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Yamaha/QuadX June 15, 2014 | Anza, CA Results

The Nelson Report
Round 5 - 7/7/13
Glen Helen Raceway
Devore, CA

Round 5 of the 2013 Yamaha Quad X Series was held at Glen Helen Raceway. With a short turn around between races, riders and mechanics were challenged with recovering from the heat of last weekend and coming prepared for battle at the series’ home track. Riders were also met with a different than normal weekend schedule as there was a race scheduled for the main track on Saturday, when most riders show up and have an open practice day. Many of us entered the CMC Summer Series on Saturday for a little extra track time.

Moto 1: I jumped out of the gate with a half-bike length on everyone but was 3rd by the first turn with Joe Byrd pushing Davi Haagsma wide for the holeshot. I tucked inside and followed Byrd thru turn one and was able to also sneak inside of Haagsma for the 2nd spot. As we started lap two I jumped the step-down after Talladega and slid too hard into the inside line, popping me up and over the berm. I was stuck straddling the tall, soft, berm and could not power out of it. I was forced to get off and lift my YFZ450R off the berm, dropping me to 9th. Out front the battle for the lead was intense with Byrd now leading Haagsma with Beau Baron in tow. Haagsma made a big mistake coming down Mt. St. Helens and cartwheeled past the tight left turn at the bottom; he rejoined the race in 9th. Byrd and Baron battled hard all the way to the finish with Byrd taking the win, followed by Baron, Josh Row with a strong ride for 3rd, Tanner Gemperle 4th and Dylan Dixon 5th. I could only make my way back to 7th after my issues.

Moto 2: Haagsma grabbed the holeshot followed closely by Byrd and Baron. I did not get a good start and rounded turn one in 5th behind Row. As the pack stacked up entering turn three I made the pass on Row for 4th, then in the next corner Baron made an aggressive pass on Byrd for 2nd. Byrd must have had a face full of roost because he checked up early down the first hill and I made the pass around the outside. Lots of action on the first lap as just before the finish I over jumped a table top and framed a G-out. The impact knocked my left hand off the bars and caused me to miss the rear brake with my right foot. Missing the brake sent me launching off the next hill where there was a tight right hand u-turn waiting for me. I lost the 3rd spot to Byrd in my off-track excursion and rejoined the pack in 4th just ahead of Row. All the action was on lap one as the positions up front held for the rest of the moto. At the finish it was Haagsma with the win, followed by Baron, Byrd, me and Row.

Round 5 of the 2013 Yamaha Quad X series did not go the way we wanted. I struggled badly with bike set up and getting out-powered on the starts. We have a two month break before round six so it’s time to get to work so we can come back and win some to finish out the year.

 Pro 265-450
 1 Beau Baron   
 2 Joe Byrd   
 3 Josh Row - YAM   
 4 David Haagsma   
 5 Dustin Nelson - YAM   
 1  David Haagsma 116 
 2  Beau Baron 109 
 3  Dustin Nelson - YAM 105 
 4  Josh Row - YAM 91 
 5  Tanner Gemperle - YAM 88 

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