RiderPlanet USA Motorcycle And ATV Trails
MenuHomeFind ATV TrailsATV and Dirt Bike ArticlesCalendar Of ATV and Motorcycle EventsSupport CenterFeatured MessageMenu
Help Visit our home page to find ATV trails and motorcycle trails in your region!
More...

Western Raceway Opens Gates To AZOP

Success for Round 4 stop of Arizona Offroad Promotions’ Championship Series!

XC Racing Addiction in Indiana

My Grandfather was a self-made man, a WWII hero badass, a golden glove boxer, philanthropist, and 35 year pioneer

Back To Basics

Perhaps you've been riding for a couple years and have wondered how and why some riders are just naturally faster than you...

Women Motorcyclists

Listed below are some very talented and daring women whose names you may not have heard...

Quartzsite Hosts First AZOP Race in Its History

The Round 3 stop of Arizona Offroad Promotion’s championship series landed in Quartzsite, Arizona...

Helpful Tips For Teaching New Riders

Whether you are introducing your child, spouse, or a friend to the sport of trail riding, you should first know that you can't...

The #1 Obstacle to OHV Enthusiasts

When asked what the number one obstacle is to keeping riding trails open, the overwhelming response is...

2018 AZOP Vulture Mine Hare Scrambles

The hardest and longest race of the 2018 AZOP season!

What You Should Know Before Hunting With an ATV

Over the past couple of decades, ATVs have embedded themselves deep into the hunting culture. They’ve become such an important tool that many hunters now...

Minnesota Non - Resident ATV Trail Pass

As of January 1, 2010 all non-residents riding an ATV on state or grant-in-aid land must have the MN state Non-Resident ATV Trail Pass in their possession.

Western Raceway Opens Gates To AZOP

Round 4 of AZOP Championship Series Races in White Hills, Arizona
Written By Jonathan Barrett, Photographed by MotoCanon-Graham Buck

Dateline: 2018 AZOP Series, Round 4, 93 North Grand Prix, March 31- April 1, 2018

The Round 4 stop of Arizona Offroad Promotions’ championship series landed in White Hills, Arizona at Western Raceway. The 80 acre multi-track facility had the perfect variation of obstacles for an AZOP race. The race was held primarily on the main track and ventured off into the outer area of the raceway for some flat single track action. AZOP also built an endurocross section to add another challenge for the bikes.

The #223 Husqvarna of Luis Kortright did what he does best and pulled the holeshot in the Pro Bike class, with the #754 Husqvarna of Steven Gibson hot on his trail, and the x15 Yamaha of Jeremy newton rounding out third. Coming into the timing gate of lap 1 was Kortright in first with only a bike length lead over Gibson, and Newton riding a mere 5 seconds behind. Gibson found his way around Kortright after lap 1 and never looked back, extending his lead to 24 seconds by lap 3 and 55 seconds by the time the checkered flag flew. Jeremy Newton would lock down second overall with Luis Kortright keeping within 5 seconds of him the rest of the race, taking a respectable third place. In the Open B class, Jeff Harrison took the hole shot and led one lap before Chris Bustamante would overtake him for a lap, before Greg Vader Voort would find his opportunity to take the lead and would keep it for the rest of the race. The podium for Open B would have Vander Voort on the top spot, with Jon Froust in second and Chris Bustamante taking third. Overall Top 10 finishes for the bikes ran Steven Gibson, Jeremy Newton, Luis Kortright, Wyatt Perry, Jason Trubey (Senior 40+ A), Jason Miller, (Senior 40+ A) Mario Carducci, (Vet 30+ A) Brian Perry Jr, (Open A) Duane Hewitt (Vet 30+ B) and Brian Buckelew (Open A).

In the Pro Quad class, Mike Sloan demonstrated his untouchable WORCS experience, grabbing the holeshot and leading the entire race, finishing two and a half minutes ahead of second place on his Pointless Racing Yamaha. Pointless Racing teammates Erin and Andrew Simmons also had great days, finishing third and fourth respectively. Finishing the podium out was Ricardo Gonzalez taking a solid second place. In the stacked Sportsman Class, Francisco Lizarraga came off the line hot and led the first lap, with Nick Helton following close behind. Many positions would switch in the following laps, most notably Austin Snyder coming from an eighth place start to taking the lead on lap five, and holding on to take the win. Rounding out the podium in Sportsman would be Francisco Lizarraga in second and Michael Mack in third. Top 10 for Quads would be the four Pro’s of Mike Sloan, Ricardo Gonzalez, Erin Simmons, Andrew Simmons, followed by Todd Ellsworth (Expert), Michael Tsosie (Expert), Austin Snyder (Sportsman), Brandon Siewiyumptewa (Expert), Francisco Lizarraga (Expert) and David Ham (ATC 3 Wheelers).

