WAGEMAN SMOKES WISECO 2-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP

Robbie Wageman took advantage of the week off in the AMA Western Regional Supercross series to return to his two-stroke roots and win the 2019 Wiseco Two-Stroke Open Championship. He rode a punched-out Yamaha YZ250 supported by Fasthouse. This trophy can go right next to his 125 championship from the same event in 2018.

Robbie Wageman (141) rode an oversize Yamaha YZ250 to a 1-2 score and became the 2019 Two-Stroke Open Champion.

This year, the event was much larger than ever before, with a full program of pros, sportsmen and even vintage bikes. The $10,000 pro purse brought out a number of riders who hadn’t ridden a two-stroke in years–and some who had never ridden them. Last year’s champion Zach Bell was on a Kawasaki built by Phil Valdez at Precision Concepts. Mike Alessi, also a former champion, was on a Honda CR250R this time. Tyler Bowers originally built a Kawasaki KX500 for the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, but didn’t get to ride that race. He had the bike ready to go for this. RJ Wageman used his Suzuki connections to break the aluminum frame  RM250 prototype out of the warehouse again, and Mike Brown rode Dirt Bike Magazine’s Yamaha YZ250 test bike with support from FXR Racing.

Tyler Bowers rode the KX500 that he originally built for the Red Bull Straight Rhythm. He was second in the first moto.

The first moto was Robbie Wageman from start to finish. He survived a challenge from Carlen Gardner early in the race, but eventually pulled away. As the first moto progressed, the attrition rate was much higher than usual–understandable considering that many of the bikes were 20 years old. Zach Bell had a carburetor problem, Mike Alessi got a flat and so on. In the end, it was Wageman, Bowers, Gardner, Coty Schock, Mike Brown and Josh Mosiman in that race.

Josh Mosiman led much of the second moto, only to fall. He scored a 6-12 for seventh overall.

In the second moto, there were some different names in front. Mosiman and Ricky Dietrich (on a 2006 Bonanza Plumbing CR250R, featured in a Dirt Bike video here) were in front for a while before Gardner and Wageman worked their way forward. The two of them pulled away with Garner staying a couple of seconds in front. They would finish that way, with Wageman getting the overall. Bowers DNFed that race, and Schock was third ahead of Ryan Surratt and Brown. For full results, go to Glen Helen.com.

Carlen Gardner won the second moto with Wageman close behind.

OPEN PRO
1. Robbie Wageman 1-2
2. Carlen Gardner 3-1
3. Coty Schock 4-3
4. Mike Brown 5-5
5. Deegan Vonlossberg 7-8
6. Ryan Surratt 12-4
7. Josh Mosiman 6-12
8 Justin Hoeft 9-11
9. Dominic Desimone 11-10
10. Blayne Thompson 16-6

Mike Alessi was going very fast before he got a flat.
Ricky Dietrich was right up front in race two. He went 20-7 for 12th.
Mike Brown rode a Dirt Bike Magazine test bike to fourth overall. Look for a story in the July, 2019 issue.

125 PRO

1. JUSTIN HOEFT  1-1
2. CHRIS PLUOFFE 4-3
3. COLTON AECK 6-2
4. ALEX RAY  7-4
5.   TYLER NICHOLSON 8-5
6. TIM WEIGAND  9-6
7. MATTHEW CERAMI  10-8
8. BRIAN BEGIN  12-7
9. RYAN WILSON 13-10
10. MICHAEL BLOSE  11-12

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