The Atlantic Region Fall Series came to a close Sept 24th at Riverglade MX Park in New Brunswick. Friday morning we loaded up the trailer and headed to the track for Saturday’s race. The weather was not looking good with rain in the forecast but Mother Nature pulled through and made for an excellent day of racing keeping the track conditions absolutely perfect. The Riverglade crew worked hard and opened up the off camber section before the big spectator triple finish line which was a great track change making for some epic moto finishes in the last race of the season.
Coming into this round there was some real championship battles in a majority of the classes and it definitely showed with everyone on the track bringing their “A” game and riding with a make it or break it attitude. In the 85cc 7 to 11 class Justin Leger who has had an amazing fall series stepping up his riding to challenge one of the hardest kids to beat on a 85cc bike in Atlantic Canada Brett Young. At the end of the day Justin and Brett swapped wins in their two motos giving Brett the 1st overall in the Championship and Justin Leger finishing a close 6 Points behind in 2nd.
In the MX1 Intermediate class Patrick Reid had the points lead by 9 points and after suffering a huge crash in practice resulting in 8 stitches and some bruised kidneys, Patrick showed he is a true racer continuing to ride in all of his motos to take home the MX1 Intermediate Fall Series Championship
The battle of the day had to be in the MX2 Intermediate Class. David Strang ran away with the championship but #778 TJ Martin and #777 Curtis Doucet were tied in 2nd coming into the last round making tensions high and the anticipation for the moto start off the charts! In Moto one TJ and Curtis battled almost the entire moto with only a max of two bike lengths between each rider until Curtis made a slight bobble causing him to drop back and TJ get the advantage going into moto two. In moto two TJ and Curtis met on the track once again pushing each other to their limits, the finish of this moto would show true heart and determination by TJ making a last lap last corner pass grabbing a handful of throttle exiting the new off camber section and drag racing Curtis to the checkers edging him out by a wheel length and taking 2nd overall in the series!.
Once again Wide Open Racing came with their minds set on the Podium. Chelsey Hall just missed out on getting the hole shot in both her motos and went 4 and 4 for 4th overall on the day claiming 2nd place overall the Ladies Championship. The youngest member of the team Logan Gallant was the star of the day taking 3 out of 4 moto hole shots finishing on the podium in 3 of 4 motos and moving himself to 3rd overall in the MX2 Junior and Schoolboy Championship. Johnny Gallant had a full day of racing running both the Vet Junior and MX1 Junior. He finished strong in Vet Junior, breaking into the top 5 overall on the day after battling from dead last to 7th in moto following a turn 2 crash. In MX1 Junior Johnny rode two strong motos in the highly competitive class finishing in the top 10 overall for the day and taking 8th Place overall in MX1 Junior for the Fall Series. I myself had a strong day of motos taking 4th overall and the highlight being getting the hole shot on my 250 two-stroke.
I want to thank everybody that has made Wide Open Racings 2011 season possible: Estabrooks Bracing Solutions, CTi2, Ossur, Kermaxx Performance Accessories, Printwerx.ca, Pro Wheels Racing Components, Inside Motocross & Off Road Magazine, MD Distributions, Forma MX Boots, Deft Family MX Gloves, Pro-Tech Suspension, Pro Cycle, Motovan.com, Fox Eye Wear, CVO. Thanks again to everyone.