DeRisi Racing's Snowshoe GNCC
ATV Race Report
GNCC ATV Racing - Round 8 - Snowshoe, WV - June
Casar, NC (6/30/2012) - The
Snowshoe GNCC has been slated as America’s
toughest race, and once again, the Racer Productions
crew carved out a course that solidified the hype.
With huge boulders, steep slopes, massive tree
roots, and mudhole after mudhole, each rider had
to be at the top of their game just to make it
to the finish.
#611 James Reeves placed third in the
Junior A class
Team DeRisi rolled into Snowshoe Village on Friday
morning and setup camp on Vendor Row, where huge
crowds had a chance to check out the DeRisi Hondas
as well as the Twin Air filter products on hand.
After final preparations to the quads, the Team
riders were excited to take to the streets for
the unique live engine start. Eric Hoyland and
Braden Henthorn, both starting on row 3, were
the first DeRisi riders to hit the track.
When they reached “Howard’s Hole”,
an infamous Snowshoe mudhole, Henthorn made a
slight mistake while navigating around the obstacle.
Losing only seconds, he was able to latch onto
the tail end of the lead pack and began working
his way forward. After two hours of intense racing,
Henthorn crossed the finish line in 4th in XC2
ProAm, where he now sits 2nd in points. Eric Hoyland
was not as fortunate, as the grueling track caused
his chain to derail and took him out of contention
on lap 2. Hoyland was feeling comfortable on the
quad and felt as though he had the speed to contend
for the XC2 win. Both riders are excited about
the next round in Millfield, OH where they both
plan to be back on the podium.
James Reeves has continued to gain momentum as
the season progresses. James had no problem tackling
the obstacles at Snowshoe and brought home a season
best 3rd place finish in Junior A. David Reeves
has been in a close battle for the Junior A points
lead and was looking hungry for another class
win. Unfortunately, David became another victim
of the WV terrain as his quad came to a halt on
lap 2. David still holds down 2nd in Junior A
Brycen Neal was given the honor as being the
only amateur to start with XC1 and XC2 riders
on the 4th row, due to his 18th overall ranking
going into the race. Brycen was able to start
next to teammate, Bryan Cook, from the XC1 Pro
class, and the two riders hooked up and quickly
caught the riders that started ahead of them.
Brycen once again took the College A win and the
honors of Top Amateur with a 14th overall finish.
Brycen was actually disappointed in his finish
as he had hoped to break into the top 10 overall,
which shows just how much heart and determination
that the young rider has.
XC1 Pro rider Bryan Cook has always excelled
on the more technical tracks such as Snowshoe
and he was hoping to repeat last year’s
podium performance. Bryan’s DeRisi backed
Honda TRX450R ran flawlessly throughout the 2
hour race, and that helped him to keep the lead
pack in sight. Bryan ultimately finished 7th in
XC1 Pro. Anyone that has seen and talked to Bryan
at the races this year can attest to how much
fun he is having. He is unsure about his plans
for the rest of the season, but I have a feeling
that he’ll be seen on the front row at least
a couple more times this year.
Kylie Ahart placed third in the Women's
Class at Snowshoe
Kylie Ahart showed that determination pays off
big at Snowshoe. Kylie had some trouble on the
first lap and lost sight of the leaders. She then
put her head down and continued to charge through
the mud and rocks, taking advantage of other riders’
mistakes. At the checkered flag, Kylie earned
the number 3 position in the Women’s class,
where she also sits 3rd in points.
Carter Kerens got off to a smooth start and settled
into the 4th position early in the race. Carter
eventually moved into 3rd by the time he took
the white flag. However, Carter suffered a nasty
crash on the last lap and amazed the team by even
finishing the race. Carter was in visible pain
after the race, but doctors checked him out and
cleared him of any major injuries. Carter is one
tough kid and hopes to grab another win once he
gets a little luck on his side. After his 7th
place finish, he now sits 5th in points.
“Snowshoe is always such a crazy race with
how gnarly the track is, combined with all the
thousands of spectators”, said Santo DeRisi.
“We had a bit of bad luck, but we also had
a couple of really great rides. I’m just
very thankful for the opportunity to represent
these great companies on and off the track. Thank
you so much to the following companies for their
loyalty and support; Rath Racing, Fox Shox, GBC
Tires, IMS Products, HMF, HiPer Technology, Power
Bar, GPR, Fasst Co, DC Cycle, Wiseco, RG Honda,
Twin Air, Rekluse, Dirtworks, Tireballs, DP Brakes,
G4 Graphics, PowerMadd, Motion Pro, Quad Tech,
Antigravity Batteries, RPM, Outerwears, Bell Helmets,
Spider Grips, Silkolene, Moose Racing, Scott Goggles
and Liquid Performance.”
About DeRisi Racing
DeRisi Racing, Inc is a North Carolina company
specializing in suspension modification and the
development of essential race components. DeRisi
Racing Inc was established in 1999 by Santo DeRisi
who is also a GNCC Pro Veteran. Since its beginning
DeRisi Racing Inc has become one of the most recognized
names in the ATV Industry.
418 Moriah Church Rd.
Casar, NC 28020
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