Jacob Hayes (#573) scored wins in multiple classes and claimed the 450 Pro Stock Championship for Kawasaki.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green assembled in Mesquite, Nev., to compete in the 40th annual NMA World Mini GP, the longest running amateur national on the circuit. The desert weather in Mesquite was less than accommodating to the riders as the week of racing got started. On Wednesday, winds gusted up to 50 mph throughout the day, throwing everyone off their lines. By Thursday, the winds had subsided and the racers enjoyed warm weather for the remainder of the event. From blue-groove to loamy and loose, Team Green’s riders had to adapt quickly to the ever-changing track conditions. After five days of intense racing, Team Green succeeded in riding away with nine championships, 14 runner-up spots, and five third-place finishes.
Putting it Together
Jacob Hayes is one of the fastest riders on any track when he climbs aboard his Kawasaki KX450F or his KX250F. He picked up a number of wins, in several classes, and by the end of the week Hayes had secured the 450 Pro Stock championship on his KX450F and two runner-up positions on his KX250F.
“Mesquite is a pretty rough and gnarly track,” said Hayes. “Winning the 450 Stock Pro championship title felt good, because I had to really work for it. It just took good starts and smart riding, because that track was really slick. In the first moto I got out front early and kept it on two-wheels until the finish. In the second moto I got off to a second-place start, but the leader went down so I just tried to pace myself and ride smart to take the win. Everyone out here definitely made me work for that championship. Now I have to train super hard so I can go out to Mammoth and dominate.”
Colt Nichols: “The first day the wind was pretty horrible. When I hit jumps it would push me from one side of the track to the other. I had to take that into account before I hit the jumps and made it work. Other than the first day, the weather turned out pretty good the rest of the week. In the 450 Modified main event, I grabbed the holeshot, and led wire-to-wire for the win.”
Colt Nichols has been putting together great rides on his KX450F. Since the GNC Finals he has continued to get faster and faster. In Mesquite he put his KX450F to work, flying off the starting gate and getting out front early. Once out front, Nichols rode with determination and never backed off the throttle until the checkered flag dropped.
“The track was really good, I liked it a lot,” said Nichols. “I got some good starts and put myself in a position to win early. My KX450F was running great, it really got me to the front of the pack fast. The first day the wind was pretty horrible. When I hit jumps it would push me from one side of the track to the other. I had to take that into account before I hit the jumps and made it work. Other than the first day, the weather turned out pretty good the rest of the week. In the 450 Modified main event, I grabbed the holeshot, and led wire-to-wire for the win. I really had a lot of fun out there.”
Chase Bell is a consistent rider who knows what it takes to win. Since the beginning of the year he has grabbed several championships at several different amateur national events around the nation. No matter where he rides, he has the skill to adapt quickly and win. In Mesquite he dominated the Supermini Thru 13 class, walking away with the championship. He also landed runner-up spots in the 85/150 Stock 12-13 and Supermini Thru 16 classes.
Chase Bell grabbed the championship in the Supermini Thru 13 class and took second in the 85/150 stock 12-13 and Supermini Thru 16 divisions.
“It was pretty hot out there, I was just trying to stay cool most of the time,” said Bell. “That track is pretty rough and hard-packed. I prefer a track like Mill Creek MX in Alabama, the dirt is better out there, but I was still able to pull it off in Mesquite. In the Supermini Thru 13 class I was getting some pretty good starts. In the main event I got the holeshot and just pulled away. I saw that second-place was 15 seconds behind me so I just rode smooth until I crossed the finish line. My KX™100 is running awesome, its really got a lot of bottom end. Now I’m back to training and getting ready to do it again in Mammoth.”
Mark Worth had a great week in Mesquite, Nev. He was excited after winning the 85/150 Modified 12-13 class. His steady riding also netted runner-up spots in the Supermini Thru 13 and 85/150 Open Thru 16 classes. Over the course of the week he put together some great races, grabbing several podium finishes before the week came to a close.
“The 85/150 Mod main event was one of the greatest motos I’ve ever ridden,” said Worth. “I grabbed the holeshot and led until the finish. The track was slick in some spots, so I tried to ride smooth and keep it on two-wheels so I could come out with the championship. I grew up riding in Arizona and the dirt in Mesquite was similar to the tracks I ride at home, so I felt really confident. I just rode smart all week and had some great races. Overall it was a really great event, I am super pumped.”
Fighting the Elements
Tanner Stack: “In the 85 Stock moto main I got a pretty good start, was riding right behind the leader and then he pulled off the track. Once I got around him I just rode smart and took the win.”
Tanner Stack put his KX85 to work at the World Mini GP. On the first day of motos, the wind did its best to push him off the track, but he fought back and won. He was able to adapt to the harsh elements and finished the week on top of the podium. Stack took home the championship in the 85 Stock Thru 11 class and a runner-up spot in the 85 Modified Thru 11 class.
