Bryan Smith left it very late to announce which team he'd be racing for in 2014, after the Howerton team decided to call it a day, but it hasn't affected his performance. He's retained the same engine and the same form that saw him losing out on the number one plate (in the twins class) at the very last year of 2013. He's won three out of eight races so far and leads the title race at the halfway point.
Jared Mees (#9) kept the pressure on with another podium finish. I wouldn't bet against him to win the title.
#16 Young gun Wyatt Maguire made the main, coming in 14th.
I'm really interested in Jake Johnson and the Lloyd's Brothers' Ramspur team. This year Jake has run an XR750, Ducati 1000 and, above, a Kawasaki 650. Plus he runs a Honda on the short tracks and TTs. Who else, at the very highest level, runs four different makes of bike in one season (all in the same team's colours)?
Next GNC race is the Castle Rock TT this Saturday.
Photos courtesy of AMA Pro Racing.