When the ABA hosts a national in Southern California, you can count on seeing a lot of crazy things, especially if it’s a Pro series race that goes down in the 951.Jacked up trucks, scantily clad chicks with more tattoos than there are inches on her boyfriend’s lift kit (that goes for both the moms and their daughters), children under ten with Nascar mullets-it’s not a pretty sight. But what you can always count on is some off-the-hook race action, and believe me, Perris definitely didn’t disappoint. Here’s a look at how each day went down:

DAY ONE
AA Semis
Kyle Bennett holeshotted the first one and never looked back. He had been flying all day and looked to be one of the few who might actually be able to give Bubba a run for his money. Danny Caluag came in behind him to make the cut, followed by Robert DeWilde (a.k.a. Afro Bob) and Tyler Brown.

AA Semi #2The second semi was stacked; Bubba, Mike Day (who had won Open earlier in the day and was killing it), Donny Robinson, Greg Romero, Mike Brabant. When they crossed the line, it was Bubba in for the win, Day in tow, Brabant, and DR, who had to make some serious moves to find a way in. The only guy missing was Stumpy, and he was out with a jacked lower back from earlier in the day.

This is what the AA main looked like on Saturday going into Perris’ first turn. If you look really closely at the far left side of the photo, you’ll see Danny Caluag charging hard from the outside. It completely didn’t matter; a split second after this was shot, Bubba turned on the nitrous and was gone. Three mains and three wins proved he was 100% healed from the broken shoulder.  credit: James Ayres

AA Pro Main #1The gate went down on this one and while Caluag got an awesome pop from the outside, it was all Bubba’s race by the time the pack went into the first turn. Donny got stuck in some traffic, but battled back to give Kyle a run for his money at the line. You should have seen him charging that last straight reeling in KB – it was pretty awesome…AA Pro Main #2Pretty much a carbon copy of the first main; by the time they came out of the first turn, Bubba had it on lock down. Kyle was right behind him and was close, but couldn’t find a way around (does Bubba ever get passed on straights packed with jumps?). Donny came in for third while Mike Brabant and Tyler Brown went down in the last turn. Mike Day finished fifth, so the third main was going to be all or nothing for him. AA Pro Main #3Believe it; Bubba holeshotted again, only this time it was Donny breathing down his neck. Going down the second straight things got interesting fast; Mike Day was on the move and went by Brabant and Caluag for third. And with Kyle finishing in the back of the pack points got scrambled pretty fast. Results? Bubba wins with a 1-1-1, and I’m pretty sure Donny got second (if he got Kyle at the line in the first main) with a 2-3-2. My guess is that KB hung on for third, but that’s completely unconfirmed.

Is this a crew or what? How often do you get to see Cory Nastazio at a national? He was there, along with Steve Veltman, and of course, Transit’s Colin Stiles. It never ceases to amaze me at how our whole entire sport has that three degrees of separation thing going on.

Why does everyone in this photo look so damn mean? Intense/Double-A Marketing’s Pete Dylewski, Andre Ellison, and ???

Jamie Staff came out with his two 10-month old twins to see what was happening. It looks like he’s definitely going to play a pretty significant roll in Great Britian’s BMX program next year.

Check the tuck, then check the ‘bows… Ain’t no way you’re passing Bubba in a turn…

Other Pro Highlights:Single A was basically the Sean Storms show on Saturday. He won the first two mains and picked up third in the last one, which gave him the overall. He had a ton of heat from team mate Chris Burke, super local Jason Morris, Travis Postany, and Mike Weatherford (who’s going faster now than he ever has), but he was simply too consistent.

Mike Weatherford and SE’s Travis Postany looking like they were joined at the elbows – and neither of them backed down a bit… That’s crazy…

The expression on Sean Storms’ face sums up how he rode all weekend – balls to the wall.

