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2008 Yamaha/ITP Quadcross RD 8

Justin Noss and Dustin Nelson battle for the lead in moto 2
Justin Noss and Dustin Nelson battle for the lead in moto 2
Dustin Nelson doing a little bit of look back action.  Dustin Nelson doing a little bit of look back action.

Walking away with another win and overall is Doug Echiner. Looks like Doug will be taking home another championship to add to his probably overloaded trophy shelf.
Walking away with another win and overall is Doug Echiner. Looks like Doug will be taking home another championship to add to his probably overloaded trophy shelf.

Fresh from his run at the ATVA National Circuit Sage Baker makes a great effort with a second overall for the day.
Fresh from his run at the ATVA National Circuit Sage Baker makes a great effort with a second overall for the day.

The end is near, the point races are heating up, and we almost have our class champions. The eighth round of the ITP/Yamaha Quadcross was originally scheduled to be held at a new venue for the series (Milestone Raceway), and for some reason last minute details fell through. So the round was rescheduled to be held at Competitive Edge in Hesperia. This track is also new to the series. The track design was built for dirt bikes, so it’s a bit challenging and quite technical for most amateurs. For the most part, though, it made for some good racing; and most of the pros enjoyed the track. As for the weather, it was a bit windy; but the sun was shining, and overall things were pretty nice.

Pro Race Moto 1

With Can-Am/Motoworks’ Brandon Smith coming into this one with a winning streak being built, is he going to make his three in a row now FOUR? Team Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson has the current points lead. Will he be able to add to this lead, or is the privateer Justin Noss, runner-up in the last round going to create an upset? They all lined up at the bottom of the uphill start, engines revving, clutches held in, and then they were off again in another round of west coast racing. Nelson edged everyone out for the hole shot. Also, just about anyone behind Nelson got bottle necked in the second turn coming off the start. This starting line was really too narrow and would create problems for other classes. They widened it for the second Pro moto, but the damage was done. I was really surprised not to see a restart. It took a few of the top riders a while to get their machines untangled, or around a fellow racer and back into the race. Josh Frederick was put way back in the pack as well as Justin Noss. One person who managed to miss the whole pile up was Can-Am rider Brandon Smith who finished a strong third, with fellow Cam-Am rider Sage Baker taking home second place in moto one. Baker hails from Northern California and normally rides the ATVA National MX Series. Now that the season has wrapped up, Baker is participating in some local races to stay in shape. Of course, Nelson with a commanding lead took the moto one win. Despite being caught up in the start fiasco, Noss would come from the back of the pack and take a fifth, and Frederick would take a fourth place.

Open Pro Moto 1

Open Pro class lines up for the first time on this day, and the ten entries picked their gate spots and readied for the live engine start. Once the gate dropped the number two of Doug Echiner wheelied off the line a bit on the up hill start, I’m sure he backed off the throttle and slipped a position. He later regained first place and easily pulled away with a pretty sizeable lead going on to win the moto. Echiner was followed by Chris Riley in second and Danny Regan in third. TJ Dietrich (second in points race) got off to a bad start and would finish 9th in the first moto.

Pro Class Moto 2

The first moto had its glitches and now with the widened turn leaving the start line, things should be a lot smoother. As the thundering of the engines roared and the gate dropped, ATVs ripped up the hill with Yamahas all in the lead. Reed Petchnick from Kent, WA. would grab the holeshot, only to be passed before the first turn by Justin Noss. Then again later by Dustin Nelson, Noss was just slightly ahead of Nelson. By the second lap Nelson was starting to put some pressure on Noss. Sake Baker was making another good showing in the west coast series. With a bad start in moto 2, Baker, by the second lap, had worked his way up to third and was running strong. Also running up in the pack was Dana Creech, who had taken some time off from ATV Racing to do a little UTV racing and start his own shop. Another racer that was good to see back on the track was John Shafe who was sidelined earlier in the year at a race track (Racetown 395), just up the road from this track. He was back from his injuries and wasn’t totally up to speed yet, but it was great to see him back at the track. Back to the racing, Nelson was coming around for the third lap still pressuring Noss for a pass. He finally found his chance and took it, in a zig-zag section of the track. Nelson just out-cornered Noss and took the lead. While Can-am teammates Brandon Smith and Josh Frederick made their way to the front from a mid-pack start.

Returning from a break of ATV racing, Dana Creech showed up on a Polaris Outlaw ATV and ran the Pro Class.
 Returning from a break of ATV racing, Dana Creech showed up on a Polaris Outlaw ATV and ran the Pro Class.

Both Smith and Frederick came into this round with a chance at the championship. With Nelson in the lead things were not looking too good.  Nelson, Noss, and Baker all had a pretty sizeable lead on the rest of the field. Nelson would eventually take home the win and overall for the day, as well as clinching the Quadcross Title. Noss would take second in the moto 2 and third overall. As for Sage Baker, he would take third spot in moto 2 and second overall. As for team Can-am their hopes were shattered for the championship by placing 4th and 5th for the day as well as 4th and 5th overall for the day.

Open Pro Moto 2

Later on in the schedule the Open Pro class lined up at the gate for the second moto. As the gate dropped it looked like Doug Echiner was going to take the holeshot, but Darrel Patton’s KTM machine kicked into high gear and jumped ahead of the Polaris ridden by Echiner. As they both powered into the first turn, Echiner caught Patton; and they both were wheel to wheel into the next two turns. Echiner finally would regain the lead. On lap two Patton was overtaken by Danny Regan, and Patton had Roberto Villalobos close behind. Villalobos would find his way around Patton later in the moto, also Villalobos would pass Regan for second.

Race Wrap Up

This was another great round of ATV racing on the west coast with Dustin Nelson clinching the championship, one round before the end of the season. The next round will be held at Glen Helen to wrap up the season and figure out all the other class champions. We can’t wait to see who is going to walk away with a brand new YFZ50 at the end of the year drawing presented by Yamaha. Overall, the track was good and laid out well, and most were looking forward to coming back to this track in the future. A word to the wise--when going to this track get there early if you want a decent parking spot, because the parking lot fills up quickly. So check back for the final round of the series and see how the championships end up.


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