All two strokes at the sixth annual MTA Two Stroke World Championship!

Two strokes might be dead on the professional racing circuit, but MTA and Glen Helen has been keeping them alive with the MTA Two Stroke World Championship. The smell of premix was strong last Saturday as nearly 40 riders lined the famous Glen Helen gates to battle it out for the top honors in the LA Sleeve pro race. The 12 laps around the famously harsh track took its toll on the riders and wide range of two-stroke machinery, and in the end, and new pilot was crowned at the sixth annual race.

Moto One

The defending champ Sean Collier quickly took control of the lead on his Kawasaki KX500 and absolutely rocketed down the start straight and into Glen Helen’s massive  Talledega turn, just ahead of Sean Lipanovich and Mike Sleeter. As Collier slowly separated himself from the top three, Lipanovich and Sleeter were caught in a close battle that lasted for five laps. Once Sleeter worked his way into second, Collier had built up a substantial lead on the brutal track. Killy Rusk and Colton Haaker had both suffered from poor starts that put them deep in the field of riders, but by the halfway point, the two had worked all the way up to the top five.

Mike Sleeter on his way to a moto one victory on his 2015 KTM 300SX.

As the race neared the end, it looked as if Collier was going to walk away with an easy win, but with four laps to go, a mechanical failure forced the Kawasaki rider to drop from competition. This moved Orange Brigade KTM’s Sleeter into the top spot. Lipanovich also gained a position due to Collier’s DNF, but he was quickly overcome by both Rusk and Haaker. Once the checkered flag came out, Sleeter grabbed the number one spot with Rusk and Haaker closing out the podium.

1. Mike Sleeter
2. Killy Rusk
3. Colton Haaker
4. Sean Lipanovich
5. Griffin Dexter
6. Preston Mull
7. Dalton Shirey
8. Doug Dubach
9. Tevin Tapia
10. Daryl Ecklund
11. Colton Udall
12. Tallon Newman
13. Scott Champion
14. Bryan Brimhall
15. Shane Post

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Moto Two

When the gates dropped for moto two, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker led the 35-rider field into the first turn. Sean Collier was back in action for moto two and quickly went to work on reeling in the leader. By the time the two riders rounded the third lap, Collier had moved his way into the lead and once again started to gap the field of riders. Moto one winner Mike Sleeter found himself in fifth off the start, and it looked to be difficult for the Orange Brigade KTM rider to move forward. Killy Rusk grabbed a much better start in the second moto and found himself behind the front runners off the start, and by the fourth lap, the Yamaha rider had worked his way around Haaker and took control of the second position.

A mechanical issue took Sean Collier out of the lead and the race in moto one, but he proved to be unstoppable in moto two as he took the win with ease.

With Collier way out front and Rusk and Haaker in the top three, Sleeter had moved into fourth at the halfway mark and started to work his way toward the front. The treacherous track had claimed Rusk’s bike as a quarter-size hole had been blasted through his engine case, resulting with a very noticeable loss of power. This dropped him back into fourth during the remaining three laps. Haaker and Sleeter benefited from this, as both riders crossed the finish line in second and third, respectively. With a 1-3 finish, Sleeter was crowned the victor and took home the top honors.

1. Sean Collier
2. Colton Haaker
3. Mike Sleeter
4. Killy Rusk
5. Scott Champion
6. Tevin Tapia
7. Preston Tilford
8. Sean Lipanovich
9. Preston Mull
10. Colton Udall
11. Dalton Shirey
12. Griffon Dextor
13. Tim Badour
14. Shane Post
15. David Gassin

Overall:

1. Mike Sleeter
2. Colton Haaker
3. Killy Rusk
4. Sean Lipanovich
5. Tevin Tapia
6. Preston Mull
7. Griffin Dexter
8. Scott Champion
9. Dalton Shirey
10. Colton Udall
11. Preston Tilford
12. Shane Post
13. Tim Badour
14. Tallon Newman
15. Sean Collier

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