2017 TWMXRS FALL CLASSIC | ROUND 1 | COMPETITIVE EDGE MX
The 2017 TWMXRS Fall Classic has commenced, as we kicked off round one of the series at Competitive Edge MX. The High-Desert facility is a favorite among many Southern California racers and houses one of the truest outdoor-style motocross tracks around thanks to the abundance of naturally rolling hills that the area has to offer. Nearly 500 riders came through the gates in the early morning hours, and soon after is when the fun began at the first gate-drop of the day.
Racing at this level can become pretty serious sometimes even by accident, but it’s important to have some fun, as well because it was the fun of riding/racing that drew us to these two-wheeled machines. After the gate hit the concrete starting pad for the 25+ Intermediate racers, it was TWMXRS regular Hunter Lent that got out to the early lead and eventual win by over ten seconds. Moto two was seemingly a carbon copy of moto one, as Lent once again put on a hard-charge in the opening laps to broke away from his competitors. About halfway through the moto, though, it was as if the fun factor had kicked in for the Apple Valley resident. It became evident that Lent was beginning to enjoy himself out on the racetrack by throwing some whips for our cameras before wrapping up a second moto victory for the overall. Lent was chosen for the “SPY Breakaway Rider” award not just for breaking away from the pack, but also for showing everybody that racing should first and foremost be fun! Congratulations, Hunter!
The Supermini division is always an exciting class to watch, as these youngsters are capable of keeping pace with many riders aboard full-sized bikes, and they aren’t afraid to send it! Brandon Ray and his YZ 85 jumped into the early lead in the first Supermini moto and began to gap the rest of his competitors to take the eventual race win, as well as the overall following a second moto win. To go along with an undefeated Supermini overall, Ray grabbed another overall victory in 12-13 yrs 85/150F along with a third overall in 125cc Open.
Long time TWMXRS attendee Kai Aiello put down one of the more impressive performances of the day with a grand total of five race wins! The #110 was the man to beat in the Intermediate and Schoolboy divisions, as he jumped into the early lead in just about every moto. It was like reoccurring deja vu all day long seeing Aiello ahead of his competitors, however a mishap in the first moto of 450 Intermediate sent him off the side of the track nearly spelling disaster for the Temecula, CA resident. Aiello was able to remount his machine and complete the race, though, just in time to wrap up overall wins in 250 Intermediate and Schoolboy.
Jaxson Butte and his KTM 65 SX were unstoppable at round one at Competitive Edge in the 65cc division, as he logged a perfect day of racing. Four gate-drops and four race wins is how it panned out for the Avalon, CA ripper ultimately earning himself the overalls in 9-11 years 65cc and Open 65cc (No Beginners).
The 2017 Fall Classic is officially underway with round one in the books. We look forward to seeing you all again at round two, which is slated to be held at Sunrise MX on October 8th. See you there!