AMA KENDA BIG SKY NATIONAL
BAKKEN IS BACK Obermeyer Yamaha pilot Brad Bakken stayed well into the lead pack and capitalized on Jordan Ashburn’s mechanical late in the race to take second overall. CHARLES IN CHARGE Charlie Mullins, a KTM factory rider and a GNCC and national enduro-based racer, made the trek to Montana to compete for the $10,000 purse and pulled off the victory in fairly rugged condi- tions at the 2013 AMA Kenda Big Sky Off-Road National Championship presented by Klim held at the Big Sky Ski Resort in Big Sky, Montana.
ASHBURN ON THE PODIUM Team Am Pro Yamaha rider Jordan Ashburn held second place for the majority of the sec- ond half, only to flat on the last lap, which pushed him back to third. DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Making the trek to Montana’s thin air was Washington’s Ricky Russell, who raced strong, but he gassed out physically, letting Ashburn and Bakken by late in the event. Still, fourth overall proved to be a good payday for Ricky. RORY ROARS ISDE and GNCC racer Rory Sullivan put in a late charge to saw off WORCS champ Taylor Robert for fifth. Robert noted that his bike felt stiff enough to race Supercross but not to absorb the millions of rocks that Big Sky is known for.
ALL ON THE TRACK We applaud Josh Grant for his effort during moto one at the Lake Elsinore National. He was fast and gave it all he had, finishing with a strong second place. Next year, with a healthy and in- shape Josh Grant, could be very interesting. WHERE IS EVERYONE? With both championships wrapped up, record- high August temperatures and a track with hard- ly any relief from the Southern California sun, it’s safe to say people stayed away from this year’s final round of the Lucas Oil Nationals. COOL DOWN Blake Baggett is one of the riders who excels in hot conditions, but the final round of this year’s Lucas Oil Outdoor Nationals was even a little warm for him.
Photos by Ryan Brehob