5th Annual Florida Motocross Series
Donley Closes in at MDA Race
Round 8: Motocross of Marion County
Reddick, FL, June 1, 2003
Story and Photos by Craig Johnson
The Annual MDA race took place at
Motocross of Marion County running in conjunction with the Florida
Motocross Series. The racers and motorcycle companies were as generous
as always donating product to auction off with all the proceeds going
to the MDA. Along with the silent auction and 50/50 raffle the real
auction took place were people bid against one another for trips such
as Sea World, Silver Springs, Wet-n-Wild, and Sun Cruise Casinos to
name a few. Helmets were auctioned off along with the big ticket items
from the professional riders that were donated. Some of the items were
jerseys, pants, and chest protectors from Mike Brown, Tim Ferry, Bubba
Stewart, and Ricky Carmichael. The biggest item to bid for was
Carmichael's jersey finally going for $680.00 after many people put in
bids. Everyone had a fun time with the auction and knew the proceeds
were going to a wonderful cause. The final total on the day was
$5,523.00 bring the 12 year total to almost $75,000.00. Thanks to
everyone that donated. Now to the racing action.
The Yamaha rider of Jake Donley
closed in on points, not dollars, on his closest rival for the 125C
points lead. By the end of the day, Donley closed to within ten points
of the leader. After moving up to third in moto one, Donley put it all
together in the second moto to take the win and overall on the day.
In the first moto, Trey Ridgeway took
the lead and pulled out to around four seconds at the end. The battle
was for second place. Wesley Caudill and Brandon Buckingham were going
back and forth until Donley joined in on the action. Donley moved up
from as far back as sixth. Buckingham was now in second, as Donley
moved around Caudill for third. Donley made a bid for second but just
could not make a pass as the checkers came out. Jimmy Warren and Sean
Ridgeway both passed Caudill in the final stages for fourth and fifth.
Trey Ridgeway holeshot the second
moto ahead of Buckingham, Caudill, and Donley. Ridgeway seemed to have
the moto in hand slowly inching away from the rest of the pack. Then
disaster struck, as Ridgeway fell around the halfway mark. Motoring by
were Buckingham and Donley, who had passed Caudill. It all came down
to the last straight of who was going to win the moto. Donley charged
out of the off-camber and left the gas on a little longer to take the
lead away before the last corner. Buckingham finished second, as
points leader Warren battled back up to third. Troy Synder came up to
finish fourth over Sean Ridgeway.
In the 125 Beginner first moto, David
Mejia led followed by Reese Wacker, Bryan Kalb, Anthony Lodato, and
Nick Doyle. Jacob Priest started sixth and soon moved into third
challlenging Wacker for second. Priest passed at the off-camber and
set his sights on Mejia. With a couple of laps to go Priest moved into
the lead pulling out to about four seconds in the end. Mejia kept
second, as John McConnell moved from out of the top ten to finish
third. Johnny Mejia came up to pass Wacker on the last lap for fourth.
McConnell jumped out to the lead in
moto two. Kiko Carvel was second with Priest third. The top three
pulled out with Priest moving into second. Priest challenged for the
lead and took over part way through the moto after the large
table-top. McConnell did not give up and re-passed on the last lap to
take a close win over Priest. Carvel kept third, as Johnnie Mejia and
Doyle passed Wacker to round out the top five.
The fastest mini rider on the day was
Ricky Renner. This Yamaha pilot took four moto wins to take the 85
(12-13) and Super Mini classes. In the first moto of the (12-13) class
the (14-15) riders took off first. Larry Partin led the (14-15) riders
followed by Joe Lafalce and Gary Cavanagh. These three pulled out but
Renner was quickly moving through the pack leading the (12-13) riders.
First of all, though, Renner had to get by Lucas Crespi in his class.
Renner got passed Lafalce and Cavanagh to run second on the track, but
time ran out as Partin barely took the moto win. Lafalce finished next
followed closely by Crespi. Shawn Weech was running next until Max
Rash and Jimmy Page went by. Cavanagh wound up third in the (14-15)
In moto two, Partin led the first
wave. Renner was stuck in third in his class. Renner quickly diposed
of Crespi and Weech and set out after the older riders. By the halfway
flag Renner was fourth on the track and closing fast on Lafalce and
Cavanagh, who had switched places earlier in the moto. Renner passed
both and caught Partin on the last lap. Renner made the pass with ease
to take the moto win over Partin. Lafalce held off a charging Crespi
at the checkered flag for third on the track. Weech and Rash had a
last lap battle going on with a little bumping going on into the last
corner. Rash took the spot for fifth on the track, as Weech fell and
recovered not losing another postion.
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FLORIDA MOTOCROSS SERIES - ROUND #8
51cc oil (stk): 1. Tristan Hyde Yam 2.
Tyler Oliver Cob 3. Zachary Sanders Ktm 4. Cory Smith Yam 5. Rowdy
51cc stock (4-6): 1. Tyler Oliver Cob 2.
