Race Report

June 12, 2005 - Week 7

With a National Event in Shoreham Long Island, coupled with oppressive temperatures in the high 80s with very high humidity, the crowd at Foothills this week was quite small. 130 riders divided into 36 motos and only two mains would make this the smallest race since August 10th of 2003. With a good number of its regular volunteers away at the National, a number of people really stepped forward to pick up the slack. On behalf of the staff at the Litchfield County BMX Group Inc., thanks so much for making this day a fun one.

The two classes that had enough riders to force the need for Main events were the 8 year old Rookie class and the 16 – 29 Open Wheels class.

In the 8 Rookie action, nine riders battled to transfer onto to the eight rider main. With the Fusco’s Used Auto Parts sponsored Chris Pannullo wining a moto, Josh Velardi and William Joyce also sharing moto wins, it was obvious that the main was up for grabs. When the dust settled it was former Rider Of The Week Keith Morrisey winning the closely contested main.

The 16 – 29 Open was a little short on riders but not on excitement. Shane Mcpherson crashed out in the first moto so it was basically go through the motions and wait for the main as every one else automatically transferred. When the gate dropped in the main it was Brian Adamaitis exploding out of the gate with a great start. All the way around the track, Felix Pagan was forcing Brian to really push it. By the time they reached the forth turn, Flash dove to the inside and took the lead and held off Brian the rest of the way for the win. Third place went to Jason Soukup on the mountain bike.

In the rest of the Rookie classes Matt Velardi won 5 & under again this week after being named Rider of the Week last week; Anthony Monterio won 6 Rookie; Trevor Fox again a winner in 7 Rookie; Matt Mitchell was perfect in 9 Rookie as was Dylan Jacquemin in 10 Rookie. The “Candy Man” Anthony Reilly, riding for Schweiger Tile and Flooring, won the 11-12 Rookie combined class.; Chris Mann was the 13 Rookie champ; ERA II’s Martin Brown was top gun in 14 Rookie; Winchester Modular Housing sponsored Jeramey Bakunis put his bike in the winners circle in 15 Rookie while Josh Brown did the same in 16 Rookie. Matt Lucas was the winner in 17 rookie. Special thanks to Tim Bierce for helping out 8 year old Rookie William Joyce earlier in the day.

Novice action was also pretty intense with Jason Savoca winning 6-8 Novice combined; Shawn Mcauley won 9 Novice; the Weight Room sponsored Austin Vailencourt was the dominant rider in 10 year old novice action. 12-13 Novice combined went to Colby Brouillard; Aaron Testa, sponsored by The Quiet Zone, won 15 Novice and Kevin Matthews had a big win in 16 Expert-16 Novice combined by beating an expert. Kevin is sponsored by Escape Plumbing and Heating. Gary Velardi was the fastest this day in 35 & over Novice competition.

The Animal, Zach Andringa won the 10 year old expert class; Anthony Del Vento was fastest in 13 Expert while another Massachusetts rider, Andrew Christopher, won the 14 Expert group. The Casa Mia Restaurant sponsored Pete Balotti held off the rest of the 15 Experts while Dan Buckner did the same in the 17,18-21 Expert division.