Race Report : TransWorld SLAM 2012

SLAM Champion Justin Bogle

For the first time in TransWorld SLAM history, a two-time winner has been crowned. Aboard a GEICO Honda CRF450R, Justin Bogle terrorized the competition at Lake Elsinore to take home the $5000 check, SLAM belt, and December TransWorld Motocross cover, the second of his career. It did not come easy for the Oklahoma hotshot, as he was forced forced to outlast Ryan Hughes, and Austin Politelli, among others, to square off against Kyle Chisholm in the final dash. Though the number of laps run were small, the racing action was fierce in every two-lap dash.

Round One

Ricky Dietrich and Christian Craig squared off for the first race of the day, but the outcome was clear almost as quickly as it began. The Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda racer made a critical error that allowed Dietrich to motor away to an uncontested victory.

Ricky Dietrich

vs.

Christian Criag

DNA Energy/Jeff Ward Racing’s Kyle Chisholm was paired against Dillan Epstein for their chance to move on, and despite a close early battle, Chisholm outlasted the Monster Energy Team Green racer for the win.

Dillan Epstein

vs.

Kyle Chisholm

The match up of Ryan Hughes and Matt Goerke lived up to the hype. Just feet out of the gate, the two tangled and hit the ground, and Hughes was the first to remount. The BTO Sports/KTM rider gave chase and at times looked like a move would be made, but it was not to be. Hughes moved on to the next round, tweaked bike and all.

Ryan Hughes

vs.

Matt Goerke

Justin Bogle and Austin Politelli were the final run of the first round, and it was a pairing that could have gone either way. Politelli was fresh of his summer of money and solid showing at the Lake Elsinore National was with Bogle off the jump, but was never able to pressure him for the lead. With that, Bogle would advance on.

Justin Bogle

vs.

Austin Politelli

Semi Finals

Chisholm and Dietrich faced off in the semi finals, but Chisholm was in control from the get-go and took the win. It is worth mentioning that Dietrich looked good after only a limited amount of time on bike and ran it deep til the final flag.

Ricky Dietrich

vs.

Kyle Chisholm

Faced against “Ryno” for his chance at making the final, Bogle felt the pressure.When the gate dropped, the defending champion bolted to the first turn and never let the veteran have a chance to stick a wheel in.

Ryan Hughes

vs.

Justin Bogle

Final Round

Both racers in the final round had the chance to land their second TWMX cover in a year’s time, but only one would earn it, five G’s, and the SLAM belt in one swoop. Even off the jump, Chisholm had the advantage with the inside line, but Bogle would soon take over the moto and sprinted away. With his SLAM king title safe, Bogle tossed a nac-nac over the finish line.

Justin Bogle

vs.

Kyle Chisholm