Ricky Carmichael Amateur SX 2013 Report

March 12, 2013
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Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross 2013 gave up and coming riders an unforgettable experience on the infield of Daytona International Speedway.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross event brought over 1000 amateur racers to the Sunshine State for a chance to compete on a professional caliber SX track designed by The GOAT himself. It’s an experience that brings riders and their families from all over the country, as well as some from outside the States, to Daytona for a weekend they’re likely to never forget. While many racers come packing sponsors and mechanics, there are just as many, if not more, who load up in the family RV with parents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters to take advantage of the unique opportunity.

“When you look at all the families involved, the experiences that they’re getting and the memories that they’re getting, that’s what it’s all about,” said Carmichael during a brief break from handing out the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot awards on the second day of action. “To be able to put on something like this at Daytona International Speedway is a great privilege.”

Even with the legendary Daytona International Speedway playing host and a course that challenged the limits of pro Supercross riders’ ability the night before, a grass-roots feel pervades the event. The smell of hundreds of barbeques wafts through the air as evening approaches, kids and adults alike cover the long distances between their temporary homes to the fan zone on mini-bikes, scooters and bicycles, and there’s plenty of wrenching done on the grass of the infield under the awnings of campers.

For most, the weekend starts with the Monster Energy AMA Pro Supercross round where amateur SX riders in attendance get Pit Grandstand access to the races as well as admittance to the pits, giving them the chance to meet and mingle with some of their heroes. Once competition kicks-off the following day, all riders are guaranteed at least two races on the RC-designed course and this year they enjoyed flawless weather through both days. Motorcycle-Superstore provided $3200 in Holeshot Awards to the amateurs, giving many riders a chance enjoy a feeling of success even if they didn’t cross the finish in first, and to take advantage of a photo-op with Carmichael atop the podium.

“Ricky Carmichael greeted every class champion and Holeshot Award winner on the podium, which made it so special,” said Tim Clark, Director of Marketing for Motorcycle Superstore. “The conditions were perfect and the racers raved about the track and the opportunity to race on the Daytona Supercross by Honda track.”

People used any means possible to get around the Speedway during Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross.
People used any means possible to get around the Speedway during Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross.

Contestants and their families came from all over, some making the relatively quick trip from neighboring states, while others trekked thousands of miles for the weekend. One family, the Gabors hailing from Ontario, Canada, brought two riders, Jack and Sarah, for the second year in a row. Sarah competed in 2012 with limited riding experience and zero competitive track time, and in 2013 returned aboard a YZ85 for another crack at the action. She went down early in competition and cracked a bone in her hip, but after getting cleared by doctors didn’t hesitate to get back in the mix. Jack now rides Sarah’s old bike, a 65cc Suzuki, and is equally dedicated to taking every opportunity to race. With the support of their family, who drove a camper that, in the words of dad, was “falling apart” through all manner of weather during the trip south, they’re able to live a dream that many will never get the chance to realize.

Others are following in the footsteps of family members, such as Evan Ferry, son of former Supercross and Motocross competitor, Tim Ferry. Evan had a rough race in the 50cc (7-8) class and hurt his leg after getting caught in a tough corner with a few other riders, but prior to that had earned the Motorcycle-Superstore.com holeshot. Even though he finished well outside the top-10, when he got on the podium with Carmichael he was all smiles as photographers swarmed to capture his moment of glory.

Former Supercross and Motocross rider Tim Ferry  left  with his son Evan at Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross.
Former Supercross and Motocross rider Tim Ferry (left) with his son Evan at Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross.

While creating memories and spending a one-of-a-kind weekend with loved ones at Daytona is the prize earned by all in attendance, many have plans to return home to prepare for the upcoming regional qualifiers for the granddaddy of amateur racing events at Loretta Lynn’s. Industry representatives are out in full force at the RC Daytona Amateur Supercross races to scout up-and-coming talent and numerous riders have a professional career within reach. RC Daytona Amateur Supercross provides experience on a different type of track than riders generally encounter and is valuable exposure to what to expect after leaving the amateur ranks. The organization of the competition mirrors that of the pro events, with heat races and last chance qualifiers deciding seeds for the main events.

“We know how important Supercross is and amateurs need to be exposed to a watered down version of Supercross and what those guys race, it’s important for the future,” explained Carmichael when asked about the spirit that drove the development of event four years ago. “We want to have one of the best races around, and we’re on our way to doing that.”

Some of the winners this year include Jordan Bailey, who earned a championship in the 85cc (9-13) class, Jazzmyn Canfield in Girls (9-13), and RJ Hampshire in the 450 A/Pro Sport and College (17-24) class. Donny Brown took the checkers in the 450 B class, and Ty Masterpool of Texas, went home with the 65cc (10-11) class championship. A full list of 2013 RC Daytona Amateur Supercross champions is included below, as well as the roster of Motorcycle-Superstore Holeshot Award winners.

Though not everyone can walk away with the number one plate in their class, no one goes home defeated because bottom-line the RC Daytona Amateur Supercross is all about the experience gained and the memories made for all involved.

“I want people, when they drive out of these gates, to say ‘we had a great time, a ton of memories and some great racing, and I think we’ve done that,” added Carmichael. After spending two days at the track with the riders and families, we couldn’t agree more.

