Hacienda Heights, CA (August 11, 2006)Team PanicRev Ministries put in a very impressive showing at last weeks 25th annual Loretta Lynns Amateur National. The team was represented by Travis Baker in the Schoolboy Classes, Mike Baker in the 40+ and 45+ Vet Classes, Sara Price in the girls 65-105cc 9-13 YRS, and Tatum Sik in the Womens class.
The father and son team of Mike and Travis Baker headed to Lorettas this year to competeMike in the 40+ and 45+ Vet classes and Travis in the Schoolboy Stock and Mod Class. Hoping for a title in the 45+ Vet Class, Mike Baker put in some extremely solid motos, including a moto 1 charge from last place to fifth. He pulled off a Moto 2 win; however, when the skies opened up and the rains came down for Saturdays 3rd and final moto, the advantage went to the Ohio native Thomas Carson. Mike ended his week with a very respectable 5-1-2 for a 2nd overall in the 45+ Vet Class and a sixth overall in the 40+ Vet Class.
Travis Baker experienced some bad luck at Loretta Lynns; however, he showed flashes of brilliance, including a fifth place finish in moto 1 of the Schoolboy Mod Class. Travis has progressed a lot in the past year and is no doubt someone that will be in title contention for years to come. The young Southern Californian is a rider to keep your eyes on.
The racing was phenomenal in the Girls 65-105cc Class. Sara Price got off to a rough start leading most of her first moto before going down and finishing in third. Moto 2 looked as though she had things wrapped up when she got passed for the lead on the last lap by Hawaiis Mercedes Santana. When the gate dropped in the 3rd moto, Price and Santana were glued together. It looked as though Santana had a sweep on her mind as she battled for the lead. Sadly Santana ended up going down and DNFing the final moto. Her DNF not only handed Sara Price the moto win, but the title in the Girls 65-105cc Class.
In the Women class Team PanicRevs Tatum Sik held her own competing against some of the fastest womens riders in the world. The 15 year old Sik ending up battle for a tenth place finish going 9-10-9. More impressive, however, was Siks ability to battle with the Pros and come out on top as the highest placing amateur in the womens class.
John Parkinson, team manager and vice president of PanicRev Ministries, had this to say, I am very pleased with the way the week went; we put up some great motos and all of our riders rode their hearts out.
Team PanicRev Ministries would like to give a special thanks to all their sponsors and people that have helped throughout the year: PPG, Pro-Tec, AC Racing, SixSixOne, and Sunline.