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By: Ray Larez  

ITP Quadcross

ITP/Yamaha QUADCROSS OPENING ROUND 2010

Pro Production Moto 2 start was awesome; here you can see Creamer taking the holeshot and early lead.
Pro Production Moto 2 start was awesome; here you can see Creamer taking the holeshot and early lead.
 
MCR’s Beau Baron looking good in the opening round
MCR’s Beau Baron looking good in the opening round

Opening round winner Josh Creamer exploding in this turn 
Opening round winner Josh Creamer exploding in this turn
 
ITP/Yamaha Quadcross Champ Dustin Nelson jumping into a rhythm section in the back section of the track.
ITP/Yamaha Quadcross Champ Dustin Nelson jumping into a rhythm section in the back section of the track.
 
Open Pro class sweep for Dunk, he ran up front in the Pro class. His CT Racing engine took him to a 1-1 finish and the Open Pro Class overall win
Open Pro class sweep for Dunk, he ran up front in the Pro class. His CT Racing engine took him to a 1-1 finish and the Open Pro Class overall win

The 2010 ITP/Yamaha opening round was held at the home track at the Quadcross Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, California. After this race the series heads to Arizona for round two of the series. This season kicked off with a great change of pace along with a new track design. Also, there was some great racing weather instead of rain or horrible winds (which this track is known for).

Everyone came out early to get in a little practice on Saturday since the race was oddly scheduled for Sunday. Everyone was out to dial in their new machines for the new season and the new track. Some had some new sponsors and wanted some more seat time to get familiar with the change or work out any last minute bugs. Some had trained all season for this, and some were using this race as training. Team Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Josh Creamer did just that using this race as practice for the upcoming 2010 ATVA Grand National Series. Creamer is the newest addition to the Suzuki Camp. Creamer was on Team green last year and had just gotten the new ride for the 2010 season. Creamer is just out west to do some testing and then will be heading back home to get ready for the Nationals.

Dustin Nelson, the series Champ, was making some changes to his own racing program. He is still going to be racing the big blue machine (Yamaha YFZ) that has taken him to three championships and the same ITP Quadcross thread he used last year. He has switched up his suspension and will running Elka Shocks. Then, in the exhaust department he will be running Motoworks full exhaust. Nelson’s teammate Justin Noss also had a few changes this season as well. Noss had also made the suspension change to Elka. Noss also is now back with an old sponsor, CT Racing. CT Racing will be building his engines. Also, Noss has picked up the help of Golden West Cycle.

Golden West Cycle has also fully backed Jason Dunkleberger again for 2010. “Dunk” will be using a new motor this year, and CT racing will be building his 4-stroke power plants for this season. Jason Fife had made the switch back to Yamaha after riding a KTM for a season. Fife’s main sponsor, P.E.P., is once again doing his suspension for this season. We spoke to team captain Mike Cafro about Beau Baron’s new machine. Cafro told us it’s a totally new machine with the same sponsors this year, but they were testing some new parts on the off-season and had a few tricks up their sleeves for 2010. A few of the things we noticed was the new color scheme and the new Maxxis tires that were still in the proto-type stage.

One thing noticeably different was the spectator turn-out and race entries. I know everyone is sick of hearing about the economic slow down, but it was economics or a lot of people decided to take this round off. However, in all seriousness, the way I understand it is we won’t be seeing the Can-Am Motoworks Team this year because of funding from Can-Am. They will be concentrating on the ATVA Nationals only. We won’t get to see that rivalry this year?? Hopefully, that isn’t true, and things start to really pick up this year for everybody!

Pro Production Moto1

The first Pro moto of the 2010 season blasted off into the “Talladega style” turn one, with Josh Creamer taking the first hole shot of the season. Josh Creamer was debuting his new LTR450 in this first race of the season. The new Suzuki team seems to be working well for him. Creamer would lead the entire race and would only be slightly challenged by Dustin Nelson. Nelson made his charge toward the end of the first moto. Nelson also made a good push at the end, but it was just a little too late. Beau Baron would take the third position in moto one and was looking good after his 2009 WORCS Championship. The Pro class seemed to be a little thinned out, but later in race six the Open Pro class was loaded with 16 entries compared to the Pro Production’s 11.

Open Pro Moto 1

In this race Jason Dunkleberger would take the lead and wouldn’t look back. Yoshimura’s Kory Ellis came out to race the opener and placed second in the first moto. We hope to see Kory the rest of the season coming back to race, even if it’s just for a few other races this year. Third place was taken by Kody Evans from Arizona aboard his TRX450R. This class was packed and had some of the best racing action. Darrel Patton was also spotted on the track racing a TRX450R again; Darrel is a past Open Pro Champ.

Pro Production Moto 2

Moto two started off just about the same way moto one did with Creamer taking the early lead and taking home the Yamalube $250 Holeshot award. Creamer had Justin Noss, Beau Baron, and Dustin Nelson breathing down his neck. Nelson was once again starting out about fourth and was going to have to work for a better position. As for Creamer, he would start to pull away from the pack. Another rider making a charge was Dunkleberger pulling double duty by running in two classes. “Dunk” would soon catch Nelson. Dunkleberger would move up to third and finish fourth overall. Noss would fall back to fifth. Beau Baron would hold his third place spot and finish third with his 3-3 finishes. Nelson would push his way up to second and would take home a second over all with a 2-2 finish. Nelson was happy with his finish since we more than likely will not see Creamer the rest of the year while he is racing nationals, so his points won’t matter. Creamer would take this one wire to wire and was stoked on the new equipment. He would take home the overall and the Pro Purse.

Open Pro Moto 2

Kody Evans would take the holeshot in moto 2 and run up front again with Dunkleberger and Ellis chasing him down. Kody was looking good, but would eventually get passed by Dunkleberger. “Dunk” would take home the moto 2 win and the overall with a 1-1 finish. Kody would actually hold off Kory Ellis and take home the second over all with a 3-2 finish. Kory Ellis would take home third.

The next round heads to Arizona, and I can’t wait to see the Pro turn out. There was some really fast-paced racing action for round one. I can’t wait to see the points race heat up. The weather was great, and the track was in good shape from beginning to end.


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