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By Roger Harnack

Davenport racers complete Desert 100


Last updated 4/6/2023 at 9:57am

Roger Harnack | The Record-Times

Racers cruise across the dirt track during a competitive Desert 100 race in Irby 10 miles west of Odessa Sunday, April 2. Thousands of racers and spectators flocked to the area for the Stumpjumpers event last weekend.

IRBY -Two Davenport dirt bikers were among the racers to complete the grueling Desert 100 on Sunday, April 2.

Codi Williams and Curtis Tanner each took more than four hours to complete the 100-mile course through sagebrush, basalt ridges and grass. The race was the culminating event for several days of poker runs and races that started just off Irby road, about 10 miles west of Odessa.

Williams placed 65th overall and 21st in Open Class racing with a time of 4:26:15.548.

Competing in the 30-39-year-old division, Tanner finished 87th overall with a time of 4:35:07. He was 15th in his class.

Only 472 racers completed the two-lap course; 921 were on the half-mile-wide start line.

Nobody from the Reardan, Edwall, Wilbur, Creston or Odessa areas started the 100-mile race.

Casey Berry of Soap Lake started the race in the Open Class; but he and his No. 385 motorcycle were a casualty of the high-impact race that also crossed

Veteran motocross racer John Beal of Snohomish got the hole shot, but ultimately finished third overall and first in the 40-49-year-old division.

In dirt bike racing, the first rider to reach the first turn or gate gets the hole shot.

Jaden Dahners of Enumclaw was this year's overall and 250cc Class winner. It took him 3:17:31.211 to finish the course, an average of approximately 30.4 mph over the rough terrain.

Tyler Gates of Duncan, B.C., finished second overall and won the Open Class in 3:23:09.470.

The fastest racer in the 30-39-year-old division was Beau Barnes of Spokane, finishing 18th overall with a time of 3:58:43.036.

Katie Mock of Cashmere was the fastest woman in the field, finishing 98th overall with a time of 4:37:50.743, fast enough to win the Women's 100 Class.

Racing on a smaller bike in the 200cc and under division, Daniel Wood of Estacada, Ore., was the fastest. In addition to winning his class, he finished 100th overall with a time of 4:38:21.596.

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

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Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.


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