With racing set to take place in the Pacific Northwest, both athletes and crew members of the FLO Motorsports backed Manluk Rock River Racing team were excited to display their efforts on the pristine Washougal Motocross circuit. The momentum of the Yamaha assembly was continuing to amplify as each round was completed, and they were destined to continue on the same trajectory for round eight of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
Grant Harlan immediately presented an outstanding sense of speed as he sprinted onto the raceway in Washougal, climbing to a solid position of twelfth in the final standings of qualification prior to advancing into the moto’s that followed. Once there, Grant would reside inside the top-fifteen from the moment the green flag waved — displaying excellent fortitude and staying power to eventually finish fourteenth amongst a field of world renowned competition. His attrition and unrivaled competitive spirit would be on display for the second-moto, too, where Harlan’s first lap position (of thirty-seventh) was quickly erased as he began to pass multiple riders on every circuit. He refused to quit, and embodied a tremendous work ethic en route to a fifteenth place score, for a well-respected fifteenth overall, also Connecticut’s Luca Marsalisi demonstrated tremendous style and control of the motorcycle throughout practice on Saturday, which propelled him to twenty-ninth amongst the listing of final qualification times, before transferring into the main event(s) that followed. His ability to find efficient lines and make passes amongst traffic, would be applauded by all in attendance for both moto’s of competition. Regardless of the track’s condition or how much time had transpired during the moto, the rider who sported the number 174 across his Yamaha machine would excel — which eventually allowed him to clench a score of twenty-second (for moto-one) and a result of twenty-third (for moto-two), for an extraordinary position of twenty-third in the overall standings as well.