(6/16/04) Damon Huffman is looking to turn the tables on his Blackfoot Racing Honda teammate, Jean Sebastien Roy, at Round 2 of the CMRC 250 Canadian Motocross Championship this weekend.
Huffman, with 4-2 motos, had to settle for second overall at the opening round in Nanaimo, BC on June 13, 2004. Roy, meanwhile, made a clean sweep of the proceedings. They were joined on the podium by teammate Dusty Klatt who nailed down third overall, thanks to 3-3 motos.
“It took me a while to get myself together after crashing in the first moto, said Huffman. “By the second moto I was in much better shape and ending second overall for the day wasn’t so bad considering I only got fourth in the first moto. I’m really looking forward to Mission this weekend. Although it’s a new track for me I’m sure I’ll give JSR a run for his money.
Also looking for a shot at Roy will be Coors Light Suzuki’s Craig Decker, OTSFF Suzuki’s John Dowd, Pacific Yamaha’s Brad Hagseth and Diablo Honda’s Keith Johnson.
While Decker delivered steady 2-4 motos to snare fourth overall, the rest of the Americans missed a top-five finish. Dowd nailed down sixth overall on the strength of 6-6 motos, Hagseth grabbed seventh with 7-8 and Johnson ninth with 8-9.
Buddy Antunez, who filled in for injured Richmond Racing Kawasaki maven Darcy Lange, went down hard in Saturday’s qualifying sessions. The “Bud Man was not up to par in Sunday’s motos, finishing a tepid 23rd overall after delivering mid-pack 23-22 results.
In the 125 West Championship, Ryan Morais was top American. The Californian followed his Blackfoot teammate Klatt to the podium in second overall on the strength of 4-2 motos. Like JSR, Klatt put Blackfoot in the spotlight with a clean sweep.
Richmond Racing’s Jeff Northrop rounded out the podium with 3-4 motos. The Texans Erick Valley (Pacific Yamaha) and James Marshall (Riverside Yamaha) landed sixth and seventh overall respectively on the strength of 7-5 and 6-6 motos.
125 title favourite Turbo Reif from California, who scored third in the series in 2001, succumbed to a knee injury during his qualifier and is expected to be out for the rest of the tour.
While Morais is now favoured along with Klatt as the main 125 title candidate, and Huffman along with JSR in the 250, the rest of the American contingent will be looking to make the Canadians eat some home turf as the series starts making its way east.
Photo by Allison Kennedy — Media release by Bull’s Eye Media Relations