April 1-2, 2006
Team Hondaӳ John Natalie, the defending series champ, and Joe Byrd came into Budds Creek and round five separated by a mere four points (Natalieӳ 105 to Byrdӳ 101), and when the dust had cleared, they left tied at 126 apiece. Such is the tight battle between these two Honda TRX450R aces this season, and the good news is that it looks far from letting up.
In moto one, Natalie grabbed the holeshot and opened an early five-second (and as much as eight-plus-second) lead over Pat Brown, Joe Byrd, Doug Gust, Jeremiah Jones and Chad Wienen. By mid-moto, however, Natalie's gap would shrink as Byrd, Gust and Jones stepped up their pace. Shortly after the mid-moto point, Byrd, running second, and Gust, in third, tangled in a downhill off-camber section allowing Jones and Wienen by into second and third, respectively.
Meantime, Natalie had started to fade with arm pump, and Jones eventually passed him for the lead נand ultimately the win נat about three-quarters of the way through the moto. Natalie would finish second, with Honda TRX450R-mounted Wienen rounding out the top three. Team Hondaӳ Tim Farr, still suffering from back pain, crashed on lap one and remounted to finish 18th.
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