Week number 4
On this Memorial Day weekend race, it looked at 11:00 a.m. that this could
be a record turnout. But it looked like a record for
the smallest race in years instead of the largest as
hardly anyone was there at the time for practice to
start. By the close of registration there was 173 riders
plus another 13 for the “Open” Making this
47 moto race not too bad for a holiday weekend.
In opening ceremonies, Krysta Zbikowski, 13 yr old girls
from New York was named the Dozer’s Place Rider
of the Week for her efforts last week. In the interview
she said that Redline’s Kim Hyashi was her favorite
rider. Pretty hard to argue that as Kim is the reigning
NBL #1 woman’s pro.
For the third consecutive week we dropped the gate exactly
at 1:30 and a crazy day of racing was underway. I say
crazy because there seemed to be more crashes then any
race in recent memory. More on that as we go.
In the 16 & Over open Wheels action the 13 riders
vying for the 8 spots in the main event put on their
usual exciting show. Making the main were Mike Gage,
Pete Balotti, Steve Oldham, Cody Buck, Billy Ripley,
Ty Johnson, Alex Rivera and Jonathan Barna. When the
gate dropped it would be Ripley, picking up where he
left off last week, leading the charge into turn one.
Ty Johnson and Steve Oldham were all over him up the
second straight. Coming out of turn two Johnson was
hanging it on the outside when he wrecked in a big time
bailout at the bottom of the big camel jump. As they
raced into turn three it was still the Ripper hanging
on with Oldham (Chairman of the board) all over his
rear wheel. Balotti was right in the mix battling Rivera
for the third spot. No changes until they headed for
the last turn when Oldham just figured it was all or
nothing. He dove sharply to the inside and carved an
incredible turn to stay under Billy and win the sprint
to the line by inches. Ripley had to settle for second
and Rivera grabbed the third spot. After a brief delay,
Ty Johnson would stand and walk off the track pretty
Tom Johnson, coming out of retirement, easily won the
35 & over expert / novice class while Alfred Roy
was the fastest novice in the mix. JRA Cycles Renato
Da Silva won the 25-29 ex class which was combined with
novices and 30 – 34 experts. Bennington Vermont’s
Kory Buck and Seymour’s Dan Buckner were both
perfect in their motos but in the 17 –2 4 expert
main event it would be Buckner keeping Buck behind him
all the way around the course.
J.J. Wernicki won 2 of 3 motos in 16 ex / 17 –
24 novice racing and Rob Sullivan aced a “perfect”
in 17 & over rookie action.
15 ex Anthony Del Vento, as the only expert present
in the 15 yr old bracket was combined with 4 16 yr old
novices but still proved to fast for them to handle
as he won all 3 rounds of motos. Only two riders in
the 16 yr old rookie class and the South End Two Guys
Pizza sponsored Brandon Miville would get the best of
Jordan Clark in 2 of 3 motos for the overall win.
Josh Sanford was able to beat Logan Mitchell 2 of 3
in 15 novice racing while Keith Brown captured a win
in 15 rookie racing.
Danielle Jolicoeur, sponsored by Moore & Morrison
Windows & Siding, easily won her Girls combined
class keeping her undefeated streak in tact.
Video World’s Paul Maher had little trouble in
holding off the rest of the 14 ex / 14 novice class.
It was good to see “Fast-Freddie” Long back
in action again. Anthony Reilly, Joan’s Candy
Cupboard, drew some tough duty as the only novice in
this 5 rider class but held his own just fine.
Bryan Szabo would hold off a hard charging James Norris
in the 14 rookie gang.
In 13 expert action Zack Pirulli was the fastest as
he and D.J. Scott were obviously just having fun performing
synchronized jumps. In novice racing, 13 yr old Ryan
Shores would finish ahead of Alex Harris, Mason Johnson
and Ethan Mercier.
Harwinton’s James Oslander was the fastest 13
yr old rookie today getting him one step closer to the
novice ranking. He certainly looks ready to move up.
Ali Thimmish held off Krysta Zbikowski in the 12 / 13
girls class. Hockey player and BMX racer Kyle Block
was able to beat both Zack Andringa and Jason Chamis
2 of 3 times for the overall win in 12 ex. Justin Thompson
won his first moto in 12 yr old novice action on his
dad’s birthday but it would be the Weight Rooms,
Austin Vaillancourt earning the overall win today.
Chris O’Brien held off Trevor Simmons in 12 rookie
racing. In 11 ex Shawn McAuley was back and pretty much
dominated keeping Josh Thimmish and Nate Martinsen behind
him in all three rounds.
Even as the only 10 yr old expert here, Dan Delisle
had no problems getting combined with the older 11 yr
old novices as he was perfect. Chris Pfeffer was the
fastest novice in the mix. Austin Cyr and Jeremy Buck
traded wins in 11 rookie action with Austin earning
the overall title. A1 Self Storage’s Amanda Wedge
kept Stich Painting and Power wash’s Jayna Roy
in tow in 11 girls action.
In 9 ex / 10 nov combined it was Casey Tanner and T.J
Maniscalchi finishing 1 – 2.
Week # 1’s rider of the week Christian Berti was
again the fastest 10 yr old rookie with Uncle Pat’s
sponsored Matt Bovat second. Five girls were on hand
in the 10 yr old bracket and Jessy Maher won all three
rounds while everyone behind her would trade finishing
In 9 novice racing action Bizzarro’s Mike Geurin
would hold off Eagle Electric’s Troy Atchison.
Larry Coderre won the 9 rookie class main event. Robbie
DesMarias and William Baird were perfect in their motos
in this class but Robbie crashed hard on the third straight
to ruin his chances for a win. Robbie was eventually
able to get up and complete the course.
Alex Coenraads made it two of three in 8 yr old novice
action while R.J. Milville was perfect in 8 rookie racing
right through the main event. Pete Franolich enjoyed
a solid second place finish. In the first round Devon
Ferris crashed in the second turn and would be transported
to the hospital with a suspected broken leg. By the
time we got to the third round he had been checked out
and was back at the track with a clean bill of health.
A full rack of 6nov / 7 nov racers would see Matt Guerin
and Justin Boissonneault dominate with Matt coming out
on top. The 7 yr old rookie class would require a main
event to determine a winner and Jake DesMarais and Owen
Giese were perfect through their motos but Jake would
win the main event “show-down”.
Pieter Coenraads held off Dan Krouse all three rounds
for the 45-49 Cruiser win. Greg Fantano and Rob Giese
traded wins in 40 – 44 action and Greg was the
overall champ. Rob fell hard in one round but came back
strong. The 30 – 34 guys were combined with the
35 – 39 guys and Garrick Yanosky was the front
runner all day. Great action behind him between Don
Olson, Bob DesMarias and Erik Maher. Bob learned that
you really can blast into the last turn way too fast
as he nearly T-Boned Olson. Fearing for his life, he
apologized all the way to the finish line.
Another main was required in 6 yr old action and Lane
Maher held off Collin Penn in this class.
In the “Rug-Rat” division (5 & under
rookie), Jagur Layman won with Conor Guilford 2nd and
Owen Munson third.
Aggro’s bike’s “The Animal’.
Beat his team-mate Ali Thimmish in 11-12 cruiser racing
and Dan Delisle held off T.J. Maniscalchi in 9 –
10 cruiser action.
As part of the Memorial Day ceremonies, 12 yr old Austin
Vaillancourt read a letter that he wrote to Shawn Kennedy
when Shawn returned for his tour of duty in Iraq with
the United States Marine Corp. For the context of this
impressive letter CLICK