Race Report August 5th, 2012
Well this had
to be the most humid day of the year, coupled with
a line of storms heading our way then add the fact
that there is a National event in Pennsylvania caused
us to believe this could be the smallest race of the
year. It certainly was not that thanks to the frequent
influx of riders we are enjoying from Massachusetts.
With over 20 Bay-Staters in the house we had 76 riders
with 21 motos.
A small glitch in registration caused us to be a little
late but the gate dropped only 10 minutes after our
scheduled start time of 12:00 pm so not too bad.
Before we started Jorn Layman was named our rider
of the week from our last race which was held on July
22nd. Normally our CT. riders name another local rider
as their favorite but Jorn, answered the question
by responding that Arielle Martin, was his favorite.
So who is Arielle Martin? Arielle is a 27 year old
from Cedar Hills, Utah. Her dad was a BMX racer so
it was natural she would become one. She turned pro
at the age of 15. She trained hard to make the 2008
USA BMX Olympic team but, during the quarter finals
of the world championships in China, she crashed resulting
in her friend Jill Kintner earning the automatic bid
to the Olympic Team. Jill won the bronze medal for
team USA that year.
Arielle, more determined than ever to make the team
in 2012 trained hard. She won bronze at the 2009 World
Championship in Adelaide, Australia, placed eighth
at the 2010 World Championship in Pietermaritzburg,
South Africa, placed third at the 2011 World Championship
in Copenhagen and placed third at the Olympic Test
Event in August 2011. She earned fourth place at the
2012 World Championship in Birmingham, England, clinching
her spot in London as the highest-ranked U.S. woman
during the 2011-12 season.
The five rider Team USA was scheduled to leave for
London last Wednesday Morning. At the Training center
in Chula Vista California on Tuesday, Arielle was
in her last training session on the replica London
track when she suffered a major crash. While she was
pushing hard her chain snapped. She was launched in
the air and landed on the handlebars. The crash caused
major internal injuries including a level four liver
laceration, broken ribs and a punctured lung. Saturday
night she underwent surgery to remove a build-up of
fluid and, although expected to make a full recovery,
she remains in a San Diego hospital. 19 year old Brooke
Crain will take her spot in London. Arielle has been
an inspiration to all of us who know her, and we all
wish her the best. Thanks Jorn, for recognizing the
power of a dream that has propelled this lady to the
top of her sport.
So in our first moto, we had a nice gate of 5 &
under novices with 7 riders. It was also the moto
that the worst wreck of the day occurred. Running
third going into turn one, Aiden Sambells crashed.
With four riders bearing down on him, the track was
blocked for Brandon Sambells and Lukas Rylander. Brandon
slammed into the sprawled Aiden while somehow Lukas
managed to stay on his mount by going to the outside
of the wreck. (See photo sequence at bottom of web
page). All riders were ok but it would be Aiden the
only rider who would not make the main event. In the
main it was 1st round winner Shawn Biello who captured
the win. Robbie Solsbury was second with the third
spot earned by Caleb Harris.
Even more riders were in the 7 year old Novice grouping
with a full gate of eight. With Dylan Barker, Zander
Hicks and Jacob Faunce winning motos for the automatic
transfer, the only rider not making the main was Chris
Moon. Chris did a good job and, for a rider who was
in only his second race ever, looks like he could
be just as good as his father was at Foothills BMX
so many years ago. When the dust settled it would
be Dylan Barker in the winners circle with Trevor
Nielson second and Addison Miller third.
In 8 year old Novice action, there were only 3 riders
registered so this would be a “Total Points”
race. Tommy Mitchell enjoyed a perfect by winning
all three rounds. Derek Wood was second and third
went to Pierce Curtis who crashed in the third round.
With four riders in the 9 Novice class, the battle
for the three spots in the main was exciting. Travis
Cortis, in his first race ever at Foothills, transferred
out in round one. The second round leader was John
Kellerher but he would self destruct by the announcers
tower allowing the moto win to go to Joziah Gonzelez.
John would make the main edging out Brooke D’amato
in round three. The main results were Travis, Joziah
More total points racing in the 11 Novice class and
it was the same winner all three rounds. Devin Gulyas
was unbeatable. Mike Steinbacher and Mason “Mac-Daddy”
Denette battled very hard in the third round for the
second place finish overall. From the announcer’s
tower it was a flat-footed tie at the line but the
official results revealed that Steinbacher edged Denette.
