Under The Lights Round 3 (July 6)

Kicking back waiting for practice!

July 6th was a continuance of a great 4th of July weekend, where the Glen Helen and iMOTO crew, as well as our spectators and racers, honored the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country! It was a perfect afternoon and evening for iMOTO racing at “The Glen.” As usual, the crack Glen Helen crew prepped the stadium x track to perfection. There was no wind, and the temps were very comfortable! Three races were on tap for this event, and they each proved to be exciting and competitive.

Experts highlighted the first race, with Josh Diercks leading the way to the flag both motos! Josh pulled holeshots in both motos. For a couple of laps, Casey Casper hung on to Josh’s exhaust pipe, but Shawn Hillian was on the gas and managed to get by Casey both motos. The podium was Diercks on the top step, with Hillian number 2 and Casper in third. Thomas Baker (45+ Int) finished fourth overall in moto one, followed by Brian Ratliff (40 Int) and Bob Casper (50 Ex). In moto two, the podium was the same, but Brian got around Thomas for fourth. Casper was a DNS moto two!

Race two started out with a holeshot by 250 intermediate rider Mike Hazelett. He was pressed hard by Donny Fish, who motored around him lap two and held the top spot to the checkers. Austin Romano ((250 Nov) finished third, followed by Alex Harris (125 Nov), Jacob McCoy (25+ Nov), and Neo Vargas (25+ Nov in the 6th overall position). Other fast finishers included Cody Casper, who was running his first race as a 125 novice, Andrew Paul (250 novice), Tommy Leone (45 novice) and a very quick Tom Karos (55 Novice). In moto two, Donny Fish had some bike problems on lap six and fell out of contention. Mike Hazelett took the holeshot and never looked back. He was again followed home by Austin Romano. Jacob McCoy moved up to third overall in this moto with a great ride! Alex put in another 4th place overall moto finish. The rest of the order for moto two was Andrew Paul, Neo Vargas, Tommy Leone, Cody Casper and Tom Karos.

Race three was perhaps the most exciting of the event! Dean Greenane pulled the holeshot moto one, leading from the drop of the gate to the checkers! He was closely followed by Jacob Lacy. Both were in the adult mini class. Dean could only manage a 4th place in moto two, giving Jacob the overall for the class. Russell Ethridge finished third adult mini, followed by Nathan Vasquez in fourth.

The PeeWee class had the Winter brothers, Xander and Winter, battling it out. Winter took moto one, but Xander was on the gas moto two and won the overall with is 2-1 motos over Winter’s 1-2. These boys look good on their 50s!  James Greenane took the mini class on his 110 with a two-moto sweep. Jeremy Lacy ran fast in the 65cc class. He was pushed by James Petronico in moto one, but James had an unfortunate get-off on the last lap of moto two and scored a DNF. He still took second overall for the night. Bostyn Privett was unchallenged in the 85cc class, winning both motos. One of the best races of the meet was the 50cc class, with Brandon Weijland sweeping both motos (and looking quite stylish) over Chainsaw Ethridge. Seth Krueger and our lone lady racer, Marissa Pietronico, battled it out both motos, with Seth just edging out Marissa. Seth went 4-3 to Marissa’s 3-4!

The next iMOTO “Under the Lights” round will be July 20th. It promises to be another great night of competition and fun for riders and spectators alike! Signups start around 4:30pm, with practice around 5:30, and racing begins after practices! Glen Helen and the iMOTO crew invite everyone to join in the night racing  experience!