Honda Wins Best in the Desert Silver State Series Crown

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Team Honda's Johnny Campbell and Tim Staab wrapped up the 2000 season byclinching their first Best in the Desert Silver State Series crown. Afifth-place finish at the Vegas 200 on their XR650R was more than enough toguarantee the title. Kurt Caselli and Ty Davis took the Vegas 200 win over Honda'sSteve Hengeveld, who soloed his XR650R because partner Jonah Street isstill recovering from an injury. Hengeveld and Street finished second in points,unofficially, giving Honda a 1-2 in the final series standings. Defending serieschamps Destry Abbott and Brian Brown claimed third for the day...

"With the championship in mind, I just rode to the finish," Campbell said. "Thebike ran great. The course was rough, and it was a really tough race. We justneeded to finish to get it -- we didn't have to win or place."

Spending the previous week in Italy and returning just two days before Vegasdidn't affect him, Campbell claimed. And what was the new Silver State Serieschampion doing in Italy? Preparing for the 2001 Dakar Rally -- his first -- bysetting up and meeting with his support team as well as his primary concern:testing the XR650R he'll race in the Marathon class there.

Unofficial Vegas 200 Results, Top Five Finishers1. Kurt Caselli/Ty Davis -- Yamaha -- 3:30:502. Steve Hengeveld -- Honda -- 3:40:203. Destry Abbott/Brian Brown -- Kawasaki -- 3:40:594. Jacob Phillips/Wade Phillips/Lance Stein -- KTM -- 3:52:215. Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab -- Honda -- 3:52:30
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