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2010 Catalina GP: CW Staff on Podium

Catalina GP News

Motorcycle racing returned to California’s Catalina Island after a 52-year hiatus when the Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix visited the island Dec. 3-5.

The popular Southern California vacation destination hosted thousands of racing fans and more than 800 competitors during the three-day event. Cycle World was there in force with Off-Road Editor Ryan Dudek and Associate Editor Mark Cernicky, both of whom raced to successful weekends.

Dudek clearly made his mark on Catalina, dominating both races he entered with flag-to-flag victories in Saturday’s Veteran Heavyweight A and Sunday’s +30 Pro events riding Cycle World’s KTM 350 SX-F testbike.

On Saturday, Dudek beat notables such as Baja racing legend Johnny Campbell, X Games gold medalist Ronnie Renner and Olympic alpine skier Daron Rahlves.

Ryan Dudek says: "I was a little nervous because I hadn’t raced in a while. But the starting procedure was a bit long, so by the time we were lined up I was relaxed and ready to go. I got a good start and was up front but running behind Renner and Campbell. Renner crashed early, and then I got by Campbell a few corners later and was by myself for the rest of the race."

Sunday’s Pro race was split into three starting waves for the three age groups: +18 Pro, +30 Pro and +40 Pro. Dudek dominated the +30 Pro category, leading across the stripe on every lap. At the checkered flag, it was Dudek over former factory motocross/Supercross racer David Pingree and Renner.

Ryan Dudek says: "I got the holeshot and then just tried to go as fast as I could on the first lap and get a gap. I started catching guys who started one minute ahead of me by the end of the first lap, so I knew that I had a good lead and just settled into a consistent pace."

Cernicky, meanwhile, took a second in Saturday’s Senior Lightweight B race behind winner Ed Paulsen and a fourth after leading then crashing and remounting in Sunday’s 45-rider 250cc B race. On Saturday, Cernicky led every lap-except for the one that counted.

Mark Cernicky says: "I was leading lap after lap Saturday but then made a huge mistake by letting a guy by on a two-stroke that I thought was lapping me. I turned my fastest lap on the last lap after realizing my mistake, but it was too late."

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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