all, he was the only rider with an AMA Supercross win on
his resume (and he did that on a YZ250 two-stroke too).
In the first moto, it was quite clear that youth is a good
thing. Jones came off the line poorly and had to cut
through the track. Eventually, he caught up to Collier, had
a brief skirmish, then pulled away. Young Colton Udall
also moved up to second place, leaving somewhat-young
Collier in third and not-at-all-young Dubach in sixth. Age
had its revenge in moto two, however, when Jones suffered a last-lap ignition failure (while leading), Udall fell,
and Dubach came up to second place behind Collier.
Overall, Collier was the winner again, Udall was second,
Dubach was third and Jones had to leave empty-handed.
For more on the bikes of the L.A. Sleeve Pro class,
check out the stories on the Bonanza Plumbing KTM that
Jones rode and Collier’s FMF Yamaha in this issue. For
more complete results, go to www.glenhelen.com. o
If you want to go into the politics, economics and conspiracy theories that might or might not explain the disappearance of two-strokes in mainstream racing, there are
Internet chat rooms and bulletin boards that can give you
your angry-mob fix. Glen Helen was more about racing.
THE PRO LINE
There’s no doubt that the average age of the racers was
a little higher than at your typical weekend event, but the
Pro class had its share of young guns competing for the
L.A. Sleeve purse. The pack was headlined by last year’s
winner Sean Collier on the same FMF Yamaha that he rode
before. Then there was young Justin Jones on a freshly
built Bonanza Plumbing KTM 300SX. As if to counter his
age, Doug Dubach showed up just a few months after celebrating his 50th birthday, riding a DR.D YZ250. His age
Justin Jones did what it took to win, but fate had other plans.
Brad Navditt went 5-3 on the most popular non-current bike in
the Pro race: a Honda CR250R.
Colton Udall tries to
pass Doug Dubach.
“Tries” is the key