“I felt really good out there,” said Tanner. “I thought the track was good, but it was a little bit more difficult than the track at Oak Hill. The first day the wind was blowing us around a lot. I went off of one tabletop jump with five other guys and the wind suddenly blew really hard. Everyone was blown off the jump but me. In the 85 Stock moto main I got a pretty good start, was riding right behind the leader and then he pulled off the track. Once I got around him I just rode smart and took the win. I really like my KX85, it has a lot of pull and goes really fast.”
Since the beginning of the year, Brandy Richards has proven herself to be unstoppable in the WORCS series, winning four consecutive races. She came out to Mesquite directly from scoring her third win at the WORCS in Lake Havasu City. She started off the World Mini GP on the right foot, winning the first women’s moto of the week. Proving she has what it takes to win anywhere, she took home the championship in the 65-85 Girls 2-Stroke class and third in the 125-250 Women Non-pro class.
“The track was real nice at the beginning of the week,” said Richards. “The dirt started out soft and rutted but got pretty hard-packed by the end of the week. I liked the Mesquite track a lot, because I like riding in the ruts. The first moto in the 65-85 2-stroke class I started out in second, but was able to make a pass on the lead, and after that I checked out. In the second moto I got the holeshot and just tried to ride smart and not go down. I ended up gapping the field and taking the championship. Now I’m getting ready to head out to the WORCS race in Idaho.”
Big Things Come in Small Packages
Nwest member of the Team Green squad, Stilez Robertson, dominated the 65cc classes in both stock and modified.
The newest addition to Team Green, Stilez Robertson, came out to Mesquite and proved he has what it takes to win. He grabbed more wins than anyone else over the course of the week, completely dominating the 65cc classes. Robertson won championships in both the 65 Jr. Cycle Stock 6-8 and 65 Jr. Cycle Modified 6-8 classes aboard his KX™65.
“The track was really slick,” said Robertson. “I had to work hard to win, but it was worth it. I got some good starts and kept it on two-wheels most of the time. My KX65 goes really fast, I like it a lot. Now I’m going back to school and I’m going to practice really hard until Mammoth.”
Success in the Desert
Once the wind died down and the dust settled in Mesquite, Nev., Team Green riders had emerged with numerous trophies. With his team landing on the podium 28 times throughout the week, Team Green Supervisor Ryan Holliday left the event in high spirits.
“The event was a success because everybody rode really well and left healthy,” said Holliday. “All of our riders had great finishes, winning at least a moto or championship, which was very encouraging. I was happy that everyone rode to their potential. The track in Mesquite was very dry and hard packed. The team adapted really well to the heat and changing weather conditions. Under the Team Green tent was not too busy, it was business as usual, and we had time to meet a lot of new people. It’s good when it’s slow because it means our bikes are out on the track performing. We managed to win on every size bike, from 65cc all the way to 450cc, which shows that all of the different Kawasaki bikes are performing well and we have a great team.”
Headed Up the Mountain
After a successful week in Nevada, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green packs up and heads into the Sierra Nevada mountain range to compete at the next amateur national event in June. The Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., should prove exciting as these talented young riders look to continue their winning streak as they push westward across the nation.
2011 World Mini GP Mesquite, Nevada Results:
Stilez Robertson- 65 Jr. Cycle Stock 6-8
Stilez Robertson- 65 Jr. Cycle Modified 6-8
Brandy Richards- 65-85 Girls 2 Stroke
Tanner Stack- 85 Stock Thru 11
Buddy Wentworth- 85/150 Stock 12-13
Mark Worth- 85/150 Modified 12-13
Chase Bell- 112 Supermini Thru 13
Colt Nichols- 450 Modified Intermediate
Jacob Hayes- 450 Stock Pro
Mark Worth added to Kawasaki’s accolades by winning the 85/150 Modified 12-13 class and taking runner-up in the Supermini Thru 13 and 85/150 Open Thru 16 divisions.
Cody Eaton- 85 Stock Thru 11
Chase Bell- 85/150 Stock 12-13
Chase Bell– 112 Supermini Thru 16
Tanner Stack- 85 Modified Thru 11
Buddy Wentworth- 85/150 Modified 12-13
Darian Sanayei- 85/150 Stock 14-16
Darian Sanayei- 85/150 Modified 14-16
Mark Worth- 85/150 Open Thru 16
Mark Worth- 112 Supermini Thru 13
Justin Hill- 125/250 Schoolboy Thru 17 Open
Justin Hill- 250 4-Stroke Non-Pro
Jacob Hayes- 250 Stock Pro
Jacob Hayes- 250 Modified Pro
Branden Brown- 450 Stock Novice
Blake Green- 112 Supermini Thru 13
Brandy Richards- 125-250 Women Non-Pro
Jeffrey Lewis- 250/450 College Stock 18-25 Non-Pro
Branden Brown- 450 Modified Novice
Justin Hill- 450 4-Stroke Non-Pro