Destry’s Mesquite Offroad Weekend!
There was a great mix of MX to Endurocross sections in the day race!
There was a great mix of MX to Endurocross sections in the day race! The Mesquite Offroad Race has a great reputation and I was really excited to have the opportunity to add it to my 2014 schedule! I’m definitely glad I didn’t miss it this year and was super excited with my performance over the weekend!
It’s really a unique event that combines multiple genres of racing with Endurocross, MX, GP, and even freestyle ramps thrown in. I signed up for the Vet Pro Class (since I’m one of the old guys and it had a nice purse), in addition to the regular stacked pro class!
During the day racing we ran a GP style course that was pretty sandy and reminded me of the Lake Havasu WORCS race with some cool MX and Endurocross sections. The Vet Pro race went really well and I was able to win both Motos (20-minutes plus a lap) with Kurt Nicoll finishing 2nd.
For the regular Pro race I knew I was going to have to be on my A game! It was a dead engine start and I usually kill those! The key word there is usually! When the flag dropped it took me 8 to 10 kicks to get my bike started! Definitely not the start I wanted. When I finally got going I saw there was one other guy still kicking which meant I had around 25 Pros to pass! I hammered down right off the bat and was making some great passes, but there was one part of the track that was pretty silty and that was where I really struggled making up time. After the first lap I believe I was in 14th. When the checkered flag came out I was really pumped to make it up to 5th and knew if I had a better start I could’ve been right there!
By the time the second Pro moto started the track was getting really beat, which I figured would help me out even more! I just needed a good start, but I wasn’t too confident about it after the first race! I was having a few small issues with my 450 which had sucked a lot of dirt earlier, and the bike didn’t have much compression! So of course when they dropped the flag it didn’t start again and by the time it did I was dead last!
It was time to put my head down and see what I could do! Luckily I saw a few of the other top guys had some bad starts and just got behind them and hammered away! I definitely had some better lines than most of the guys as they were just slamming the whoops! The DA8 Training has definitely been paying off on my line choices. 😉 Halfway into the 20-minute plus a lap race, I was already in 5th and then was able to get by a couple guys the next lap.
Before I knew it I was in second and closing in on Dietrich! With two laps to go I was within a few seconds, but the silt section was killing me to try and stay right on him! I had a close call in the silt and had to back off a little for the finish! Ricky was riding really well, and I ended up finishing a few seconds behind him which gave me second in the moto and second overall for the Pro race!
4Results (Pro Race) Top 10:
1st Gary Sutherlin (DA8 Rider)
2nd Destry Abbott (DA8 Owner)
3rd Coltan Haaker
4th Ty Tremaine
5th Ricky Dietrich
6th Cody Webb
7th Max Gerston
8th Dave Broderick (DA8 Rider)
9th Kyle Tichenor
10th Colby Sorenson