2019 Adelanto Grand Prix Race Report

Purvines Racing Yamaha takes two wins with Justin Seeds and Tyler Lynn

Justin Seeds
Winning the combined Heavyweight/Lightweight race on Saturday gave Justin Seeds confidence he had the pace necessary to win Sunday’s longer feature race, but he had to go all out to pass defending series champ Trevor Stewart late in the race to do so.Mark Kariya

It's said that a number-one plate carries extra weight in the form of intangibles—the feeling that everyone's now gunning for you. But Trevor Stewart certainly didn't ride like anything was bothering him at the So Cal Motorcycle Club's Adelanto Grand Prix in Adelanto, California, round 1 of the now more prestigious FMF AMA National Grand Prix Championship Series (formerly the AMA District 37 Big 6 GP Series).

The Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda rider insisted, “It’s a good feeling [riding with the number-one plate]. It’s a feeling I’ve waited a long time for, but nothing too much has changed—the training program’s the same, doing all the work throughout the week, and I think it’s going to pay off. We’re just ready for a solid year of racing in 2019 and hopefully go defend this championship that we have. I think we’re more than ready to show what we’re capable of and put the red number plate out front and take a win today.”

Trevor Stewart
Racing with the number one for the first time, Trevor Stewart exhibited no signs that it weighed heavily on him and he led most of Sunday’s feature race, only to see Seeds slip past late and giving him insufficient time to retaliate. However, it could’ve gone either way.Mark Kariya

Unfortunately, with the Rocky Mountain ATV-MC World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) running on the exact same weekend (for Adelanto as well as several other rounds this season), a number of top pros had a tough decision on which series to chase. Being the reigning champion, of course it made sense for Stewart to stick with the GP and he weighed in on the conflict: “It’s kind of a bummer that some guys aren’t here, but at the same time, I wouldn’t say it’s nice or anything like that—I don’t want to make anything easy or anything like that, and I still think it’s going to be a really good year of racing. Our focus and Honda’s focus this year is chasing [an AMA] National championship.”

Mason Ottersberg
Beta’s Mason Ottersberg pulled the holeshot in the Sunday feature after warming up the rear tire on his 430 RR with a little burnout for extra traction on Adelanto Road. He went on to claim a best-to-date fifth place.Mark Kariya

Stewart grabbed the lead early in the weekend’s 90-minute feature race and appeared to be on his way to certain victory with flawless, confident riding. Justin Seeds, however, had other ideas. Making his prime-time debut for Purvines Racing Yamaha, Seeds lurked a few seconds behind Stewart throughout the opening hour, Stewart unable to shake him. And when Seeds saw an opportunity pop up with just under 30 minutes to go, he pulled the trigger, snuck past, and successfully held off Stewart’s desperate attempts to retaliate, besting the current champ by only one second at the finish.

Derek Kelley
Although going at it as a privateer this season, former motocrosser Derek Kelley slotted into third early and kept it for his best finish to date—a promising start to the year.Mark Kariya

The convincing winner of Saturday’s combined Heavyweight/Lightweight race, Seeds said, “I got a good idea of what [today’s pace] was going to be. The track was a little gnarlier today, which was surprising. I’ve got to give it up to Trevor. Dude, the kid was ripping! Honestly, I don’t know how I stayed in front of him. I think he kind of checked up a little bit, was kind of saving some energy for a last-lap sprint. When we hit that last lap, I was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’ I could just hear him behind me, lappers were getting in the way—I’m like, ‘Well, I’m either going to win this thing or I’m gonna crash!’ and I came out on top. I know it’s going to be a hard year, but I’m looking forward to battling him all year and giving him some competition.”

Tyler Lynn
Although more of a desert racer with several H&H National championships on his résumé, Tyler Lynn proved he could turn and jump with the GP specialists en route to winning Pro II handily, giving Purvines Racing Yamaha two victories.Mark Kariya

HYR Honda-mounted Derek Kelley rode a solitary third for the majority of the race, finishing three minutes behind for his best-to-date result as he starts his second full year in the series in a primarily self-funded effort. FMF/Maxxis/RPM Racing/KTM’s Eric Yorba, the 2016 series champ, was another minute back for fourth as he continues to regain strength in the shoulder he hurt early last season, and Beta-mounted Mason Ottersberg rounded out the top five, his best result to date as he begins his second full season in the series.

Tatum Sik
In her first race since round 3 last year, 2016 Women Expert champ Tatum Sik dusted off her CRF450R and won Women Pro, making her a two-time Queen of Adelanto winner.Mark Kariya
Justin Seeds and Tatum Sik
Your 2019 royal couple, the King and Queen of Adelanto: Justin Seeds and Tatum Sik.Mark Kariya
Mikayla Nielsen
Taking up where she left off last season, Mikayla Nielsen ran roughshod through the Mini and Women races, winning Women Expert (10 seconds shy of Women AA and race two overall winner Tatum Sik), District 37 Super Mini Advanced, and NGP Super Mini.Mark Kariya
Max Shane
Max Shane felt plenty of pressure for the first 20-plus minutes of of the NGP 65cc contest, but managed to pull away on the last lap from Cole Timboe to win comfortably.Mark Kariya
2019 Adelanto Grand Prix Race
The always popular water jump seemed even more hazardous this year, though this fella never bit anyone too hard.Mark Kariya

2019 Adelanto Grand Prix Overall Results

Position Rider Brand
1 Justin Seeds Yamaha
2 Trevor Stewart Honda
3 Derek Kelley Honda
4 Eric Yorba KTM
5 Mason Ottersberg Beta
6 Justin Wallis Honda
7 Mitch Anderson KTM
8 Tyler Lynn Yamaha
9 Willy Simons Yamaha
10 Preston Campbell Honda