Race Report:
TWMX Masters of Mini, Round Four

Saturday December 9th the final event of the 2006 Transworld Masters of Mini Series was held in the new Windsor, CT indoor stadium Mototown USA. And all 330,000 square feet were needed to hold the record breaking attendance on hand.

179 racers making up 376 entries raced until 10 minutes past midnight in front of over 600 paying spectators! Riders drove in from Illinois, Canada and even as far away as Florida to throw down against the regulars from New England and the Mid Atlantic. Every one of the eight classes offered had qualifiers, in fact, four of the eight classes had three heat races and two LCQs each just to wean down to the 20 rider Main Event.

Red Bull was on hand to help make this event the Premiere East Coast Pit Bike race of the year. They brought in the “Triple A, their All Access Arch, to mark the holeshot, the famous Pinzgauer to provide a sound system for the Rider meeting and Staging area, a DJ to play killer tunes all night and they even supplied the podiums for the award presentation and photos. Thankfully they still had room in their truck for plenty of product for the racers. Not content with just supplying infrastructure, the energy drink pioneer also talked up the event within the Pro Mountain Bike Community to add some crossover flare. Sponsored Athlete Aaron Chase, who is a top Pro for Cannondale was on hand and brought Pro Mountain Bike Buddies Lars Tribus (a sponsored BBR rider and also a Champion in Masters World Downhill) and Kyle Ebbett (who took second in the Poor Boy class) also a rippin’ Street and Park Mountain Bike Pro.

The event started much like it ended — on fire! Riders poured into Mototown starting at 11am — far ahead of the 2:30 registration time and the lobby was just buzzing. For many riders it was their first time at the facility and jaws were dropping when they got their first look at the one and a half minute long SX style track. The Mototown staff went all out for this one and was still grooming the track right up until the first practice at 3pm.

As a reward for those who pre registered, MoM offered her early racers a Pre Registered Only Practice as well as the normal practice for everyone. That was a big hit as it was more time to ride and dial in the complex track.

It’s worth mentioning some of the challenges the MoM staff had all night — first there was the simple fact that the entries were TRIPLE that of any other race held this year — no bother, just took a little juggling to insure everyone would get plenty of riding time. The major setback however was the fact that not just one but both computers failed 30 minutes before the race was suppose to begin. Once the main computer failed and it was determined that it would take too long to get it working properly, the back up computer was called into action — only to have it fail as well. Well, 90 minutes later (only an hour behind schedule) the tech staff got one of the machines running well enough to print the race order — but it could only spit out one race at a time instead of the entire field. For the first 8 to 10 races it was literally hand to mouth as staff members ran back and forth lining up gates and sending them racing. Props to the incredible work of the MoM staff for staying focused and never letting the pressure of the evening get to them. It was because of their efforts and hard work the event was even possible and eventually successful!

The rest of the night was just an amazing display of raw talent in every class and the crowd was on their feet most of the evening cheering for all the riders. The talent pool was chin deep in every class with the usual favorites mixing it up with some new ones. Just to make it in the (late) night program was an honor as each main event gate was a full 20 riders, loaded with skill and determination.

The two classes that had the best battles all night were without question the Modified and Unlimited claes. With the trip to the Mini Moto SX on the line — you know no one was holding back. Code Madore (19) had won two events so far this season and needed a third or better to lock down the championship but an ankle injury in practice severely hampered his chances and in the end Thomas Healey (44) got the win he needed but more importantly Madore got fourth and lost the championship by a mere two points. Even with all the pain, Madore still rode like a champion and never gave up. Healey showed respect for his rival and after the race came over to congratulate him on a well fought series long battle.

In the Unlimited class it was a bit different but not a bit less exciting. Although Todd Chrusciel (76) had the series on lockdown and had already assured his spot the Vegas event, pride was on the line as he was yet undefeated in the Premiere class. But this time he was battling Connecticut River Motocross’s Tony Lorusso (4) the winningest rider in New England history with over 40 championships on a big bike and also a “small terror on a pit bike, New York’s Mike Leavitt (280) who just recently secured a full BBR ride, PA’s Chris Hutchinson (33) who won a national championship earlier this year on his Pitster Pro, as well as the usual suspects of Evan Arnold (26), Jay “holeshot Ablaza (470), Dave “Stop Calling Me Fat Hutchins (909), and Mitchell Giambaltista (75) who was in second place for the series and gunning for the 76 machine.

Leavitt got the holeshot and didn’t look back for almost two laps, but by lap four he bobbled and Lorusso was there to capitalize. But when Mr. Consistency (Lorusso) had his own very uncharacteristic bobble, the 76 of Chrusciel was there to reel in the slack, take over the first position and hold on for the very competitive win.

Big props to Thomas Healy (44) and Todd Chrusciel (76) for winning the Series Overall titles in the Modified (10 88cc class) and the Unlimited (12 111cc+ class) respectively which secured their trip to the biggest event in Pit Bike Racing — the Mini Moto SX at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas this coming May.

