Wednesday, July 15, 2020

MAMA vs MDRA Shootout at Doublin Gap MX

It was another great showing for the 2020 annual combo race between these two great motocross racing organizations that compete here in the Mid Atlantic region of the country. Over 900 entries for the two days and some of the best racing we've seen all year.

The future of the sport is bright - the Junior Mini divisions have seen some of the 
biggest turnouts this season.

Numbers have been great in the youth classes this year. From 50cc right through the Supermini divisions, the turnouts have been strong so we hope its an indicator that the sport is on a long awaited rebound.

Below see our race report from Brapp Mag Contributor - Lexi Thompson of LT Photography:

            On July 11-12th, riders from both MDRA and MAMA met at Doublin Gap MX Park near Shippensburg, pa to face off for the overall win in their annual series shootout.  
            The gate dropped for the first moto of the 50cc Open Limited (4-8) class, propelling all 23 riders off the start. The number #67 of Bryce Danenhower on a KTM shot off the gate quickest and came around the first turn in the lead, earning the holeshot position. Danenhower remained in the 1st place position for the race’s entirety and was able to cross the finish line with a large lead in front of the second place of Christian Johnson on the #665, who was able to continuously climb his way up in the pack through the moto after starting in the 5th place position.
#100 of Talon Hill was behind the leader Danenhower, coming through the first lap, but as the race continued on, he fell back into the 4th place spot, where he finished the first moto. Hill’s descent made it possible for Johnson and #285 of Ethan McLaughlin to surpass him and round out the podium in the first moto.
As the last lap was underway, McLaughlin was still holding down the 2nd place position. The gap between him and the 3rd place position of Johnson was getting smaller and smaller by each passing lap. In the final seconds of the moto McLaughlin was passed by Johnson on the final jump of the race, who was able to cross the finish line with a miniscule gap between him with McLauglin behind him.
The ruts were deep, reaching heights of the small bikes’ front fender. This caused many riders to tumble over in the deep turns, allowing the positions to be constantly changing for the duration of the race. Danenhower was among the list of riders that nearly got caught up in the ruts around the sweeping turns, but was able to keep it on two wheels, earning the #1 spot for the moto.

The second moto of the day would see more great battling between these tiny contenders with Danenhower again racing for the win. See the top five overall finishers below.

Bryce Danenhower races to the O/A win.
Photo by: LT Photography.

1. Bryce Danehower
2. Christian Johnson
3. Talon Hill
4. Reagan Ryan
5. Cooper Rhoades

See more great photos from LT Photography by:   Clicking Here  

As I mentioned above the mini classes are red hot this year with great racing and great numbers at the gate - check the results link below to see how all your favorite racers faired - but first take a look at the 50cc Shaft class winner below.

Brapp Mag Super Fan Peyton Hollomon goes 2-1
to win the O/A in the 50cc Shaft class - check his form below.

Keep scrolling to see more great racing, results and photos from this awesome racing weekend. Please remember that a big part of what we do also takes place "off the track". A huge thanks to both these racing organizations, their sponsors and especially the racers for providing an environment for fun and growth for people of all ages.

Having fun playing - pound the stump.

I'm not sure what the crew from Fred's Garage was cooking up.

Gavin Blake #12 leads the Unltd. 2 C/D racers to the checkers.

VPE Racing's  Brayden Karpulk was on the gas all weekend long. 
Did we mention it got muddy - lol.

Photo by: Cody Darr

See more great photos from Cody Darr by:  Clicking Here

Vinny Luhovey would be your top Open A guy on the weekend. 

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Find race results from both days of racing by: Clicking Here

Check out over 2000 Brapp Mag pics from the weekend by: Clicking Here

The crowds definitely lined the fences for this annual two day event, We had tons of great racing go down, the weather was beautiful and a great time was had socializing off the track. If you're looking for a great activity to get your family into - then check out both of these great racing organizations.

It would be the MDRA retaining the shootout title for 2020 but in the end, does it really matter. The experience and family time experienced by all was priceless. Thanks MAMA and thanks MDRA for all you do.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sprint Cross Country Series - 8 Hour Challenge Race

Story by: Nancy Sabater Schlag

All images courtesy of Photo Hawk - Click Here to view

SPRINT CROSS COUNTRY SERIES Started their epic 3 day Independence weekend with a BANG at BACKBONE RACEWAY with an 8 hr challenge race from 6pm – 2am! This event may be the start of a cool annual affair with the racers all expressing major interest in returning for more night racing and team competition!

The SXCS 8 hr Challenge greeted its racers with perfect weather at 2900’ and a bright moonlit sky. Racers from all over New England, South East and the Mid-Atlantic converged on a Trail Pros prepped 7 mile course in Oakland, MD consisting of a flowy and technical race course.

ANDREW BOGGS – rippin the grass track – Picture Credit: PHOTO HAWK

The overall was won by the Duo Sportsman Team of MCI Racing with racers 
Andrew Boggs and Joe McCarty completing 25 laps to get the job done.

JOE MCCARTY over the logs - Picture Credit: PHOTO HAWK

The Ironman Sportsman was won by Earl Luhn (below) on his 
T-Bone & Earls Cycle backed TM 300 –  as he logged 22 laps solo!

Earl Luhn – Ironman Sportsman Winner      Picture Credit: PHOTO HAWK

Special Mention for Junior Team winners THE DEPLORABLES



These young guns also logged 22 laps and built some pretty solid friendships during their
first ever team race event!

 These kids clearly aren’t afraid of the dark!

