Washougal - The Long Way Round

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8/6/2017 4:58 PM

After thinking about attending Washougal for several years, I finally did it and here are some of my impressions and pictures from behind the fence.

I flew into Seattle and drove to Portland, which is 40 minutes away from Washougal. However, my route to Portland was anything but a straight line, as I had decided take the opportunity to visit Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Sawtooth National Forest.

Here's my Long Way Round drive from Seattle to Portland:

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After 2,000 miles of some amazing views, I finally arrived at the track on Saturday morning right before practice.

Having been to many nationals (including Glen Helen, Hangtown, Lake Elsinore, Budds Creek, Unadilla, Broome Tioga, Gainesville and Red Bud - yes, I know I'm getting old), I was really impressed with the beauty of the place. There are other tracks that offer better spectator viewing, but I had never been to such a scenic location for a motocross race!

I'll try to post some comments and pictures covering practices, the 125 dream race and the motos. So, shall we get started with practice?

250 timed practice

I believe Adam Cianciarulo was fastest on both 250 sessions. He was really aggressive from the get go, immediately attacking the track even when it was fairly wet in the first session. In person AC looks kind of tall for the 250F, and I believe a transition to the 450s should suit him.

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Versace Savatgy was second, roughly half a second slower than AC. Savatgy was deceptively fast, as it didn't look like he was pushing that hard. In this picture you can see how loamy the track looked in the first practice session. Mitch Payton was probably smiling at this point, with both of his riders up front!

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Shane McElrath and Zach Osborne followed in 3rd and 4th, with less than a second between them. Here's a couple of shots from similar angles to compare their styles.

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McElrath carries good speed and flows everywhere, while Osborne looks much more aggressive all the time.

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Here are a couple of bonus shots from Justin Hill, who qualified in 12th but, unfortunately, didn't race.

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And also one of Kyle Cunningham (14th), just because I think the early morning light looks kinda of cool cool

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8/6/2017 5:19 PM

Dylan Ferrandis followed in 5th, being the last rider in the 2:13 range. He looks good, and should be a championship contender next year after learning all the tracks in 2017.

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Hard to say what is the deal with Jeremy Martin, who qualified in 6th, but he never looked that comfortable on the bike.

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Here are a couple of Luke Renzland...

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Jon Ames

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Sean Cantrell

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And another one of Savatgy to wrap the 250 practices

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8/6/2017 5:27 PM

Tomorrow I'll post more, but here are a few from the 125s

ML512

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Ivan Tedesco

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Josh Hansen

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Tyler Villopoto

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8/6/2017 6:08 PM

Cool shots! Thanks for posting them up!

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8/6/2017 7:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/6/2017 9:35 PM

Sounds like one epic moto trip - Congratulations! Thanks for the write-up and photos; very detailed with crystal clear shots cool

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8/6/2017 7:20 PM

Awesome!

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8/6/2017 7:48 PM

JW381 wrote:

Awesome!

Yep, totally awesome place for racing and,enjoying. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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8/7/2017 2:55 AM

Thanks for the nice comments kzikok, crc245, JW381 and wildbill!

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8/7/2017 3:16 AM

450 timed practice:

Eli Tomar was on it, besting Musquin by about a second and a half! Here he takes the inside line on the first leg of the S turn...

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...while Musquin and Justin Barcia rail the outside.

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MM25 would go on to have a great day, while JB51 would, later in practice, crash in the finish line area and would not line up for the motos.

However, the biggest story from practice, was Noren in 4th place. Impressive!

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Blake Baggett (5th) airs it out over the wall jump...

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...while Tomac takes the more traditional approach.

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Bisceglia qualified in 12th, and what a cool style on the bike!

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8/7/2017 3:25 AM

Privateer Henry Miller making the FXR gear look good, by qualifying in the top 20.

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Musquin preferred to hug the inside on the turn before the uphill...

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... while Tomac was drifting wider at the exit.

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8/7/2017 3:37 AM

Love the bb4 shot! Don't forget pics of the parks.

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8/7/2017 9:34 AM

The 125 Dream Race

Ryan Lockhart (#81) got the holeshot, with Ivan Tedesco (#9) hot on his heels. After two turns they reached the uphill, where Tedesco took the lead. Tyler Villopoto was right there (weird scrub on the #61), as well as Devin Watson (#777). Unfortunately, Lockhart would crash at the top of the hill, on the very first lap, and would DNF.

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With Tedesco and Lockhart already gone, Tyler leads the rest of the pack on the first lap.

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Vital's ML512 on the first lap, after a mid-pack start.

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Tyler pressured Tedesco, and eventually got by...

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...before his bike started losing power (it was very noticeable on the uphill) and he settled for second.

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Vernon McKiddie
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The 125 race was a very interesting idea, and I wish it took place at every round. Seeing those bikes at full tilt brought back a lot of good memories!
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8/7/2017 9:40 AM

JW381 wrote:

Awesome!

wildbill wrote:

Yep, totally awesome place for racing and,enjoying. Thanks for sharing your trip.

X2! You saw some of our prettiest country - in my opinion. The Sawtooth is one rugged range. Try walking back in there with nothing but a rifle, a knife, flint and steel, and maybe some jerked beef and coffee.

Well done, and thanks for sharing.

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8/7/2017 9:43 AM

Josh Hansen overcame a 10th place start to grab 4th at the finish.

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A few pics of ML512 from practice:

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Later on I'll post about the 250 and 450 races.

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8/7/2017 9:45 AM

JRT812 wrote:

Love the bb4 shot! Don't forget pics of the parks.

