Week number 3
Well week number 3 and the weather was the issue. At 9:00 a.m it was pouring
at the track. Then, at 10:10 the sky over the track
started to show some blue, was it the infamous vortex
at work again? By 11:00 the sun was out and the wind
was drying the track. Practice started at 11:20 and
the track conditions continually improved right up to
the on time gate drop.
184 riders plus another 18 registered for the first
of five scheduled “Ultimate Warrior Pro-Am”
races equaled 202 riders on a day that started off wet
Lets start this report with the new “Ultimate
Warrior” Pro-Am racing action as some of the East
Coasts best riders were on hand. With 18 riders three
groups of motos were required to transfer 12 riders
out of the motos into the semi qualifiers. Making the
final eight was a chore and the main event, featuring
nearly $400 in posted awards, was certainly memorable.
After rider introductions the gate was locked and loaded.
Starting in gate 5, last years champion Steve Oldham
was surrounded by Chris Keller on his right and Billy
Ripley to his left. When the gate dropped Currier, starting
in gate 8 absolutely blew his gate and was pretty much
left on the hill. As the other 7 flew towards the first
jump, Oldham picked up as normal but some say his right
hand came off the handlebar. Whether he got bumped or
simply rider error, the results were the scariest seen
at Foothills in recent memory. Steve veered sharply
to the left and exploded into the first jump slamming
his right side and head into the front face. Momentum
carried him over the top as he flipped with his bike
flying alongside in a cloud of dust. A gasp came over
the crowd as the rest of the pack raced for turn one.
Chris Keller had the lead with the “Ripper”
all over him and Darrin Merli on Billy’s rear
wheel. Ripley passed Chris on the second straight. No
changes until turn 3 when Max Egdorf dove to the inside
of Merli and would challenge all the way up the back
straight for that spot. Out of the forth turn Ripley
had the lead, Keller second and Merli and Egdorf still
battling for third. As handlebars were banging Egdorf
got in front of Darrin resulting in the finish being
Ripley, Keller, Egdorf, Barna, Merli, Currier, Lorenzo
and Oldham. Steve would be transported to the hospital,
as we all feared the worst. After 4 hours in the emergency
room he was released with no broken bones but some muscle
separations and tears in his back area.
In the growing 35 & over novice class Fred Roy,
on his Home Sweet Home Cleaning sponsored ride, was
the fastest holding off Danbury’s Rich Mikelic.
12 riders made up the field in 17-24 expert action and
Vermont’s Kory Buck could not be passed winning
every moto plus the main event. Rhode Island’s
Doug Bradley would settle for second.
17-24 novice racing had a full gate as Anthony Strong,
Shane McPherson and the birthday boy Mike Zbikowski
would all share a moto win. Strong would be the most
consistent and edge out Mike for the overall win. Robert
Sullivan won the 17 & over rookie class. Max Egdorf
won the 16 ex grouping and Corey Longfellow did the
same in 16 novice action.
Anthony DelVento handled the 15 ex – 15 nov combined
class by scoring a perfect. In 15 rookie – 16
rookie action it would be Colby Lake successfully holding
off Pat Burbank for the win.
Danielle Jolicoeur, riding under the sponsorship of
Moore & Morrison Siding and Windows, kept her winning
streak in tact by winning her girls class.
The 14 expert group were there in force and Video World’s
Paul Maher was top dog with the much improved Josh Wedge
right behind him. The 14 novice class saw Anthony Reilly,
with his new sponsor Joan’s Candy Cupboard on
hand, cleaning house in this group. It was great to
see the return of Joel Deprey after a lengthy pause
in his racing career. Alfredo’s Deli’s Jeff
Beyus was riding hard in this group as well.
The fastest 14 yr old rookie would be Bryan Szabo. In
13 ex and nov combined Zachary Pirulli would come out
on top. Burlington’s Daryl Schad won the 13 rookie
The 13 Girls division saw Krysta Zbikowski, calling
New Paltz BMX her home track, get the best of Angela
Therriault. Also riding out of New Paltz, Jay Patterson
would be the winner in an impressive line-up of 12 yr
old experts. 11 ex and 12 nov was combined together
and Aggro Bike’s Josh Thimmish would find himself
in the winners circle at the end of the day. Ross Motor
Car’s Mike Castle topped Trevor Simmons in 12
12 yr old girls only had two riders and the much more
experienced Ali Thimmish, under the team Aggro’s
colors would finish ahead of Nina Rintharamy.
Dan Delisle would win the 10 ex – 1 nov combined
class with yet another perfect.
Gabe Cruz after having his perfect ruined in the third
round of motos, got sweet revenge as he won the 11 yr
old rookie main event. Austin Cyr had a solid second.
Amanda Wedge was the winner in 11 girls as she was able
to stay in front of the Stich Painting and Powerwash
sponsored Jayna Roy. Keith Morsey, with a new sponsor;
Lee trucking, won the 10 nov – 9 ex class. The
pride of “Uncle Pat”, Matt Bovat, sped to
a win in 10 yr old rookie action. A nice turnout of
10 yr old girls saw Jessica Maher getting the best of
the other 5 riders. A main event would be required to
determine a winner in 8 nov – 9 nov combined and
Mike Gurin would be perfect all day long. Austin Lillis
beat Robbie Desmarias in 9 rookie.
RJ Milville and the Pin Shop Hobbies Larry Coderre were
both perfect in their motos. At the Main event showdown
it was Larry 1st and RJ second. Ryan Towle and Justin
Boissonneault had some classic racing in the 7 yr old
novice class. Ryan would be the overall winner.
In the 7 rookie class, Last weeks “Rider of the
week” Ethen Lazenby Olshevski would be the fastest
in this field of 12 riders.
6 riders were here for the 40-44 / 45-49 Cruiser combined
class. Rhode Island’s Rob (Moose) Delamare and
Agawam’s Steve Rossi, after trash talking all
week on www.nebmxnews.com would be battling each other
as well as our locals. In the second round Delamare
would self-destruct coming out of the forth turn and
that would humble him enough to give up the hunt for
the rest of the day. JRA Cycles Brian McInnis was the
winner with Rossi, just happy to bag a Moose, in second.
In 35-39 action, The Biker’s Edge Bob Desmarais
and Tom Kuehn traded wins with Kuehn grabbing the first
Lane Maher won all his motos in 6 rookie and then won
the 8 rider main event.
In the rug-rat division (5 & under rookie), Alex
Kuehn was the main event winner with Jagur Laymen second.
The “Animal” Zach Andringa, won the 11-12
Cruiser class and finally, it was Dan Delisle winning
the 9-10 cruiser class.
Thats it for another week gang. Don't forget the Double
Pointer coming up on June 3rd. See you all next week.