Junior Team Podium:

1st Place Pictured Center: THE DEPLORABLES



2nd Place Left: CHUCK NORRIS




On Saturday, July 4th riders enjoyed a TRAIL RIDE sponsored by THRIVE!  
and a Stacyc Demo for the little rippers Sponsored by T-Bone and Earls Cycles 
followed by an amazing Fireworks Display!

Sunday was all about RACING as Round 3 of the Multi-Format SXCS Series brought
GP Racing to its racers! 

A fantastic mix of woods and moto was on the menu and the racers ate it up! 

Premier Winner was Pro-Motocross Racer, Nick  Fratz – Orr who was flying on
the moto track and also tackled the rocky woods sections with ease –
finishing with a Moto Sweep of 1 -1 for the WIN!

Full Results can be found for both races at 

SXCS will resume competition on October 4th with the ever popular Sprint Cross Format and will be offering another Family Fun Ride on the 3rd at White Rose Motorcycle Club in Spring Grove, PA!

Thank You Sponsors!


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Kymco UXV 700 I LE Tackles the PA Wilds - Destination Riding

I'd like to start by thanking Kymco USA and the fine folks from Turf & Trail Equipment in Mifflinburg, Pa for helping make our family Fourth of July ride in Potter County, Pa possible.

Our second machine for the weekend was the UXV700 I LE Prime - pictured right.

We ride a lot of miles in the Pa Wilds every year and on this occasion our kids and grand kids wanted to tag along. We were in need of a second machine to get the whole family out on the trail, so I called my friends from Kymco.

Exposing two more youngins' to the joy of Off-Road riding in the Pa Wilds. 

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In working with Kymco in the past we knew that we would have a fun and reliable ride to show our family around the back country of Pa. The area we were riding this weekend consists of the 43 mile DCNR trail system in the Susquehannock State Forest and the 100's of miles of legal township dirt roads that wind through Potter and Tioga Counties.

The Kymco UXV700 is a value priced machine that offers high end features.

We of course combined our weekend riding adventure with our love for camping. We are blessed to have a seasonal rental lot located right along the ATV trail system. There are currently two campgrounds along the system where you can camp and ride to your hearts content. Quiet Oaks is located at the southern end of the trail system in Clinton County and Potter County Family Campground lies just north of Route 6 at Denton Hill. 

This unit offers a dump bed with a 440 lb load capacity making chores easy.

We put our loaner Kymco through the test this weekend logging on just over 80 miles. We rode in all types of terrain including the off road trail system that climbs to the peak of Denton Hill and many miles of township roads that led us to the town of Germania for a pit stop and back. 

The Prime model comes equipped with aluminum wheels, a winch, windshield and roof. 

We left the windshield off for this trip to help stay cool on the 90 degree days, although it would have been a good deflector for the dusty spots. The Kymco's 695cc liquid cooled power plant pulled well in all situations and the unit comes standard with electronic power steering, two wheel and four wheel drive and high and low range transmission. 

Our unit had a full gauge display including a 12v power port and a USB hookup. 

We really liked the built in bed extender that allowed us to haul our lawn chairs and gear to the beach at Lyman Run State Park located right along this North Central Pa trail system.

Lyman Lake offers swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking and of course off road riding.

Contact the dealer below or any authorized Kymco USA dealer to check out this fine machine.

Overview - Kymco 700 I LE Prime MSRP * $10,999.

The 2020 KYMCO UXV 700 I LE Prime is a Performance Sport Utility SXS with Prime Accessory Package and the following features:

Special Features: 

14” black aluminum sport alloy wheels with 26” tires | Electronic Power Steering | 2500 lb. ComeUp winch

Accessory Package: 

Hard top | Front and rear windshields | Bed extender

  • Fuel injected 695cc SOHC liquid cooled engine
  • On-Demand 2WD/4WD with differential lock
  • Automatic CVT transmission with H-L-N-R-P drive modes
  • 4-wheel independent suspension with dual high clearance front A-arms and standard rear control arms
  • Front and rear hydraulic disc brakes with steel braided lines
  • Kaifa gas-reservoir shocks with compression, rebound and preload adjustment
  • Dual high/low beam headlights with LED markers and dual brake/tail lights
  • 2” receiver for mounting a standard trailer hitch
  • 440 lb. capacity tilting cargo bed with 1,200 lb. towing capacity
  • Dual beverage holders
  • 12-volt DC charger and USB port
  • Comfortable high back bucket seats with driver’s seat adjustability
  • Safety side nets
  • Seat belts with elastic shock reduction shoulder harness and safety interlock switch
  • Lockable glove box, under driver’s seat and under hood storage compartments
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Instrumentation: Cluster includes a backlit speedometer with MPH/KPH selection. Gear position indicator, fuel gauge, temperature sensor, battery condition light, 2wd/4wd/diff lock indicator, high beam indicator, fault code indicator and odometer, hour meter, trip meter or clock.

The 2020 UXV 700i LE Prime is available in Seattle Blue & Green

*Specifications and pricing are subject to change*

*Dealer sets the actual destination charge, your price may vary*

*Note: MSRP does not reflect destination or other dealer vehicle preparation charges. KYMCO USA makes every effort to present the most current specifications and model features. Changes in equipment, colors, availability and specifications may change without notice or obligation. Some models are shown with optional equipment.

Turf & Trail Equipment is a full service dealer located in Mifflinburg, Pa. They offer Kymco Scooters, ATV's and UTV's, Toro Mowers and Power Equipment,
Honda Generators and Kawasaki Engines.

Check out the full line up of Kymco ATV's and UTV's at the link above.

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