Race Report August 12th, 2012
Not a bad turnout
by 2012 USABMX standards with 100 riders split into
It was however, a day of strange happenings and an
unusual amount spills. These kids must have watched
the carnage at the Olympics and tried to emulate their
role models. It started early when 9 year old Novice
rider Travis Cortis was named our “Rider-Of-The-Week”
for his efforts last week. He chose to ride his bike
to the announcer’s tower to pick up his award
and boom! he crashed right at the bottom of the turn
5 berm. Travis walked the rest of the way but once
in the tower it was obviously that he was hurting.
He did manage to say that Tyler Cortis was his favorite.
Unfortunately, that crash would not be the last one
for Travis this day.
In the Strider division, Chris Strandberg and Kayla
Barker were the two competitors and were certainly
fun to watch. 5 yr old Chris was the winner but 3
yr old Kayla sure loves to ride.
There were 5 riders going for the 4 positions in the
main event in the 5 & under Novice class. This
week it would be Caleb Harris not making the qualifying
transfer out of the motos but certainly gave it his
best. Robbie Solsbury, well rested after transferring
out in round 1, put his #581 machine in the winner’s
circle with the Main event win. Brady Carlson was
second with the third spot going to Cole Barker.
Chris Moon could not make the transfer in the 5 rider
6 yr old Novice class again this week but he is getting
closer every time out. Danbury’s Matt Evanuska
held off a hard charge from Johnny Tomboly, who finished
second while Natalie Hayes earned a solid third.
6 riders in the 7 yr old Novice class and it was sad
to see Jana Wilkinson not making the transfer. Tristin
Enquist was the first one to make it as he won round
1 but only managed a third place finish in the Main
event. Second round winner Jesse Silva won the Main
with Zander Hicks, who suffered a first round crash,
coming back to finish third in the Main.
With 5 riders in the 8 yr old Novice division, it
would be Josh Wilke feeling the disappointment of
not making the Main event this week. Rylan Carlson
got the job done for a nice win with Tommy Mitchell
second while the third spot went to Mason Blackburn.
The 9 yr old Novice class only had 3 riders so this
would be a “Total Points” race. For the
first time this year there was a different winner
in each round. Jorn Layman won round 1 after leader
Travis Cortis crashed in the first turn. (See photo
sequence on the photo page) Josiah Gonzelez won round
2 and then Travis came back to win round 3. So who
was the overall winner? It was Jorn with a first and
two seconds. Nice job from our previous “Rider-Of-The-Week”.
The 12 yr old Novice grouping was also a 3 rider Total
Points race. In this one the finishes were the same
in all three rounds. It was Devin Gulyas, Mike Wilkinson
and Ethan Wilke 1-2-3.
In 14 Novice action it was another “Total Points”
race and Kyle Cortis would lay down the “Prefect”
with 3 wins. Lewis Cianfarani was second in his first
race ever and third went to Mohan Duncan.
In 8 & Under Cruiser Ian Hayes did not make the
transfer to the Main which was eventually won by the
“King” Landon Richard. Derek Fantano second
and third went to Rylan Carlson.
Jacob Bacis had no trouble in the 11 yr old Cruiser
class this day as he held off Alex Kuehn and Ryan
Hayes in all three rounds of “Total Points”
In 26-30 Cruiser action, Tom Kuehn was back after
suffering an injury up at Whip City awhile back. He
and Fred Roy battled hard with Tom winning the first
two rounds but Fred enjoyed spoiling his “Perfect”
in round three. 13 yr old Matt Higgs was combined
with these guys and finished third.
Whoa was that really 13 yr old Mackenzie Atchison
back on a bike again? Yup she was running well in
the 15 yr old Girls class. Michaela Groves was unbeatable
on her home track but Jenn Cote’ and Mackenzie
would share second place finishes. Second overall
would go to Jenn.
In 28 and slightly over Girls action, Naugatuck’s
“Lightnin Liz Stosse’ would not make the
cut this week. Angela Therriault put the GHP colors
on the top spot with Jayna Roy second and Gina Layman,
who was nowhere near as pooped as last week, third.
