Honda's Hengeveld and Street Take Tonopah

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Honda Racing's Steve Hengeveld and Jonah Street are now considered best in thedesert at this year's Best in the Desert Tonopah 300. The two Red Riders and their 2001XR650Rrode to a clear victory over 2nd place Team Green riders Grider and Esposito.Street and Hengeveld won with a finishing time of 5 hours, ten minutes, and 24seconds.

Multi-time Off-road champ Johnny Campbell and his teammate Tim Staab had someearly misfortune that would test the team's mettle. Campbell was on his HondaRacing-prepped XR650R when he misjudged a turn and shot off the course downontoa rock bed...

Though Campbell was cut and bruised he but fought on to the nextpit stop where he handed the bike over to Staab. The two riders managed to finish a strong third place showing with a time of 5 hours, 20 minutes, and 31seconds.

With three rounds left, Street and Hengeveld are leading the BITD pointsstandings, while their teammates Campbell and Staab sit currently in secondplace.

Tonopah, NV Tonopah 300, Top Overall Finishers1. Jonah Street, Steve Hengeveld - Honda2. Andy Grider, Shane Esposito - Kawasaki3. Johnny Campbell, Tim Staab - HondaNext Round:Sept. 27-30 - Vegas to Reno, Las Vegas, NV
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