For the third consecutive year, SPY Optic took over the Del Mar Arena during the month-long San Diego County Fair for their signature event, the SPY Del Moto Derby. The Carlsbad, California, eyewear brand quickly builds an Arenacross style track in the horse ring, using the black powdery soil the massive horse track is known for and invites many of Southern California’s fastest racers to do battle for prizes and purse money. With a number of races under their belt, this year’s running went off flawlessly and entertained the masses who filled the stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The morning was spent shaving the field down to only the fastest riders in the 65, 85, Amateur, and Open Pro divisions through a series of heat races and last chance qualifiers. Wit the running order set, competitors took to the track for the action packed main events. Jett Reynolds dominated the 65 ranks, leading from the drop of the gate to the final flag. Although the Kawasaki Team Green rider had a minor miscue in the opening lap, he regrouped in enough time to maintain the lead over Hunter Yoder and Talon Hawkins.
Mitchell Falk and Carson Mumford looked like the two riders to beat through the qualifying rounds, and the two young riders were right at the front of the pack in the 85 main event. Falk nabbed the holeshot aboard his Orange Brigade KTM and sped away from the field, but Mumford clicked off a number of consistent laps on his Team Green Kawasaki and seemed to reel the leader in. Eventually the two were cutting through lapped riders, with Falk taking advantage of the situation and pulling away to the race win.
The most intense battles of the day occurred in the Amateur All-Stars division, where racers fought for position on every inch of the track. This was evident in Ryan Surratt’s climb from a mid-pack start to first on the opening lap, as he snaked his way through the field while the competition bumped and banged off one another. While Surratt went uncontested for the entire moto, Luke Purther and Johnny O’Brien outlasted a number of attacks to secure their places on the podium.
The caliber of talent on the line for the Open Pro main event made the 20 lap moto one of the best in the event’s short history. Timmy Weigand nabbed the holeshot on his Honda, but was soon under fire from Scott Champion for the position. Champion spent the opening half of the race chipping away at the lead Weigand had built and was soon within range of making a bid for the lead, but the crafty veteran shut down the younger competition’s advances for a number of laps. Persistence paid off in the end for Champion, however, and he took control just past the halfway point in the race. Once in the lead, he charged the course aboard his Strikt/Slaton Racing/Yamaha and earned 3,000 dollars for the victory.