Morehead, KY – Round number 7 (or is it 6? We’re still confused from the High Point situation) of the AMA ATVA MX National Championship Series was held last weekend at Sunset Ridge MX just outside of Walnut, IL. Our series has been making the trip to this amazing track and facility since 2006 and for good reason it’s just a great race track. The sandy soil and multiple racing lines give riders plenty of opportunity to race each other. Every year at this round of the series riders and crews are given the chance to do something a little different as this round is held to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Cancer has probably effected each and every single person’s life in some way or at some point and Breast Cancer is one of the most deadly forms of this terrible disease. Just about every team or racer does some sort of custom graphics kit or t-shirt, hat, helmet etc…to show support for the fight against Breast Cancer. This year at the Sunset Ridge round Team Media Allstars raised their game a notch. With the help of Shift MX and SSI Decals we were able to show our support in true Media Allstar fashion (no pun intended) with some Pink riding gear that was on point!
The entire Media Allstars Team was decked out in this SSIck Shift MX gear to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Some of our riders took the opportunity to change up their graphics kits with the special edition pink themed kits from SSI Decals.
Others went with add on items like nerf bar nets and grips to complete the pink theme
Rookie Pro Rider Zach Kaczmarzyk #41 considers Sunset Ridge to be his home track as he only lives an hour from the Walnut, IL facility. Zach showed serious speed all weekend but a couple of poor starts hindered his performance to some degree. The #41 machine was still able to put in a solid ride (especially for a Rookie) by going 13-12 for 12th overall.
Kazcmarzyk was running in a podium position during Sunday’s Pro Am race when he suffered a mechanical failure that ended his weekend. Even with the DNF it was nice to see him running up front.
A rider we haven’t gotten to talk about much yet this season is Kobe VanFossen. Kobe is one of the youngest kids in the 90 Shifter (12-15) class at just 13 years old but don’t let that fool you he’s on the podium almost every weekend. Kobe put in 4 solid motos at Sunset Ridge as he went 3-2 for 2nd in the 90 shifter and the #60 machine put in a solid ride in the Super Mini class by going 5-4 for 5th overall.
Kobe VanFossen was all business and it shows, he currently sits in 2nd place and 3rd place in his class points on the year.
Kazin VanFossen is still learning the ropes of the shifter classes. When young racers have to make that jump from the fully automatic machines to the shifter bikes it can sometimes take a while before they get up to speed. Kazin still managed solid finishes at Sunset Ridge by earning 13th in the 70 Open and 9th place in the 70 shifter classes.
Kazin VanFossen #80
Gabe Dommer had a bit of a score to settle at Sunset Ridge. Last year Gabe came up short on the huge uphill triple and suffered a season ending injury so he was extremely motivated to say the least. Gabe rode like he was trying to show the track who was boss on his way to a 3-5 and 4th place in Production B.
Dommer put in a heck of a ride his second moto of 450B as he battled his way to 3rd place then dropped to 5th and back to 3rd on the last lap! The #171 machine used 3-3 finishes to earn a 3rd overall and maintain that same standing in the series points. Dommer gets faster at each round and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him take a few wins before the season is over.
Another local rider that took advantage of home court advantage was Brandon Cesaroni #243. Brandon turned the corner with a solid outing at Muddy Creek and that carried over to Sunset Ridge. The Elgin, IL rider went 4-6 for 5th in College 16-24 and earned a really solid 5th in Production A as well.
Brandon has picked up speed as the season has progressed showing he can hang with the big boys in the A class after making the move up from B a season ago.
Kelsey Dyer #10 earned another podium in the WMX class! Kelsey fresh off her win at Muddy Creek rocketed out of the gate in Illinois both motos and almost claimed 2 overalls in a row, but a bit of bad luck in moto 2 left her with 1-3 moto scores which was still good enough for 2nd overall. Kelsey is starting to look like the Kelsey Dyer of old so the WMX better be on the lookout as she’s found her groove.
Speaking of improved riders…Gage Beebe #99 keeps getting faster as he gets more seat time on the 450cc machines. The lone Yamaha pilot on our team represents the blue well as he earned a pair of podium finishes. Gage went 6-4 for 3rd overall in the Production C class and 2-2 for 2nd overall in the 450 B/C Limited class.
Gage Beebe #99 airing it out at Sunset Ridge!
Caleb Hatter #22 put in solid rides as well by going 7-7 for 7th in the Schoolboy Sr. class. Caleb keeps getting faster and while his finishes may not seem impressive you can’t forget that most of the kids that he’s racing will move directly from the Schoolboy and Youth Allstar ranks into the A and Pro-am classes next year. We’ve told Caleb all year to just get faster and learn to ride their pace and that’s exactly what he’s done.
A mechanical issue kept Caleb from starting the first moto of Youth Allstar on Saturday but he rebounded nicely by staying consistent and finishing 7th in the second moto.
Jordan Trimble must have found his rabbit’s foot or his lucky horse shoe between Muddy Creek and Sunset Ridge…maybe he parked in a field of 4 leaf clovers we’re not really sure but his luck sure did turn around. Jordan had a pretty miserable weekend in Tennessee but he was on his game in Illinois. Trimble got his first career moto win on Saturday as he ran away with his heat in Open C. Jordan ended up with 3rd overall by finishing 1-3 for 3rd in that class.
Trimble also raced his way to a 3-4 for 4th overall in the 450C class.
Media Allstars team captain Chase Cunningham put in a couple more solid performances as he took the overall in the 30+ class yet again, that makes it 3 out of 4 times this year he’s been on top of the box. Chase also managed to find the podium again in the 25+ class as he took home a solid 3rd place.
Cunningham was flying high on his way to the podium at Sunset Ridge.
The team looked great all weekend long thanks to Shift MX and SSI Decals!
Zach Kaczmarzyk was a popular dude during the Pro Autograph session!
One of the best things about being on a race team like ours is that young riders can get advice from more experienced racers. MAS Pro rider Zach Kaczmarzyk does all he can to help teach these younger riders like Jordan Trimble (pictured here) how they can get faster and improve.
Even our mascot Rambo got in on the pink action
See everyone next weekend as we travel to Minnesota to do battle at Spring Creek MX!
Big thanks goes out to Barboski Photography and TMAN Photography for hooking us up with amazing shots all weekend long, we couldn’t do it without them!