By: Ray Larez
OPENING ROUND 2010
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 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.
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
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.