Daryl Rath wins both Pro Class and the 25+ Class piloting his new Polaris Outlaw 525 for the first time.
One week after Daryl Rath showed his skills on a utility 4x4, he decided to put his sport quad Supermoto skills to the test. Daryl Rath made the long haul from Minnesota to participate and support this event for the third year. Daryl had reached an agreement with Polaris just a few weeks prior to build a bike and compete. While the Supermoto Pro Class rules are unique allowing open displacement the agreement with Polaris to run the Outlaw 525S helped level the playing field. Rath and his crew worked all weekend to fine-tune his new Baldwin Motorsports powered Polaris Outlaw 525. With a thanks to a CT Racing exhaust personally delivered by Alan Knowles late Saturday and a custom intake from Home Depot (patent pending) the Rath crew was able to put the power to the Duro Tires.
The 25+ class seems to be the "warm-up" for quite a few of the Pros like Jason Anderson, Nic Granlund and Daryl Rath. Anderson and Granlund had decent starting positions for the 29 rider heat race while Rath had last pick and started in the back. Supermoto start rules are quite different then other forms of racing- while a full gate in MX is twenty riders wide- Supermoto grids are often four riders wide and up to ten rows deep. Granlund pulled the holeshot checked out from the rest of the field running a flawless race, while Rath had to work hard to fight through the field. By the end of the 6 lap heat race, Rath had made it to 4th place and insured himself of a front row start for the main event. In Sundays main event, Rath grabbed the holeshot with Granlund right behind. Rath showing the veteran that he is lead from green to checkers.
There were 22 Pros battling it out this weekend. Heat 1 Frank Batista (Honda/Sparks) made his way to the front early and seemed to be on his way to a heat race win until a slight bobble in the whoops opened the door for Daryl Rath and Shawn Bigham (YamahaYFZ). Bigham and Batista battled it out for a few laps until Batista made a pass coming off the dirt. Meanwhile, Rath built a nice size lead and went on to win Heat 1 with Batisita in second and Bigham rounding out the top three. Heat 2 started with a bang when Kenny Pacheco took the holeshot and jumped out to an early lead on his DASA powered LT-R450. Landon Hurst made a nice transition from MX to Supermoto as he moved his way through the group and passed Pacheco for the lead, on his way to his first Supermoto heat race win. Pacheco finished second and secured a front row start for the main event. Nic Granlund got tangled with a rider causing a wreck that knocked him out of the heat race forcing him to the back of the main.
In the main event Daryl Rath took the holeshot and immediately pulled away from the crowd while the rest of the top 5 battled it out for position. Batista found himself in 2nd place in a battle with Hurst. Hurst passed Batista coming out of the dirt and they made their way through the fast and technical road section. Hurst slipped up in the marbles sending him into the bails knocking him out of the main and almost collecting Batista in the process. Nic Granlund was working his way through traffic and setting his sites on Batista. On lap 9 Batista's lost his seat was making things even more difficult on this demanding course. Granlund and Batista battled for a few laps until Granlund made the pass on Batista just before the white flag. Rath cruised to the main event win with an impressive 23 second lead, followed by Granlund and Batista. Kenny Pacheco held on to a top 5 finish ..
As Daryl Rath took the checkers, tossed his goggles it is appearant his 40th birthday next week will not be slowing him down anytime soon.
Special thanks to : Polaris Ind. – Baldwin Motorsports –XStream Composites – Fox Shox - CT Racing – Duro Tires – Douglas Wheel –Fly Racing – Rath Racing – Precision Dampners Scott Goggles – Hinson – PEP – Faast Handlebars – Quad Tech – Maxima Oil
Personal Thanks to : David Jubie – Brad Loomis – Scott Woodhouse – Rory Beckman – Joe Duncan