The 2019 Wiseco Two-Stroke World Championships

May 1, 2019 / by Kevin Bailey

2019 marked the first year of Wiseco taking on the title sponsorship of the legendary Two-Stroke World Championships at Glen Helen. Growing each and every year, this event attracts two-stroke riders, racers, and enthusiasts alike to mix some gas, pack extra plugs, and make the trip to historical Glen Helen Raceway.

Wiseco was started by a family of two-stroke racers, and those racing roots are still held close in everything Wiseco does. Throughout Wiseco’s entire U.S. manufacturing facility, you’ll find a crew of riders and racers lending their hand in making Wiseco performance products. When Wiseco saw the opportunity to be involved with the Two-Stroke Championships, it was a no-brainer.

This year was the most successful yet for the Two-Stroke Championships, with over 400 pre-entries leading up to race day. Classes were offered for riders of all ages and skill levels, including everything from 50cc and Women’s to Open and 125cc Pro.

 Classes for everyone, from Mini, to Vintage, to Pro.
Mini and Pro photos: Swap Moto Live

The love for two-strokes is something almost all riders and racers share. There’s just something about the smell of premix and the screaming sound of a crisp two-stroke ripping up Mt. St. Helen.

This love proved strong when it was almost time for the gate drop of the first Open Pro moto and 42 riders filled the line. Familiar names in the Open Pro class included Mike Brown, Ryan Surratt, Carlen Gardener, Robbie Wagemen, Zach Bell, Ricky Dietrich, Mike Alessi, and even Tyler Bowers aboard his undeniably awesome KX500.

Bowers 500
Photo: Swap Moto Live

Robbie Wageman took home top honors this year in the Open Pro class, with Carlen Gardener and Coty Schock in a close 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Wiseco built custom trophies for select classes, including the two Pro classes. A 2.00mm oversize Honda CR500R piston sat atop a ProX connecting rod and billet aluminum base, complete with custom Two-Stroke Championships graphics.

What about the 125 Pro class? Justin Hoeft took the W, and was joined on the podium by Chris Plouffe and Colton Aeck. Even HEP Motorsport Suzuki’s Alex Ray swung a leg over a custom RM125 and put in a solid fourth place effort.

There were even a couple of vintage classes that attracted some leather-clad warriors to line up and tackle Glen Helen aboard their two-stroke time machines.

Who would've thought a Maico 490 and a Honda Elsinore would be lining up at Glen Helen in 2019? Especially with a rider wearing period-correct gear!

Many other classes had an awesome time ripping with their fellow two-stroke lovers and sharing generally awesome times that will go down in the memory books.

How many two-strokes on the track were Wiseco-powered? Too many to count. Some notable bikes, however, were the recently built CR250Rs from SLR Honda piloted by Ricky Dietrich and Talon LaFontaine. These bikes were built with Wiseco Garage Buddy Engine Rebuild Kits. 

Dietrich

Photo: Dirt Bike Magazine

Wiseco spent the day chatting with riders and fans about all their two-stroke performance offerings, showing off some awesome new apparel, and giving away some great freebies and discount coupons with the spin of the Wiseco prize wheel! Wiseco racer Sierra Shaver was also there showing off her CR125R bike build.

wiseco_2_stroke_championships-520190420_111031Check out some of Wiseco's latest 2-stroke products, including Racer Elite pistons and Garage Buddy Engine Rebuild Kits.

Next year’s Wiseco Two-Stroke Championships can’t some soon enough!

Check out more videos and coverage on the Wiseco Two-Stroke Championships from our media partners:

Motocross Action Magazine's Pro Results Write-Up

Dirt Bike Magazine's Two-Stroke Championships Write-Up

Cycle News Two-Stroke Championships Results

Swap Moto Live Photo Gallery

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