Ivan Tedesco (9) pulled the holeshot in the first moto and many expected him to pull away with an easy win, especially since he was the only “active” racer in the field. Travis Preston (11) caught everyone off guard by motoring through the field after a so-so start and earning a commanding win.
We’ve seen Ryan Hughes testing his race bike tirelessly over the past few weeks. Ryno debuted his Yoshimura/DRD/factory Connection Suzuki RM-Z450 at the TransWorld Slam a few weeks ago in thrilling fashion, and has been plugging away at Glen Helen ever since.
The Glen Helen circuit was as rough and unforgiving as always, and Hughes demonstrates the proper way to search for faster, smoother parts of the track. It was amazing to watch Hughes blaze down the hill, with his footpeg that close to the side of the hill.
Dirt Rider test rider Kris Keefer finished sixth overall aboard his personal 2013 Honda CRF450R. Keefer also works as a test rider for Yoshimura, and was instrumental in developing the new titanium exhaust system from the highly regarded exhaust factory.
While Hughes and Tedesco piloted very trick, highly modified machines, Travis Preston showed up on what looked like a very stock Yamaha YZ450F, save for some JGR-tuned suspension. If someone gave Preston a ride, we don’t doubt that he could pick up right where he left off in the 450 Nationals.
Ever wonder who the fastest full-time magazine editor is? That honor goes to Dirt Bike Magazine’s Mark Tilley, who finished eighth aboard the DB Kawasaki KX450F test bike. In addition to racing, Tilley was also testing the new ODI Contolled Flex Technology handlebars.
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