Colton Udall Finishes Strong For Big 6 GP Win

Colton Udall ate dust for the first half of the race, then pitted before his competitors in order to be ready to pass when they pitted. It worked and he went on to win for the fourth time this season, effectively locking up the championship.Photo by Mark Kariya

Ox Motorsports Honda’s Colton Udall is looking ahead to an even busier and—he hopes—more successful 2016, but for now finishing this season strong is a priority. That showed in his performance at the 40th Annual Prospectors Grand Prix, round seven of the AMA District 37/MSR Big 6 Grand Prix Series and its AMA West Coast Grand Prix Series feature race at Gorman, California.

Precision Concepts Kawasaki teammates Justin Seeds and Robby Bell led the early going with Udall slotting into third place and eating lots of dust.

But Udall had a plan.

“I can pit on lap four or lap six because my tank’s bigger than most of the competition,” he said. With that in mind, he pitted earlier than expected, confident he could still make the remainder of the race after that pit stop. He also had a bit of luck fall in his favor, pointing out, “We caught a bunch of lappers on that lap so I was able to reel [Seeds and Bell] back in really quick; by the end of the lap, I was right on them again.”

When Bell pitted shortly afterward, Udall slipped by; Seeds also fell to Udall’s strategy, and that set the finishing order for the first two at least, Udall earning his fourth victory of the season. That puts him firmly in control of series points as well; with one round left, he has 183 total while Seeds (who lost lots of time and positions when his rear-axle nut came loose) has 137 after finishing sixth Pro for the second round in a row. Ryan Reina gladly gobbled up third place for only his second podium of the season and sits third in points at 121, unofficially.

A great start saw Trevor Stewart (274) mix it up with holeshot winner Justin Seeds (213) and the lead 450s, eventually finishing fifth overall and winning Pro II for the second time this season. That practically gives him the Pro II title with one round left.Photo by Mark Kariya

The Pro II class saw Trevor Stewart get a great start that put him with the 450s. He eventually ended up fifth overall and first Pro II (his second triumph of the season) to also solidify his hold on the class points lead with 165. Runner-up Mitch Anderson is firmly entrenched as runner-up in points at 124; Nick Stover claimed third on the day.

As for Udall’s 2016 plans, he gave a hint: “Our race team’s building and we’re excited for 2016. We’ve got some big things going.

“We might have some really, really good news coming out in the next couple months so we’ll see.

“Basically, Ox Motorsports, our goal is to race all four series on the West Coast and compete and try to take down everybody and become a dominant race team that people are afraid of and want to race with us.”

What’s a race on Halloween without a few costumes? Daniel “The Banana” Cordero runs his en route to the West Coast Grand Prix 250cc Novice race.Photo by Mark Kariya