CMA Pacific Coast Pro-Am: Finals-Central

“Classic Consummation ”

Hanford Fairgrounds
CMA Pacific Coast Pro-Am: Finals
Story & Photos by Eddie Graveline

Since late February, motocross racers had been on a perilous voyage known simply as the Pacific Coast Pro-Am Series. Two regions (north and central) were set up to accommodate the flood of competitors that have made the series part of their yearly routine. Unbelievable support from the racing industry results in large prize packages and the highly coveted dealer dollars for successful riders. The difficulty of the series has been well documented. It featured a total of 7 rounds on some of Californiaís most demanding motocross circuits. Huge rider turnouts meant some very long days while early heat waves added stress to man and machine.

The whole thing culminated in one epic weekend, which featured two days of racing. All classes raced a total of five motosótwo on Saturday and three on Sunday. Each rider would be allowed to throw out their worst score, excluding the final race on Sunday. There would be no rest for the weary. Not yet at least.
A young racer from Templeton, California put on one of the most dominating displays ever seen in California Motorcycle Association competition. Topher Ingalls rolled into town and was greeted by serious competition. Ricky Rinauro, Dustin Pipes, Tyler Bereman, Bryce Huffman and others all had success in mind, but Ingalls slammed the door. He rode the 85 Intermediate, 85 12-16-Year-Old Open, 85 X and Supermini divisions for a total of 17 motos in the final weekend (X classes are one moto per day). A winning percentage over 50 would have been amazing considering the level of competition, but Ingalls was better than that. He went a mind blowing 17 for 17, leading almost every single lap along the way. Huffman, Rinauro and Pipes all had solid performances, but the best any of them could do on that weekend was second.

Another equally great performances was that of Kyle Tigert in the 65cc ranks. All series long, Tigert had been running the central region and dealing defeat to his fellow riders. For the finals, though, he was challenged by fellow KTM pilot Jessy Nelson. As expected, they found each other at the front of the pack in every moto. Nelson stole a few motos, but Tigert held the edge when the weekend was finished. As for the series, he won championships in the 65cc Intermediate, 65cc 9-11-Year-Old Open and 65 X classes. As if he needed more track time, Tigert rode an RM85 in the 85cc Novice and 5-11-Year-Old Open classes. He won another championship in the latter, showing that his transition to the premier mini class is going to be a smooth one.

The awards presentation Sunday evening was predictably long. There were a lot of riders who deserved recognition, but Kyle Tigert finished the weekend by reminding everyone of what makes the sport of motocross so greatófamilies and friendships. Gregory Grouleff (one of Tigert's competitors in the 85cc classes) had suffered a broken leg while racing on Saturday. Kyle announced that he wanted Gregory to have all of the awards he received for winning that class, because he was sorry that Gregory had gotten hurt. The shirts, tires, bike stand, giant trophy and everything else that came with the championship went to his injured friend. The best fiction writer in the world couldnít have come up with a better ending than that.

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Fresh off of announcing his move to the Pro class, Mike Alessi (800) made it look like a good decision by sweeping the 125 Youth, 250 Pro and Pro-Am events.
Perfect is the only word to describe the performance of Topher Ingalls (999), who won every moto on his way to 4 class wins
John Blair (299) won the Vet Pro class and represented the seasoned riders in the 250 Pro division.


50cc Shaft Drive: 1. Renae Boggs (Yam); 2. Carly McCall (Yam).

XR50: 1. Ethan Gray (Hon).

50 1st Timer: 1. Levi Walker (Cob); 2. Sweet Pea De La Mora (KTM); 3. Tristan Marseilles (KTM); 4. Kristin Howard (Pol); 5. Haylee Wheeler (Hon).

50 Beg: 1. Brianne James (LEM); 2. Brian Thommes (KTM); 3. Zane Caulk (KTM); 4. Jordan Kanady (Pol); 5. Callion McHaney (KTM).

50 Nov: 1. Romey Miramontes (Suz); 2. Daniel De La Mora (KTM); 3. Tommy Stevens (LEM); 4. Luke Gruetzmacher (LEM); 5. Rhett Gonzalez (KTM).

