World Mini GP 2012 – Day One

The 41st Annual World Mini Grand Prix has begun in Mesquite, Nevada, and after just one day many racers know exactly where they stand amongst their peers. The usual suspects of Dakota Alix, Matt Bisceglia, Jayme Gardiner, and Brady Keisel have shown brilliant speed and are easily the front runners in their respective classes, quite the accomplishment at this event. Intense winds played a role in the day’s racing, as it separated the experienced and skillful from the tentative, but by day’s end all had adjusted to the invisible opponent.

Matt Bisceglia has been touted as a favorite for many of the week’s titles, and it was solidified even more after his dominating win in the 450 4 Stroke Non-Pro class. The Honda racer was one of the first of his group to triple-triple the rhythm section, and used the method to launch past competitors with ease. Bisceglia will contest for six titles throughout the weekend.

Dean Spangler held off the a talented list of racers to score wins in both the 250 2-Stroke Non Pro class and the 125/250 Schoolboy Through 17 class by keeping his cool while aboard his Yamaha YZ250. Bruce Marada and Mike Sleeter battled for the 25 Plus victory, but the race came to an abrupt end when a red flag flew to aid a downed rider.

The week continues tomorrow, with the Pro classes taking to the challenging circuit. The forecast calls for cooler temperatures, but lacks the threats of rain and wind that Wednesday was mired by.