Jimmy Decotis took the win among a stacked field of pro riders at the MSR Bostick Creek GP. Decotis would go 1-1 to earn the overall and best some of the best national off road talent in the country. In addition to the J Day regular pro class riders ( Johnny Girroir, Kyle Hangos, Nick Batten and Jason Connell) national pros Brad Bakken, Jason Thomas, Chris Bach, Mike Lafferty and 29 others were on hand to contend for the 3,000 dollar pro purse payout.
When the green flag dropped on the first moto, Decotis put his Honda 450 out front and never looked back. Robby Marshall and Kyle Hangos tagged on to Decotis’s rear wheel and freight trained the first moto with Hangos overtaking Marshall on the final lap. Hangos would go on to finish 5 seconds behind Decotis with Marshall rounding out the top three.
Just behind Robby Marshall, Chris Bach, Jason Thomas and Jesse Groemm were locked in a heated battle. Bach would get a dismal start to begin the first moto and find himself in 11th place after the first lap.
He then put his head down and went to work picking his way through the field before latching on to Thomas and Groemm on the third lap. Bach would overtake Thomas midway through the third lap and move in to the 4th place position.
Bach and Thomas were wheel to wheel going through the KTM Extreme section before taking the checkered flag with Bach edging Thomas by one second. Groemm would cross the finish line just four seconds behind Thomas for 6th place. KTM’s Jason Connell put in a solid ride to shore up the 7th overall position in moto 1.
Reigning series champion Johnny Girroir struggled in the first moto, hitting the ground early before making his way through the pack to finish 8th.
Eight time national enduro champion Mike Lafferty would spot the field several seconds before getting his factory FMF Factory KTM SX-F 350 to the first corner. Much like Bach, Lafferty spent the first moto making his way through the pack before going on to finish 10th behind AmPro Yamaha’s Brad Bakken.
As the wild as the first moto was, the second moto is when things went crazy. While the pro class slammed in to the first corner, Jimmy Decotis was kicking over his Honda CRF 450. When Decotis finally got rolling, the pro field was rounding the 3rd corner with Kyle Hangos out front and reigning series champion Johnny Girroir in tow. In wild fashion, Decotis would sweep past half of the field on the first lap, and by lap 2, he had ¾ of the field in his wake and was closing fast on top 5. While Decotis was charging through the field, Hangos was out front battling with Johnny Girroir for the lead position. The two would go bar to bar through the KTM Extreme section on the second lap with Hangos holding off Girroir. At some point during lap three, Girroir would hit the ground leaving Hangos by himself. With Girroir down, Hangos would grab a gear and hope to run out the clock on Decotis.
The second moto was much more closely contested by the national pro riders as Chris Bach, Jason Thomas and Mike Lafferty went bar to bar through the back section of the course, swapping positions three times in a few hundred yards. The three would battle wildly for two more laps before Bach began to distance himself on lap number 4. While Bach, Thomas and Lafferty hammered away at each other, NETRA Hare Scramble Champion Jason Klammer would take up a position just behind them.
With Bach now securely in second place, Decotis would sweep past Lafferty and Thomas and close in on Bach. By the beginning of the second to last lap, Bach was in Decotis’s crosshairs. Decotis would go on to overtake Bach and move in on Hangos.
By the end of the final lap, Decotis was all over Hangos and the race to the checkered flag was on. In a wild finish, Decotis pushed past Hangos for an unbelievable comeback win. Chris Bach would go on to finish third overall for the second moto followed by Jason Thomas and Johnny Girroir with Mike Lafferty shoring up the 6th spot.
The 1-1 by Decotis gave him the overall win and the $3,000 pro purse. Kyle Hangos rode the wheels off his KTM to finish second overall while Chris Bach secured the final podium position. Jason Thomas and Johnny Girroir rounded out the top 5, respectively.
The Series resumes action on April 20th at the Crow Hill GP, in Templeton, MA.
Story and photos by Kevin Novello