5 Things We Learned at the JS7 Spring Championship on Saturday

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Thanks to some extra special track work on Friday, qualifying was all set and settled rolling into Saturday where the AMA handed out the hardware. The fastest amateur athletes across the nation had their work cut out for them all day on Saturday. Stiff competition in every class combined with a track that got progressively rougher throughout the day resulted in great racing. There were stand out rides, surprise finishes and downright upsets as the laps clicked off and the championship plaques were handed out. Let’s talk about it.

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Pine Lays the Wood in Texas: Mini Sr 1 (12-14)

Darren Pine was on rails all week aboard his GasGas. After taking a 2nd to Jonathan Getz in moto 1, it was Pine Time in moto 2 with the #58 machine in the driver’s seat. You could have thrown a napkin over Getz and Pine all moto with the largest gap being 1.3 seconds which shrunk to .299 at the checkered flag. The top 2 separated themselves leaving Heath Fisher, Vincent Wey and Tristan Prueitt to fight for 3rd 4th and 5th respectively.

Overall Results:

  1. Darren Pine
  2. Jonathan Getz
  3. Heath Fisher
  4. Tristan Prueitt
  5. Ryder Ellis

Welzien Stands Tall 51cc (7-8)

Consistent rides lead to victory for Gavyn Welzien as he was able to back up his first moto win with a solid 2nd in moto 2. If not for a crash while leading moto 1, Texan Kannon Zabojnik would have likely nabbed a championship in this class, but a 6-1 performance limited his overall result to a 3rd. Beckham Smith put his #3 KTM in the 2nd spot with two strong motos to land on the podium. Talon Rogers and Jacob Mariner had up and down weeks at Freestone but were able to finish 4th and 5th.

Overall Results:

  1. Gavyn Welzien
  2. Beckham Smith
  3. Kannon Zabojnik
  4. Talon Rogers
  5. Jacob Mariner

Fineis is Finest Open/250 A Pro Sport

Out of Westfield Indiana, Mark Fineis rolled into Freestone as a man on a mission. Navigating the ruts with ease, Fineis showed speed, fitness and consistency on route to overall wins in both A classes. The Texas crowds lined the fences every time the A classes were at the gate and were treated to come great racing. Daxton Bennick, fresh off a pair of wins in the Supercross Futures shifted his focus to outdoors just two weeks ago. Consistent rides and a moto win in both classed was impressive but was only able to bring home a 2nd and 3rd as be chased down Fineis and McNabb all week. The biggest surprise of the week in the A classes must be the Canadian Ryder McNabb who is only 17 years old. Despite one moto which saw him and Jett Reynolds charge back from first lap crashes, McNabb showed serious speed all week as he prepares to defend his Canadian National Championship in the 250 Class from 2022. Freestone served as a comeback ride for Jett Reynolds who has dealt with serious injuries over the last four years. The Jett was able to collect a 7th in 250 A Pro Sport and 8t in Open A Pro Sport.

250 A Pro Sport Overall Results:

  1. Mark Fineis
  2. Ryder McNabb
  3. Daxton Bennick
  4. Preston Boespflug
  5. Avery Long

Open A Pro Sport Overall Results:

  1. Mark Finies
  2. Daxton Bennick
  3. Bryce Shelly
  4. Ryder McNabb
  5. Preston Boespflug

From Auburn with Love 250 C (12+)

What a week for Kyle Paleologos. From practice onward, Paleologos was the class of the field by demonstrating improvements in speed and his starts were on point as well. He was able to put his Yamaha at the top step of the podium in his Heat Race as well as both motos on his way to an overall win. Brock Archuleta aboard his KTM showed speed and smooth style as he was up from all week as well and Ethan Waddle out of Bakersfield, CA, was able to grab the last podium spot in 250 C. Tons of hard work paying off for Damion Holmes in 4th who turned heads all weekend with incredible corner speed. The Last top 5 spot was taken by Arizona product Makai Olerich who showed poise after a 6th in the first moto by grabbing a 4th in in moto 2. All the way from Michigan, Brianna Scheltema was a solid 16th for the week.

Overall Results:

  1. Kyle Paleologos
  2. Brock Archuleta
  3. Ethan Waddle
  4. Damion Holmes
  5. Makai Olerich

Tiger Wood’s World in Schoolboy 1 (12-17)

Freestone was Tiger Wood’s world. We’re just living in it. The GasGas pilot was rolling coal all week at Freestone. The 2nd place finishers in both motos paired their runner up finish with dreadful finishes but both Landon Gibson and Landon Hartz leave Freestone knowing they have the speed to run up front. Marysville, PA’s William Canaguier rode solid all week aboard his Husqvarna and was rewarded with a 2nd. Luke Fauser made sure there were two Philadelphia Flyers fans on the podium by fending off Kade Johnson and his Yamaha. Trinnytie Batchelor set a blistering pace and logging laps just 3 seconds off eventual winner Tiger Wood. Charge of the day goes to Luke Fauser after rounding the first lap in 13th in this deep field and raced his way up to 6th.

Overall Results:

  1. Tiger Wood
  2. William Canaguier
  3. Luke Fauser
  4. Kade Johnson
  5. Trinnytie Batchelor

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