Milestone MX – Riverside, CA
It was a big weekend at Milestone Ranch MX Park in Riverside, CA. The 2010 TransWorld SLAM race brought some of the brightest stars in the motocross world together for some head to head racing action.
For the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda team, it was a great opportunity to test bikes and get in race shape before Supercross starts again in January.
Cole Seely was the fastest in qualifying, and his new teammates Travis Baker and Christian Craig qualified third and fourth, respectively. For Travis and Christain, it was their very first race aboard the TLD Honda, and both riders were flying.
Cole won his first round against Billy Laninovich, Travis Baker won his first round against Bryce Vallee, and Christian Craig won his first round against Sean Borkenhagen. Another rider to turn some heads was long time TLD amateur athlete Nick Paluzzi, who also won his first round. Nick would go on to the quarterfinals, where he narrowly lost to Wil Hahn.
In the quarterfinals, Travis Baker would line up against his teammate Cole Seely. Travis did his best to stay with his teammate, but in the end Cole would take the win and advance to the semi-finals. Christian Craig put his 250 ahead of the 450 of Austin Politelli and also advanced to the semis.
In the semifinals, Cole Seely beat the 450 of Bruce Rutherford and advanced to the finals. On the other side of the bracket it was Christian Craig versus former TLD rider Wil Hahn. Christian put in a solid effort, but Wil would take the win and advance.
The finals shaped up to be an epic battle of former teammates Cole Seely and Wil Hahn. As they demonstrated during intermission, the two riders still have a great friendship and also a heap of respect for one another. Off the gate it was Wil taking the lead. Cole did his best to show Wil his front wheel a few times, but at the checkers it was Wil Hahn taking home the prize.
TLD would like to congratulate Wil on his win, and give a big thanks to all of our team sponsors: Lucas Oil, American Honda, Red Bull, PPG, Wings for Life, Alpinestars, Avia, Couts Heating and Cooling, Dunlop, Epic Action Video Cam, Leatt Brace, McQueen Racing, Oakley, Pacific Collision, Pro Circuit, Rossignol, Santa Cruz, Selle Italia, Skullcandy, All Sport Dynamics, Cycra, Fasthouse, Flexfit, Hinson Clutch, Hot Wheels, Kahne Racing, Light Speed, Muc-Off, N Style, Nameplate, ODI, Primm, QTM, Renthal, RK Chain, Excel, Twin Air, Vasser Racing and VP Racing.