Boulder City MX hosted the first annual Hart and Huntington Privateer Challenge last Saturday which showcased a full-sized Dirt Wurx supercross track, and a $10,000 purse. 42 privateer riders competed for the chance to win some cash, but it was Sean Borkenhagen from Huntington Beach, CA, who walked away with the victory. If you weren’t able to make it out, check out some photos and see what went down in Boulder City, NV.
Coming straight from Las Vegas, Nevada, Kyle Partridge felt right at home at the Boulder City MX track, and it showed. Partridge's heat race win put him straight into the main, and into the Dash For Cash. Competing against three other riders in the four lap race, Kyle came out on top with the win and a $1000. Plus, his second place finish in the main scored him another $2000.
Sean Borkenhagen was definitely on his A-game all weekend. His smooth style on the supercross track gave him a comfortable lead in the main, and also a win that collected $3000.
The Boulder City MX park had a huge parking lot with inspiring views. However, the weather last weekend may have played a factor in the attendance for the race.
Chris Gosselaar showed up to race the Privateer Challenge, but unfortunately some bike problems kept him from making the main.
Tanner Young was the only rider competing on a two-stroke, but a crash in practice kept him competing in the first heat race.
Zach Osborne was able to make it out last weekend for an autograph session as well as some race annoucing.
Troy Lee Designs' mechanic Jeremy Coker worked side by side last season with Tarah Geiger, but this year he is turning wrenches for his brother, Christian Craig. The two made it out to the race last weekend to help out their buddy, Lance Vincent.
Boulder City MX had tons of flaggers on hand, which made for a pretty safe race.
Hart and Huntington Privateer Challenge swag...
After spending the year on the Valli Motorsports Yamaha team, Ivan Tedesco is now the new recruit for the Hart and Huntington/Dodge/Kawasaki. IT was able to make it out for an autograph session for all of his fans.
Uhhh...what's in that Vitamin Water?
Rockwell Time showed their presence at the Privateer Challenge showed their presence at the Privateer Challenge with riders Parker Eckman, Gray Davenport, Jason Potter, and Landen Powell pitted under their tent.
Socal locals Myles and Dakota Tedder made it out to race, however both of them were unable to make the main.
I think the same guy that tagged Swap's bike had something to do with this.
High winds out in Boulder City made for some sketchy conditions for some of the riders.
Lucas Oil/TLD/Honda rider Christian Craig came out to show some support for his buddy, Lance Vincent.
Supercross Live! announcer Jim Holley kept the supercross fans informed with his turn by turn announcing.
Boulder City MX had some serious heavy equipment on hand to keep the track nice and prepped for the riders.
Lance Vincent was Borkenhagen's biggest challenged in the first heat race, but after flying off the track and into the fence, he was sent to the semi qualifiers.
Coby Adair demonstrates how to jump off a triple in some strong winds.
Dakota Tedder, however, came up short on this triple...
...and smacked his head on the crossbar pad.
Miss Supercross, Casey Edmundson, was present at the H&H Privateer Challenge, and she helped out with all of the post-race interviews.
Topher Ingalls showed some amazing speed, but after making a pass on Travis Bannister in the semi qualifiers...
...he cased the backside of a triple, and he DNF'd the race.
Chris Gosselaar's possy.
After getting a bad start, Hunter Hewitt charged through the pack in his heat race and made it into the Dash For Cash. He also finished fourth in the main.
Gosselaar was looking pretty fast during his semi race, but he started to have some bike problems after he got hit.
After leading one of the most exciting races of the day, Tanner Reidman's huge lead quickly diminished when his bike stalled coming out of a corner.
With it only being a four lap race, and having $1000 on the line, the Dash For Cash turned out to be an all out block passing session.
Right when the main event was about to start, dark clouds and heavy rain snuck over the track almost instantly.
Each race had about 12 riders on the gate, but as more and more riders were forced to the LCQ, the line was completely full with 20 riders.
New to the Hart and Huntingtion team for 2011 is the huge sponsorship by Dodge.
Privateers usually don't have the luxory of a semi, or box van, to transport their stuff, and they are usually stuck pitting out of the back of their truck.
After taking the lead away from Tony Gallo in the main, Lance Vincent was the man to beat. However, he once again shot off the track and into a fence.
Poppin' bottles! With bottles of champagne for the podium finishers (Sean Borkenhagen, Kyle Partridge, and Tony Gallo), the Hart and Huntington Privateer Challenge came to a close after a day full of some awesome racing!