 30 seconds behind Kiedrowski. Smith ended up fourth, while Suzuki RM250 pilot Robert Naughton rounded out the top five.
Sixth and seventh went to KTM riders Brian Garrahan and Curt Caselli, followed by Kawasaki Team Green’s David Pearson, Honda rider Donald Upton and KTM pilot Joey Lanza.
Mike Kiedroski, who won the Phoenix opener and now has a second-place finish at Lake Havasu, still owns the series points lead over Davis, who finished third at Phoenix.