Over 1500 entries pack-out Lake Havasu for the final AMA District 37/FMF Big6 Grand Prix Series race of the season – Zach Bell takes the race victory but Trevor Stewart seals the championship.
The final round of the 2018 AMA District 37/FMF Big6 Grand Prix Series at Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu, Arizona produced epic battles for championship places, a bumper entry and even an MX legend.
The Vikings MC and AMA MotoCity/Fly Racing Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) joined forces at the final major race of 2018 to bring out an impressive 1546 entries across the weekend, making this one of the largest turn-outs in the Big6’s history.
Havasu is known for being one of the gnarliest races on the west coast and it lived up to expectations this weekend! 3Bro’s Husqvarna’s Zach Bell, entered the final round of the series with the number one plate and did everything he could to retain the crown.
Despite going down at turn one, Bell regrouped from dead last to take the win ahead of Team RPM’s Dante Olivera by a little over a minute at the line. Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki’s Blayne Thompson finished a close third after a tough battle in the race but sealed his WCGP AA Open Class Championship and third overall in the WCGP series.
Speaking after the event, Thompson said: “When I saw Dalton coming and I had to go because that was third place in the championship right there. If he got around me he would have got third. But I wasn’t going to let that happen so I sent it that last lap and ended up getting Trevor for third.”
Championship for Stewart
Behind the leading trio, Trevor Stewart put his JCR Honda in a safe fifth place to take home the championship win ahead of Bell. Stewart needed to finish higher than ninth to take his first WCGP Pro Championship title.
How did it feel to take his first ever major AMA championship? “It really is a surreal feeling that I will never forget. All the work we put in as a team really shined yesterday, and I couldn’t be more happy!”
Pro 11 win for Serpa
In the Pro II Class Team RPM Rider Austin Serpa took the win after an intense battle with Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki rider, Clay Hengeveld – who had sealed the WCGP Championship at the previous round in Gorman. Mitch Anderson rounded the Pro 11 podium.
Stars lined-up for Vets race
Jeremy McGrath was one of the biggest highlights to the racing weekend, lining up alongside Josh Grant for the Vet race. When the gate dropped Grant was untouchable, with Ricky Dietrich second and Robby Bell, who was another rider coming back from dead last at turn one, rounding out that podium. McGrath finished fourth before riding back home (yes he rode his race bike to and then from the race!).
The Pro Women’s class turned up the talented Brandy Richards fresh back from bringing home a silver medal at this year’s FIM ISDE. She finished first with an impressive four lap lead over the second-place finisher, Lauren Woods.
AMRA AZ State Championship
The AMRA, Arizona State Championship riders came out in full force, almost doubling the attendance for this final race of 2018. Pro Class privateer rider Ryan Wells took first place ahead of Sherco rider, Nick Brawner. Kyle Hutchenson put a second Sherco on the AMRA podium in third place. Wells runs a dirt bike training school, AZ Dirt Bike Training, and despite mechanical issues during the race made some passes to put himself 14th overall.
Report and PhotosMary Rinellmjsmotophotos.com