Vet Pro had a few surprises in it; Alan Foster came out of retirement to hit up Perris and gave Todd Parry a run for his money in the second main. Still, TP was pretty much untouchable all day long – just like Bubba, three mains, three wins.

Girls Pro was once again Sammy Cools, but not without some heat from Stephanie Barrigan. She’s got a great first straight, but picking good lines and keeping the track speed up was where she got beat. Hayashi crashed in the rhythm in the second main, but came back to give Sammy a run for her money in the last main.

Shooting photos at the end of the first turn was killing me; not because the shot was tough to get, but because I had to smell this the whole time I was there. Leave it to me to go to a BMX race with no cash and an empty stomach. That’s just brilliant.

Bike stands with graphics that match each rider’s plate? Believe it. Intense has their set up dialed.

This was one of the best battles of the weekend; Bubba and Kyle going at it during Saturday’s mains. Rockford is going to be unreal.

DAY TWO
AA Pro Main #1
Kyle Bennett holeshotted this one and took it wire-to-wire, with Brew/DoubleCross’ Aaron Johnson (in his first AA Pro Main ever) in second. I didn’t see what happened to Bubba down the first straight (unclipped maybe?) but he was back-of-the-packing-it for sure. Yet somehow, in typical Bubba fashion, he turns on the gas, starts picking people off, and makes it back to fourth, just behind Jarrett Kolich. Donny comes in for fifth with Danny, Paul Lange, and Greg Romero in tow. Kyle looked like he was on fire. Would Bubba have anything for him in Main #2?
AA Pro Main #2
Why yes, yes he will. Bubba put the ponies to work and picked up the win, followed by Donny, Kyle, Romero, Lange, Johnson, and Caluag. So, going into the third main, Kyle’s got low points with four, Bubba with five, and Donny with seven.
AA Pro Main #3
The last main of the day for these guys was nothing less than spectacular. Bubba knew he had to stay in front of Kyle and that’s exactly what he did. Holeshot to yet another win, followed by Kyle, Donny, and maybe Paulie in fourth.
Once again Bubba picked up the win with a 4-1-1, beating Kyle’s 1-3-2 finishes.

Other Pro Highlights:
Pro Open only had one rack of guys, so they used the first moto as a warm up lap and the second one as their main. Just like Saturday, Mike Day got the win, but not without having to chase down Kyle and make the pass in the last turn.

Danny Caluag holeshotted Pro Cruiser and never looked back, but the story is how Donny came from back in the pack to pick off guys left and right and nip Nate Berkheimer at the line for second. Nate got third, Paulie fourth, Jason Rogers fifth, but man, that lap should be on a highlight reel for DR.

Yeah, this is Sean leading yet another round of A Pro, but look in the background – that’s Leo Garcia showing Chris Burke the very top of turn two. Now that’s what I call a block pass!

Single A was once again Sean Storms (who has to be pretty close to going AA right about now), but the usual cast was right there keeping him honest; Postany, Burke, Weatheford and Morris. In the first main, Postany and Weatherford went down hard over the triple into the second turn and took awhile dusting off the cobwebs, so that might have had something to do with why they weren’t up front for the last two mains.

Kyle and DR going at it on Sunday.

This was the first AA Pro main on Sunday; yeah Kyle won it start to finish, but I’ve gotta give Aaron Johnson (in second) props, not only for making his first AA main, but for staying glued to Kyle’s back wheel the whole lap. He ended up fourth overall.

This definitely isn’t the sharpest photo in the bunch, but I dig this kid’s style. Is that you Willie Suarez?

Jason Carnes has to be the best faker I’ve ever seen. During warm ups right before the first Vet Pro main, he was cruising around the track talking about sore legs and feeling tired. Yeah, right. Carnes not only holeshotted and won the first main, but he did it again in the second main, straight up beating Parry both times. In the last main, Eric Rupe, Mike Gul and Todd all went down, whi ch put the lock on Carnes with a 1-1-2 behind Kyomi Waller in the last main.

