2022 Bunker Hill Grand Prix Results
| May 16, 2022
A new venue and a new competitor saw the same tight race we’ve seen all year at the Bunker Hill Grand Prix, round six of the FMF AMA Grand Prix National Championship Series. Visiting Delta, Utah, May 14-15, and the famous Bunker Hill MX track for the first time, riders were greeted with a championship-caliber motocross track and miles of flowing sand in the off-road portion of the course. .
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Fresh off his National Supercross Futures Championship, Factory Honda HRC’s Chance Hymas made his presence known in his off-road debut in the 450cc class, grabbing the holeshot against the fastest off-road racers in the west. Hymas capitalized on his strong start and started early, building a 10 second lead by the end of the first lap and slowly progressing from there. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Austin Walton held on from the start, racing in second for nearly half the race before FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Dante Oliveira made the pass on his run to the front after a mediocre start and first lap.
With a 23 second lead over Oliveira and nearly identical lap times, Hymas looked set to claim victory at one of his busy tracks. Over time, the Hymas hands did the same and hanging on to the factory 450 became a bit of a chore in the deep, rough sand coupled with high temperatures in the 90s while racing. The young teenager slowed his pace slightly and the defending champion leaned in to catch and pass the rookie late in the race. With just 20 minutes to go in the 90-minute long distance race, Oliveira passed the young motocrosser after throwing his two fastest laps of the race in an hour. From there, Oliveira reached the finish uncontested and with his fourth win of the season in the bag. Hymas held onto second place in his first foray into off-road racing riding a 450cc machine, pretty impressive for the young Supercross Futures champion.
Meanwhile, the battle for third place raged throughout the race between Walton and SLR Honda’s Cole Martinez, both of whom have grown accustomed to battling over the past few seasons. Martinez made the pass over Walton just over halfway through the race, and the two never lost sight of each other, with Martinez holding a slight advantage over the Husqvarna rider. In the ladies, Martinez finished third with Walton hot on her heels for fourth place. Utah local Tyler Lynn rode an iconic run, charging the field late in the race to secure another top five and matching the pace of the frontrunners in the closing stages.
In the lightweight class, FMF RPM KTM Racing Team’s Mateo Oliveira left no doubt as to who was the best 250cc rider of the day. Leading from lap one through lap 14, the younger Oliveira brother put in time in the field every lap, amassing nearly two minutes on the next best Pro 2 rider to the finish en route to victory and ninth overall .
SLR Honda’s Jack Simpson found himself second in Pro 2 once again. The Aussie native showed plenty of speed and consistency in his first year in the US, but Oliveira showed he could had just a little more of that speed and consistency. 3Bros Kilmartin Husqvarna’s Kai Aiello completed the podium ahead of Purvines Racing Yamaha’s Thomas Dunn and Kawasaki rider Gavin Brough.
The Pro Women’s class podium became somewhat familiar with KTM’s Brandy Richards atop the box and GasGas’ Ava Silvestri holding on a notch in second place. Richards led from start to finish and built a big gap chasing as many Pro and Pro 2 riders as he could in conditions favorable for the Lake Havasu native.
Silvestri’s teammate Lauren Woods completed the women’s Pro podium in third while nursing an injury sustained in round four just over a month ago.
- Dante Oliveira (KTM)
- Chance Hymas (Hon)
- Cole Martinez (honoured)
- Austin Walton (Hus)
- Tyler Lynn (Kaw)
- Trevor Stewart (yam)
- Dare Demartile (Bet)
- Giacomo Redondi (GG)
- Mateo Oliveira (KTM) Pro 2
- Cole ZellerKaw