Masters of Mini Round Four Results:

College Boy

  1. Mike Leavitt
  2. Evan Arnold
  3. Jesse Rossetti

Senior

  1. Tony Lorusso
  2. Jay Ablaza
  3. Chris Hutchinson

Groms

  1. Todd Chrusciel
  2. Kyle Hooper
  3. Pat Glaster

Fat Boy

  1. Pete Cowern
  2. Adam D’Aniello
  3. Corey Steston

Poor Boy

  1. Rob Gregorie
  2. Kyle Ebbett
  3. Brendon Johnson

Modified

  1. Thomas Healey
  2. Jeff Holstein
  3. Jason Healey

Limited

  1. Kevin Costello
  2. Jason Connell
  3. Stephen Webb

Unlimited

  1. Todd Chrusciel
  2. Mike Leavitt
  3. Evan Arnold

Masters of Mini Overall Series Standings:

College Boy

  1. Jesse Rossetti
  2. Evan Arnold
  3. Mitchell Giambaltista

Senior

  1. Jay Ablaza
  2. Tony Lorusso
  3. Michael Tarrasky, Jr.

Groms

  1. Todd Chrusciel
  2. Tim Ryan
  3. Luke Delgrasso

Fat Boy

  1. Matt Gronowicz
  2. Dave Hutchings
  3. Kevin Marshall

Poor Boy

  1. Kevin Marshall
  2. Rob Gregorie
  3. Brian Reyenger

Modified

  1. Thomas Healey
  2. Code Madore
  3. Jason Healey

Limited

  1. Kevin Costello
  2. Kyle Jarvis
  3. Luke Delgrasso

Unlimited

  1. Todd Chrusciel
  2. Mitchell Giambaltista
  3. Evan Arnold

Congratulations to Hutch Motorsports from Reynham, Mass for winning the Shop Challenge! Player/Coach Dave Hutchins competed in all four MoM events, racing in three classes per event and even came home with a Series Second Overall in the Fat Boy Class — Nice work Hutch!

Big thanks to Tommy, Robert, Barry, Napoleon, Chris, Jimmy, Brett and the entire Mototown staff for making the track the best it has looked all year! Also thanks to the MoM die hard supporters: Red Bull, Smith, Acerbis, Works Connection, Scott USA, Polisport, DPM, Atomic Snowboards, Skorbordz, Thumpstar, Fox Racing, Twin Air, FMF, Kenda Tires, Ogio, Tri Star, Spy Optics, CTi, Himaya Sunscreen, Pitster Pro, Waterville Valley Ski Area, ASV Inventions, Elka Suspension, One Industries, HRP Sports, Planet Minis, Sano, AHP, Oxtar Boots and New Sponsor Vitamin Water!

A special thanks to the best 30 second card girls MoM has ever had — Francesca and Carrissa!

Lastly — thanks to all the Masters of Mini Shop Sponsors who supported the series all year by sending riders and talking it up — Thanks are in order for Need For Speed Racing in CT, Pete’s Cycle & Sled in MA, Chaplin Kawasaki in CT, Keene Motorsports in NH, Cycles 128 in MA, Manchaester Sports Center in CT, and Hutch Motorsports in MA.

Stay tuned to transworldmx.com for more info on the 2007 Masters of Mini tour coming to the Northeast late summer ’07. Now go out and ride!

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  • Kevin Costello
  • Kyle Jarvis
  • Luke Delgrasso
  • Unlimited

    1. Todd Chrusciel
    2. Mitchell Giambaltista
    3. Evan Arnold

    Congratulations to Hutch Motorsports from Reynham, Mass for winning the Shop Challenge! Player/Coach Dave Hutchins competed in all four MoM events, racing in three classes per event and even came home with a Series Second Overall in the Fat Boy Class — Nice work Hutch!

    Big thanks to Tommy, Robert, Barry, Napoleon, Chris, Jimmy, Brett and the entire Mototown staff for making the track the best it has looked all year! Also thanks to the MoM die hard supporters: Red Bull, Smith, Acerbis, Works Connection, Scott USA, Polisport, DPM, Atomic Snowboards, Skorbordz, Thumpstar, Fox Racing, Twin Air, FMF, Kenda Tires, Ogio, Tri Star, Spy Optics, CTi, Himaya Sunscreen, Pitster Pro, Waterville Valley Ski Area, ASV Inventions, Elka Suspension, One Industries, HRP Sports, Planet Minis, Sano, AHP, Oxtar Boots and New Sponsor Vitamin Water!

    A special thanks to the best 30 second card girls MoM has ever had — Francesca and Carrissa!

    Lastly — thanks to all the Masters of Mini Shop Sponsors who supported the series all year by sending riders and talking it up — Thanks are in order for Need For Speed Racing in CT, Pete’s Cycle & Sled in MA, Chaplin Kawasaki in CT, Keene Motorsports in NH, Cycles 128 in MA, Manchaester Sports Center in CT, and Hutch Motorsports in MA.

    Stay tuned to transworldmx.com for more info on the 2007 Masters of Mini tour coming to the Northeast late summer ’07. Now go out and ride!