Team FMF/Suzuki Off-road’s Paul Whibley had already wrapped up his first OMA championship, yet he came out charging at the Maxxis Moonshine Gran Prix at the Kirkpatrick Farms outside of Memphis, Missouri and took his seventh race win in a row!
Whib’s took control of the race on the second lap on his Maxima/RG3/Moose-sponsored RM-Z450 and displacing teammate the reigning and 4-time champion Jimmy Jarrett. After getting passed, however, Jarrett had a frustratingly up-and-down day – both literally and figuratively. Unable to match Whibley’s pace, he found himself on the ground several times, putting himself into the position of playing catch-up from even farther back.
But catch up he did – at least most of the way. Adam Bonneur managed to put himself out of reach after battling with fellow YZ250-mounted privateer Aaron Wegner and Storm Lake Honda.com’s Cooper Bailey. Bonneur would end up holding the runner-up spot most of times through the scoring tent, though usually by no more than 10 or 15 seconds. He scored a career-best second overall aboard his Fastway/Pro Moto Billet/Moose machine, while Jarrett stormed back from fifth due to a crash on the white-flag lap to steal third, beating out Johnnysigns.com/Kenda/Works Enduro Rider-backed Wegner by 14 seconds.
Paul Whibley won seven races in a row and wrapped up his first off-road championship.
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