Team Yoshimura/Suzuki's Jeremiah Jones & Doug Gust
slog it out for 3rd/4th at Red Bud
Buchanan, MI - (5/16/06) -The Red Bud
GNC national was dogged by rain for the entire four days
of the event. A low-pressure area in Lake Michigan created
a spinning storm that never left. Although the rain wasn't
too heavy, it was fairly constant resulting in a dramatically
cut down track. The surface of the track held up nicely
though and race day featured an eminently "raceable"
(although shorter) track.
Jeremiah Jones and Ryan Cox Preparing for the
The first moto saw Joe Byrd snag a clean holeshot from
the far right gate slot. Joe was followed by Natalie,
Gust, and Jones. This set up a race long dogfight that
featured some of the best racing of the year. The top
four ran nose to tail the entire race.
Jones went on a big charge at about the midway point
and looked to be a sure bet for the lead. But, going
through the whoops section, he got a rock stuck in between
his rear brake lever and the frame.
"I went into that little left after the whoops,"
Jones said. "I went to hit the rear brake and the
pedal didn’t even move. I rammed John so hard
I don’t know how he didn’t wreck. If he
hadn’t of been right in front of me, I would have
gone right off the track."
In the resulting melee, Gust got around Jones, while
Natalie maintained the lead. Jones was able to kick
out the rock a lap later but by then he was relegated
to third. When the checkers waved, it was John Natalie,
followed by Gust, Jones, and Byrd.
Moto two was a big holeshot for Digger Doug Gust. #55
led followed by Natalie, Jones, and Byrd. Natalie and
Gust got together halfway through the lap with Doug going
over a berm and losing six positions. Byrd got around
Jones and took off after Natalie. All three riders were
dicing heavily for the first half of the race. Natalie
started pull a bit of a gap while Jones and Byrd were
scrapping. Jeremiah finally overshot a berm at the bottom
of the ski run jump and by the time he got going again,
the finishing order was set.
Jeremiah Jones and #55 Doug Gust off the line
Natalie won with a 1-1 score. Byrd bagged second with
a strong 4-2. Jones tagged the last podium spot with
a 3-3. Doug Gust battled all the way back up to 4th
netting a fourth overall.
Jeremiah Jones, John Natalie, and Joe Byrd on
"I was hoping that Doug and I could be on the
podium together this race," said the Gunslinger,
"Maybe next time at Muddy Creek."
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