High-speed 29 Palms Desert course proves a happy hunting ground for Zach Bell at round four of the 2019 NGPC series.
The Chaparral Motorsports, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki Team Green crew turned around a much improved performance in the 29 Palms desert for the fourth round of the National Grand Prix Championship (NGPC) Series.
Zach Bell was on form at 29 Palms, well-known for its fast track where riders can reach upwards of ninety miles per hour in sections. This year’s course was no exception, with the hosting Hilltoppers club keeping the track in good condition for the ninety-minute Pro race on Sunday.
Bell came out the first turn in second place, just behind his team-mate, Blayne Thompson, before making a sweeping pass around the outside of a high-speed left-hand corner. From there Bell put down consistent laps to stretch a lead and claim the win.
“I just rode my own race and pushed myself. It was a good race, very fast out there today, and hot. I felt good; didn’t feel any pain in the back and my hands held up good, so I feel like we’re going in the right direction with my training and my eating and everything.
“I’m just looking forward to the next races. [Vegas WORCS] will be good. Last year I should have run a Rekluse [auto clutch], but this year I have the Rekluse, so it’ll be good. Every time I’m out there I’m learning and it’s fun. This was a good weekend. For the whole team to go one-two [in the pro class] and first [in pro 2], couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.”
Championship leader, Trevor Stewart, was in the mix putting a gap on the field early in the race along with the Kawasaki duo. After taking on fuel at the 55-minute mark of the 1.5-hour event, Stewart started feeling the effects of flu the previous weeks and dropped to a “conservative” fourth position to ensure championship points.
Dalton Shirey ran home third after a busting weekend racing back-to-back NHHA on Saturday and NGPC on Sunday. In his words his arms were, “like noodles” by the end of Sunday’s race.
JCR Honda team-mate to Stewart, Tarah Gieger, took the battle in the Women's pro class down to the wire with Lauren Woods. Tarah and her CRF250RX came through with another win, for the second weekend in a row.
NGPC, 29 Palms, round four results:
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