Professional racers are off and running in the 450 Pro division at the “Tribute to Grandpa Ed Blose” memorial race.
It was only fitting that Chris Blose rode his way to a first-place finish in the “Tribute to Grandpa Ed Blose” Motocross race held July 4 at the Payson Event Center.
Chris, a nationally renowned rider, was the grandson of Ed, a Payson man who died in March.
Ed was a huge racing fan and the first of three generations of the Blose family to participate in motorcycle racing.
Chris Blose rides for the Seaspan/Troy Lee Designs/Honda racing team. Last month, he wrapped up the 2009 AMA supercross series in Las Vegas with a 13th-place finish.
He and his team will now focus on the Supermoto championships and outdoor motocross.
The tribute race in Payson, sponsored by Grand Canyon State Promotions, was the first in the Summer Gold Series that will continue July 11 at PEC.
Representing Payson in the 85 cc Beginner class were Jeffery Kelley and Donovan Cross. Kelly was second and Cross took third.
In the veteran pro class, which was dominated by Honda motorcycles, Chandler’s Rob Drew rode his way to a victory. The top four finishers were all aboard Hondas.
In the 14-16 years division Taylor Cannon was first. Bailey Bruner won the 12-13-years title and Jeffery Schneider took the 7-11-years gold medal.
Sabastian Christenson scooped up the PeeWee Beginner’s crown and Ethan Clark won the PeeWee 7-9 title. Kolten Lewis rode a KTM to PeeWee 4-6 honors. Slater Colby sped to the 65 cc 9-11-years crown.
A portion of the proceeds from the Ed Blose memorial will be donated to Road2Recovery in the Payson man’s name.
Road2Recovery is a foundation dedicated to helping injured motocross and supercross riders with financial assistance.
For the July 11 Summer Gold race at PEC, gates open at 3:30 p.m. with practice sessions and racing tips off two hours later.