Honda Rider Perfect at Pala with Top Qualifier, Pair of Holeshots,
and Wire-to-Wire Sweep of the Motos
PALA, CA – September 3, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The 2022 MX Sports Pro Racing Scouting Moto Combine, presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare, came to an exciting conclusion from Southern California’s Fox Raceway on Friday, on the eve of the 12th and final round of the 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. A 21-rider entry list of top level amateur talent made the final gathering of the summer open for the taking and Slam Life Racing Honda’s Noah Viney seized the moment with one of the most dominant performances to date since the inception of the combine. A member of the rider group coached by Chad Reed, Viney, who is from nearby Murrieta, took advantage of his local expertise and enjoyed a perfect day in which he posted the fastest lap of practice, grabbed both moto holeshots, and went wire-to-wire en route to a dominant 1-1 performance.
On-track action from Fox Raceway was accompanied by classroom-style education sessions regarding training, fitness and nutrition, and the many layers of media engagement. Riders were also assigned to one of four esteemed coaches–Michael Byrne, Broc Glover, Reed, and Broc Tickle–who provided mentorship throughout the day. High temperatures pushing triple digits saw event organizers implement safety protocols for the competitors, which shortened the motos to 15 minutes plus two laps.
Viney entered the afternoon motos with the momentum of the top practice time and was on point when the gate dropped for the first time, leading the field out of the first turn with the holeshot, followed by Carson City Motorsports KTM’s Lux Turner. Viney was dialed on his Honda and was able to build an early lead thanks to a clear track. Behind him, Turner and Stan Benson Racing Kawasaki’s Alvin Hillan engaged in a battle for second, from which Hillan moved into the runner-up spot.
As Viney continued to add to his advantage Hillan’s hold on second strengthened through the halfway point of the moto. However, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Enzo Temmerman was on a torrid charge through the field. The California rider started outside the top 10 in 13th place, but overcame his mid-pack start with impressive moves that saw him pass multiple riders each lap. Midway through the moto Temmerman had moved into the top five and closed in on Turner for third. He made the pass and set his sights on Hillan. Misfortune for Hillan opened the door for Temmerman to move into second and also allowed Turner to assume third.
Viney ran well clear of the field for the majority of the moto and took the checkered flag for the Moto 1 win by a margin of 10.8 seconds over Temmerman, while Turner completed the top three. Hillan recovered to finish fourth, while Slam Life Racing Honda’s Evan Stice rounded out the top five.
As the gate dropped on Moto 2 it was once again Viney at the head of the pack as the field emerged from the first turn. Another holeshot opened the door for Viney to once again put some distance over his rivals in the early stages of the moto, but Temmerman grabbed a much better start the second time around and was able to keep the Honda rider honest. The lead duo set a torrid pace in the opening laps that allowed them to put multiple seconds on the field and set the stage for a head-to-head battle for victory.
While the leaders inched away, the battle for third took shape between AEO Powersports KTM’s Dayton Briggs and EBR Performance Yamaha’s Julien Beaumer. The fought for a couple laps before Beaumer made the move and looked to assert his hold on the position.
Back up front, Temmerman continued to keep Viney within reach, but wasn’t able to mount a serious enough challenge to put any serious pressure on the lead. They traded momentum throughout the middle of the moto and it appeared as though Temmerman had the pace to make a run as time ran out, but his push to mount a late challenge saw the Kawasaki rider endure some slight miscues and resulted in his slowest laps of the moto. That gave Viney the breathing room he needed to storm to the finish and wrap up another moto win by 2.7 seconds over Temmerman, with Beaumer in third.
Viney’s emphatic 1-1 sweep of the motos made him the third different winner of the 2022 Scouting Moto Combine. Temmerman showed impressive speed as well with 2-2 results that landed him second overall, while SSR/Motul GASGAS’ Trevor Colip grabbed the last spot on the overall podium (6-4) despite missing out on the top three in each moto.
Photos: Align Media
The 2022 MX Sports Pro Racing Scouting Moto Combine will host its final gathering in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship finale in one week, with a return to Southern California’s Fox Raceway at Pala. The action from the epicenter of the motocross industry will take place on Friday, September 2.
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