Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Round 5 of the SRT AMA East Hare Scrambles Series presented by Beta

Beta's "Trooper" Thorn Devlin takes the win at 
Round 5 of the SRT AMA East Hare Scrambles Series presented by Beta. 
06-21-20 Harpursville, NY 
Story and photos by Kenny Held

This was no easy task as "The Batman" Benjamin Bouwens aboard his Yamaha was not just going to hand it over.  The 2 would enter a fierce battle at the mid way point being chased by Dominick Morse aboard his KTM. 

Let’s back up a bit shall we. The event was hosted by NYOA's Full Action Cycle on a heavily wooded track.  The open sections and carting roads were few and far between.  This was an All Woods Event.  429 AA, A, B and C Adult racers separated by 30 seconds a row quickly turned the track into a survival event.  Even though there was no rain to speak of leading up to the event, it had some serious mud holes.  

Most of the racers we spoke to described the event as more of a "Tuff Mudder".  Long and deep mud holes littered with roots fore and aft.  There were numerous DNF's.  Not sure if it was the heat or the mud but many pulled out after the 2nd lap.  The event staff decided on a 5 lap race that would span 9 miles per lap.  

Bouwens would get the holeshot but could not make it stick.  The Chasee became the Chaser.  Bouwens would stay with in a few bike lengths of Devlin the 1st 2 laps. On lap 3 Devlin would go down allowing Bouwens to slip by.  In the post race interview, all top 3 racers would recall how many times they went down.  On Lap 4 Devlin would regain the lead and stay within just a few bike lengths of Bouwen.  He would hold his lead to the end. 

Top 5 Main Event  

1.  Thorn Devlin - Beta
2.  Benjamin Bouwens - Yam
3.  Dominick Morse - KTM
4.  Kyle McDonal - Beta
5.  Neil Enman - HSQ

In the morning youth event saw approximately 90 Young-ins anxiously awaiting the flag drop.  For many of these kids, this was only their 2nd event of the year.   It’s safe to say the sweepers and track workers had their hands full.  

The mud holes that would later claim victim to the adult racers would wreak havoc on most of the 14" front wheeled bikes.  Only the most determined would get in the required laps.  The O/A winner would actually come from the 2nd row.  On the 1st lap the battle between Suzuki's Bailey Flynn and Kawasaki mounted Brock Dennison would pull away from the rest of the pack.  Meanwhile 12-13 Supermini, Owen Barnes- Kaw, would pick his way through the 14-16 Supermini and start banging elbows with the leaders.  Barnes would eventually make the pass on both on the white flag lap and make it stick to the checkers. 

Top 5 Youth

1.  Owen Barnes - Kaw
2.  Brock Dennison - Kaw
3.  Bailey Flynn - Suz
4. Wyatt Mayer - Kaw
5. Kenneth Held Jr - Suz 

40 Pee Wee 50's along a 1.5 mile course spun their wheels quite aggressively for almost an hour in the modified youth course.  The top 5 all came from the front row Pee Wee 8's.  Owen Planty, Gunner Bouwens and Lucas Mullen, all KTM mounted were the only 3 to get in the full 7 laps separated by about a minute apart.  Great job boys and girls!

Top 5 Pee Wee

1. Owen Planty - KTM
2. Gunner Bouwens - KTM
3. Lucas Mullen - KTM
4.  Chelsea Renninger - KTM
5.  Gavin Sherif – KTM

 For full results go to:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Round #1 MAMA Race Series - at Tomahawk MX

It was long past due, but definitely worth the wait as the 2020 Mid Atlantic Motocross Association (MAMA) got to kick off their 2020 race season at Tomahawk MX in Hedgesville, WV. The weekend would see great weather for the just over 600 entries on the weekend.

Above, Gabe Woodrow would race to the Unlimited A division win on Saturday taking both moto wins. MAMA offers a full array of classes for both youth and adult racers over two days of competition. This weekend would be a time for the youth riders to shine as they work their way into the LL Super Regional coming up this weekend at Tomahawk. The Junior Mini groups would see full gates on both days of racing.

Below check out a few images and a short race report from Brapp Mag contributor Lexi Thompson from LT Photography:

Jr Mini 1 – Saturday Racing
Tomahawk MX
By: Lexi Thompson – LT Photography

On Saturday, the MAMA riders showed up to the mountainous Tomahawk MX Park ready to race. With the forecast calling for thunderstorms all day, the riders were pleasantly surprised when the clouds rolled out to reveal blue skies for a sunny race day.

The second moto of the day found the first division of Junior Minis 1 lining up that had 43 total entries for the day initiating qualifiers for the main event. The 7-11 year olds fire off the gate, with the #263 of Joseph Oconnell on the KTM coming out with the holeshot. Following quickly behind is the Yamaha rider, Riccardo Chica on the #50. After riding up the steep uphill and taking the left turn through the shadows of the trees, Chica had the speed to surpass Oconnell for the first place position before he completed the first lap.

