West Coast Open at LACR | AMSOIL Race Report
AMSOIL West Coast Open | Round One | LACR
And we’re off! The AMSOIL West Coast Open Race Series is officially underway, as we rolled into LACR for round one of the annual series. Well over 700 eager racers rolled into the sand-filled facility for a wild day of racing under the sun. The track crew at LACR prepped two tracks to perfection and paved the road for an exciting opening round of the West Coast Open series.
As for the youngsters, the 65cc classes held some of the closest battles that round one of the West Coast Open saw. Two of those gritty battles took place in the Open 65cc (No Beginners) and Novice 65cc classes, and both involved Matthew Naranjo. However, Matthew managed to come out on top in all four of his motos as he put together a picture perfect performance aboard his Husqvarna TC65. Matthew left LACR with four more moto wins to his name and the points lead in both the Open 65cc and Novice 65cc classes.
We’re sure you’ve all heard it by now but we can’t help but mention it again, consistency is key. The Novice classes always hold a stacked field at the AMSOIL Swapmoto race series and that reigned true again at LACR. The Novice 250F class brought 18 riders to the gate, making it one of the largest gate drops on the main track at the series opener. That being said, both motos of the class were bound to see some good racing. The checkered flag was first welcomed by Chase Gunderson in moto one, and his brother, Chandler, would follow in second. However, Dane Morales joined the battle in the second moto, as he crossed the checkers in second place, just ahead of Chase. And at the end of the day it was Chandler Gunderson who took the overall Novice 250F class victory, thanks to his consistent top-2 finishes in both motos.