Weston Peick. MotorSports.com. We’re not used to seeing #40 running up so close to the front, though the privateer has been battling bike issues instead of fellow riders for several races this season. He passed KTM’s Andrew Short and Yamaha-mounted Justin Brayton, to crack the top five, and was impressive. Win.LosersRyan Dungey. Red Bull KTM. Dungey was right in the mix on Saturday, riding aggressively and pressuring Stewart for half the race before finally getting around him to run in 4th. A lap later, Dungey got out of shape at the end of the first set of whoops, high sided and slammed into the berm. He was unable to continue due to a broken bike and had to retire for the night. This is the third race in a row off the box for Mr. Consistency, and the series is starting to get away from him. Loss.James Stewart. Yoshimura Suzuki. This is no way to follow up two second-place finishes in a row. Stewart’s season started out poorly with costly crashes in the first two races. He’s been moving forward since then, gathering 44 points in the last two races, trying to claw his way back into contention. Unfortunately, Stewart squandered his Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot, immediately getting passed by Reed, Roczen, and (gasp!) Alessi. After some sorting out, Stewart spent the next 11 laps in fourth place, being hounded by Dungey. Eventually, the newly aggressive Dungey put a hard pass on Stewart that left him picking up his RM-Z450 in 9th position, finishing the night with 7th place points. Loss.
Jimmy Albertson. MotorSport.com/Crossland Racing. Protip: The blue flag means you’re about to be lapped. Move out of the way! Didn’t Albertson hear the roar of the crowd as Reed and Roczen were closing in on the last few turns of the final lap? He didn’t yield to Reed or for Roczen as they tried to get by him with the race on the line. We don’t need 13th place finishers getting in the way, and possibly effecting, the outcome. Loss.Photography by Don Williams