2013 Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross Results:

Senior A 45+
1. John Grewe (Kawasaki)
2. Barry Carsten (Suzuki)
3. Earl May (Kawasaki)

Senior B/C 45+
1. Lance Richotte (Kawasaki)
2. Arty Coker (UNK)
3. Otis Ingram (Kawasaki)

Masters 50+
1. John Camelio (Honda)
2. Kenny Blackwell (Honda)
3. Frank Tussel Tussel (Yamaha)

50cc (4-6) AMA Stock 1
1. Daxton Bennick (KTM)
2. Colton Trouille (OTH)
3. Ryder Cooper (OTH)

50cc (7-8)
1. Reed Cooper (OTH)
2. Braeden Kenan (KTM)
3. Jacguel Goncalez (COB)

65cc (7-9)
1. Colby Gatlin (KTM)
2. Karson Clements (KTM)
3. Nathan Merricks (KTM)

65cc (10-11)
1. Ty Masterpool (KTM)
2. Bryce Clark (KTM)
3. Jack Rogers (KTM)

65cc Unlimited (7-11)
1. Ty Masterpool (KTM)
2. Brantley Schnell (KTM)
3. Bryce Clark (KTM)

85cc (7-11)
1. Grant Harlan (KTM)
2. Ethan Mann (KTM)
3. Cullin Park (Yamaha)

85cc (9-13)
1. Jordan Bailey (KTM)
2. Enzo Lopes (KTM)
3. Brock Papi (KTM)

Mini Sr. (12-15)
1. Enzo Lopes (KTM)
3. Jordan Bailey (KTM)
3. Joey Crown (Honda)

Super Mini (12-16)
1. Ramyller Alves (Suzuki)
2. Joey Crown (Suzuki)
3. Tyler Kirschner (Suzuki)

Schoolboy 1 (12-16)
1. Alexander Frye (KTM)
2. Andy Kost (Yamaha)
3. Kevin Steele (Yamaha)

Schoolboy 2 (13-16)
1. Donny Brown (KTM)
2. Alexander Frye (KTM)
3. Jeremy Smith (Honda)

Girls (9-13)
1. Jazzmyn Canfield (Yamaha)
2. Jordan Jarvis (Yamaha)
3. Jamie Astudillo (KTM)

Women (14+)
1. Kaitlyn Morrow (Yamaha)
2. Kylie Fasnacht (Suzuki)
3. Mackenzie Tricker (Yamaha)

450 A/Pro Sport
1. RJ Hampshire (Honda)
2. Jace Owen (Suzuki)
3. Thomas Covington (Kawasaki)

450 B
1. Donny Brown (KTM)
2. Jeff Walker (Honda)
3. Bryson Taylor (UNK)

450 C (14-21)
1. Nicholas Jones (Kawasaki)
2. Denton West (Kawasaki)
3. Robby Dean Ruffner (Kawasaki)

450 C (22+)
1. Joseph Kundrot (Yamaha)
2. Wilfran de Paz (KTM)
3. Ryan Quinn (Kawasaki)

250 A/Pro Sport
1. Thomas Covington (Kawasaki)
2. Jace Owen (Suzuki)
3. Cody Chisholm (Kawasaki)

250 B
1. Jeremy Smith (Honda)
2. Oscar Esparis (Suzuki)
3. Jacob Williamson (Yamaha)
250 C (12-16)
1. Nicholas Jones (Kawasaki)
2. Bryce Mauldin (KTM)
3. Drew Swenson (Yamaha)

250 C (17+)
1. Carson Ledford (Kawasaki)
2. Robbey Dean Ruffner (Kawasaki)
3. Juan Davolis (Yamaha)

Two Stroke (16+)
1. Alexander Frye (KTM)
2. Andy Kost (Yamaha)
3. Shelby Peterson (Yamaha)

College (17-24)
1. RJ Hampshire (Honda)
2. Bryson Taylor (KTM)
3. Jason Astudillo (Honda)

Junior (25+)
1. Andrew Matusek (Suzuki)
2. Marcus Thompson (Honda)
3. Dustin Jensen (Kawasaki)

Vet 30+
1. Mike Treadwell (Kawasaki)
2. Justin Bruss (Suzuki)
3. Ivo Camacho (Honda)

Vet A 35+
1. John Grewe (Kawasaki)
2. Barry Carsten (Suzuki)
3. Mike Treadwell (Kawasaki)

Vet B/C 35+
1. Chad Murphy (Kawasaki)
2. Steve Nagy (Suzuki)
3. Steve Dumond (Kawasaki)

Senior A 40+
1. Barry Carsten (Suzuki)
2. Mike Treadwell (Kawasaki)
3. John Grewe (Kawasaki)

Senior B/C 40+
1. Lance Richotte (Kawasaki)
2. Daniel Zullo (Kawasaki)
3. Steve Nagy (Suzuki)

Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot Award Winners
250 A/Pro Sport – Jace Owen
250 B – Oscar Esparis
250 C (12-16) – Bailey Plouffe
250 C (17+) – Robbey Ruffner
450 A/Pro Sport – RJ Hampshire
450 B – David Macfarlane
450 C (14-21) – Robbey Ruffner
450 C (22+) – Ryan Quinn
50cc (4-6) AMA Stock 1 – Daxton Bennick
50cc (7-8) – Evan Ferry
65cc (10-11) – Bryce Clark
65cc (7-9) – Corey Passieu
65cc (7-11) – Ty Masterpool
85cc (7-11) – Grant Harlan
85cc (9-13) – Jordan Bailey
College (17-24) – RJ Hampshire
Girls (9-13) – Jordan Jarvis
Junior 25+ – John Ayers
Masters 50+ – John Camelio
Mini Sr. (12-15) – Enzo Lopes
Schoolboy 1 (12-16) – Alexander Frye
Schoolboy 2 (13-16) – Donny Brown
Senior A 40+ – Barry Carsten
Senior A 45+ – John Grewe
Senior B/C 40+ – Daniel Zullo
Senior B/C 45+ – Rick Bigalow
Super Mini (12-16) – Cole Mattison
Two-Stroke (16+) – Alexander Frye
Vet 30+ – Ivo Camacho
Vet A 35+ – John Grewe
Vet B/C – Chad Murphy
Women (14+) – Christina Older