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Cycle News 2019 Issue 40 October 8

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Schock, Piazza Top Kawasaki Race Of Champions T he first weekend in October means one thing for North- east motocross, and that is the Kawasaki Race of Champions. KROC, as it has become known, takes place at Old Bridge Town- ship's Raceway Park in English- town, New Jersey, and 2019 marked the 43rd anniversary of this iconic event. There were two full days of racing on Friday and Saturday (October 4-5) for youth and ama- teur racing and vet classes. The big winners during the amateur portion included John Grewe (40+ A and 45+), Bryce Shelly (125 Two-Stroke and SuperMini), Drew Adams (85cc 9-11 and Ju- nior Mini), Travis Randanella (250 and 450 C), Wristin Grigg (250 and 450 B) and Canyon Richards (65cc 7-11 and 10-11). Sunday's racing was for the Pro Expert classes (250cc and Open), as well as intermission races for amateur and minibike riders. Under overcast skies, the racing got underway with the first 450 Pro-Expert moto. After morn- ing qualifiers narrowed the field to 40, a full gate took to the track. Michigan's Marshall Weltin took home the win in moto one after a close battle with Pennsylvania's Bobby Piazza and New York's Aaron Lampi. Maryland's Jacob Runkles and New Jersey's Cory Carsten rounded out the top five. The Kessler Cup was next on the gate. This special intermis- sion event is for racers compet- ing on 65cc machines. Named for NJ motocross legend Mickey Kessler, this moto takes the top 20 racers from each of the 65cc classes previously run on Friday and Saturday and gives them a chance to compete in front of the fans on Sunday. New Jersey's Canyon Richards won the race. The 250 Pro-Expert moto one was up next. Delaware's Coty Schock wasn't going to let a 450 moto-one DNF stop him. He went out and put his KTM at the front of the field and took home the IN THE WIND P56 The 250A class squeezes through the first turn at the 43rd Kawasaki Race of Champions at Englishtown, New Jersey. PHOTOS: SCOTT LUKAITIS

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