On Lap 11 Kenny Coolbeth Jr. made a pass on Jake Johnson and led for the remaining half of the race at the Minneapolis Mile.
After a 13-year stint away from Canterbury Park, the 2010 Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com revisited the Minnesota Mile. Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s Kenny Coolbeth took a well-earned victory in Round 15 ahead of Zanotti Racing’s by more than three seconds. The podium was rounded out by Rogers Lake Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson’s Jared Mees, who finished more than 7.5 seconds adrift of Coolbeth.
Coolbeth started the event far back in the field, and managed to work his way through the pack to close in on his rivals.
“We really needed this, we’ve been so close,” said Coolbeth. “When I passed Jared (Mees), I signaled him to get in line so we could run down the leaders, but it didn’t work out. The next thing I knew I was passing (Matt) Weidman and closing on Jake (Johnson). I was following Jake and he started to use my line and I almost hit him, but then I was able to get by and then it was just clear sailing, just had to stay consistent. It was hard to see that outside berm and you had to be real careful not to get in too hot.”
Johnson initially had the holeshot at the beginning of the event, and soon afterward became involved in a struggle with Greg Crow Racing/White’s Harley-Davidson’s Matt Weidman for the lead. Meanwhile, Coolbeth was gradually making his way up and eyeing the pair as they separated themselves from the pack. Once Coolbeth made it into second he wasted very little time tracking the leader down. By Lap 11, he had taken over the lead from Johnson and never looked back.
Further back Weidman allowed Mees to take over third-place on Lap 13. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Bryan Smith and Lancaster Harley-Davidson’s Chris Carr then smelled blood in the water, and took advantage of Mees’ pass begin pressuring the #42 bike.
Despite having mechanical problems earlier in the night, KK Motorcycle Supply/Mike & Eddie Adkins’ Henry Wiles was a man on a mission in the main, and cut ahead of Weidman on Lap 22 to secure fourth-place at the finish line. Weidman took fifth 3.3 seconds behind, followed by Smith and Carr in fifth and sixth respectively.
Championship leader Joe Kopp was up front early in the contest, but scraped off his brake lever On Lap 2 and had to ride the remaining race with no brakes. His night ended, however, when his chain broke while in a battle for eighth-place.
2010 AMA Flat Track Minneapolis Mile Results:
1. Kenny Coolbeth (Harely-Davidson)
2. Jake Johnson (Harely-Davidson)
3. Jared Mees (Harely-Davidson)
4. Henry Wiles (Harely-Davidson)
5. Matt Weidman (Harely-Davidson)
6. Bryan Smith (Kawasaki)
7. Chris Carr (Harely-Davidson)
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Bryan Smith began pressuring Matt Weidman in the final half of the race for fourth-place but was never able to advance.
8. Johnny Lewis (Kawasaki)
9. Shawn Baer (Triumph)
10. Jethro Halbert (Harely-Davidson)
11. Luke Gough (Harely-Davidson)
12. Jeremy Higgins (KTM)
13. Nichole Cheza (Harely-Davidson)
14. Mick Kirkness (Suzuki)
15. Dustin Crow (Harely-Davidson)
2010 AMA Grand National Twins Championship Points:
1. Jake Johnson, 167
2. Kenny Coolbeth, 153
3. Sammy Halbert, 147
4. Jared Mees, 146
5. Joe Kopp, 144
6. Chris Carr, 140
7. Bryan Smith, 125
8. Henry Wiles, 98
9. Matt Weidman, 73
10. Rob Pearson, 57
Carver took his fifth Pro Singles win of the season and is currently leading the championship by 27 points.
In the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles main the championship leader, Jeffery Carver, came away with his fifth victory of the ’10 season. Mack Daddy Racing’s Mike Avila finished just one second behind the leader. With his most recent win Carver now holds a 27-point lead over Rod Lake/Mike Velasco’s Brad Baker, who finished third at the Minneapolis Mile. Monster Energy Kawasaki/Werner-Springsteen Racing’s Chaz Springsteen took fourth while Priestley Racing’s Corey Crawford rounded out the top-five finishers.
Pro Singles Minneapolis Mile Results:
1. Jeffery Carver (Yamaha)
2. Mike Martin (Honda)
3. Brad Baker (Honda)
4. Chaz Springsteen (Kawasaki)
5. Corey Crawford (Honda)
6. Conner Anderson (Honda)
7. Gerit Callies (Honda)
8. Michael Toon (Honda)
9. William Cato (Honda)
10. Jake Cunningham (Suzuki)
11. Wyatt Maguire (Yamaha)
12. Kurtis Lee (Honda)
Pro Singles podium at Minnesota (from left to right): Brad Baker, Jeffery Carver Jr. and Michael Avila.
13. Justin Minnaert (Kawasaki)
14. Kevin Walter (KTM)
15. Adam Bushman (Honda)
2010 AMA Flat Track Pro Singles Championship Points:
1. Jeffery Carver, 278
2. Brad Baker, 251
3. Mike Avila, 182
4. James Rispoli, 160
5. (TIE) JD Beach, 118
6. Mike Martin, 118
7. (TIE) Chas Springsteen, 116
8. Mike LaBelle, 116
9. Michael Toon, 91
10. Jake Shoemaker, 90