50 Int: 1. Michael Maze (KTM); 2. Brandon Olivares (Pol); 3. Cal Johnson (Pol).

50 5-6 Open: 1. Brianne James (LEM); 2. Jordan Kanady (Pol); 3. Callion McHaney (Cob); 4. Brian Thommes (KTM); 5. Levi Walker (Cob).

50 7-8 Open: 1. Michael Maze (KTM); 2. Brandon Olivares (Pol); 3. Romey Miramontes (Pol); 4. Cal Johnson (Pol); 5. Daniel De La Mora (KTM).

65 5-8 Beg: 1. Daniel De La Mora (KTM); 2. Jennifer Burton (KTM); 3. Dalton Spjut (KTM); 4. William McHaney (Suz); 5. Hayden Hilliard (Suz).

65 9-11 Beg: 1. Rio Contreras (KTM); 2. Clayton Carter; 3. Gye Walter (KTM); 4. Miles Daniele (Kaw); 5. Garrett Schasteen (Suz).

65 Nov: 1. Seth Hughes (KTM); 2. Landon Sullivan (KTM); 3. Ryan Murphy (KTM); 4. Tyler Wymore (Suz); 5. Joseph Reynolds (KTM).

65 Int: 1. Kyle Tigert (KTM); 2. Jessy Nelson (KTM); 3. Damon Iwanaga (Yam); 4. Michael Maze (KTM); 5. Zachary Knudson (KTM).

65 5-8 Open: 1. Michael Maze (KTM); 2. Brandon Olivares (Suz); 3. Cal Johnson; 4. Jennifer Burton (KTM); 5. Zach Leach (KTM).

65 9-11 Open: 1. Kyle Tigert (KTM); 2. Damon Iwanaga (KTM); 3. Joseph Reynolds (KTM); 4. Landon Sullivan (KTM); 5. Tyler Wymore (Suz).

65 X: 1. Kyle Tigert (KTM); 2. Jessy Nelson (KTM); 3. James Culbertson (Suz); 4. Joseph Reynolds (KTM); 5. Landon Sullivan (KTM).

85 Beg: 1. Stephen Peretto (Kaw); 2. Dominic Pirozzoli (Hon); 3. Anthony Macera (Suz); 4. Cody Bennett (Yam); 5. Joaquin Vasquez (Yam).

85 Beg (2): 1. Jake Hjortland (Yam); 2. Corey Hepner (Yam); 3. Austin McCall (Yam); 4. Ryan Kozak (Hon); 5. Nick Mueller (Hon).

85 Nov: 1. Kyle Kessinger (Yam); 2. Michael Orr (Yam); 3. James Culbertson (Suz); 4. Jordan Collins (Hon); 5. Kyle Tigert (Suz).

85 Int: 1. Topher Ingalls (Yam); 2. Ricky Rinauro (Yam); 3. Dustin Pipes (Hon); 4. Tyler Bereman (Yam); 5. James Velasco (Hon).

85 5-11 Open: 1. Kyle Tigert (Suz); 2. James Culbertson (Suz); 3. Stephen Peretto (Kaw); 4. Zachary Knudson (KTM); 5. Brock Fossum (Kaw).

85 12-16 Open: 1. Topher Ingalls (Yam); 2. Ricky Rinauro (Yam); 3. Dustin Pipes (Hon); 4. Tyler Bereman (Yam); 5. Jordan Collins (Hon).

85 X: 1. Topher Ingalls (Yam); 2. Bryce Huffman (Suz); 3. Tyler Bereman (Yam); 4. Kyle Kessinger (Yam); 5. Matt Dungan (Suz).

Supermini: 1. Topher Ingalls (Yam); 2. Ricky Rinauro (Yam); 3. Tyler Bereman (Yam); 4. Dustin Pipes (Hon); 5. Matt Dungan (Suz).

90-150 4-Stroke Youth: 1. AJ Jones (Suz); 2. Michael Furlin (Suz); 3. Colton Garcia (Yam); 4. Nicolas Baker (Yam).

