Fifth Annual MTA Two Stroke World Championship

Although two-stroke motocross bikes are on the endangered species list, there are a handful of manufactures that have kept the machines in their model line and a small but passionate population of riders that continue to ride them. In the same light that launched the one-time cultish Four Stroke World Championship before the engine’s eventual rise to dominance, MTA has organized a similar event for the two-stroke contingent. 2014 marked the fifth running of the MTA Two Stroke World Championship, and a well-prepped pack of pre-mix burners filled the air of Glen Helen Raceway with smoke and high-pitched hums.

125 PRO

Drew Gooselaar took advantage of misfortunes by older brother Chris to sweep both motos of the 125 Pro class aboard his Suzuki RM125.

Moto One

Chris Gosselar held the throttle of his Yamaha YZ125 into the massive Talladega first-turn to grab the holeshot in the opening moto of the day, with younger brother Drew towing behind. It seemed as though a battle between the siblings was imminent, until a crash by Drew moments into the moto dropped him far from the pack. Chris extended a substantial lead over second and third place runners Kristoffer Palm and Casey Casper as the laps clicked off, but an issue just past the halfway point forced him to DNF the moto.

Just as one Gosselaar experienced misfortune, the other had caught up to the second and third place riders, and the battle for position suddenly switched from runner-ups to winner. Just seconds after getting by Casper on the finish line straight-away at the end of lap seven, Drew snuck by Palm in the next corner on the start of lap eight to take the lead, then rode off to a five second margin of victory at the final flag.

1. Drew Gooselaar
2. Kristoffer Palm
3. Casey Casper
4. Chris Gooselaar

Moto Two

Chris Gosselaar bested brother Drew by less than a second on the opening lap of the second moto, but would lose the spot to his brother by the time they crossed the line on the next lap. The gap between them grew with each lap, but another issue on lap five caused Chris to DNF for a second time, allowing Drew to ride uncontested to the checkered flag for a sweep of the day and the overall victory.

Palm and Casper settled in to second and third place, respectively, and this would be their overall finishes for the day.

1. Drew Gooselaar
2. Kristoffer Palm
3. Casey Casper
4. Chris Gooselaar

Overall Results
1. Drew Gooselaar
2. Kristoffer Palm
3. Casey Casper
4. Chris Gooselaar

Open PRO

Defending champion Sean Collier battled with Justin Jones in moto one before dropping to third place. In the second moto, Collier would take the win and overall after Jones DNF’ed from a mechanical issue in the final laps.

Moto One

Preston Tillford led the premier class to the first turn, but Justin Jones quickly overtook the lead by the end of lap one. Jones, the son of former National champion Gary Jones and an accomplished off-road racer in his own right, went unchallenged through the first three laps but was eventually hounded by Sean Collier. The defending Open Class champion overcame a mid-pack start to reach second place and Jones, and the two riders began an enthralling fight for the spot. Their varied line choices allowed the gap to grow and close, with one rider being notably faster depending on the section. At one point, Collier snuck into the lead, but Jones countered with a pass of his own before they crossed the finish line for the checkered flag.

Off-road racer Colton Udall lined aboard one of departed friend Jeff “Ox” Kargola’s re-commissioned Honda CR250R’s and after a poor start, charged through the pack and into the top-three. Collier had tired after the epic battle with Jones for the lead, which allowed Udall the chance to close during the final laps, take advantage of the slower pace, and pull away with second place.

Doug Dubach was collected in a crash on the first lap and by the time he was able to remount his YZ250, was far from the front of the field. Undeterred, Dubach picked his way through the pack over the remaining ten laps and into sixth place by the final flag.

1. Justin Jones
2. Colton Udall
3. Sean Collier
4. Dennis Stapleton
5. Brad Nauditt
6. Doug Dubach
7. Jeremy McCool
8. Kyle Fry
9. Preston Tilford
10. Ricky Yorks
11. Chris See
12. Billy Lea
13. Casey Casper
14. Shane Tanner
15. Stephen Heighton

Moto Two

Justin Jones launched out of the gate and into the lead at the start of the second moto, and it looked as though he would sweep the class with another win. No rider could match the pace Jones was able to run on the dry and choppy course, and he motored away from the pack to build a massive lead. All appeared well until the waning moments of the race, particularly when Jones was due to take the white flag. Suddenly it was Collier, who had run the entire moto in second place, coming by at the front of the pack, leading the final and most important lap of the day, to take the overall victory and his second-straight championship. A mechanical issue was soon determined the cause of the dramatic turn of events, as Jones pushed his KTM over the finish line to score thirteenth place.

The misfortune by Jones changed the outcome of the race, moving two riders with possible shots at third place both onto the podium. Doug Dubach spent much of the moto in third, but the sixth place score from the first moto would not be enough to best Colton Udall, who had moved up to fourth, in the overall results. The two riders were soon pitted against the other for third place that came to a head when Udall attempted to pass from the outside in a tight corner. Dubach drew from his years of racing experience and blocked Udall’s planned move, sending the off-road rider into the outside of the berm and onto the ground. Passed by a number of racers in the time it took to remount his Honda, Udall was out of contention for third overall but still mounted an effort to salvage the moto and climbed up to sixth. Once Jones dropped from the lead, however, both riders advanced a position, which jumped Udall to second in the overall standings and Dubach to third.

1. Sean Collier
2. Doug Dubach
3. Brad Nauditt
4. Dennis Stapleton
5. Colton Udall
6. Kyle Fry
7. Jeremy McCool
8. Chris See
9. Preston Tillford
10. Ricky Yorks
11. Billy Lea
12. Casy Casper
13. Justin Jones
14. Stephen Heighton
15. Shane Tanner

Overall Results

1. Sean Collier
2. Colton Udall
3. Doug Dubach
4. Brad Nauditt
5. Dennis Stapleton
6. Kyle Fry
7. Jeremy McCool
8. Justin Jones
9. Preston Tilford
10. Chris Se
11. Ricky Yorks
12. Billy Lea
13. Casey Casper
14. Shane Tanner
15. Stephen Heighton