The UTV Pro race had a smaller turnout than usual, but that didn’t stop Codey Rowleg from taking his Polaris RZR and running away in first. Rowleg led every lap to the checkered flag. Shawn Aksamit started third and battled with Tom Wilson for two laps before taking control of second place and keeping it for the rest of the race. Tom Wilson ran a strong rest of the race and took third. Calvin Matthews also ran a strong race, finishing fourth. In the 1000cc Non- Turbo class, Barry Bennett took off and held onto first, followed by the Winiecki Motorsports Polaris of Kody Winiecki and the STI Offroad Yamaha YXZ 1000 of Robert Olander. After four laps, Olander took the lead with Hailey Hein in second and Bennett in third. As the checkered flag came out, it would be Robert Olander in first, followed by Hailey Hein and Barry Bennett. In the 1000cc Turbo class, Kali Kinsman would lead for two laps before falling to second behind Robert Slawson, and keeping ahead of Neil Curse. The race would keep the podium the same until the finish, with Robert Slawson in first, Kali Kinsman in second, and Neil Curse finishing third. The Top 10 UTV results are Codey Rowleg (Pro), Shawn Aksamit (Pro), Robert Slawson (Turbo), Tom Wilson (Pro), Robert Olander (Non-Turbo), Chase Desousadias (900cc) Hailey Hein (Non-Turbo), Neil Curse (Turbo), Evan Striplin (900cc), and Calvin Matthews (Pro).

The UTV 170 class had a good turnout and lots of high action racing. Ian Kowalski would drive his way to a first place finish, followed by Vincent Riccitelli and Ashton Stewell rounding the podium out. Notable finish worth mentioning is Kaylee Federwisch in the Trophy Kart class. Sunday the UTV 570’s would have their turn on the track and Riley Hein would pull the victory, followed by Grace Vinagro in second and Kasyn Matthews in third.

The Mini Bikes came out to play and put on a show for the crowd. David Fry won his 65cc B class followed by Heath Stillwell and Marley Kuhn. Tate Van Voorst ran by himself in the 80-150cc A class, but rocketed his way to an overall win. Brady Smith won his 80-150cc B class, and William Robinson won the 80-150cc C class, with Austin Hough and Kellon Trubey finishing close behind. Top 5 finishes for the Minis are Tate Van Voorst, Brady Smith, William Robinson, Gunner Deatherage and David Fry. Great racing from the future of offroad! The Peewees also came out to ride and Marley Kuhn won the 65cc C class, followed by Tavin Gamez and Danny Baca. Other notable finishes are Kailub Bain in the 50cc 4-6 Year Old class and Kaycee Curley in the 50cc 7-8 Year Old class.

The Mini Quads had some contenders show up to race, with Tyler Tsosie winning the 250-400cc class, Kolbie Lang winning the 91-300cc 10-15 Year Old class, and Michael Owens finishing first in the 71-150cc 8-11 Year Old class. The Peewee Quads had a huge turnout with some great racing. Colton Potkay won the 50-79cc 4-6 year old class, Tavin Freeman won the 80cc+ Beginner class, and Gabriel Simmons won the 80cc+ Advanced class. Other notable finishes include Lane Johnson taking third in his class, Landen Johnson taking second in his class, and Brayden Earlewine taking a solid fourth in his class.

Overall, the 93 North Grand Prix was an incredible racing event on the beautiful tracks that Western Raceway has to offer. The next AZOP race is the Round 5 Winslow Grand Prix at the Thin Air Offroad Park in Winslow, Arizona on May 5-6.

Popular Articles

Western Raceway Opens Gates To AZOP

Success for Round 4 stop of Arizona Offroad Promotions’ Championship Series!

Quartzsite Hosts First AZOP Race in Its History

The Round 3 stop of Arizona Offroad Promotion’s championship series landed in Quartzsite, Arizona...

