2014 Lake Elsinore Grand Prix

The race no longer starts on the historic streets of downtown Lake Elsinore. Instead, it is staged just outside The Diamond baseball stadium. This motocross track was built for the event.

2014 Lake Elsinore Grand Prix | Harvey Mushman 100

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Photos by Brendan Lutes

Named after the racing alias used by the King of Cool Steve McQueen, the Harvey Mushman 100 is the biggest race of the weekend at the annual Lake Elsinore Grand Prix. At 100 miles in length, the event usually draws numerous professional off-road and motocross racers and thousands of fans from the surrounding neighborhoods. This year’s event was no different. In addition to off-road stars Robby Bell, Justin Seeds, Ty Davis, and others, Supercross racer and Lake Elsinore local Brett Metcalfe elected to compete at the last minute, setting the stage for an epic race-long showdown between him and Bell.

From the start of the race, Bell and Metcalfe began gapping themselves from three-time defending race winner Justin Seeds. As the race progressed, the top-three of Bell, Metcalfe, and Seeds had checked out on the rest of the pack, however, the trio remained within striking distance of each other. Aside from when he made a quick pit stop for fuel near the halfway point, which gave Metcalfe the lead until he too had to make his stop for gas, Bell led nearly every lap of the race on the high-speed course. At the end of the race, Bell took the win followed by Metcalfe and Seeds.

2014 Lake Elsinore Grand Prix

The start of the race saw Ryan Penhall and Brett Metcalfe jump out to the early lead in the motocross section. Bell was mired back in fifth, but quickly made his way into the lead as soon as the pack left the moto section.

2014 Lake Elsinore Grand Prix

It isn’t too often that you see Supercross and motocross racer Brett Metcalfe kicking up this much dust, however, the Australian held his own in the off-road conditions.

2014 Lake Elsinore Grand Prix

Robby Bell had a commanding lead after only one lap, and aside from briefly losing the lead due to a quick stop for fuel, Bell was unchallenged for the win.

2014 Lake Elsinore Grand Prix

The course circulated around the entire city of Lake Elsinore, on top of ridges like this, and past local housing tracts.

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