Site Lap: Age Division Champs
This week in Site Lap we focus on the age classes which are another hotbed of ATV Motocross of talent. To say that these classes are challenging is quite the understatement. Each class brought something new and exciting each moto. Even though in the end some seemed to dominate on paper, anyone who witnessed the battles knows how tough these championships came.
The College 16-24 class was according results seemingly dominated by #940 Dylan Tremellen from Lancaster Pennsylvania. Tremellen competed 7 times in this class over the season and actually took the win 6 of those times. He finished 3rd in one event and saw competition from someone different it seemed each time he lined up. The #71 Daniel Hoisington from Medina Ohio probably gave Tremellen the most consistent competition but found taking the wins a little tough.
The College Class saw 4 different winners throughout the season which include Bulls Gap Tennessee’s #2 Silas Lamons. Lamons won the opening and closing rounds of the season but a string of bad luck took him out of contention early in the season.
Other winners included #11 Chase Henry from Petersburg Virginia but he only raced the one round in that class and eventually found himself a competitor in the Pro Am division by the seasons end. As well #209 Brett Musick made a three race run in the college class as he worked through from the B division on his way to the Pro Am division himself. Musick took a 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the class being the only rider to beat the class champion Tremellen straight up.
2003 ATV MX Pro champ #30 Travis Spader from Point Pleasant New Jersey actually pulled the championships off in two of the age division classes as well in the Open A class. Spader if you follow his career retired a few years ago from pro racing and returned last season for a few rounds in the age classes and then raced the 2012 season from start to finish. Well nearly finish. Spader was injured heading into the final round but the title was sealed up before misfortune hit.
Spader won the Junior 25 Plus against one of last year’s top plus class competitors #12 Merrill Crose from Sibley Missouri. Crose who is my hero for the amazing rides this man has put together over the last few seasons. Merrill tangled with Spader nearly every round actually besting him at the opening round and the fifth round. Both Spader and Crose rode away winners in the end though as they both rode the Can Am DS 450 and racked up several thousand dollars in contingency throughout the year. Even with that Crose says that he has no plans of contesting the championship in 2013. He will be sadly missed.
The Veteran 30+ class was a near mirror of the Plus 25 as Spader and Crose rode with the same intensity in this division. Once again the win column was dominated by Spader with Crose finishing on top only twice. In this class it was round 5 at Balance and round 6 at High Point where he was able to best Spader. In the end both classes saw less than 30 points between the two.
The Veteran 30+ Novice class was a class that seems to be rather popular among those joining the ATVMX lifestyle a little later in life. It is also a class that seems to offer a lot of competition from a lot of different riders. Five different riders took the top honors in this class throughout the season. However it was #04 Mike Sheldon from Danville Ohio taking the top spot on 4 different occasions. Sheldon actually only finished out the top 5 once this season and this consistency is what helped him capture the class title.
In the Senior 40+ class we again saw 5 different winners throughout the season. #135 Gregg Miller from New Port Richey Florida set an early point lead with 4 wins in the first 5 rounds. Miller finish 3rd at round 3 and looked to be the clear cut winner in this one as the season hit the halfway point.
It was #14 William Marsh from Noblesville Indiana offering the most challenges to Miller for the championship. Unfortunately for Marsh he couldn’t take full advantage of Millers mid-season misfortune. Marsh did take another win at round 6 but a late season shoulder injury virtually put him out of competition.
Other class winners throughout the season included Caledonia New York’s #174 Aron Reisig in Ohio at Sunday Creek raceway for round 7. Reisig followed the win up with a 2nd in him home state of New York at Unadilla. #96 Kevin Kerrn from Plant City Florida who raced only the first and last rounds took 3rd in the season opener and took the win at Dirt Days to close the season. #711 Michael Kamalsky from Carmel New York took the win at Unadilla in his home state at the only round he competed in for the season.
Next week we will look at the Women and Pro Am classes a little closer. Till then to get your ATVMX fix, don’t forget to tune into NBC Sports this Sunday at 5:30 pm Eastern for Racer TV featuring ATV MX Pro competition from Ballance MX.
That’ll do it for now. Till next time God Bless Your Heart and All Your Vital.