125 Youth: 1. Mike Alessi (Hon); 2. Austin Ingalls (Yam); 3. JJ Karmann (Yam); 4. Michael Dunnagan (Yam); 5. Greg Karmann (Yam).

125 Beg: 1. Bryan Duke (Suz); 2. Corey Jordan (Hon); 3. Mark Browne (Suz); 4. Cameron Camera (Hon); 5. Drew Doran (Suz).

125 Beg (2): 1. Kyle Hogan (Hon); 2. Harkin Sheedy (Yam); 3. Ronnie Vasquez (Hon); 4. Joey Williams (Hon); 5. Ricky Williams (Kaw).

125 Nov: 1. Brent Maggi (Suz); 2. Ryan Bush (Hon); 3. JJ Karmann (Yam); 4. AJ Maul (Suz); 5. Colin Clay (Hon).

125 Int: 1. Jonathan Camarena (Suz); 2. Austin Ingalls (Yam); 3. Mitch Bragdon (Suz); 4. Jason Voss (Hon); 5. Michael Carnes (Hon).

125 Pro: 1. Zac Baxter (Yam).

250 Beg: 1. Bryan Duke (Suz); 2. Corey Jordan (Hon); 3 .Randy Ingle (Yam); 4. Mark Browne (Suz); 5. Drew Doran (Suz).

250 Beg (2): 1. Harkin Sheedy (Yam); 2. John Hoffman (Yam); 3. Justin Percival (Suz); 4. Brad Ely (Yam); 5. Chris Caston (Hon).

250 Nov: 1. JJ Karmann (Yam); 2. Colin Clay (Hon); 3. Josh Mason (Yam); 4. Craig King (Hon); 5. Craig Ranells (Hon).

250 Int: 1. Greg Karmann (Yam); 2. Steven Bates (Suz); 3. Jonathan Camarena (Suz); 4. Jason Voss (Hon); 5. James Leon (Hon).

250 Pro: 1. Mike Alessi (Hon); 2. Paul Temmerman (Hon); 3. John Blair (Hon); 4. Dieter Temmerman (Hon); 5. Tony Wolf (Yam).

17-29 Open: 1. Davie Caetano (Kaw); 2. Joel Rich (Hon); 3. Adam Leonard (Hon); 4. Jeff Sanderson (KTM).

Vet Beg: 1. James Meilandt (Hon); 2. Mike Wheeler (Hon); 3. Chris Tripp (Hon); 4. Tim Wilson (Yam); 5. Scott Greathouse (Yam).

Vet Nov: 1. Rick Steiner (Hon); 2. Jeff Thiesen (Hon); 3. Bryan Custer (Yam); 4 .Steve Martin (Hon); 5. David House (Suz).

Vet Int: 1. Jeff Merrill (Hon); 2. Craig King (Hon); 3. Gary Riekki (Hon); 4. Craig Ranells (Hon); 5. Roy Bowe (Yam).

Vet Pro: 1. John Blair (Hon); 2. Chicken Brewer (Yam).

OT Nov: 1. Mike Wilson (Yam); 2. David House (Suz); 3. John Benson (Hon).

OT Int: 1. Craig Ranells (Hon); 2. Rich Voss (Hon); 3. Mark Hawkins (Suz); 4. Pat Saugar (KTM); 5. Ian McPhenis (KTM).

Women: 1. Sherri Cruse (Hon); 2. Jackie Ives (Yam); 3. Jessy Arthurs (Hon); 4. Jackie Little (Yam); 5. Stephanie Cancilla (Hon).

+30 X: 1. John Blair (Hon); 2. Jeff Merrill (Hon); 3. Craig Ranells (Hon); 4. Rick Steiner (Hon); 5. William McCune (Hon).

4-Stroke X: 1. James Leon (Hon).

Sportsman X: 1. Brent Maggi (Suz); 2. Larry Vasquez (Hon); 3. Jordan Witrado (Yam).

Pro-Am: 1. Mike Alessi (Hon); 2. Paul Temmerman (Hon); 3. Zac Baxter (Yam); 4. Tony Wolf (Yam); 5. Greg Karmann (Yam).

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