Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Justin Soule dominated the Adelanto GP, taking the wire-to-wire win, and topping the all-green podium. Knowing the track would be dusty, and with the late afternoon-sun dropping toward the horizon, Soule made sure he got a good start and never looked back. Joining him on the podium were fellow Kawasaki riders Bobby Garrison and Robby Bell, who took second and third, respectively.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Under the Tent
It’s All About the Start
Soule knew the key to winning laid in the start of the race. With a setting sun and a silt-laden track, getting out front was paramount. He maneuvered into the lead coming around the second corner and continued to pull away from the field. With everyone behind him forced to navigate the illuminated dust clouds, he maintained a comfortable lead throughout the race.
“I knew how important the start would be because the track was so dusty,” said Soule. “My goal was to get the holeshot and be the one making the dust for everyone else. I ended up in third coming around the first corner, but the guys in front of me made mistakes in the second corner and I went right around them. I ended up getting the lead right away, and that was the race.”
Setting The Pace
He led the race from the second turn, keeping the dust-factory working hard behind the back wheel of his Kawasaki KX™450F. Once he got a comfortable lead, he kept one eye on Garrison, and the other on his pit board, ensuring he wasn’t losing any ground. His pit crew splashed him so fast he barely saw them, and his KX450F carried him the rest of the way through the checkered flag.
“I was pretty much controlling the race,” said Soule. “I watched my pit board to see where (Bobby) Garrison was, then just paced myself accordingly. I did what I needed to do to win, but my primary goal was to finish. It’s a fast race, the sun was at eye level, and once I got out front I didn’t need to push too hard and risk the win. My KX450F was awesome and really powered through the sand. This was a great shakedown for the upcoming WORCS races in Nevada and Arizona.”
Sandy Days Ahead
After taking the win on the sand in Adelanto, Calif., Soule feels especially confident going into the upcoming beach race at the Enduro Del Verano in Argentina. His teammate Taylor Robert also grew up racing sand, and is looking forward to the race. The duo should provide quite a show for the South American crowd. Once they get stateside, they team back up with Destry Abbott to tackle the sands of Primm, Nev. at the second round of the WORCS series.
Adelanto GP Results
February 12, 2011
Pro Class Results
1.JUSTIN SOULE, VICTORVILLE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2.BOBBY GARRISON, HESPERIA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
3.ROBBY BELL, SUN CITY, CALIF., KAWASAKI