Henry Wiles Breaks Win Drought At Castle Rock TT

Andrea Wilson | August 3, 2014
TT specialist Henry Wiles breaks his win drought at Castle Rock. Photography By Andrea Wilson.

Photography By Andrea Wilson

CASTLE ROCK, WA, AUG 3 – Henry Wiles took his Don’s Kawasaki to the top spot at the Castle Rock TT, earning his 25th career AMA Grand National win and 14th TT. The win moves him up to just one behind record holder Chris Carr and ended his almost year-long win drought.

Wiles didn’t get the best of starts, but worked his way up to second and eventually got past Cascio Rush Racing Honda’s Mikey Rush who got the holeshot and led for most of the race.

Behind them it was a four-way battle for third. And joining Wiles and Rush was reigning Grand National champ Brad Baker, who earned his first podium of the year in front of the home crowd. Jared Mees finished outside the podium, but still moved  to six  points ahead of Bryan Smith, who finished 10th.

Factory Yamaha road racer JD Beach finished fifth in his first dirt track this season, ahead of Jeffrey Carver Jr.

The battle for seventh came down between Jake Johnson and Sammy Halbert. Although Halbert was in the drivers seat, Johnson came out on top after Halbert crashed in the left-hander before the back straight with four laps to go. Halbert, howeve,r was able to recover quickly and only losy one spot.

Stevie Bonsey finished ninth while teammate Kenny Coolbeth failed to make the main after stalling his bike in the Semi in a fierce battle with Halbert.

Taking top honor in the Pro Singles class was Dominic Colindres who dominated the whole night. Behind Colindres was Davis Fisher and Dan Bromley.

2014 AMA Grand National Championship

Castle Rock TT Results:

1. Henry Wiles (Kawasaki)

2. Mike Rush (Honda)

3. Brad Baker (Honda)

4. Jared Mees (Honda)

5. JD Beach (Yamaha)

6. Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Honda)

7. Jake Johnson (Honda)

8. Sammy Halbert (Yamaha)

9. Stevie Bonsey (Honda)

10. Bryan Smith (Kawasaki)


Andrea Wilson | Associate Editor / Website Coordinator

Andrea has been shooting everything from flat track to road racing in her job as a professional freelance photographer, but she's made the move to a full-time staff position at Cycle News where her love of all things motorcycling will translate well. Wilson has proven her worth as more than a photographer as she migrates to the written word with everything from race coverage to interviews.