or the second year in a row,
Ryan Abrigo was the big winner at the 10th annual GEICO
AMA MiniMotoSX held inside
the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Abrigo won the 12-Inch Expert
and World Final main event and
took a third in the 10-Inch Expert class. In total, there were
nearly 300 entries in 15 classes
of competition and a large crowd
witnessed a lot of exciting racing.
Braaap-backed Michael Blose
won the first of the three Expert
finals by taking the 10-Inch Expert class. He had a great battle
with CHP's Willy Browning and
Abrigo came out swinging
in the 12-Inch Expert class and
dominated on his new Honda
CRF replica BBR mini. Mike Valade again made the long trip from
France and earned second position ahead of Italy's Fancisco Levi.
The 12 Inch Amateur class was
won by Zach Martino but the
crowd was cheering on Sik, who
had just won the Women's final
in the race immediately before.
Drake Williams took third.
In the Vet 35+ class, it was
SSR-mounted Jeff Willow winning for the second year in a row.
The former top Supercross and
Arenacross racer dominated the
class and also competed in the
The final race of the evening
takes all of the podium finishers
from the Expert, Youth and Women's classes as well as the top
International riders for the World
Final. Abrigo and Blose had an
amazing back and forth battle for
the top spot that went all the way
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREW RUIZ
ABRIGO TOPS MINIMOTO SX
For the second year in a row Ryan
Abrigo won the MiniMoto SX in Las
to the last lap with Abrigo taking a
narrow victory despite losing his
brakes and blowing a few turns.
Valade rounded out the podium.
awasaki Racing Team's
Gautier Paulin took the overall win in the MX1 class for the
second straight time at the Grand
Prix of Portugal in Agueda, May
5. And Red Bull KTM Factory
Racing's Jeffrey Herlings kept
his unbeaten record going with
another 1-1 performance in the
Paulin and MX1 points leader
Antonio Cairoli battled in both
motos. Paulin passed the KTM
rider in the first moto and was
fighting him off on the last lap
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Prix in a row in
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAY ARCHER
PAULIN AGAIN, HERLINGS STILL PERFECT