Thanks JRT812!

After I'm done sorting through the race pictures, I'll post a few from the parks.

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8/7/2017 9:48 AM

Harry Backmon wrote:

X2! You saw some of our prettiest country - in my opinion. The Sawtooth is one rugged range. Try walking back in there with nothing but a rifle, a knife, flint and steel, and maybe some jerked beef and coffee.

Well done, and thanks for sharing.

Harry, Sawtooth was incredible!

After the big crowds at Yellowstone, it was nice to have all those views and barely any tourist activity.
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8/7/2017 10:04 AM

Pure greatness, thanks for sharing!

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8/7/2017 1:06 PM

Looks like a great loop to drive! I would have recommended not just going straight over I-90 through Washington, but that's pretty minor. Going over Highway 2 and maybe even seeing Grand Coulee Dam and the lakes up there would have been some good sightseeing but it definitely would have taken a few extra hours!

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8/7/2017 1:43 PM

Thanks man. This should be on racerx. Good stuff

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8/7/2017 1:48 PM

wildbill wrote:

Yep, totally awesome place for racing and,enjoying. Thanks for sharing your trip.

Harry Backmon wrote:

X2! You saw some of our prettiest country - in my opinion. The Sawtooth is one rugged range. Try walking back in there with nothing but a rifle, a knife, flint and steel, and maybe some jerked beef and coffee.

Well done, and thanks for sharing.

BRZ wrote: Harry, Sawtooth was incredible!

After the big crowds at Yellowstone, it was nice to have all those views and barely any tourist activity.

... And please remember, it's not ours. It's all of ours! Since we are not individual earthlings living on an individual sphere.

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8/7/2017 3:14 PM

JRT812 wrote:

Love the bb4 shot! Don't forget pics of the parks.

BRZ wrote:

Thanks JRT812!

After I'm done sorting through the race pictures, I'll post a few from the parks.

Hey I just watched THE BPR Project about their 125 do you have any photos of their rider #391?

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8/7/2017 4:08 PM

Gawd dang BRZ , I wish more threads like yours were on here. Very cool thread indeed , with an awesome story behind it. Sounds like one heck of a trip you had after the race as well. I've lived here my entire life , and you just drove farther then I ever have. Happy to hear you had such a great time. The PNW is definitely something special.....and it's why me and many other's stay. It can be the best place on earth at times.

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8/7/2017 4:18 PM

Great pics BRZ- glad you had a good trip! That single (wall jump) into the sand section was all time radical!!!

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8/7/2017 5:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/7/2017 6:30 PM

WeaverMX wrote:

Hey I just watched THE BPR Project about their 125 do you have any photos of their rider #391?

WeaverMX, here's a short sequence from the first lap that shows Michael Sweney (#41), Ryder Steffy (#391) and Tucker Saye (#693) jockeying for positions on the first lap. They on to finish in 10th, 11th and 14th, respectively.

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Sorry about the soft focus, as I wasn't following anyone in particular.

It was more a case of "let`s hope something interesting happens here in the first lap." whistling
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8/7/2017 6:29 PM

Thanks to everyone for all the nice comments! It was really a great trip and I'm glad to share it here with you guys.

Now we finally get to the 1st 250 moto:

The 250 class is pretty evenly matched. Case in point is Plessinger only posting the 10th fastest time in practice, but running away with the moto after getting a great start.

These were all taken in sequence after one lap - Plessinger already stretching out a lead.

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Sean Cantrell under pressure from Ferrandis.

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Mitchell Harrison just ahead of...

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Cianciarulo, who was under fire from Savatgy

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Meanwhile, Osborne had a lousy start and halfway through the first lap he was coming through the pack, battling with local hero Gared Steinke (#726) on the 125.

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8/7/2017 7:12 PM

Aaron Plessinger looks way too tall for a 250F, but that didn't stop him from pulling away from the pack.

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A nice view of the uphill, when you have a clear track ahead and the entire pack behind you.

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Sean Cantrell rode great, holding 2nd place for almost half the race.

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Sometimes these scrubs look a little awkward to me, but what do I know...

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Cianciarulo got into second, but finished about 10 seconds behind the #23. Impressive ride, nonetheless. Here he is tripling through the whoops just before the finish line.

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Savatgy, who was close to AC in the initial laps, would finish in 7th and probably thought his shot at an overall win was gone.

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A dogfight in the uphill, with Savatgy attacking Harrison, while Hampshire goes for the scrub in an attempt to gain on Colt Nichols.

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Jeremy Martin, avoids one of these pesky yellow track markers that got in the way of my pictures the whole day wink

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8/7/2017 7:22 PM

Osborne recovered nicely and by the 2 lap board he was chasing down Ferrandis for a podium spot.

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Ferrandis did hold Osborne back, barely edging him out for 3rd.

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Nice top 5 finish for Harrison. The kid rides with a lot of heart!

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At one point Plessinger's lead was so big that even the public started losing interest cool

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Colt Nichols always has great body position on the bike. Cool style!

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Thanks for watching, and tomorrow we'll be back with the 1st 450 moto.

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8/7/2017 11:19 PM

BRZ. My hero! Nice job.

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8/7/2017 11:57 PM

I always looked forward to opening your threads... You've been gone far too long.

Awesomecool

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8/8/2017 10:01 AM

Thanks BevoDave!

EZZA, it's good to be back posting here and I missed our frriendly exchanges.

Later on today (after I'm done with my real job tongue), I'll post the 450 pics.

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