I gotta be honest; what happened in Girls Pro surprised the crap out of me. I’ve always known Arielle Martin could ride, but until Sunday, I had never really seen her straight up handle it like she did. She won the first two mains hands down, and came back in the third main to pass Alise Post over the triple and get second behind Kim. She (obviously) got the overall with a 1-1-2, and I think Kim might have picked up second with a 3-3-1. Sammy must have had an off day (injured, sick?) because she was struggling to stay mid pack in almost every main.

Yeah, this is Sean leading yet another round of A Pro, but look in the background – that’s Leo Garcia showing Chris Burke the very top of turn two. Now that’s what I call a block pass!

Single A was once again Sean Storms (who has to be pretty close to going AA right about now), but the usual cast was right there keeping him honest; Postany, Burke, Weatheford and Morris. In the first main, Postany and Weatherford went down hard over the triple into the second turn and took awhile dusting off the cobwebs, so that might have had something to do with why they weren’t up front for the last two mains.

Kyle and DR going at it on Sunday.

This was the first AA Pro main on Sunday; yeah Kyle won it start to finish, but I’ve gotta give Aaron Johnson (in second) props, not only for making his first AA main, but for staying glued to Kyle’s back wheel the whole lap. He ended up fourth overall.

This definitely isn’t the sharpest photo in the bunch, but I dig this kid’s style. Is that you Willie Suarez?

Jason Carnes has to be the best faker I’ve ever seen. During warm ups right before the first Vet Pro main, he was cruising around the track talking about sore legs and feeling tired. Yeah, right. Carnes not only holeshotted and won the first main, but he did it again in the second main, straight up beating Parry both times. In the last main, Eric Rupe, Mike Gul and Todd all went down, whi ch put the lock on Carnes with a 1-1-2 behind Kyomi Waller in the last main.

I gotta be honest; what happened in Girls Pro surprised the crap out of me. I’ve always known Arielle Martin could ride, but until Sunday, I had never really seen her straight up handle it like she did. She won the first two mains hands down, and came back in the third main to pass Alise Post over the triple and get second behind Kim. She (obviously) got the overall with a 1-1-2, and I think Kim might have picked up second with a 3-3-1. Sammy must have had an off day (injured, sick?) because she was struggling to stay mid pack in almost every main.

Answer’s Kris Fox and Formula’s Warren McDow put on a good show in the mains. Both these guys are rippers (not to mention, a blast to watch).

Why do Bubba and Kyle get so many photos? Because they rule. When you rule, you can get lots of photos. Until then, don’t be bitter.

Leaving Lake Perris…
With Bubba back, it looks like Donny’s streak might be over for a while. Based on what I saw in Perris, Bubba’s riding just as skillfully and with as determined as he was before he got hurt, which means if you’re going to beat him, you’re simply going to have to bring more heart and ability to the table, which frankly, I’m not sure anyone has right now. With those two wins, Bubba should be back on top of the ABA’s points chart. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to see what happens in Rockford, especially if Randy’s back on point. Five guys who can consistently win AA (Bubba, Donny, Randy, Kyle and Mike Day)? Stand back…

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Answer’s Kris Fox and Formula’s Warren McDow put on a good show in the mains. Both these guys are rippers (not to mention, a blast to watch).

Why do Bubba and Kyle get so many photos? Because they rule. When you rule, you can get lots of photos. Until then, don’t be bitter.

Leaving Lake Perris…
With Bubba back, it looks like Donny’s streak might be over for a while. Based on what I saw in Perris, Bubba’s riding just as skillfully and with as determined as he was before he got hurt, which means if you’re going to beat him, you’re simply going to have to bring more heart and ability to the table, which frankly, I’m not sure anyone has right now. With those two wins, Bubba should be back on top of the ABA’s points chart. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to see what happens in Rockford, especially if Randy’s back on point. Five guys who can consistently win AA (Bubba, Donny, Randy, Kyle and Mike Day)? Stand back…