April 3rd brought the first race of the season for many riders this year. The AMA National Supermoto series held their first race of the season at Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, California with a fantastic turnout of pro and amature riders alike. If the rest of the season continues to be as exciting as this first race we will be in for one amazing season! By: Cameron Lee
Open Pro class
Off the start of the open pro class main, the number 27 of Dustin Hoffman pulled the hole shot with the number 1 of Gage Mcallister, defending 2014 AMA Open Pro champ, in the second positon. In the beginning laps of the open class, Dustin Hoffman dropped out of the top twenty due to a mishap on the first lap. Gage Mcallister who inherited the lead from the misfortune of # 27, then started to build a small lead over Joey Pascarella. Halfway through the main event, Mcallister had a demanding lead over second place rider, Micky Dymond. Mcallister then had to deal with getting around lapped riders.
Joey Pascarella was on a borrowed bike from national amateur rider, Steve Alkyer. Earlier that morning, Pascarella was over at Glen Helen for the two stroke nationals. Bike malfunctions resulted in a blown-up motor. Then decided to go to the supermoto national for the afternoon. The misfortune that happened at glen Helen had followed him and as a result had the same problems that he had at glen Helen of another blown-up motor. Taking him out of second place in the first half of the main to receive a DNF.
Micky Dymond who was applying great amount of pressure to Joey in the first half of the main, yielded Micky second so he could go to work on hunting down the number 1 of gage mcallister. Dymond started in on getting through lapped riders to finish second. Steve Drew got a mid-pack start and worked his way up through the pack to finish in third place behind Dymond.
It was a very impressive ride for the number 27 machine after Dustin dropped back outside the top twenty. Dustin put his head down, logged the fastest lap of the day to end up a respectable fifth behind Monte Frank.
The top five results for the race 1. Gage Mcallister 2. Micky Dymond 3. Steve Drew 4. Monte Frank 5. Dustin Hoffman
Gage Mcallister will be going into the second round in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with the red plate showing that he is the points leader.
Pro Lites ClassOff the start in the Pro lites class Nicky Reimer # 41 pulled a nice hole shot over the rest of the field. Eric Stump got a second place start behind #41. Chris Cooper got a top three start behind Stump.
The main battle in the Pro lites class was over the number three position. The battle consisted of Josh Jackson, Chris Cooper, and the European Randy Groravla.
The battle lasted the entire main. Josh Jackson #424 was passed on the second lap by #34 Chris cooper who took over the 3rd position for the time being. As the laps speed by, the number 34 rider dug deep to get past Jackson to reclaim 3rd position. In 5th place, aboard the #97 machine, Grocravla followed Cooper closely. Once Cooper got past Jackson to take over third place, Grocravla was not able to make a pass on Chris and wound up with a 5th place finish. Cooper pulled away from the battle between #424 Jackson and #97 Grocravla. Cooper kept up the attack, but was unable to catch the number 77 piloted by Stump.
Who was finding his mojo in the number two position? Stump was attacking the track and finding the fast lines, but was no match for Nicky Reimer. Reimer was on a level all his own, leading the race from start to finish all the while, putting down solid, smooth laps.
The top five results for the race
1. Nicky Reimer
2. Eric Stump
3. Chris Cooper
4. Josh Jackson
5. Randy Grocravla
Nicky Reimer will be going into the second round in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with the red plate showing that he is the point’s leader.
Story and Photos By: Cameron Lee