Over the weekend our crew took over Milestone MX Park for the 2017 TransWorld SLAM Fest, a free to the public event that brings riders of all kinds to the track for a day of riding, industry interaction, and a pro race with some of the top talent in the sport. A number of riders have taken top honors at the SLAM over the years, thanks to the hefty purse and awards that we put up for grabs. This year we decided that a format change was in order, as we cut eleven racers loose on a slightly modified version of the Milestone Main Track for two short five lap sprints in hopes of taking the majority of the $10,000 purse, the SLAM belt, and a custom grill from Traeger Grills.
2017 TransWorld SLAM | Race One
Cole Martinez aced the start in moto one and immediately pulled clear of the pack. For five laps the Husqvarna mounted rider went unchallenged and claimed the checkered flag. Although there was little in terms of excitement for the top spot, fans had plenty to keep an eye on further back in the pack. Tyler Bowers worked his way up to second place with a series of well-executed passes, while Josh Mosiman and Justin Hoeft worked into the top-five at the finish.
2017 TransWorld SLAM | Race Two
Carnage in the opening laps of the second race claimed a handful of contenders, including the top qualifier Tallon LaFountaine, Alex Ray, Sean Lipanovich, and Adam Enticknap. With the herd thinned out, all attention turned to the front of the field as Tyler Bowers clicked off laps in the lead ahead of Justin Hoeft. Bowers used his veteran skill and kept the young rider at bay for most of the race, but Hoeft’s last lap charge and a perfectly timed block pass two turns from the finish gave him the moto win. Since the overall results were determined by tradition moto scores, Bowers consistent 2-2 finishes awarded him the overall win. For ten laps of work, Bowers was presented with $5000 of the $10,000 purse, the SLAM belt, and a Traeger Grills Pro Series 34 cooker customized by Troy Lee Designs.
The moto one win claimed by Cole Martinez was the deciding factor for the final two spots of the podium, as he claimed second overall and Justin Hoeft finished third. For their podium finishes, Martinez was awarded $3000 and Hoeft was awarded $2000.
Thank you to the riders, teams, and fans that all made this year’s SLAM an incredible event. We’ll see you at the next one!