The TPJ Racing team spent their Memorial Day weekend banging bars at Glen Helen Raceway for round two of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.
TPJ’s fastest rider of the day was Dylan Merriam, who qualified for the days motos in 14th. Dylan would launch his Yamaha YZ450F off the start and around the first turn within the top 5 each time. Merriam had a career best 9th place finish in Moto 1, but an unfortunate crash in moto 2 would sideline him for the rest of the race putting him 39th in that race. Even with a virtually last place finish, Merriam was able to salvage some points from the day. Finishing 17th overall in the 450 class, he earned himself 12 championship points. Merriam sits 14th in overall series points heading into round 3.
Ben Lamay, who’s qualifying lap time was barely a second slower than Merriam’s, showed continued progress at Glen Helen. Lamay looked confident aboard his Honda CRF450R, riding strong all day and overcoming every obstacle that was thrown at him. With a 17th place qualifying lap time, Lamay was able to secure a decent gate pick that would help him get better starts this weekend. Moto 2 would prove a tough battle for Lamay, after a first lap crash left him at the back of the pack with 28 minutes plus two laps to make up the time lost. Lamay went 13th and 17th in moto 1 and moto 2, respectively and now sits 16th in points in the 450 class.
Carson Tickle’s goal for this season is to qualify for every round, and so far he’s 2 for 2. Carson rode his #596 KTM450SX-F to a 31st place qualifying position. Having older brother, Broc Tickle, trackside proved a big motivator for Car as he would fight his was to an impressive 26th overall finish in the stacked 450 class. Tickle finished 32nd in moto 1, and was able to move through the pack in moto 2 to finish an notable 21st.
Jimmy Weeks gained momentum and speed throughout the day; finishing stronger than he started and setting a season best record. Weeks, the lone 250 TPJ Rider, rode to a third place finish in the consolation race, placing him with a 39th overall qualifier for the day. Jimmy would start moto 1 in 37th place and work his way through the elements and the competition to finish in 28th place. A 28th place start in moto 2, wasn’t ideal but it was progress and it helped him cross the finish line in 24th place. Weeks currently sits 32nd in the Championship standings, and hopes to continue to advance each week and score some points with top 20 finished.
Our incredible race day at Glen Helen wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for all of our amazing sponsors. Thank you to Karcher Pressure Washers for keeping our bikes mud free, to Pirelli tires for helping us gain traction on a diverse track, to Lucas Oil for keeping our bikes running smooth, to DSC construction for believing in us and financially supporting our cause, to Bolt Motorcycle Hardware for holding our bikes together, to Magik Graphics for making sure our bikes have the sickest wraps in the pits, and to all of our amazing sponsors for making our dreams a reality.
The TPJ Racing team is heading to Colorado to endure the elevation and competition in Lakewood, CO at the Thunder Valley National this coming weekend. See you there!
Photo Credit: Brown Dog Wilson
Words by: Kendra Keene