DeRisi Racing Race Report GNCC Rounds 1 and 2
CASAR, NC, March 21, 2012 – The Florida sun was shining bright as the DeRisi Racing crew rolled into River Ranch for Round 1 of the GNCC series. The beautiful weather would eventually give way to rain clouds that would spread some moisture on the track by the time racing got underway. When the flag dropped on the XC2 row, both Eric Hoyland and Braden Henthorn would suffer mid-pack starts. Both riders rebounded quickly, however, and managed to work their way well inside the top 5 early in the race. At the finish line, it would be XC2 rookie, Braden Henthorn, taking an impressive 2nd place finish with teammate, Eric Hoyland, rounding out the podium in 3rd.
In the College A class, Brycen Neal proved that he is more than prepared for his first full season on a 450 by taking a commanding victory, as well as being top amateur with a 15th overall finish. Junior A rider, David Reeves, was able to fight his way into the lead by the white flag, but a brief encounter with a tree would cause him to drop back to a 2nd place finish. James Reeves, also in Junior A, would have a solid day and bring home a 5th place finish. In the morning race, Kylie Ahart would make an impressive debut in the premiere Women’s class by finishing 3rd in the Florida sand.
After only five days to rest and repair the quads from the brutal sand whoops, DeRisi Racing hit the woods of Aonia Pass MX in Washington, GA for Round 2 of the GNCC series. Once again, Kylie Ahart was able to turn heads with another stellar performance in the Women’s class and finished 2nd for the day. James Reeves fought hard to make his way up to the 3rd position in Junior A, but a minor mechanical problem forced him to slow his pace and he had to settle for 8th. David Reeves charged to the lead position early in the race and never looked back, taking home his first win for the 2012 season in Junior A. Brycen Neal overcame a near last place start in College A, and battled his way into first when the white flag flew. Unfortunately, he also encountered a mechanical problem which dropped him back to 3rd position by the end of the race.
The two DeRisi XC2 riders were looking to match, and hopefully best, the prior week’s performance. Eric Hoyland laid down solid laps and fell just shy of the podium by finishing in the 4th position. Eric is now tied for 2nd in points heading into Round 3. Braden Henthorn looked good and clicked off some fast laptimes while trying to make his way through the field, but his day ended early on the last lap when his clutch gave out. “I’m very excited about how this team has come together and the level of support provided by our sponsors. The race at Georgia wasn’t quite what we were hoping for, but we know what areas to work on to have everyone back on top at Steele Creek”, said team owner, Santo DeRisi.
“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.”