Every summer, motocross racers from around the country descend upon Mammoth Mountain to race the Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross held in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Now in its 43rd year, the event is the oldest continuous running motocross in the US. The picturesque Mammoth track is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range at 8,200 feet, making the already demanding race track that much tougher on the bikes and competitors.
This unique stand-alone race brings out some of the top pro riders from Supercross, GNCC, WORC series, and the Amateur circuit. The Vance & Hines Motocross team headed-out to the mountain on Wednesday to battle these riders for the opportunity to take home a championship and the coveted bear trophy.
On Friday, the racing action got underway with the Open classes hitting the track. Preston Tilford would be the one to carry the V&H flag for the weekend, as Steven Tokarski would not be racing in the B class as he continues to recuperate from recent injuries to be ready for Loretta’s later this summer. Preston got things started early in the Pro Division 1 race taking home a 4th place finish and moving straight to the main event. In the main, Preston got a great start, which put him in the 4th place position after the first lap. He was able to maintain that position for the grueling 10 lap race to bring home 4th place overall.
On Saturday, the racers switched over to the 250cc bikes for the 250 classes. Carrying over momentum from Friday, Preston was able to grab a solid start in the Pro Division 1 race and finish in 4th place. Transferring directly to the main event, Preston battled the 40-rider field into the first corner and came away in the 8th spot. Pushing hard all race-long, he was able to work his way up two spots to the 6th position at the finish.
On Sunday, the 450 class was back on the track for the final motos of the event. In the Pro Division 1 race, Preston made his best start of the weekend jumping out to 2nd position where he pulled a gap on the rest of the pack to finish 2nd. The final moto of the day was the 450 Pro race. Preston had the Mammoth start dialed in all weekend and again pulled off a great launch out of the gate to slot into 3rd spot, running up front in contention for a podium finish. After 7 laps, he slipped one position back to 4th place, where he would finish the race. Overall it was a terrific weekend for Preston.
The team will now head home and begin to prepare for the Loretta Lynn National Championships, which are now only a month away. Keep up with all the action at vanceandhines.com and at facebook.com/vanceandhines.