U.S. Open Four-Stroke MX Race Preview

Cycle News Staff | October 6, 2000

In addition to the $20,000 purse for the White Brothers four-stroke race at the U.S. Open, entrants will now be competing for a Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays Hawaiian vacation, which will go to the overall winner.

“We are very excited about Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays’ participation and the Hawaiian Vacation bonus they have contributed,” explained Tom White, President of White Brothers. “This will really increase the incentive of the riders to go for the overall win. And with the $5,000 first-place purse, this should be one heck of a race!”

The Pleasant Hawaiian package includes airfare to and from Maui, five days accommodations and a rental car.

The line-up for this year’s event is a who’s who in four-stroke racing. Last year’s winner, Keith Johnson, returns to defend his title on a KTM. He will have his hands full, though, with the likes of Doug Dubach and Spud Walters. KTM’s Kelly Smith, who just clinched the East Coast AMA Four-stroke series and Yamaha’s Craig Decker, newly crowned AMA Western Four-stroke Champion, both have plans to walk away $5,000 richer. Cannondale Motorcycles will make its stadium-motocross debut with two entries, Jeff Gibson and Keith Johnson. And to top it all off, “The Beast from the East,” Damon Bradshaw, is coming out of retirement to compete at the second annual White Brothers Four-Stroke event.

The rest of the field will include Lance Smail, Nathan Woods and Donald Upton (who finished third, fourth and fifth respectfully last year), as well as Jimmy Lamastus, Dustin Nelson and Ted Campbell. Newcomers Robbie Skaggs, aboard a 426F Yamaha, and Andy Harrington, on a KTM 520, are both capable of podium finishes.