Livingston, CA. (February 16, 2016) – Two Yamaha YZ250F’s were back under the 51FIFTY Energy Drink tent at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Hayden Mellross and fill in rider Brady Kiesel took to the track for military appreciation night and looked to leave a mark on round 6 of the series.

Both 51FIFTY machines lined up on the gate for Heat #1 and Mellross and Kiesel were easy to spot in their patriotic red, white, and blue. Neither rider was up front at the start and faced an uphill battle to qualify. Hayden sliced his way through the pack, passing multiple riders, making for an unreal fight into a qualifying position. For Hayden, it was a Dog Eat Dog battle; sadly not shown to Fox TV viewers in the states as it was preempted by a Dog Contest until Heat #2. (editor note: Really, Come on Fox!)

While Hayden had his Yamaha into the Main, Brady was still fighting his way through the pack. The #556 machine hit the steep transition just after the finish line and stalled the bike. He quickly got it fired up, but would move onto the LCQ. With only 4 testing days under his belt, Kiesel put on a strong ride but would just miss a spot in the Main.

For Hayden, the Main would start off poorly as he was involved in small first turn pile up. Undeterred and focused, Hayden charged forward passing riders and locking into a battle with Mitchel Harrison and Alex Martin. The Yamaha riders swapped positions for several laps with Hayden edging out the other YZ250Fs before the checkers. It was a strong ride for Hayden from last to 13th in his 6th consecutive Main Event.

Another day of progression. It was another difficult track but even with my bad start in the Heat, I remained calm. I have more confidence now so I just settled in a pace and focused on making the Main,” said Mellross after the race. “The Main didn’t’ start out as I hoped but I becoming more familiar with these tracks and was locked in great battle the last 4 laps or so and finished with energy to spare.”

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