Garrett Skipper Ktm 3. Christopher Salter Lem 4. Kylie Fasnacht Hus
51cc stock (7-9): 1. Hector Jr Roman Pol
2. Joshua Hyde Cob 3. James Caudle Ktm 4. Ryan Baker Pol 5. Cameron
51cc open (4-9): 1. Hector Jr Roman Pol 2.
Joshua Hyde Cob 3. Cameron Fasnacht Cob 4. Bradley Castonguay Cob 5.
Brinsley Dyess Ktm
65cc Beg: 1. Nathan Beauregard Suz 2.
Darin Walker Suz 3. Hector Jr Roman Pol 4. Ryan Baker Pol 5. Joshua
65cc (7-9): 1. Cody Smith Ktm 2. Tj Pence
Kaw 3. Clifford Sanders Ktm 4. Jonathan Parker Ktm 5. Hunter Harbin
65cc (10-11): 1. Carl Glisan Ktm 2. Kyle
Combee Kaw 3. Alex Spade Suz 4. George Warren Ktm
65cc Open (7-11): 1. Cody Smith Ktm 2.
Clifford Sanders Ktm 3. Darin Walker Suz 4. Hunter Harbin Kaw
85cc Beg: 1. Anthony Carreiro Yam 2.
Chappy Herwick Yam 3. Alex Spade Suz 4. Zach Spagnuolo Suz 5. Nathan
85cc (7-11): 1. Jesse Freeman Suz 2.
Kenneth C Jr Hill Yam 3. Robby Renner Yam 4. Mikey Desane Yam 5. Kyle
85cc (12-13): 1. Ricky Renner Yam 2. Lucas
Crespi Suz 3. Max Rash Suz 4. Shawn Weech Suz 5. Jimmy Page Suz
85cc (14-15): 1. Larry Partin Jr. Suz 2.
Joe Lafalce Suz 3. Gary Cavanagh Kaw 4. Paul Ayers Kaw 5. Cameron
Super Mini (10-15): 1. Ricky Renner Yam 2.
Lucas Crespi Suz 3. Jesse Freeman Suz 4. Shawn Weech Suz 5. Max Rash
Youth (12-15)/Big Wheel 12-15: 1. Dean
Dyess Iii Suz 2. Simon Usuga Hon 3. Jake Donley Yam 4. Camden Cruz Kaw
5. Ricky Renner Yam
Youth (16-24) 125-Open: 1. Joshua
Hildebrand Kaw 2. Shawn Pettit Yam 3. Matthew Pedrero Kaw 4. Cody
Walker Suz 5. Brad Garritson Kaw
125cc Beg: 1. Jacob Priest Suz 2. John
Mcconnell Hon 3. Johnny Mejia Yam 4. Kiko Carval Yam 5. David Mejia
125cc C: 1. Jake Donley Yam 2. Brandon
Buckingham Yam 3. Jimmy Warren Kaw 4. Sean Ridgeway Yam 5. Trey
125cc B: 1. Dean Dyess Iii Suz 2. Dale
Kump Yam 3. Joshua Hildebrand Kaw 4. Simon Usuga Hon 5. Matthew
125cc A: 1. Ashley Jones Suz
250/500cc Beg: 1. Tim Baker Hon 2. Ronnie
Speciale Hon 3. Scott Barrett Hon
250/500cc C: 1. Brandon Buckingham Yam 2.
Travis Norvell Suz 3. Brad Garritson Kaw 4. Brett Garavalia Yam 5.
Tracy Shepard Hon
250/500cc B: 1. Steve Dumond Suz 2. Dale
Kump Yam 3. Casey Gulick Yam 4. Bradley Bernier Yam 5. Joshua
Open Money (125/250/500): 1. John Black
Kaw 2. Jarrett Tipping Suz 3. Jason Dodds Suz
Four Stroke: 1. Travis Norvell Suz 2.
Jamie Metevier Hon 3. Shawn Pettit Yam
+25: 1. John Black Kaw 2. Jason Dodds Suz
3. Marcus Pedrero Kaw 4. Steve Dumond Suz
+30: 1. Steve Dumond Suz 2. Craig Johnson
Yam 3. Garrett Giambra Yam 4. Jamie Metevier Hon 5. Mike Mezie Hon
+35: 1. Tony Gallardy Hon 2. Kent Ross Hon
3. Craig Johnson Yam 4. Craig Allen Yam 5. Mike Mezie Hon
+40: 1. Jim Badgett Ktm 2. Tony Gallardy
Hon 3. Brett Garavalia Yam 4. Kevin Wilson Hon 5. Pete Zarcone Suz
+45: 1. Kevin Wilson Hon 2. Pete Zarcone
Suz 3. Guenter Sommer Yam 4. Raymond Campanile Yam 5. Frank Helms Yam
Women: 1. Ashley Jones Suz
Quad A: 1. Matt Blommel Hon 2. Clay
Blommell Hon 3. Dale Spears Yam
Quad B: 1. Kyle Spears Hon 2. Robby
Quad C: 1. Josh Michael Hon