Walton Goes 3 in Row in Fontana

Another great weekend out at the races! With rain in the forecast for the entire weekend I was unsure of what to expect heading into Saturday’s practice session. Cloudy skies and scattered rain showers meant the conditions for this race were absolutely perfect. I quickly tested my limits and found myself crashing on the ground. After “dusting” myself off and catching my breath, I headed back up to get my lines dialed. I soon found that my KHS 650 and this race track were a match made in heaven, flowing together almost seamlessly.
    Race day quickly came around, which saw more participants and spectators than the previous two races. More rain came down over night, and continued to come down well into practice. With track conditions less than ideal, and two consistent runs needed, I figured the best option would be to tame it down ever so slightly in the rocks, focusing mainly on the pedaling lower down. In the end it worked out for me, and I was able to claim my third consecutive win in this five race series.

KHS Factory’s Steven Walton takes home the Win

KHS Factory racing’s Steven Walton found himself back on the top step in Fontana at the Southridge winter series as he goes with back to back wins in the series.

“The second round of the 2019 Southridge Winter Series started off less than desirable but quickly improved come race time.” Steven goes on, “Day 1 featured winds and gusts upwards of fifty mph; more than enough to knock you off your bike without notice! With conditions as bad as they were, I opted for a “one and done” practice run to conserve my energy for the harder than usual Fontana sprint. Day 2 had beautiful weather that was great for racing. New race rules for 2019 meant two race runs were in store, putting a large emphasis on consistency. Both of my race runs were smooth and fast, and I was able to pilot my KHS to the top step for the second time in a row in the series so far!”

KHS Factory Racing off to Good Start

The 2019 race has just started, and KHS Factory Racing wasted no time getting to the top step.  Nik Nestoroff came out on top taking the win at the first round of the DVO Winter Cup at Bootleg Canyon, with new teammate Steven Walton, fresh off his win at the first round of the Southridge race series in Fontana CA, taking 2nd. Rounding out the top 3 was teammate Logan Binggeli.

After the race, we asked Logan about his weekend of racing, here is what he had to say, “What an awesome three-day weekend the first race of the season was firing off in Boulder city Nevada… For myself this Race is very nerve-racking with all the time off in the off-season. Also after winning this race three times in a row the pressure was on! Couldn’t be more happy for KHS factory racing to sweep the entire podium and myself coming in third huge congratulations to Nik and Steven for crushing it!!! ”

“Recently coming aboard the program, this was my first event with the guys together as a team.” Steven Walton said, “I was nothing short of impressed by the professionalism and structure of the team, pit, and support. Day one consisted of pit area set up, the usual bike prep, and a few practice laps to get a feel for what my DH 650 Team rig is truly capable of.”

Steven continues, “Day two consisted of more practice laps, which meant more time for myself to get comfortable and set up on the new bike. The third and final day, race day, would show to be the most exciting. Clean race runs from everyone on the team to finish the weekend by sweeping the podium in first, second, and third. To say I am stoked for the season would be an under statement. Having the opportunity to race and train with three very talented athletes, of which are both team mates and friends, is something I look forward to for the rest of the season.”

Stay tuned for more epic updates as KHS Factory Racing rolls on with the 2019 race season.

Welcome Steven Walton

KHS Factory Racing would like to welcome Steven Walton to the team this year. Steven started racing back in 2013, he was a member of the KHS Junior Development team in 2014 and is not making his return to KHSFactory racing at the Pro level.

” I’ve raced all around the country and Europe for other companies,” Steven says, ” but one thing is always constant, the presence of KHS. I have always enjoyed spending time with the KHS team at the races and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to finally fly the KHS flag again.”

In 2019 Steven will competing in the Pro GRT Series, Sea Otter Classic, US Open, US National Champs, both the Fontana and Bootleg winter series, local Enduro races, and select World Cup event.

” My goal for the season is to be a consistent top three finisher at all National events and ultimately win the GRT overall series.” – Steven Walton

KHS Factory Racing team manager, Quinton Spaulding said, ” We are super excited about our new recruit, Steven Walton! As a manager I have watched his talents for many years. I had with me when he was only 12 years old on my Junior program along with Nik ( Nestoroff ). So it’s great to unite both of them together back under the KHS Factory Racing umbrella.”

Some of Steven achievements from 2017 to 2018 include:

2018 Pro GRT Overall,  5th

2018 Nevada State  Championship, 2nd

2018 Fontana Winter Series Overall winner

2017 Fontana Winter Series Overall winner

2017 US National Championships, 3rd

2017 Pro GRT Stop #3 & 5 1st

We here at KHS are very excited to have Steven riding with us again, and we are looking forward to a very exciting 2019 race season. Welcome back Steven!

That’s a Wrap

The 2018 race season is in the bag. The team finished another great year of racing. Here is what Logan and Nik had to say about the final weeks of the season.

From the southern California training trip that we took two weeks ago we had a mini break to regroup and prepare for the finals for the pro GRT national in Mammoth Lakes California. But first we have to stop at the outdoor demo in North star California it was a great event collaborating with retailers and consumers to demo all of our KHS products. The definite highlight there was the KHS 6555+ E-Bike coming out this year. They have really done an excellent job on this model and hope that everyone can get out on the KHS 6555+ and have some fun.
From there we headed down to Mammoth Lakes and met up with teammate Nick Nestoroff hot off of his world champs race in Switzerland. The conditions were quite brutal up there with gust wins of 35 miles an hour and lows of 32° we definitely had some chilling weather with fall and winter approaching quickly.
We only had a short three days of practice for the final GRT national. Nik and myself qualifying in the top six positions. Nick qualifying fourth and I qualified sixth. With the championship title up for grabs I was doing my best to manage my points to try and get the title and secure a top three finish. Unfortunately with some mental struggles and dealing with 10,000 feet elevation I ended up seventh overall on the day. And securing myself 2nd place overall pro GRT national series.
Coming into the final round of the national series, Logan and I felt very strong for the season finale. We were sitting second and third overall with hopes of staying in that top three or perhaps move up a spot. Brand new track layout in Mammoth for this race. The top was super steep with some tight rocky sections that were very technical.  Which then flowed into the bottom which was more wide open with some fast berms and jumps. So all around the track was really good and suited my riding style very well. My KHS rode great all week and after getting the suspension set up during practice it was time for the qualifying race. I had a decent run, was just trying to see how my lines felt during a fast full race run. Ended up 3rd in qualifying and was super happy about that. From there it was all about getting rested up and getting the bike ready for finals. Finals day came around and it was super windy in the morning, which is never a good thing. That cleared out mid morning and turned out to be a perfect day to go racing. I gave everything I could In my race run which put me in 4th place. I was really excited about that because it secured my 3rd place overall in the GRT National Series. With Logan finishing 2nd overall in the series it was a great year for KHS.