7 Year Olds
This was a total points race with not much going on. JD Lataille (Rubber Side Down) would earn his 5th Foothills win with a sweep. Reid Waters (State #1) and Will Adams (Scylent Rage Racing) traded second place finishes, but the second spot overall would go to Adams.
9 Year Olds
What a difference a week can make. After winning last week, moving up to the Intermediate class the next, and failing to qualify, its been quite a week for Molly Patrick, reining Rider-Of-The_week. This was a 4-rider class and the main event saw Noah Hardgrove (Full Circle Bike Shop) take the lead on the front straight. Up the second straight “The Monsta” Xander Monczka (Overhaul Racing) went to the point but out of turn three Hargrove retook the lead. All the way around it stayed like that after a near T-Bone in turn 5, it was Hardgrove, Monczka and Tom Musarella.
11 Year Olds
This class was just 4-riders strong but because of two Experts in the mix, it was Expert points for the three riders who could make the main event. Unfortunately for Cayden Melillo (Family Pride), he would be the rider eliminated leaving Zuleika Bruno as the only Intermediate rider in the hunt. The main event saw 10-year-old Expert Dion Hurley (Family Pride) stay in front of his brother and teammate 9-year-old Expert Devon right to the end. Zuleika finished third earning 64 points. If this were a pure Intermediate class and she won it, that would have earned her just 54 points so that’s how USABMX justifies mixed classes. It’s been like that in previous sanctions as well.
12 Year Olds
This was a good-sized grouping with 6-riders vying for the win. The win would be big as this also was for Expert points as Noah Sifuentes, 11-year-old Expert, would battle with the 12-year-old Intermediates. Drayke Palazzi (Boosted BMX) would be the rider missing out on the main event action. When the gate fell for the main, the pack sorted itself out quickly. Nick Preston, who earlier this year had rattled off 6 consecutive wins, really wanted these Expert points and went to the point from the start and he led the entire lap. I totally mis-called the second-place rider as Noah Rushford (Boosted BMX) when it was really Mikey Roy (Boosted BMX). Mikey did hang onto second while third went to Noah Sifuentes.
14 Year Olds
This was a 4-rider grouping between 13 and 14-year-olds. One 13-year-old, Liam Macneil, would just miss the cut. Also in the mix was our 4-time Track Champion Marissa Lyman (Full Circle Bike Shop) and “The Move Star” would dominate with another win, her sixth. Aden Newell kept it close and finished second. Third went to “The Gambler”, Caleb Kaleta (Rubber Side Down).
15 Year Olds
This was a class that was made up of two Novice riders and two Intermediate riders. One of the Novices, Naomi Bruno, was eliminated in the qualifying rounds. Kodi Carlson, (Boosted BMX) who saw his dad earn his 10th Novice win a few minutes earlier, made it a clean sweep for the Carlson family by winning the main event. It was a two-rider breakaway between Kodi and Vinny Fahey (Full Circle Bike Shop). Vinny was making his Intermediate debut after moving up with his win in Ohio last week. Vinny settled for a close second while third went to Zakary Huard (Retribution). Zak made an incredible turn 5 pass in the last-chance qualifier just to get in.
16 Year Olds
In this 4-rider shootout it was another mixed class with Expert Aidan Biello (Ramp Farm Racing) in the group. After Sean Adams missed the transfer out of the motos, Aidan had it all his way. He would lead from start to finish. The only question was by how much is he going to win by, not if he’s going to win. Connor Rooney, fluing the Bethel colors, was second. Third went to Dylan Rodriquez (Overhaul Racing).
17-20 Year Olds
This was a 3-rider total points event and there was a different order of finish in the first two rounds. Round 1 saw Devin Murphy (Daylight Bicycles) winning it with Kyle Lyman (full Circle Bike Shop) second and Ty Lepicier third. Round 2 it was Lepicier, Murphy and Lyman. Going into the final round, Devin had the lead with 3 points, Ty had 4 points while Kyle had 5 points. In the final round it would be Lepicier, Murphy and Lyman. The point total was 5 points each for Lepicier and Murphy with Lyman sitting with 8. Round three is the tie-breaker so the winner is Ty Lepicier and it was for Expert points!
26-35 Year Olds
Its Expert points for this class also as Colin Morini (Full circle Bike Shop) is in the mix as is Expert Steve Oldham. Evan Rooney, State #2, missed the transfer. In the main, Oldham took an early lead down the front chute but Morini used a sweet move in turn 1 to take the lead away. As they done into turn 2, Oldham tried to get inside but slammed on the brakes to avoid the T-Bone. Colin had it all his was after that and went on to his 5th Foothills win. Josh Hardgrove (Full circle Bike Shop) finished second while third went to Danielle Jolicoeur.
41-45 Year Olds
This was the last group of Intermediates and was made up of three riders making this a toral points event. Tim Brown (Team K-Mart) easily won all three rounds. Vic Rodriquez (Overhaul Racing) finished second all day long while third went to Scott Gonyer (Overhaul Racing).
13 Year Olds
This 4-rider group had 4 evenly matched riders going for it. “The Hammer” Wes Hamel (Family Pride), despite a great try did not make it in today. Chris “Sparky” Pedersen (Associated Lightning Rod Co.), even though he started the main out of gate #6, took the lead early with Dave “Farmboy” Labarge ((full circle Bike Shop) in tow. Noah Andersen (Ramp Farm Racing) was a close third. The “train would stay in that order right to the finish line.
14 Year Olds
This was for total points and it was a good race. Jonah Graves (Full circle Bike Shop) would make it 9 wins in just 12 attempts here this year but Isabella Nelson (Hyper) was right on him in every round. Third went to Trevor “Superfly” Cooper.
46-50 Year Olds
This was the last race of the day and it was for Total points. Mike savage, reining Track Champion and current points leader, would ace a “prefect” with a sweep of every moto for his 13th consecutive foothills win and keeping his undefeated season intact with just two weeks to go. Rick Marceau was second for Overhaul Racing while “Rockstar” Art Ramsey (Scylent Rage Racing) was third but enjoying Expert points as he is an Intermediate.
That’s the way it happened from my point of view. Don’t forget that you need 10 races at Foothills to qualify for a year end award with just two races left. Hopefully, we will all make it through those.