2018 AZOP Vulture Mine Hare Scrambles

The hardest and longest race of the 2018 AZOP season!

XC Racing Addiction in Indiana

My Grandfather was a self-made man, a WWII hero badass, a golden glove boxer, philanthropist, and 35 year pioneer

Helpful Tips For Teaching New Riders

Whether you are introducing your child, spouse, or a friend to the sport of trail riding, you should first know that you can't...

What You Should Know Before Hunting With an ATV

Over the past couple of decades, ATVs have embedded themselves deep into the hunting culture. They’ve become such an important tool that many hunters now...

Back To Basics

Perhaps you've been riding for a couple years and have wondered how and why some riders are just naturally faster than you...

The #1 Obstacle to OHV Enthusiasts

When asked what the number one obstacle is to keeping riding trails open, the overwhelming response is...

Minnesota Non - Resident ATV Trail Pass

As of January 1, 2010 all non-residents riding an ATV on state or grant-in-aid land must have the MN state Non-Resident ATV Trail Pass in their possession.

Women Motorcyclists

Listed below are some very talented and daring women whose names you may not have heard...

Winterize Your Bike or Ride It?

As it turns out, winter is one the most fun times to ride...

Know Your Land Rights

It seems as though every year another favorite trail is taken away...

Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program

Looking for another great way to help fund your OHV club? Check out the Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S. grant program...

Motorcycle History 101

If you look at today's motorcycles you might just wonder exactly how and when the history of these amazing machines started...

How To Get Money For Your Trail Project

Back in 1991 something happened in Washington D.C. that would turn out to be a big plus for off-highway recreation...

National Forest Service OHV Travel Management Plan

We recently received a package from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest containing...

Octane 101 - Motorcycle Gas

What is an octane number, and what does it mean? And what octane rating do you really need?

Stéphane Peterhansel

If I had to pick one ultimate off-road racer, who would I choose?

1080P High Definition Helmet Cams

Whether you are a family trail rider or MX pro in the making, the chances are good that you have done a little experimenting...

Motorsports Businesses Making a Difference

Christmas came early this year to the Dinwiddie County, Virginia Fire & EMS Department in the form of a 2008 Polaris Ranger...

How To Protect Your Dirt Bike

With all of the preparation that goes into a riding trip, it's easy to forget that your dirt bike, trailer, gear and tools are all...

GPS in a Nutshell

GPS technology is not new and handheld GPS units have been available for many years, but if you haven't incorporated GPS into your trail riding yet, it's a great time to start...

How To Store Your Bike For Winter

Old man winter is right around the corner, and winterizing your motorcycle is an absolute must to keep it running right.

Moto2Go - RiderPlanet Android App

RiderPlanet is pleased to announce that the Moto2Go Android application is now available for download in the Android Marketplace. Moto2Go puts all of RiderPlanet USA in the palm of your hand and we have some great new features in the works!

Become a Public Land Expert in Five Minutes!

While the average person might treat them as equivalent, different types of public lands in the U.S. are managed quite differently, and simply knowing the differences will tell you most of what you need to know about OHV riding regulations.

Torque or Horsepower?

Torque and horsepower are often confused when it comes to discussions of dirt bike and ATV power. You know they are not the same, but what exactly is the difference, and how are the two related?

How To Save Money On Motorcycle Engine Oil

When choosing an oil product for your motorcycle, it helps to actually know...

List of Baja 1000 Winners

Historical List of Baja 1000 Winners (Motorcycle)

Stick It or Ticket!

If there is one topic that frequently confuses visitors to western off-road areas, it’s the California OHV red and green sticker regulations. If you reside in California it is expected that you are familiar with these regulations, but if you are visiting from another state...

Oregon ATV Safety Education Card

Oregon is in the beginning stages of implementing a mandatory ATV and motorcycle safety course. Regardless of age or how long an individual has been riding, the new law states that a safety card must be in possession of the rider. By Jan 1, 2014 ALL riders must...

Fun 2 Rent Is A New Way To Rent ATVs

You can make money renting out your boat, ATV, UTV, dirt bike or snowmobile!  Rent out your toys right from your own garage.  Get started in minutes, easy approval, insurance included.  Manage your reservations and everything online! This is a very cool website.

Copyright © 2016 Misirena Digital, LLC All Rights Reserved. Home  |   ATV Trails  |   Articles  |   Calendar  |   Support Center  |   Good Stuff