Race Report: Masters of Mini Mototown Finale

MoM brings in record attendance 2nd year in a row.

December 8th, 2007 marked the second time The Transworld Master’s of Mini Series came to Mototown USA in Windsor, CT. Riders from 16 states and 3 countries participated in the $5000 Mototown Finale. Racers drove through the middle of a snowstorm to take on the best of the best in the Pit Bike World. Costella, Rose, Parsons, Benoit, Genereux & Schlacht challenged local New Englanders like Ainsworth, Ablaza, the Healy Bros, Chrusciel, Arnold & the Lavoie Bros.

It was on!

Attendance was at an all time high and for the second year in a row. MoM drew 202 riders making up 446 entries for round 5 in the series. 2007 was so successful for MoM that it nearly doubled last year’s overall participation with a whopping 1488 entries over 5 rounds. Who ever said pit bike racing is dead hasn’t been to New England recently.

In the Women’s class Shannon Courtney (12) took the win and secured herself her first MoM Championship. Brianna Deoray (46) took second and Ashley Cotnoir took third. Transworld was very proud to have 9 women at round 5 and 14 total competing in the series. Nice work ladies!
Shannon Courtney (12) Women’s Champion

The Yoots class was dominated by the Canadians. Our friends up north Kaven Benoit (911) and Marco Genereux (71) went 1-2 respectively with local boy Todd Chrusciel (76) rounding out the podium. Congratulations to Evan Arnold (68) for coming in 4th on the day and securing his first Championship!
Evan Arnold (68) — Yoots Champion

The Middle Age class and the championship was controlled by Billy Ainsworth (798). Billy has won the last 4 of 5 rounds on his Pitster Pro and has never looked back. Second place went to Chris Lavoie (11) with Dennis Harnish (903) taking third.
Billy Ainsworth (798) — Middle Age Champion

The Senior class was owned and operated by one man all season, and therefore the championship — Jay Ablaza (470) was unstoppable with a perfect season — 5 for 5. Second place went to Jersey boy and Downhill Mountain Bike legend Nils Tribus (62) while third place went to Brian Rebello (18).
Jay Ablaza (470) — Senior Champion

The Fat Boy Class really went down to two (very large) men — Matt Gronowicz (74) and Dave Hutchins (909). Matt came out on top winning the last four rounds and the championship, while Dave finished runner up for the day and in the series. Pete Cowern (45), who was hesitant about riding the last round, came in 3rd for the day. Nice work.
Matt Gronowicz (74) Fat Boy Champion

The Poor Boy class came down to 1 point for the championship. Andy Young (465) did what he had to to secure the championship by finishing second at round 5. Brian Rebello (18) finished first but lost the title by one point. Clint Johnson (924) came in third.
Andy Young (465) — Poor Boy Champion

In the Modified Class we also saw an epic battle, but this time between two twin brothers — the Healys. Jason (93) took the win at Mototown and secured himself his first Championship. Defending champion and brother Thomas (440) finished second at round 5 and second for the year. Lars Tribus (191) the other half of the Mountain Biking family finished third at Mototown.
Jason Healy (93) Modified Champion

The limited class was another good battle. Jay Ablaza (470) took the win at Mototown and secured his second Championship. Ohio resident and ripper Carl Schlacht (384) got second at round 5. Brian Kennedy (03) took third.
Jay Ablaza (470) Limited Champion

The 10/12 Open class saw a familiar winner from Round 1 as Canada’s Marco Genereux (71) took first on the day. Second place was earned from another international rider – Anders Persson (555) coming over all the way from Sweden to compete with MoM! Third place went to local boy Jay Ablaza (470). But the championship was won by last year’s defending Unlimited (this year’s 10/12 Open) Champpion.
Todd Chrusciel (76) 10/12 Open Champion

The 10 Rockstar class was the first of the two $5000 purse money classes. It also carried with it one of two wild cards to the 2008 Mini Moto SX in Las Vegas. First place went to Michigan fast guy Derek Rose (298) — nice work Derek on winning the race and taking home the $1000 cash prize! Second place went to Nevada local Derek Costella (186) giving BBR the two top spots. Third was earned by Canadian rocket ship Kaven Benoit (911). However the championship and the trip to Vegas came down to the twins again — the Healy Brothers. Jason (93) once again came out on top with the Championship, but bet on his brother being there in Vegas to route him on, if not racing it himself. Interesting note — Thomas Healy (440) won the championship and the trip to Vegas last year. That is one fast family!
Jason Healy (93) 10 Rockstar Champion

The 12 Rockstar class also shared in the $5000 purse and the wildcard to Mini Moto. This time Derek Costella (186) put his BBR one the top spot and taking home the $1000 prize. He got the Holeshot and never looked back. Canada’s Kaven Benoit (911) took second. This kid is the real deal — look for him in Vegas! Ohio has some talent brewing with Carl Schlacht (384) as he earned the third spot on the box. But the championship was controlled by local Connecticut rider Billy Ainsworth (798) who secured his trip to vegas with a solid 4th place ride on his Pitster Pro at Mototown. By Vegas you will hear a lot of people saying “I am a Billy Ainsworth Fan! Trust us.
Billy Ainsworth (798) 12 Rockstar Champion

Congratulations to Hutch Motorsports in MA for winning the Shop Challenge!

The Transworld Masters of Mini would like to thank all those who made it possible:

TRANSWORLD MOTOCROSS MAGAZINE, BBR Motorsports, Sano Systems, Vitamin Water, Smart Water, Thumstar, Pitster Pro, Red Bull, i-Shock, Tri Star, HRP Sports, Spectro Oils, K Rae Graphics, Skorbordz, RS Films, Acerbis, OGIO, Waterville Valley Ski Area, Twin Air, Kenda Tires, AHP Minis, Fox Racing, Transworld SNOWboarding Magazine, Arai Helmets, ASV, Orlando Mini Moto, Scott USA, Planet Minis, Titan MX Graphics, FMF, One Industries, Spy Optics, Smith Optics, Works Connection, Factory Connection, Atomic Snowboards, TCX Boots, Matt Francis Photography, Moto Nut Racing, Two Feet South, and Mophie.

For more information on the Masters of Mini please call or visit our shop sponsors:
• Pete’s Cycle & Sled, MA
• Need for Speed, CT
• Cycles 128, MA
• RER Motorcity, CT
• Hutch Motorsports, MA
• Chaplin Kawasaki, CT
• Keene Motorsports, NH
• Higgins Powersports, MA
• Manchester Sports Center, CT
• Mototown Cycle Accessories, CT