Monster Mountain was an appropriate name for the weekend. The competition was a real MONSTER. In a great way of course. The classes, that a few short years ago, were just pre-teens without a driver’s license, are now the driving force of power and pure entertainment to watch as they compete for the glorious position on the podium.
The Ford Brothers Racing crew experienced yet another fantastic weekend. We’ve made it a point to not judge this year by the trophies we bring home, but more so by the experiences we have on and off the track. Monster Mountain brought us all the opportunity to learn more about each other and how to become better racers and a better group of supporters. Bringing in a new rider this weekend, and allowing him the opportunity to ride one of our practice quads was a pleasure. Providing Brandon O’Neil the opportunity to do what he loves was sheer joy. He and his family were all smiles leaving the track this weekend and that, my friend, is how racing should be left – with smiles and fond memories.
A quick update on some of our FBR riders this past weekend.
Ronnie Higgerson (Almost Evil) is gaining speed at each event. He finished a strong 4th in Moto 1 and with a lot of unfortunate changes in positions; in moto two he finished a 6th overall. Once the EVIL part arrives, we are sure he will make a trip to the podium. He seriously has risen to be competitive in a very fast group of Pros.
Ryan Korody (Send It) making his debut in Pro Am this year is doing his best to get a good start and lead the group. Maybe his kind heart needs to harden a little and turn that natural smile into a frown and scare those quads into moving out of his way. He has both speed and ability, the two will meet and he will accomplish his goals. Ryan earned a 9th in Pro Am and 10th in Pro Sport, but this is not indicative to his true talent. Keep pushing Ryan and just SEND IT.
Cody Ford (Foreman) tore through the track this weekend with a 2nd Overall in Production A and 6th in Pro Sport. Both classes are no easy task to win. We will encourage him to be more aggressive on the track and not let a two second lead be lost. Cody’s ability to get faster as the races progress will be important this season.
Jacob Stevens (777) knows how important the gate drop is, and once he gets rid of his nerves and learns to tune out the junk, he will be up front and on the podium. Jacob was close in College with a 2nd overall. 450A will be the test and Jacob is working on his homework for this class. Highpoint will not be the final exam, let’s just call it a quiz. Study up Jacob. You have come a long way in the season and are impressive with your riding.
Other Ford Brother Racing sponsored riders making statements this season are: Nick Gennusa (Jersey Boy) who now can stop questioning his transition to a Honda. His 2nd place moto two finish should close that door. Pro Rookie and Pro Am racer Westley Wolfe was crazy fast in Pro Am. Once he gets a little more seat time on his MX quad, he’ll be on top of the box and was ever so close this weekend with a 2nd overall in Pro Am. Freshly released Brandon O’Neil proved that riding a quad is somewhat like riding your bicycle – you don’t forget how. His 2nd place finishes in Open B and 450 B are amazing. Brogan Guyer (the Mover) is fast and smooth. He was like butter on the track winning the 450 B race. Gage Scaletti (Gabe Spaghetti) gave his first podium speech of his career. Congrats on winning the Production C overall this weekend. You rocked it. The birthday boy, Cash Harsche ($$$), turned 8 this weekend and definitely turned up the power, clearing an entire table top jump on his 50 CVT. Watch out, Cash is jumping like a future Pro. And welcome back to the USA our Canadian family of the Smids. Damon rode like a champ while dusting off the cob webs and snow flakes.
Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors that support our love of the sport, Baldwin, JB Racing, Fly, Maxxis, JSR Designs, PMP Sprockets, The Program, SSi, Amped, and all the other great people in the sport including the families that donate all their time and money to help the sport be what it is today.