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March 14, 2012

Round 2 of the US Desert Racing Series



The Ranch MX - Anza, Ca - 03/10-11/12 - Photos by Falconer Photo and Mike Nespor

Round 2 of the US Desert Racing Series would keep the amazing momentum of Round 1 rolling with great weather and an even better layout. The Ranch MX in the mountains of Anza California would run riders through the Cahuilla Tribal lands, through the trees and washes and host great racing as always.

The weekends events would start out Saturday with the Pee Wee Race. AJ Mrozic would continue where he left off at Round 1 taking the lead off the start and holding it all the way to the checkered flag. AJ would then sign up for his first ever Kids 1 race pitting his KTM 50 against the bigger and faster 65cc bikes and would still finish an amazing 2nd overall to Oneal MX’s Kyle Fike. 



In the Kids 2 race the 80cc bikes were all lined up and ready to do battle. AS Racing’s Dylan Delgado was a sure bet for the win as Round 1’s victor, Joey Shoeningh, had retired to the Mini Class and left the top spot wide open. Everyone was more then surprised to see that after lap 1 Cody Kurtz would go from dead last in the first few corners all the way to Delgado’s back door and was pushing to take the lead. Half way though the second lap Kurtz would make the move by literally jumping over Delgado. After the 8 lap race Kurtz was only able to put 19 seconds on second but that was good enough for the victory and the points lead!

The first day of competition would end with a bang and the 2nd race in the hugely popular team race series. Off the start the AS Racing Team would try to get the holeshot again but wouldn’t be as lucky with the Purvinces Racing Team getting the wheel on them just before the first corner. The Purvines Duo of Nick Burson and Justin Morrow would run away with the victory again aboard the KX 450f with the Kudla Racing Team of Ryan Kudla aboard his 3 Brothers Racing KTM 300 and Michael Allen aboard his trusty YZ 125. The AS Racing Team of Junior Delgado, Cody Sides and Austin Keys would round out the top 3 on the CRF 450x in the 2 hour long event. 


The most notable part of the Team Race series was not only that it brought together close to 15 Family Teams but it also brought lots of riders back into racing. Butch Moore and Julian Guerra came out of retirement and posted some very fast times taking 4th overall and 1st 40+ A/B team. 



Sunday’s events would be equally exciting with Pro Quad Racer Kyle Gross taking the early lead in Race 1 from the second row. He would be followed closely by fellow Quad Champion Frankie Esquivel who is a top candidate for most improved rider of the 2012 season already. Fly Racing’s John Sides would put in another great ride to take 3rd overall and 1st Senior 2 even after stalling his bike in the first corner and having to catch up from over 30 seconds behind the entire pack.

Race 2 would feature more great racing with the addition of the Vet Pro class. Off the Start, and into the unique Pro Start section, it looked as though Burson would once again run away with the easy win but once the riders dropped into the technical ravine Morrow would make his move and take the early lead. Out on the course Burson would take the lead back but would never pull more then 30 seconds at a time on his team mate. Kudla would take over the 3rd spot and just ride hard all the way to the finish to maintain the position. Revelle Harrison aboard his 3 Brothers Husquvarna 510 would take the 4th overall spot and the first ever Vet Pro win.


The hardest racing on the course would be for 5th Overall between Open Experts AS Racing’s Junior Delgado and Thousand Oaks Yamaha’s Austin Keys. The two would stay nose to tail the entire event and on the 5th lap Keys would make his move and put a little gap on Delgado. At one point Keys was running as fast as the Pros to keep his lead. Out in the back section however luck would not be on his side. 


“I felt really good out there and was in a great rhythm..” said Keys “then I was coming up on a lapper and he looked back to get out of the way and ended up pushing me off the course and I stalled letting Junior back by... Then in Juniors dist I hit a downed rider and went over the bars and just lost all my momentum.”

At the finish Delgado would have a comfortable lead and actually make the pass on Vet Pro Kevin Murphy for 5th overall just a ¼ mile from the finish.




Get Ready for Round 3 and the Extension of the Team Race Series into the Desert May 26th-27th in Red Mountain!

OVERALL RACE 2: 1. Nick Burson (KAW); 2. Justin Morrow (KAW); 3. Ryan Kudla (KTM); 4. Revelle Harrison (HUS); 5. Andrew Jr. Delgado (HON); 6. Kevin Murphy (KTM); 7. Austin Keys (YAM); 8. Jeff Harper (YAM); 9. Taylor Stevens (HON); 10. Sammy Bangert (KTM); 11. Nick Matthews (YAM); 12. Bradley Frame (KAW); 13. Cole Huntzinger (HON); 14. Danny Vasquez (YAM); 15. Kyle Moore (HON); 16. Steven Lazar (HON); 17. Eric Winslow (HON); 18. Quinn Sharp (KTM); 19. Mike Mcgregor (KTM); 20. Quinn Harrison (HON);

OVERALL RACE 1: 1. Kyle Grosse (HON); 2. Frankie Esquivel (HON); 3. John Sides (HON); 4. Greg Johnston (HON); 5. Jeremy Boggs (); 6. Travis Azure (SUZ); 7. Evan Zellmer (HON); 8. Connor Hisgen (HON); 8. Connor Hisgen (HON); 9. David Allen (SUZ); 10. Tim Rohan (KTM); 11. Andrew Stalnaker (HON); 12. Aleksey Verrhoturov (HON); 13. Dennis Glass (HON); 14. Daniel Seagondollar (KTM); 15. Leo Hundtoft (YAM); 16. James Ransdell (KTM); 17. Trevor Van Patten (KTM); 18. Chad Fries (YAM); 19. Austin Smith (HON); 20. Ryan Lazar (HON);



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