In the 13 Novice total points action Corey Heath would
shoe why he will soon move up a notch in proficiency
as he won every round. Mike Wilkinson was impressive
with three second place finishes and Dakota Cortis
Moto 7 was the 46-40 Cruiser class and in was a coed
race with Gina Layman and Rebecca Marchildon joining
Jeff Orlandi, Randy Greco and Greg Slone. Rebecca
would not make the main which eventually went to Randy
Greco. Jeff was second with Greg Slone third.
Haley “The Comet” Denette was on fire
in 9 year old girls action and no one would catch
her in any of the three total points rounds. Ashley
Jasensky and Azra Milton traded second place finishes
with Azra earning second overall by finishing ahead
of Ashley in the third round.
It was “Total Points” racing again in
the 12 year old girls class. It was great to see Kyly
Milton back on the track after her crash twoo weeks
ago. She looked none-the-worse for the wear as she
won every moto. Chloe Arnold was a close second with
the third spot going to Kaylynn Cortis.
Earlier this week on Facebook, 15 year old Michaela
Groves was asking the public if she should quit racing.
When I saw her this morning at the trackI told her
only if its not fun anymore. While, today she looked
like it was fun as she, Angela Therriault and Alexus
Doty were obviously enjoying themselves with some
really close racing. Michaela won all three rounds
and Angela and Lexi traded second place finishes.
Angela finished ahead of Lexi in the ty-breaking third
round for second place overall.
Only four motos after racing the guys in Cruiser,
Gina Layman had to come back and race again on the
20” bike in 28 & over girls. She managed
a second place finish behind Nicole Milton but just
ahead of Liz Stosse.
Moto 12 was more Total Points action this time in
the 7 year old Intermediate class. Robbie Webb had
it all his way by acing a “perfect”. Aiden
Biello and Ethan Hubbard were second and third.
As “Total Points” racing was the theme
today, it continued in the 10 year old Intermediate
class. Dom Nivolo, Josh Faunce and “The Shadow”
Austin Denette would finish 1-2-3.
In 12 year old Intermediate action both Steven Hull
and Matt Rowe won a moto going into the ty-breaking
third round. Matt would win it with Steven second
and Noah Klemonsk third. Rumor has it that Steven
will be packing it in after this season. We hope that
is not the case as this kid can really ride.
The 13 year old Intermediate class was intense. With
“Double D” Dylan Denette and Nick Frenette
transferring out in the first two rounds, it would
be between Torrington Family Kempo’s Peter Franolich
and Jake Layman for the last transfer spot. Side by
side they flew down the front straight in the two
rider third round shootout. Peter had a slight lead
then simply exploded in turn one. Layman slammed into
him and both riders were sprawled on the track with
looked like a set up for a yard sale. Layman was the
first to get up and ride off for the last spot. Franolich
eventually got up and rode the rest of the way as
well. He complained later of a sore hip but felt he
would be ok. The main win went to Denette with Frenette
second and Layman third.
14 year old Intermediate action was also a “Total
Points” race with round one going to Connor
Arnold. Round two saw Anthony Ingala on top so it
would come down to round three. Connor, obviously
influenced by the Overthrow colors he was wearing
won round three for the overall win. Connor was second
with Kyle Cortis third.
The 17-18 year old Intermediate class had four riders
registered. Alex Hubbard, after transferring out in
round one, easily won the main with Tyler Cortis second
and Chris Haas third. Good try by Darren Zimmerman
but did not make the cut.
In the 9 year old expert total points class Matt Webb
earned a “perfect” but sure had to work.
After winning the first two rounds he found himself
behind a very fast Arefin Milton in the second straight
in round three. Matt made a classic “swoop”
move in turn two and made the pass and his perfect
would not be denied. Fin was second and Chris Mandeville
In 11 year old expert action Anthony Tortarella got
the job done for total points. Jeremiah Taylor was
second with Jagur Layman finishing third.
14 year old Expert Evan Greco go it done in his total
points class with Chris Therriault earning the second
spot while Scotty Thomson was finishing third.
Finishing up the day, as the storm front was fast
approaching, was the winning efforts of Ryan Sambells-Greco
in 19-27 expert class. Randy Purinton was second with
Dan Cortis third. It was a tough draw for Dan as he
is a Novice forced to race two Experts. Good try Dan
and a big thanks to the entire Cortis Family with
7 riders today.
At 1:36 we were done and beat the rain by about 45
minutes. See you all next week.
For a complete listing
of all of todays finishes