USBA Master of the Mountains Press Release

Vortex Masters of the Mountains Round 6 September 27-28

The final round of the 2014 Vortex Masters of the Mountains series was held on the East Course configuration at Miller Motorsports Park on September 27th and 28th. Weather played a factor on Saturday’s Deseret Dash doubleheader with both races held on a wet and cold track. Despite the conditions, 13 year old Gauge Rees “did the double” winning both races and beating a lot of much more experienced riders in the process with his smooth, and calculated riding. Gauge has made huge progress since the beginning of the season aboard his Trackstar Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 and is impressing a lot of people with his riding as well as his attitude. Remember that name and expect to hear it more in the future.

Sunday looked to have more of the same weather but as dawn broke the skies cleared and the track dried. In the King of the Mountain GTU class, Chad Swain led into turn 1 with Dave Purcell and Brian Childree following closely behind. On lap 3, as Swain began to break away Childree passed Purcell and began to close the gap. Though the two were very close for a number of laps Childree was never able to mount an attack and Swain went on to win the race and secure his King of the Mountain GTU Championship ahead of Childree finishing second and Purcell finishing third overall.

The premier King of the Mountain GTO race proved to be one of the most exciting of the season. Jerry Hicks pulled the Holeshot into turn 1 and led Oleg Pianykh and Chad Swain for four laps until on lap five Pianykh got an incredible drive exiting turn 12 onto the front straight and was able to use the power of his MotoStation prepared GSX-R1000 to pass Hicks before turn 1. From then on the three riders were absolutely inseparable creating what looked like a Tour de France-style pace line, never having more than .3 seconds between them. The stage was set for an epic battle in the closing laps but it wasn’t meant to be. On lap ten the leaders caught a lapped rider on the front straight and only Pianykh was able to get by before turn 1. Hicks and Swain lost too much ground and were unable to close the gap before the checkered flag and Pianykh went on to celebrate his third-straight King of the Mountain GTO Championship.

“It was a really good weekend and a really good season for us. I think I won every race I finished this season so despite a few DNFs from some bad luck it was maybe my best season ever. I’m happy I was able to lock up the championship for the third year in a row and to do it in a race like that makes it even better. I want to thank MotoStation of Salt Lake, Evolution Machining, Vortex, and Pirelli tires for a great season.” ~Oleg Pianykh

Round 6 Race Report

Trackstar Racing Round 6 / Year End Race Report:

First I want to thank all of the Riders who support my shop and give me the opportunity to do what I love. Thank you! Thanks to the guys who ride for me, you make it all worth while!
I want to thank our Sponsors who make it all possible. Heatshrink.com, Kimber Kable, Ray Kimber, Rickdiculous Racing / Adam Bronfman and Ricky Bronfman, Champion Spark Plugs, ‪#‎teamchampion‬, Spectro Oils, Apex Trackdays, Ken Hill, Shane Turpin, Spidi and Western Power Sports, Shoei Helmets North America and Jessica Brown, M4 Exhaust, Vortex Racing, Joe Salas, Steve Midgley Motorcycle Photography, Ignite Media Utah, Dunlop andScott Larsen, Öhlins USA, Venhill Brake lines, Bazzaz, and Popshadow Decals. We couldnt do this without each and every one of you and hope you know how much your support means to us.

Gauge Rees: Gauge won both Deseret Dash races in the rain on Saturday. On Sunday he brought home 3rd in HVWT Superbike, 4th in Middleweight SS and 5th in KOMU. Season Championship standings: 2nd overall, 3rd HVWT Superbike, 4th Middleweight SS and 4th in KOMU. Its been a fantastic season!

Mark Reo: Mark won the Novice U race on Sunday and also took the win in Combined U. It was a great weekend for Mark! Season Championship: Mark too 3rd in the Novice GTO Championship, 2nd in the Novice GTU Championship and 3rd in Combined U. Excellent first season on the track!

Devan Deamer: Devan won the Production 250 race on Sunday and also clinched the Production 250 Championship. Devan also set the new track lap record on East for the 250 class. Devan also locked up 4th place in the Moto 3 Championship.

Ryan Richardson: Ryan won the Deseret Dash Novice race 1 and took second in race 2 on Saturday. He locked up 4th in the Twins U Championship, 2nd in the Moto 3 Championship and 7th in Novice U.

DonovanNcharity Busby: Donovan locked up 2nd in the Production 250 Championship and 5th in the Moto 3 Championship. Unfortunately he was not able to race round 6 due to work obligations.

Michael Hawkins: Michael was able to secure 4th in the Heavyweight Superbike Championship, 2nd in Formula 5, 5th in KOMU and 5th in Middleweight Superstock. Mike had a great year and didnt have a single crash.

Again, thanks to everyone for their support and for giving me the opportunity to work with you. Next year is going to be exciting!