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Here are 5 things we learned from Sunday at Gatorback.
This is the first time I’ve gotten to watch Mike Brown in person and good lord does this dude rip. Mike went pro a few years before I was even born and by the time I finished high school, he was still racing. Fast forward about 10 years and Mike is now dominating the amateur nationals in vet classes. Taking home a few W’s on the first day of racing here at Mini O’s I can see why he still continues to race. He’s like a robot on a bike. Next time you think the 50+ class is boring, turn on RacerTV and tune in to the Mike Brown Show.
Hats off to Drew, he was without a doubt the fastest guy on the track today. Drew started out front and stayed out front taking home victories in the 250 Pro Sport and 250 A class. While today’s races were for gate selection for the main, I think Drew showed that he is ready for the A class and ready to dominate. Drew is familiar with victories on a supercross track as he won the Futures at LA SMX. I think Drew will continue his SX win streak in the next two days.
Gatorback Cycle Park
This place is awesome. It’s like a motocross paradise. There is no other race that offers SX and MX all in the same week at this level. The dirt is the perfect chocolate cake mixture and so far has provided some awesome racing and it’s only day two. I heard a rumor of 6k gate entries, 100+ kids in the 65 7-9 class. So, yeah, this race is kind of a big deal. If this race isn’t on your list to hit up, I’d probably go ahead and pencil it in for next year. Hopefully you will see me here again next year (cough, cough, Wes).
I wrote about Jayce earlier this fall talking about how he is a rider to watch out for. Now, I don’t want to sound cocky or anything, but I think I hit the nail on the head with this one. Jayce showed up to Florida ready to race. He was able to secure a heat race win in Mini Sr 1 and a second place in Mini SR 2 with a killer battle between himself and Talan Staggs, who is no stranger to being towards the front with three top 10 finishes last year at Mini O’s. If Jayce can put it all together for the mains, I think we will see him holding two number 1 plates.
This is an amateur article, why are we talking about Jett? Well, while the 52nd annual Thor Mini O’s started this weekend, the annual Paris SX was happening at the same time. Now this might come to a surprise to some of you, but Jett won. Jett was able to run down Kenny the first night to take home the victory and night two Jett was able to put a smooth nose wheelie into a block pass on his brother and then set sail and took home the win. Jett is now the King of Paris, but the real question is Jett the new king of motocross? I know he is only 20 years old but are we watching maybe one of the best riders of all time? Jett has dominated the 250s and is quickly taking over the 450’s. I mean the dude hasn’t been outside the top five in a finish since RedBud 2022 where he still finished ninth. Agree with me or not we are getting to watch one of the best.
Main image: Jason Friberg