If you are not one of the lucky ones going to the World Supercross round in Vancover this weekend, there is a slightly smaller race going on over on the Eastern half of the country that you should know about. What started off as a fun way to gather up a bunch of mini riders and hold an event has exploded into a full fledge Pit Bike Tour with the multiple title chases. The 2006 Transworld Masters of Mini was supposed to be a nice upgrade to a popular local series, but nobody told the riders.
New Englanders love to race and they are super competitive, but most of all they love to have a good time. With the growing popularity of Pit Bikes, it only seemed natural that a series would emerge to test the skills, and survival rate, of those in the Northeast. Round 1 was held at the annual Marshfield Supercross in Massachusetts in August. The opening MoM event brought in a record setting 167 entries in front of over 4500 spectators. Round 2 at Rocky Hill MX Park in Connecticut, which was originally rained out in the beginning of October, had to be rescheduled 3 weeks later. Some complained they couldn’t make the new date, so there were only 153 entries. Round 3 at Cycles 128 in Massachusetts, with no back up date in available, was actually held in the pouring rain! On a cold wet day in November, a mere 145 entries decided to get soaked with MoM…
Mototown USA, the brand new 330,000 square foot indoor facility in Windsor, CT, will serve as the final stop on the 2006 tour. Over 140 entries have been pre registered for this event already with racers venturing from as far away as Chicago, IL, Florida and even Canada! There is no money on the line for this event — just fun and pride!
Ones to Watch!
In the College Boy class (18-24 yr olds) we have a very tight battle for the championship. Mitchell “Say my name! Giambaltista (75) is leading the series with 53 Championship Points, but Jesse Rossetti (15) is close behind with 50 points winning 2 of three rounds but missed the last round costing him the series points lead. Evan Arnold (26) won the last round putting him in a solid third place with 47 points.
Jay Ablaza (470), the holeshot machine, has 44 Championship Points in the Senior Division (25 yrs +). Michael Tarrasky Jr (508) is close behind with 41 points followed by Bryan Huard (904) with 30 points. But Connecticut River Motocross’s own Tony Lorusso (4) is rumored to make a comeback appearance and play spoiler as he decidedly won on home turf at the October event at Rocky Hill.
The Grom class (14-17 yr olds) is all about Todd Chrusciel (76) who has won every race he has entered in the series except the last grom class race at Cycles 128 in MA in the rain. The 17 year old has a commanding lead with 59 Championship Points. Tim Ryan (37) is sitting in second with 38 points and plans to give the #76 a run for his money. Hutch Motorsport’s Matt Andrews (58) is in 3rd with 35 points
Matt Gronowicz has shown the consistency of a champion in the Fat Boy class (200lbs+) with 64 Championship Points while Hutch Motorsport’s owner Dave “stop calling me fat Hutchins (909) has a race win and 52 Points followed by Kevin “Old School Marshall (38) with 44 points.
The all-time favorite Poor Boy class (49cc) is where it all began for most of us. This class has the most respect because it is the truest form of racing — all skill, nothing to do with the motor. Old School himself, Kevin Marshall (38) owns this class with 58 Championship Points, followed by Brian Reyenger (46) with 38 points and Chris Wessling (45) in 3rd with 33 points.
The Modified class (50-89cc) has Cody Madore (19) in the lead with 65 Championship Points and two race wins. But Thomas Healy (44) has his sights on winning the trip to Las Vegas as he is just 5 points behind with 660 points and brother Jason Healy (93) sits in 3rd with 52 points — could we see some team (family) tactics?
Kevin Costello (20) leads the Limited class (90-110cc) with 40 Championship Points but Dave Hutchins (909) wants the title at only 3 points behind with 37 points. But Kyle Jarvis (23) could prove the spoiler as he has 35 points.
The Unlimited class (111cc+) is the biggest race of the night with all the heavy hitters with unlimited engine mods. Todd Chrusciel (76) has not only won every round but has already clinched the title and a trip to Vegas to represent the Masters of Mini at the Mini Moto SX in Vegas. He has a perfect score of 75 Championship Points. But it is all about pride and several people aim to upset his win streak. Mitchell Giambaltista (75) has been inconsistent but has the speed. He is in 2nd for the series with 46 points and Matt Gronowicz (74) is close behind with 45 points.
New England is becoming the new breading ground of talent if for nothing more than the shear number of passionate, die-hard enthusiasts willing to do whatever it takes to go out and ride. Stay tuned to transworldmx.com for complete results, photos and video from Round 4 at Mototown, USA.
Saturday December 9th
Registration is 2:30-4:30pm
Racing starts at 6pm
1001 Day Hill Road
Special thanks to the Masters of Mini supporters: Red Bull, Smith, Acerbis, Works Connection, Scott USA, Polisport, DPM, Atomic Snowboards, Skorbordz, Thumpstar, Fox, Twin Air, FMF, Kenda Tires, Ogio, Tri Star, Spy Optics, CTi, Himaya Sunscreen, Pitster Pro, Waterville Valley Ski Area, ASV, Elka Suspension, One Industries, HRP Sports, Planet Minis, Sano, AHP, Oxtar Boots and New Sponsor Vitamin Water!
There is no membership required for this race and anyone can race whether or not you have raced with MoM before. For more information please check back on www.transworldmx.com and search “Masters of Mini or contact any of the series’ shop sponsors: 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.