Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki rider Zach Bell continued his winning ways this past weekend in Taft, CA as he won his second straight National Grand Prix Championship race of the year. Meanwhile teammate and newcomer to the team, Jake Alveraz looked to build off of his third place finish at Round 1, but an unfortunate mistake early on in the race would ultimately hinder his final result, crossing the finish line in sixth place at Round 2.
Zach Bell — 1st Place Pro
When the green flag waved, releasing the line of Pro class racers to thunder down the start straight, it was Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki's Zach Bell who was quick to pull an advantage as his KX™450 rocketed down the opening straightaway, giving him command of the first turn. From there, Bell instantly pulled a gap and laid down an unmatchable pace. Once he opened up a comfortable margin over the field, Bell was able to strategically manage the remainder of the race to take his second win of the season in the NGPC series.
In His Own Words
"I knew the start would be crucial, so I was really aggressive off the line. My KX450 got me off to a really great start and I was able to put in my sprint laps. The class was going really fast today, so I knew I had to be on it. After putting in the sprint laps, I was able to just manage. Taft has more of a moto-like layout and with my background coming from there I am really able enjoy racing each time we race here. Being really precise with line choices and slowing your mind down to get through the rough sections of the track is important. My KX450 bike was really working perfect today. Actually, I want to slow down the bike a bit, it's still a little too fast for my little butt. But, it was a really good day, so I'm excited."
Jake Alveraz — 6th Place Pro II
As the row of 250cc Pro II riders went screaming down the starting line, Alvarez was mid-pack off the start. The KX™250 mounted rider showed good race craft, ducking inside the pack through the first turn. From there, Alvarez battled back-and-forth with numerous riders over the first lap, all jostling for track position. Alveraz was able to climb up to third place as the opening lap wound down. During Alveraz's pit stop-cycle, he momentarily took the lead. However, a slight miscue at the pit entrance and a quick stall while refueling cost enough time to drop Alvarez back to fourth place.
Over the next twenty minutes, Alvarez was able to maintain his intensity and close back up to the second- and third-place riders. He made an aggressive out-braking maneuver around the outside to take over third place just before the white flag came out. On the last lap, Alvarez was able to close up to the rear tire of second place. Alveraz was just a couple seconds behind, but wasn't able to close in enough to make an overtaking attempt. Though Alvarez crossed the line in third place, his miscue entering the pits was deemed illegal and worthy of a two-minute penalty. The sanction pushed Alvarez back to sixth place, officially.