On Saturday night Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Darryn Durham finally scratched his name off the list of great riders who just couldn't put it all together for fifteen laps to stand atop the podium as a main-event winner. Durham rode a solid, if not perfect, race—he landed on the Tuff Blox at one point, cutting a jump/turn so close that he almost threw the whole thing away. Behind him, GEICO Honda's Justin Barcia was doing what he needed to clinch a second straight title in the East Region, which left the drama down to whether or not DD could hold off BB (Blake Baggett). He did, and now he's a winner.
Durham joined an elite club in New Orleans. Carl Stone photo