The 5 and 6 yr old Intermediates were combined together
for a 4 rider shootout this week. 5 yr old Shawn Biello,
after recently moving up to the Intermediate status
was odd-boy out this day. Collin Bourque was the winner
but Danny Calarco sure looked good and had a solid
second place finish with Ethan Hubbard third.
In the 7 yr old Intermediate gang these 5 riders were
battling hard all day. Robbie Webb and Matt Bacis
were the first two to qualify with Aiden Biello and
Dylan Barker, who recently moved up, making the cut
from the third round. Robbie won the Main with Matt
and Dylan second and third. Tough day but good try
by Hunter Moulton, who did not make the cut.
As mentioned earlier Ian Hayes did not make the transfer
in his Cruiser class and the tough day continued for
him in the 8 yr old Intermediate class as he had to
endure the same fate. Nick Strandberg was the class
of this field today with a big Main event win. Vinny
Delorenzo was second and Kyle Kuehn was third.
Moto 17 was the 10 yr old Intermediate class and there
were 5 riders going for the glory. With a mixed bag
of proficiencies and ages in the mix, it would be
10 yr old Girl competitor Bella Delorenzo not making
the transfer. Dominic Nivolo continued his dominant
year with a win. 9 yr old Nick Delbone was second
and Mike Strandberg held onto third place.
In 14 yr old Intermediate action Matt Higgs won round
1. Anthony Ingala won the second round. Anthony also
won the tie breaking third round for the overall win
with Matt settling for second place while Jake Layman
went home in third place.
The 17-18 yr old Intermediate class was a “Total
Points” race and another mixed bag of ages and
proficiencies. 16 yr old Expert Chris Pfeffer (George’s
Music Center) won every round but it was not as easy
as you might think as 18 yr old Intermediate racer
Tyler Cortis gave him all he could handle. Tyler was
second overall and Darren Zimmerman was third.
Ok this is going to be hard to describe. In 1996 I
gave a little 6 yr old rider named Brant Fox a nick-name.
It was “Moto-Fox”. I haven’t seen
him since nor has he raced in the last 16 years. Well
wouldn’t you know he was back yesterday as a
22 yr old Novice racing in the 19-27 Intermediate
class. Wow did he put on a show and it was probably
the most memorable action we have seen in some time.
He was trying to catch “Stone-Cold” Steve
Scibelli going into turn three and exploded all over
the turn. In the next round he was doing the same
coming out of turn one, saw me with my trusty camera
and bit the dust right in front of me for another
awesome sequence of crash photos. But showing his
remarkable resilience, he got up and charged around
the track only to eat dust again coming out of turn
four. I spared him the embarrassment of another photo
sequence of crashes on that one. Oh yeah, Scibelli
won the class with Spencer Cole Second.
His brother Ben Atchison on the other hand, easily
won the 41 & over Expert class as he got the best
of 19x Randy Purinton and 38 yr old Novice rider Robert
Landon Richard won everything in the 8 yr old Expert
division who were racing for “Total Points”.
Derek Fantano battled hard and earned a solid second
with the third spot going to Sam DeGrange.
In 10X “Jumpin” Jeremiah Taylor did not
quite ‘perfect” but winning two of three
motos was enough for the overall win. Matt Webb had
to settle for second with Alex Kuehn finishing third.
“Total Points” for the 11 Expert class
and Jacob Bacis would grab first place points in every
round. Jagur Layman was second while third went to
13 yr old Expert “Total Points” action
featured two of three moto wins for Nick Cote’
which earned him the overall win for the day. Matt
Dillon salvaged a second with third going to Jonathan
The 15 yr old Expert class was interesting this week
with Chris Pannullo hiding out somewhere in Pennsylvania.
Jake Pirulli was in the house, obviously preparing
to represent Trumbull in this year upcoming Trophy
Dash race. Jake and Wes Reel were the real contenders
in this one as Troy Atchison would lose his crank-arm
bolt on the track before the third round and didn’t
make the cut. Jake would go on to win the main with
Wes second and Chris Theriault (14x) third.
Denise Classey powered her way to a clean sweep in
the 41-45 Girls Cruiser class with Gina Layman and
Bridget Holland-Stone finishing second and third.
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes