2024 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP: NO MYSTERY! YOU DON’T NEED SHERLOCK HOLMES TO SOLVE THE RIDDLE

Justin Hoeft (27) is the 2024 World Two-Stroke Champion.

PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETTI & TREVOR NELSON

You don’t need Sherlock Holmes to tell you that a two-stroke is a vastly superior motocross racing engine to a four-stroke. On a per-cubic-centimeter basis, it makes 40 percent more power and does it with less weight, fewer moving parts, less cost and without the need for much in the way of technical support. The two-stroke is the ultimate powerplant for a motocross machine.

Carson Brown (1) came to Glen Helen as the odds-on favorite to win the Open Pro class.  And, after his first moto rout of the competition, his victory seemed assured, but it wasn’t to be. Carson gave it everything he had to pass Justin Hoeft, but came up short.

In fact, the two-stroke was so superior to the four-stroke when it made its first mark on racing back in 1966 that it wiped the four-stroke off of the racetracks of the world. And, the two-stroke would most likely wipe the four-strokes off the face of the earth today—if the bureaucrats, fat cats, money changers, pencil pushers, professional alibiers and downright liars weren’t in charge of the direction of the sport of motocross.

The ultimate expression of two-strokedom celebrated its 15th year of existance at Glen Helne raceway this past Saturday. What follows are the pro results and some of Debbi Tamietti’s 1000 photos.

Ryan Villopoto came to Glen Helen to race the Open Pro class, represent Yamaha as their brand ambassador, showcase his new Fasthouse clothing deal and enjoy himself.

 

Ezra Lewis raced a KTM 300SX in the Open Pro class and got the thrill of his life when he passed Ryan Villpoto in the first moto. Ezra also raced a very rare, box-stock, 2024 Fantic XX125 in the Pasha 125 Pro class. Ezra finished seventh in both classes.

15TH ANNUAL WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

OPEN PRO CLASS
1. Justin Hoeft (Yam)…2-1
2. Carson Brown (Suz)…1-2
3. Giacomo Redondi (Gas)…5-4
4. Trevor Stewart (Yam)…4-5
5. Ryan Villopoto (Yam)…8-3
6. Bryson Gardner (Bet)…7-6
7. Ezra Lewis (KTM)…6-11
8. Colton Aeck (Kaw)…11-7
9. Griffin Dexter (Gas)…9-9
10. Carter Dubach (Yam)…13-8
Other notables: 12. Blayne Thompson (Hus); 13. Luke Kalaitzian (Hus); 17. Justin Muscutt (KTM); 18. Bradley Denton (Yam)

 

You might think that Pasha Afshar loves the taste of money, but that can’t be true because he forked out $15,000 to the front runnere in the Pasha 125 Pro class, Pasha Over-30 125 Pro class and Pasha Over-50 125 Pro class. Photo by Trevor Nelson

Sean Lipanovich won two Pro classes and raked in $4000 of Pasha’a money and got four holeshots to earn $400 in Boyesen Holeshot Award dough. Photo by Trevor Nelson

Josh Mosiman (right) had the worst start of his life in the first 125 Pro moto, but starting making up for it half way around the Talladega first turn, by lap three he had passed everyone except Sean Lipanovich. But he made that happen in this corner. Unfortunately in the second moto, his chain sucked a rock into the countershaft sprocket and locked the bike up. He got it out, but lost a ton of places and ended up with a 1-10 for fifth overall.  Sean Lipanovich won.

PASHA 125 PR0 CLASS
1. Sean Lipanovich (Gas)…3-1
2. Ryan Morais (KTM)…2-2
3. Mike Alessi (Hon)…4-3
4. Giacomo Redondi (Gas)…5-4
5. Josh Mosiman (KTM)…1-10
6. Luke Kalaitzian (Hus)…7-5
7. Ezra Lewis (Fan)…9-7
8. Tristun Alvarez (KTM_…12-6
9. Nathan Hamlin (KTM)…11-8
10. Matt Burkeen (KTM)…6-15

Other notables: 12. Broc Shoemaker (KTM); 15. Dominic Desimone (KTM); 18. Ron Holyoake (KTM); 19. Artyon Ward (Yam).