Chica was on fire all weekend long,

Before crossing the finish line on the first lap, Oconnell was then passed by Domanik Sensenig on the #14 Husqvarna, crediting Sensenig with the 2nd place position on the first lap. On the second lap, in the sweeping downhill turn, the #951 of Jackson Beck on the Husqvarna snagged the inside line, propelling himself through the deep ruts to pass Oconnell and earn a podium position for the moto.

Beck and Oconnell battle.

Sensenig still had his sights on the 1st place position, trying to charge ahead of Chica, gaining time as the laps ticked off. However, the checked flags waved for Chica, with Senseing falling just short in 2nd. Gapping 3rd place of Beck by a large section of track, who continued to battle with Oconnell, finally securing the position on the large uphill tabletop, holding his place for the rest of the moto. Just inside the top 5 was Charles Chialastri, who remained consistent for the duration of the race.

Sensenig had a great showing at Tomahawk. 

Division two would bring another cast to the line up with #34 of Seven Henderson leading from wire to wire to win this division and eventually going on to win the second or main moto of the day. See the overall results after two motos below:

1. Seven Henderson
2. Riccardo Chica
3. Domanik Sensenig
4. Chadwick Nower
5. Joseph Oconnell

Seven Henderson would win his qualifier and the main O/A event on Saturday.

Sunday would bring another full gate of 39 riders to the mix for the Junior Mini 2 division. In addition to the Mama Series racers, others were here in preparation for the Loretta Lynn Youth Super Regional coming up this weekend June 26-28th right here at Tomahawk MX.  See the full results from the weekend by scrolling to the links below.

Click Here  to see more images from LT Photography

It was great to see so many PW racers take to the track.

Jeffrey Overstreet Jr (419) would take the 50cc Open win on Saturday.

Miss Lahna Macneil would win three 50cc divisions this weekend.

Tune in tonight at 6 pm to catch her on Track Talk Live.

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Malachi Kraft (13) moves up to the 85cc bike and grabs a win in the (9-11) c division. 

In big bike racing action, Nic Hayes (18) grabs three wins on Saturday. 

Long time MAMA racer Cody Groves was in the house to take three expert wins on the weekend.

Catch up with Cody on tonight's Track Talk - Live show. 

Click Here  for results

Click Here   to link to images from all classes on the weekend.

MAMA's next event is the series shootout with the MDRA at Doublin Gap MX

Make sure you're there - July 10th - 12th

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Round #3 MDRA at Tomahawk MX

The MDRA headed south in Mid June to race at the Beautiful Tomahawk MX Park in Hedgesville WV. Full gates and muddy conditions greeted the racers that made the trek, Below see a short race recap from Brapp Mag contributor Lexi Thompson from the 85 (9-11) B class plus images from other divisions.

By: Lexi Thompson

The first moto of the 85B  class race started off strong at the drop of the gate, with #62, Klark Robbins, on the KTM grabbing the holeshot on the uphill start taking the outside line. Following closely off the start, the #209 of Cole Lute on a KTM was just out of reach for being credited with the holeshot. In 3rd place heading into the first turn was the #55 of Brayden Karpulk on the Husqvarna, who was quickly passed by the pack in the deep ruts leaving him to end up in 8th place. 

Klark Robbins (62) leads the charge.

On lap two of moto one, Demetrious Jones, on the #45 KTM, pushed his way up in order to secure his spot of 2nd place by charging ahead of  #365 of Nicholas Frazier on a KTM, where he lasted for the remainder of the moto, leaving Frazier to finish in 3rd place, rounding out the podium.

As the race continued, riders began to remove their goggles in attempts to improve their vision, struggling to see past the wet mud plastered to their lenses. Landing just outside of the podium was the #80 of David Cantfield, who remained in the 4th place position throughout the race’s entirety. Throughout the race as the conditions worsened, Lute fell back to end in 5th place. Klark Robbins defended his position for the four laps and took the 1st place win, pulling ahead of Jones in 2nd.

Moto 2 would see the top three finish in the same results with the overall moto finishes below.

85  (9-11) B O/A

1. Klark Robbins
2. Demetrious Jones
3. Nicholas Frazier
4. Cole Lute
5. Matthew Mattlin

Keep scrolling for more racing action and to link to results and more images from the day.

The Junior Mini division would host 49 entries on the day as the racers prepare for the LL Youth Super Regional coming up later this month at Tomahawk.

Tyler Devers (22) above from Willamstown, NJ would lead the charge.

Best Dirt Nap picture ever - thanks Lexi T. for catching that action.

Travis Randanella wins both Amateur divisions on the weekend. 

Click Here  for results from all classes

Thanks to Lexi Thompson for coming out and covering the action for us. Watch for Lexi at more events this year and hit her up if you want some action shots of yourself. Best way to find her is on Facebook,

She asked us to share these images at the below link from this weeks racing action. 

More Pics below:

Dougy Stouffer - out.

Make sure you catch up with the MDRA for Round # 4 of their 2020 race series

this weekend June 20-21 at Pagoda MC in Birdsboro, Pa.

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