Chris Alldredge claimed a hard-fought win in the Open Pro Sport final at Mammoth. Photography by Kit Palmer
The focus changed to the big bikes today at the Mammoth Motocross with the Open, Schoolboy 1 & 2, 25+ and Women 12+ taking to the track, and the highlight of the day was arguably in the Open Pro Sport class, where Team Green Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge came away with the big win after a paint-swapping battle with Honda rider Jordon Smith.
Alldredge and Scott Champion when into the final with wins in their respective qualifiers, but when it came to the deciding final-moto showdown, it was Alldredge and Smith going at it for the number-one Bear trophy.
Smith was the early leader in the 10-lap final and looked strong for the first half of the race, leading Alldredge by a small margin. In the second half of the race, however, Alldredge turned it up a notch or two and the riders battled back and forth for the lead. At one point, Alldredge made a elbow-bumping pass on Smith, only to lose it moments later when Smith made a counter attack. Shortly thereafter, Smith lost the front end in a turn giving Alldredge the lead.
Alldredge went on to take the win comfortably ahead of Honda rider Tim Weigand, KTM rider Sean Collier and Champion. Smith ended up 10th.
Mark Worth topped the Schoolboy 2 final.
In the Schoolboy 2 class, Kawasaki claimed yet another championship with Mark Worth taking the start-to-finish win over fellow Kawasaki rider Mitchell Harrison, with Rookie White making it a Kawasaki sweep.
Jon Ames had his YZ125 pinned in the Schoolboy 1 class.
In the popular Schoolboy 1 class, where everyone rides a 125cc two-stroke, Yamaha rider Jon Ames went 1-1 for the overall victory. In both motos, KTM rider Luke Purther kept Ames honest but had to settle for second overall with a 2-2. A 3-4 gave Yamaha rider Carlen Gardner third overall.
Josh Mosiman got out in front and never looked back in the Open B final.
Josh Mosiman gave KTM a victory in the Open B division after going wire-to-wire in the final-moto run-off. Yamaha rider RJ Wageman finished second and Kawasaki rider Tanner Berry third.
In the Women’s 12+ class, Kawasaki rider Brandy Richards appeared to be headed to the championship. She won the first moto and was leading the second moto when it was red-flagged because of a fallen rider. On the restart, Richards was again leading when she suddenly pulled off the course and rode back to the pits with an injured knee.
Brook Whipple won the Women 12+ class.
Suzuki RM85 rider Hannah Hodges took the second-moto win but it wasn’t enough to beat Honda rider Brook Whipple for the overall title. Whipple went 2-2, beating Hodges’ 5-1. Honda rider Rachel Combs took third overall with a 3-3.
Ryan Ferris battled Arik Swan for the overall win in the 25+ class.
Racing continues Saturday with the 250 four-strokes, the FMF Two-Stroke Challenge and the College Boy classes.