PC Race Team Update: Big Six #5

Photos By: Mark Kariya

Ricky Brabec and Justin Seeds headed out to The Ranch in Anza, CA for the fifth round of the District 37 Big Six grand prix series to participate in what would be an eventful, and somewhat confusing pro race. The race was scheduled for ninety minutes, but on the second lap a local resident parked his truck across a section of the course, closing it down and saying the track couldn’t be routed that way, even though all of the races held earlier in the day used this route without issue. After over an hour delay, figuring out how to restart the race and score the event, the racers were released in the order in which they finished the first lap, one by one using the split times, for a four-lap sprint to the checkers over an abbreviated course. All things considered, the hosting club, SoCal MC, did a great job to get the race going once more under challenging circumstances.

A banner drop signaled the start of what would be a dusty affair as the course headed straight into a three-mile section of silty single track. Ricky’s race got off to a mediocre beginning, “It was a dead engine start and I got off to a…two kick start. [Around] the first corner, I was maybe seventh.”

Ricky was able to work his way up into second place before coming around to see that the course had been closed, “The first three miles were super silty, so I just cruised to get warmed up until [the course came back to the moto track] and I was able to push hard. Then, out of nowhere, on the second lap the locals had closed part of the course…[forcing] the course to be rerouted and shortened.”

“After the course changes and everything went down…we had a four-lap sprint [to the finish]. We got started one-by-one; I started just ahead of Timmy Weigand.” Ricky headed out after the restart in second position, behind Jake Argubright, but would soon find himself in the lead. “On the second lap after the restart, Jake tipped over in a sand wash. I made the pass by, just rode consistent for the rest of the race and held the lead [to the finish].” SoCal MC had decided to add the elapsed times of the first lap together with the second stint, making the finish more of a stage-style ending than a traditional finish, and meaning your physical finishing position may not be your actual finish, but Ricky had pulled enough time over the rest of the field to take the overall win over Timmy Weigand and Jake Argubright. “[I’m] so unbelievably stoked on my first Big Six pro race win!”

Rather than race his 450 in the Open Pro class, Justin decided to switch things up and have a little fun on his Precision Concepts prepared KX250 (which LAPC had bored out to 270cc). “The bike is amazing! You can put it wherever you want and it makes makes riding a ruff track so much better.”

Justin and the rest of the 250 pros would still start on the first row with all of the 450s and after a multi-kick start, Justin would have to do things the hard way as he was the last rider to leave the line. “It was super dusty and [I knew] if you weren’t out front, you were going to be so far behind.” After surviving the heavy, early dust he was able to start making some moves through the pack, working his way up to seventh overall and second 250 pro before coming around to see the course had been closed.

After the restart, Justin was pushing hard in hopes of catching the class leader, making it right up into his dust. Overtaking was going to be tough, but a bit of luck swung Justin’s way as the leader tipped over, handing him the lead, “I was happy there wasn’t going to be any more dust in my face. After that I was able to pull a gap and ride to a wonderful [class] win.”