Trevor Stewart Steals Overall On 250 At Big 6 GP Finale

Class championships were still on the line at the 11th Annual Vikings Motorcycle Club Grand Prix, the eighth and final round of the 2015 AMA District 37/MSR Big 6 Grand Prix Series.

Ox Motorsports Honda’s Colton Udall had things pretty much in hand in the marquee AMA West Coast Grand Prix (WCGP) Series Pro class, but coming off his Baja 1000 victory and SCORE championship, he couldn’t resist trying to finish out the year with a fifth Big 6 win and its championship.

One thing stood in his way at the finale, however, and that was WCGP Pro II points leader Trevor Stewart. The young man and his John Burr Cycles YZ250 enjoyed a great start—the Pros and Pro II sharing the first row at Lake Elsinore, California—and stalked early leader Harrison Drummond, who was making his Big 6 and WCGP debut.

When SX/MX aspirant Drummond faltered about 30 minutes into the $2000, 90-minute WCGP feature race, having not ridden his Beaverton Motorcycles CRF450R much lately, Stewart slipped past.

“After a couple laps, I think he kind of got worn out there,” Stewart analyzed. “I got up and slipped in the inside of him and made the pass and that’s when I knew I really had to put on a hard charge because I knew, obviously, Colton [Udall] and Justin Seeds and Blayne [Thompson] were going to be coming after me. Obviously, I’m on a 250cc two-stroke so I was underpowered, but….”

Though Udall had a decent start, he had a few people to pass before he could concentrate on just Stewart and try as he might, just couldn’t reel in the two-stroke on the hard-packed, dusty course and had to settle for second overall, first WCGP Pro.

“I was pushing at the end,” Udall said. “I was catching him a little bit, but he deserved that—Trevor Stewart was riding awesome. I’m stoked to get the win in the big-bike class and the championship.”

Thompson took a chance by skipping his pit stop, the strategy allowing him to pass Precision Concepts Kawasaki’s Justin Seeds late in the race. From there, Thompson kept his new Flow Motorsports YZ450F just out of reach, to take second in WCGP Pro and third overall, five seconds ahead of Seeds.

WCGP Pro II runner-up Beau Baron—probably better known these days as an ATV champ—demonstrated his versatility and speed by coming through from a mediocre start to fifth overall followed by WCGP Pros Jeff Loop, Ryan Reina, Mark Samuels, Drummond and Mark Tilley.

The new season gets underway in six weeks with the second edition of the SoCal M.C.’s Adelanto GP in Adelanto, California.

Trevor Stewart got all that his YZ250 had to offer in taking both the overall and the WCGP Pro II win at the Big 6 GP finale. That also clinched the class championship for him.Photo by Mark Kariya
Jesse VanHoy celebrated not one but two Big 6 championships at the end of the weekend: WCGP 250cc Expert (Lightweight I) and Big 6 Lightweight II (200cc).Photo by Mark Kariya
Finishing second overall gave Colton Udall the WCGP Pro victory, more than good enough to claim the championship.Photo by Mark Kariya
Despite the handicap of a recently fractured arm, Hayden Hintz gutted it out to take second in Super Mini Advanced behind Jake Alvarez (who enjoyed his first Big 6 weekend aboard his new Husky, winning two classes). That wrapped up the class championship for Hintz.Photo by Mark Kariya