Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Bryan Smith came to Pomona and did everything he could have done to win the Championship. He dominated on the track. No one came close, winning the final race of the year by a huge margin over Jake Johnson and Brad Baker. Yet, he came up short on his Championship bid and ended up three points shy of Jared Mees, who took the No.1 Plate by finishing 4th. After a long season filled with great victories and WTF moments, Bryan has got to be planning his 2015 season with some valuable lessons under his belt. What an effort by the whole Villa-Esparza,Crosley Radios, Howerton Racing Team. The Kawasaki proved ultra fast and reliable , good on all kinds of tracks and Bryan rode the wheels off it every time he threw his leg over it. The Mega Mile was testimony to Smiths skills and determination and Pomona was the exclamation point on their attack to dominate and grab the No.1 Plate in 2015.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Round 10 "The night before the National" So Cal Flat Track Assoc drew riders from all over the country and provided exciting racing throughout all the classes, from the Kids to the Pros. The afternoon was a pleasant 85F that turned into perfect racing conditions when the sun went down.There was a big turnout of Pros gunning for the $6000 purse and the Main was exciting with great racing even though it was dominated by Jeff Carver, National #23 on his Carver's BBQ Honda 450. For a guy who doesn't race Perris very often at all ,he showed the regulars ,with lots of experience on the little track,how to get around it with perfect lines and blazing speed. Nice job Jeff !, that was something to see. Kayl Kolkman held his own for second place with a very determined National No.1, Brad Baker hot on his heels in third. 4th Jimmy Wood, 5th Brandon Robinson,6th Mike Rush,7th Bugs Pearson,8th Justin Jones, 9th Scott Baker and 10th local hot shoe Nick Gil.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
No one could be more motivated to win the Pomona Half Mile National and the No.1 Plate than Bryan Smith. He has to be still smarting and remembering last seasons final race at Pomona where he went bar to bar with Brad Baker for 25 laps and came up a couple of bike lengths short, after what was an epic battle. The Villa-Esparza, Crosley, Howerton Kawasaki is remarkably strong on the Paperclip Pomona track. Long straights suit it well and the tight corners, not so much but, Smith throws it into those tight turns keeping his momentum up. Last year he battled Brad Baker on the The Dodge Bros Harley which was the class of the field by miles and Bryan was almost his equal. This year I don't think there is a Harley capable of keeping up with him. Zanotti Racing's Kenny Coolbeth Jr would be the most likely competitor but he suffers from injuries inflicted upon him at Calistoga. Jake could come alive on the Ramspur Winery Harley and Mees is leading the points and the most likely competitor. Baker surely wants to repeat last years result and is on a roll with some nice wins, Calistoga and Willow Springs. No one however ,in my opinion, has the will or the machine to match Smith. How the finishing points pan out through the top contenders is hard to tell. I have not seen all the possible combinations but, one thing for sure, it is going to be a fantastic end to an incredible season of Grand National Flat Track Racing.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Stevie Bonsey won his first Grand National at Calistoga and I'm sure he went back there recently, confident he could do it again. An early event high side left him with a severely broken collar bone and out of the Half Mile National. Bonsey is a charger. I like his style. He obviously gives it all he's got, all the time, every lap. If you are not picking yourself up out of the hay bales once in a while, you're not trying hard enough. Bonsey is being doctored up and with some tough determination, will be twisting the throttle on his Zanotti Racing/Classic Harley at the Pomona Final, racing for the win
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Three time AMA Grand National Champion was none too happy with Sammy Halbert after being slammed and knock off his Zanotti Harley in the Dash at the Calistoga Half Mile. Kenny was beat up and broken but got back on for the Main and persevered to an incredible 5th place. Hopefully his broken hand is good enough to win Pomona. He was rightfully pissed and claimed Halbert rides like an idiot and something needs to be done before he really hurts someone. When the most experienced rider in the field and three time No.1 voices his opinion, hopefully, someone, if not everybody is listening.