2019 Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross Crowns Champions
The 10th Annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross (RCSX) wrapped up two full days of racing on Monday, March 11, at the historic Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Using a supercross format, 1,159 entries from all over the world, including some of the biggest names in amateur motocross, battled for national championships and AMA number 1 plates in 34 classes, from youth riders on 50cc bikes all the way to Golden Masters (60+).
Two riders who had standout performances at this year’s event were Seth Hammaker and Jarrett Frye. Frye crushed the Schoolboy 2 class and the 250 B and 450 B classes, while Hammaker won titles in the 250 A and the Open Pro divisions and, in fact, won every race he started. The two were among the 23 riders who won a total of 34 main event races at RCSX.
Jarrett Frye overcame a late-race bobble to win the Schoolboy 2 final. Frye, who recently joined the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing team, won his heat race ahead of Matt LeBlanc to qualify into the final. In the final, Frye grabbed the holeshot and immediately started gapping the field, with his teammate LeBlanc in tow. Jack Rogers (Yamaha), Jonah Geistler (KTM), Gage Linville (KTM), and Nate Thrasher (KTM) filled out the top five during the early minutes of the race. Interestingly, Thrasher, who is one of the hottest properties in amateur motocross, was riding a 125 against the 250Fs. Frye continued to stretch his lead, eventually finishing more than 8 seconds ahead of LeBlanc at the finish, while Geistler moved around Rogers to claim third.
“I pulled the holeshot and just tried to find good lines and build my lead,” Frye said after the race.
Frye also won the 450 B class, with Husqvarna-mounted Colin Park in second and Kawasaki’s Bjorn Viney in third. After taking the lead, Frye rode a very uneventful race to take the win.
“I got off to a good start and I was third after the first turn,” Frye said. “I made two passes in the second turn to take the lead and I just rode smart the rest of the way.”
In the 250 B Limited class, Jace Kessler won, though it was no easy task since he DNFed his heat race, which meant he got one of the last picks at the starting gate in the final. The BTO/FMF/Dunlop/Husqvarna/O’Neal/Alpinestar/Thrill Seekers-backed Kessler took a footpeg to his front wheel, which blew out his spokes and forced him to drop out of the heat race.
In the final, Kessler moved up quickly from a mid-pack start and was right behind the leaders by the end of the first lap. Halfway into the race, Kessler took the lead with a pass on Yamaha-mounted Blake Hoag, making the move through the mogul section right after the big wall and the rhythm section that preceded it. He was particularly fast in that section and that was where he gained the most time on the competition.
“I just held it on through the moguls and made a block pass for the lead,” Kessler said. “Since I DNFed my heat race, I was way outside on the start gate, so I tried to find a gate that had a lot of moisture. I didn’t get the best of starts, so I just made some quick passes and once in the lead, I just tried to ride my own race and build up my lead.”
At the finish, Kessler took the win with over Yamaha-mounted Gerhard Matamoros of Honduras, with Wyatt Lieback (KTM) in third, Seth Brown (KTM) in fourth, and Yamaha-mounted Evan Haimowitz rounding out the top five.
Seth Hammaker stalled his bike with two laps to go in the final of the Open Pro Sport class, but he was still able to come away with an impressive win. Carter Halpain (Yamaha) and Tristan Lane (KTM) were second and third.
“The track is pretty demanding so you have to ride smart, but I made a few mistakes, which is on me,” Hammaker said. “I was happy to get the win. I made a lot of mistakes, and I’m a little bummed on that, but I’ll go back and regroup and fix those. I got a great holeshot and just tried to sprint away and just maintain my pace.”
In other races, Cobra rider Darren Pine took the victory over Zacariah Carmichael (Cobra) and Travis Johnsmeyer. Cobra riders Timothy Scott and Marcus Trujillo rounded out the top five.
In the 250 B class, Jarrett Frye took the win over Matt LeBlanc and Cullin Park, with Jace Kessler and Logan Boye rounding out the top five.
Ryder DiFrancesco (Kaw) won the highly competitive Mini Sr. 1 class, topping KTM riders Mark Fineis and Ivan Aldama Jr. for the honors. The Supermini 2 class was won by Gavin Towers (KTM), with Mark Fineis (KTM) and Evan Ferry (Husqvarna) finishing second and third. Jett Reynolds (Kawasaki) and Sage Lewis (KTM) came in fourth and fifth.
Other winners included Ethan Lane in the 125 C class, Derek Leatherman (Suzuki) in 250 C Limited, Kai Jung Simons (Kawasaki) in 250 C Jr., Nate Thrasher (KTM) in the 125 class, Hannah Hodges in the Women’s class, and John Grewe (Kawasaki) in the Masters (50+) class, just to name a few.