Round 8:Dade City MX Championship Monster Energy Sponsors Cup Series


Then The Rains Came

May 29, 2010
Round 8:Dade City MX Championship Monster Energy Sponsors Cup Series

By: Craig and Angela Johnson

The skies were cloudy for practice with the threat of rain in the area for Round 8 of the Dade City Motocross Championship Series featuring the Monster Energy Sponsors Cup. Practice finished with a light rain and just before the racing started the bottom dropped with huge amounts of water. The riders that finished each race was through shear determination to get around the track. Many riders race two classes and many did not finish, but one that did was RJ Hampshire. The T Stead Developmental Racing/Six 12 Suspension-sponsored Hampshire (21) won the 250 B and 125-250 Schoolboy classes.

The first class raced for Hampshire was the Schoolboy class. Hampshire sloshed his way to the win over close rival Bodie Colangelo. Hampshire extended his points lead over the rest of the field. Hernando Oil’s Rich Wilkes took the final podium spot. Kody Kuykendall held off Pro Action’s Canyon Vancil for fourth.

The 250 B class was held later in the evening when the mud and ruts were deeper. Hampshire had no problems and took the win. C 4 Racing’s Anthony Zaffino tried keeping it close but settled for second. Kody Kuykendall rounded out the podium.

The Monster Energy Sponsors Cup took place about halfway thru the program, but the damage was already done to the track. It looked like Butler Brother’s Jason Thomas had the holeshot, but Extreme Honda’s Michael Picone slid under to take the lead away. Picone pulled out to as much as 5-6 seconds over Thomas during the race. Thomas tried keeping Picone in his sights, but had to contend with Pit Stop Graffiix’s Tyler Livesay in third. Livesay passed Kissimmee Motorsports’ Kory Keylon earlier and caught Livesay after the halfway flag. Everyone was just trying to stay up right, as many tasted the mud including top contenders Michael Clarke and Kyle Keylon. Picone (972) took his fifth win in a row in the Sponsors Cup. Can anyone stop the BPM Racing Engines’ rider in any conditions? Thomas finished second and showed potential with only his second race of the series and will challenge again for a win. Livesay settled for third over Kory Keylon. Huss Drilling’s Ian Millet kept fifth the entire moto.

The Junior Girls class waited about ten minutes for parts of the track to be drained before their race. When it started a pile-up in the first turn saw points leader Shelby Quast’s bike stuck in the swing-arm of another bike. Courtney Long took control and never looked back for the win. The riders behind her shuffled for position. Osiris’ Samantha Malik settled into second. Angelica Rego was third early, but a fall dropped her to fifth. Alexus Gunther took a distant third. Monster Energy/O’neal-backed Morgan Johnson found herself in fifth and then fourth when Rego had fallen. Rego made a couple of last ditch efforts to pass on the last lap, but Johnson got the fourth spot at the flag.

The 250 D class was the last race on the night and Allen Dunlap captured the holeshot. Roby Lyons and Joseph Gonzalez were second and third, respectively, and both fell. Chris Cason moved up to second followed by Dylan Ginabreda. Dunlap fell late in the race, as Ginabreda moved past Cason to take the win. Joey Diaz moved through the field to capture second over Cason, Dunlap, and Gonzalez.

The early Memorial Day weekend started on Friday with the 12 Hours of Dade City. This was a fundraiser for the That Others May Live Foundation. Teams of five competed in the race that brought out many Florida veterans, including Billy Wood, Kenny Keylon, and Troy Adams. Tim Ferry and Chad Reed were also in attendance to support the cause. Team Fairway Golf completed the most laps, totaling 278. Some of the competing riders helped award the check during the Saturday night program and over $7700 was raised.

Look for a shorter version in Cycle News or on the web at www.cyclenews.com under regional events with pictures.

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