VEGAS TO RENO BIKES

PHOTOS: By Mark Kariya

The longest off road race in the US took off this morning with the bike classes starting out early to get a jump on the trucks as well as the heat. A first place $10,000 was up for grabs and Robby Bell and David Pearson took the prize after exchanging the lead a few times. Robby got lost twice, a second time at pit 4, had to back track again and lost a physical spot to Purvine’s Nick Burson. David rode perfectly all day and did nothing but pull time. The weather was pretty warm but the riders beat most of the heat before climbing to higher elevations where it wasn’t too bad.

THR KAWI’s Robby Bell is just on fire this year and a top favorite to re-capture the 1x plate for Team Green

Robby Bell:

“I was the first bike to get lost, Robby Bell recalls, “I came around a corner and all of sudden it came out to a fast road but there was no marker unlutio I turn around and second guess the direction I had to backtrack all the and about half way back on course, Mark Samuels saw me and hopped back in behind me in 3rd.”

Robby and David had a GPS on the THR KAWI race-bike but decided not to run it. We asked Robby if he had it to do all over again and he told us, “I think that’s a good idea top have one (GPS). The pay off is worth it for what you give up by having it on the bike.”

“It’s pretty much the same for every race this year, its me trying to freak David out as much as possible (sarcasm)”, Bell explained, “I’ll throw a wrench out there and he’s come in and clean it back up for us. The pits were solid and smooth all day, I was pretty much freaking them out also, like when N27 comes flyin by before me.”

David Pearson

“Heck yea, the start looked good. Man we struggled early on but then we started rollin and did what we had to do, you know what I’m sayin. He (N27 Babrec) passed us and had 8 min at one time. I made a lot of it back then we had a quick pit. Robby hero’d his last section and rode well; he quite a bit of time back.”

“At the very last pit my tire was roached-out with no spare on site. So they told me I had a 12 minute lead and that I just had to save the tire. I went about 75% to save the tire for the last 45miles and won the race.

“I had to scare up few cows off the course between pit 1 and 2, at about 45 MPH, Oh know! They started kickin and came across the road toward me. I could see em though so I missed em.”

Max Eddy Jr N6 was leading the race last year so this was his redemption, he crushed it in the last 200 miles to keep KAWI from the podium sweep.

 

Max Eddy Jr.

The longest off road race in the US took off this morning with the bike classes starting out early to get a jump on the trucks as well as the heat. A first place $10,000 was up for grabs and Robby Bell and David Pearson took the prize after exchanging the lead a few times. Robby got lost twice, a second time at pit 4, had to back track again and lost a physical spot to Purvine’s Nick Burson. David rode perfectly all day and did nothing but pull time. The weather was pretty warm but the riders beat most of the heat before climbing to higher elevations where it wasn’t too bad.

Mark Samuels:

“Wide open all the way. It was an awesome race, first desert race for me in the states! I got lost a few times and gave up some time. But me and Max worked together and made up the time for 3rd overall. Glad I go to do it.”

Ty Renshaw shared duties with Ricky Brabec on the N27 and let for part of the race

KTM:???

Kurt Caselli’s N10 came in with teammate Quinn Cody riding to a 5th place finish; it’s reported that KTM came to this race more as a shakedown for the bike in preparation for the critical BAJA 1000 this November. Using their last Baja 500 Motor, they rode to test some equipment for the Baja 1000, namely a special light mount they hope to use during that race. Cody’s been down twice this year and surely is focused on La Paz. It appears he may have been getting used to racing with Curt and perhaps they’ll team up together in the BAJA 1000 with Ivan Ramirez. The big question is? Who is KTM’s “Night Guy”?

Nick Burson

This race could be seen by some as a pre-curser to the BAJA 1000 this November where stakes are high for historic peninsula run- 3 teams, each who can win. Stay tuned to RDC for every bit of the coverage,

 

 

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