By Darryl G. Smart
Even bad knees couldn’t stop Dylan Wright.
The Gopher Dunes Racing rider put an exclamation mark on his season with back-to-back wins at Walton Raceway to claim his second-straight Triple Crown Series 450 title.
Racing on two knees that need surgery in the off-season throughout the season, Wright claimed both motos Sunday.
“I mean, coming in I had a bit of a points lead, so it took the nerves off a little bit,” Wright said after the race. “But there are always nerves. It’s not easy for anyone to do. I wanted to get it done on the first moto so I could have some fun in the second moto. Which I did. That was my goal heading into here. I wanted to end the season on a high note.
“I had some ups and downs this season, so I wanted to end it good,” he said. “It’s nice to have some momentum heading into the off season.”
One thing Wright was excited about was his starts on the weekend.
“It was a good day. I finally got another hole shot,” Wright said. “I’ve been working hard on my starts because they’re my Achilles Heel a bit. But we got it done today. I felt really good on the bike. I felt like my speed was good and I had some fun.”
With the pressure of having the title on the line in the first moto, Wright said he played it safe.
“I had to be smart, trying to bring the title home for the team,” Wright said. “They’ve worked so hard all season. And I didn’t want to throw it away with a dumb mistake. In the second moto there was no pressure and the championship was wrapped up, so I was able to let it go. It was time to send it for the boys. We were having some fun with the pit board. It was fun.”
Wright gave credit to the entire field for pushing him all season/
“It’s been a good season. Everyone drove really well,” Wright said. “That kept me on my toes. I feel like we made a lot of progress with that new bike and we’re in a really good spot heading into the off season and into supercross.”
Wright’s victory was a huge one for Gopher Dunes Racing. Not only was it Wright’s second-straight, it was the team’s four-consecutive championship, with local rider Colton Facciotti taking home the title in 2018 and 2019.
Liam O’Farrell, who calls Paris home, cracked the top-10 in the 450 pro class. At the final leg of the Triple Crown Series, he finished 10th and sixth for a sixth-place finish. That result put him in sixth overall.
McNabb finishes third in 250 Pro Class
He may be only 15, but Ryder McNabb is showing he belongs on the pro circuit.
Gopher Dunes Racing’s Ryder McNabb had a third-place finish in Walton to earn third spot on the Triple Crown Series 250 Pro podium.
On Sunday, McNabb finished fourth in the first moto and followed it up with a second to earn third spot overall on the day.
“It’s a little frustrating, but I wish I could’ve gotten a better start in that first moto,” McNabb said. “I kept it close and we worked our ass off today. Just looking back on it I just need to work on my starts. I could never get a top-10 start. I pulled one hole shot which was good, but it’s starts I really need to work on. Everything else I’m doing is pretty good.”