KTM’s inhouse test rider, Ryan Morais (116) was second in the 125 Pro class and third in the Pasha Over-30 125 Pro class.

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard this many two-strokes take off at the same time,

Mike Alessi was second in the Pasha Over-30 125 Pro class and third in the Pasha 125 Pro class. Mike won the overall World Two-Stroke Championship in 2016 and 2020. The World Two-Stroke Championship title goes to the rider who wins the Open Pro class.
PASHA OVER-30 125 PRO
1. Sean Lipanovich (Gas)…1-2
2. Mike Alessi (Hon)…3-1
3. Ryan Morais (KTM)…2-4
4. Giacomo Redondi (Gas)…4-3
5. Broc Shoemaker (KTM)…5-5
6. Shawn Bushnell (Hus)…6-6
7. Nathan Jones (Hus)…7-7
8. Cody Brownfield (Suz)…8-10
9. Tanner Autry (Yam)…11-8
10. Jeremy Mairose (KTM)…10-9
Other notables: 11. Josh Fout (KTM); 12. David Hughes (KTM); 13. Dane Rouse (Suz); 14, Jay Mercil (KTM).

 

Kurt Nicoll (2) swept both motos of the Pasha Over-50 125 Pro class.

It wouldn’t be a legit Over-40, or Over-50 and pretty soon Over-60 race without a Kurt Nicoll versus Doug Dubach (15) battle. Doug went 2-2. 

Glen Helen has a giant racetrack, but for safety reasons they try to keep people out of the infield. Here, the fans gather to watch the 125 Open Pro moto on the viewing deck, the roof the building and on the cliff in the background.

This is the Talladega first turn. It is adjustable in both steepness and width. For the World Two-Stroke race is wasn’t super steep, but it was set-up to allow the riders to go through the 180-degree corner five-wide. One more thing! Number 638 is doing what everyone above him on the banking considers to be cheating

PASHA OVER-50 125 PRO
1. Kurt Nicoll (KTM)…1-1
2. Doug Dubacjh (YaM0…2-2
3. Nick Mairose (KTM)…4-3
4. Alan Jullien (Gas)…3-4
5. Kevin Barda (Yam)…5-5
6. Jay Jackson (Kaw)…9-6
7. Chris Packwood (Yam)…8-9
8. Cyprien Macara (Yam)…12-7
9. Doug Miller Yam)…11-8
10. Jon Ortner (KTM)…13-10
Other notables: 11. Chris Heinrich (KTM); 12. Arek Kruk (KTM); 16. Rich Truchinski (Suz); 19. Mike Monaghan (Yam).


Everyone who comes to race at Glen Helen wants blast through the steeply banked Talladega first turn at 70 mph and climb the big hills. This is the first third of the first big hill. 

Glen Helen’s Talladega first turn can be adjusted for steepness and width. For the 2024 World Two-Stroke Championship, it wasn’t as steep as it could be, but the width was set to accommodate the riders going through the corner five-wide.

This scary crash came in the Pasha 125 Pro class. Here, Dominic Desimone loses control while taking the inside berm and his front end corkscrews into the ground

In photo 2, Dominic wrestles the front wheel straight, but it’s too late to save it.

In photo 3, Dominic Desimone’s bike continues on its merry way without him. Broc Shoemaker (left) swerves to avoid the prone rider. 

EVERY WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPION (2010-2024)
2010…Bobby Garrison (Hus)
2011…Austin Howell (Yam)
2012…Michael Lieb (Hon)
2013…Sean Collier (Yam)
2014…Sean Collier (Yam)
2015…Mike Sleeter (KTM)
2016…Mike Alessi (Suz)
2017…Ryan Surratt (Hon)
2018…Zach Bell (Hus.
2019…Robbie Wageman (Yam)
2020…Mike Alessi (Yam)
2021…Robbie Wageman (Yam)
2022…Trevor Stewart (Yam)
2023…Carson Brown (Yam)
2024…Justin Hoeft (Yam)

WATCH THE 2024 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP 125 PRO AND OPEN PRO MOTOS

 

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