Blayne Thompson Gets Back In The Game With State Line Big 6 GP Win
Conditions at round five of the AMA District 37/Maxxis Big 6 Grand Prix Series couldn’t have been more different than they were a year ago.
Last year’s race at Primm, Nevada, hosted by the Shamrocks Motorcycle Club saw the normally dry desert on the California-Nevada border get drenched with an unexpected storm.
This year, the State Line Grand Prix turned ugly with horrendous winds rivaling a Middle East sandstorm that negated all the work (and water) the club put into the somewhat shorter course.
Even an hour delay to run water trucks before the 90-minute $2000 AMA Big 6 West Coast Grand Prix (WCGP) Series feature race provided scant relief, the winds evaporating things almost instantly.
Faced with this, Fasthouse Honda CRF450R rider Blayne Thompson knew that a good start would be even more crucial than usual if he wanted to get back in the game after three lackluster rounds. The round-one winner explained, “I just told myself like at the Adelanto Grand Prix that we needed to come out here and win and catch up on points. Yeah, we had bad luck in the last two rounds.”
He continued, “We had a good start and I knew the dust would be a factor with everybody so that’s what I focused on, was a good start.
“Me and [Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/Precision Concepts Kawasaki’s] Justin Seeds got out front early. I don’t know when he fell back a little bit, but we got up front and got out of the dust so it helped us a lot.”
After leading most of the way, Thompson ended up with a 20-second lead over Ox Motorsports Honda’s Zach Bell, the winner of rounds two and three nonetheless retaining the points lead on his CRF450R with 124, Thompson’s triumph propelling him from fifth to third at 91, unofficially.
Round-four winner and reigning series champ Eric Yorba was also in the mix on his Maxxis/FMF/RPM Racing KTM 450 XC-F, finishing third and remains fourth in points with 83, one ahead of fourth-place finisher Seeds, unofficially.
Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda’s Trevor Stewart had an off weekend, riding to a solitary fifth, but he remains second in points at 105, unofficially.
In the WCGP Pro II category, Maxxis/FMF/RPM Racing KTM rider Dante Oliveira made a winning debut and placed 10th overall, just five seconds ahead of CST KTM 250 XC-mounted Mitch Anderson. Clay Hengeveld took his Northland Motorsports KX250 to third in class and 12th overall.
That puts Anderson just ahead of CST teammate and fourth-place finisher Beau Baron at the top of the points, 113-112, unofficially.