Yamaha/QuadX August 16, 2014 | San Bernadino, CA Results

The Nelson Report
Round 7 - 8/23/14
Glen Helen Raceway
Devore, CA

Round 7 of the 2014 Yamaha QuadX Series took place at Glen Helen Raceway. The track layout was exactly the same as our race here last month. Conditions were good with lower than usual temperatures and no wind. I came into this round only 2 days after a big crash while testing YZ’s and had to deal with the effects of a concussion and very sore shoulder. My plan was to keep it mellow, and see what I could do once the gate dropped.

Moto 1: I had a great jump off a freshly poured, very “grippy” concrete starting pad and my #94 YFZ-R pulled hard all the way through 5th gear as I narrowly edged out Beau Baron for the lead entering the Talladega first turn. So much for keeping it mellow; I knew I didn’t have the speed of Baron but I’ve never given up a lead without a fight and today would be no different. After 2 laps of pressure, Baron made the pass out of the final corner and down the finish straight. Once in the lead Baron pulled away at a steady pace and 3rd placed Garrin Fuller kept me honest for about half the moto before having issues and dropping back. We crossed the finish line spread out but in the same positions.

Moto 2: Baron had me all the way from the drop of the gate this time and had a comfortable, one bike length lead as we went through turn one. The rougher track was tough on me and I struggled to hit my lines with consistency, but worked hard to stay in 2nd ahead of Fuller, who was riding well and kept the pressure on for the first half of the moto. At the halfway point Baron had a 6 second gap on me and Fuller started having tranny issues. In the final laps I backed my pace down a bit to conserve my mind and body as much as possible. When the checkers flew it was Baron with the win, myself in 2nd and Fuller third.

Round 7 of the 2014 Yamaha Quad X series was a survival day for me, I’m happy to put it behind me and look forward to being able to push hard for a win at the final round. The Championship is now ours – with one round remaining my points lead is insurmountable. It’s been a great season and though I wish there was more consistent competition, I take pride in giving Yamaha and our sponsors our 6th QuadX title.

 Pro 265-450
 1 Beau Baron   
 2 Dustin Nelson - YAM   
 3 Garrin  Fuller   
 1  Dustin Nelson - YAM 166 
 2  Tanner Gemperle - YAM 62 
 3  David Haagsma 50 

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