Gopher Dunes Pro Report: The 450s

July 15, 2013
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Gopher Dunes Pro Report: The 450s

Gopher Dunes Pro Report: The 450s

If you missed the MX2 part, click here –

450 Results:

Fast Laps
Tyler Medaglia #7 – Red Bull/KTM 450 – 1:50.137 (moto 1)
Mike Sottile #515 – Honda 450 – 1:52.217 (moto 2)

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Daymon Goold #648 using the restroom before MX1 moto 1. Daymon fell over the finish line and was unable to compete the rest of the day. Hope he’s alright!

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Bobby Kiniry #2 on his super fresh YZF450. Bobby looked great on the sand.

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It’s going to take me a long time to get used to the new threads and colours! I like it!

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Red Bull/KTM’s Tyler Medaglia #7 grabbed both holeshots and two nice cheques.

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My favourite setup of the weekend went to Tyler. He looked fresh at Gopher! That #7 looks good on that KTM.

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Sand specialist Mike Sottile #515 from the states stalked Medags early on.

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Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe #123 gabbed a good start and patiently followed the top 2.

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Hoyer, Robinson, Gracyk come around top 5 after lap 1.

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The jumps are the only place these guys get to take a break. You can see Tyler taking a deep breathe of hot Gopher air!

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Didn’t see much of Dylan Kaelin #21. I read over Twitter that he dislocated his shoulder while racing and he didn’t even fall! Hopefully it’s not major.

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Shawn Robinson #39 being followed by Liam O’Farrell

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Dusty Klatt #3 returned from his knee injury. A 9th overall doesn’t show how well Dusty was riding all day. He came from behind in both motos from horrible starts.

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Metcalfe hunting Sottile.

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Morgan Burger #6 didn’t look himself at Gopher. He went 12-26 for 17th. Look for him to rebound back to the top 5 before the end of the season.

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Bobby Kiniry hammering the rough track like an animal. He charged all day long both motos.

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Sottile ended up wrapping a cover in his wheel 1st moto AND 2nd moto! He still rode to a 6-4 for 5th overall.

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Metty with the moto 1 victory

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Teddy Maier #11 killed it first moto! A 3rd and DNF would give Teddy 10th overall. I believe he was caught in a first corner crash in the second moto.

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Cole charged the entire moto 1 up to 4th. He will get better and better everyday he rides that new setup.

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Only time we saw last year’s MX2 winner Teddy Maier on the podium this weekend!

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Double holeshot winner Tyler Medaglia

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Here he is taking moto 2 first to the line with his brother Jeremy close in tow.

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Tyler Rayner #46 grabbed a good start moto 2 and looked to be on his way to a great finish.

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Sottile had the fastest lap set in moto 2. This guy is legit! Hope he makes the trip to SDL next weekend.

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Crash sequence starring Tyler Raynor!

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Buried it!

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This is never good…

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Sick sty!!!!

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Good extension Tyler

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Uh oh!


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Couldn’t get his bike started right away so he was helped off the track.

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RJ Roy #114 grabbed points this weekend going 19-18! That’s awesome to see and we hope to see him and his crew at SDL!

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There’s no denying it. Cole was checked out and gone moto 2. He was running top or equal to top lap times, and he had a GAP. #148 showed us a preview of the speed we get to see the rest of this year. Cole went 4-27 for 11th overall.

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Cole got by Sottile and started laying down the law with the Canadian flag in his hand.

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Metcalfe getting by Jeremy Medaglia

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Gauldy was hammering the microphone all day! Couldn’t believe how into it everyone got!

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Gracyk #4 was consistent with a 10-10 for 8th overall.

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Why does this guy like covers so much!?

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BM123 was buttery smooth

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Cole fell really hard in the 2nd moto and ended up pulling off. It was extremely unlucky, and at the time he had something like a 28 second lead over 2nd.

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The MVP. Kyle Keast.

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I’ve never seen anything like it. The 2nd moto just was amazing. Kyle Keast was shredding the heat! He went down and STILL caught up. Bulldozing right through everyone. I couldn’t even believe how fast he was moving!

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When the 2 lap board came out it was a Keast vs. Kiniry show and everyone was locked in watching these two go ALL out. 100% effort was shown between these two.

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He did it! He grabbed a sweeeeet 2nd place in the last moto going 5-2 on the day for 2nd overall. Could not have been a better day for the Machine Racing/Yamaha crew. I’m sure John Nelson was cursing the entire moto too haha!

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Strong day for Medags. 2-5 for 3rd overall.

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All smiles on Bobby!

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This is what it’s all about right here. A true hero!

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Brett Metcalfe has established his dominance so far.

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See you at the Dunes next year!



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