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Cycle News 2022 Issue 40 October 4

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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Randanella, Yentzer Prevail At Race Of Champions by Kawasaki F or motocross racers in the Northeast, October has always meant one thing. The Race of Champions at Englishtown's Raceway Park. The 2022 event, September 30-October 2, marked the 46th annual running of the event that has seen some of motocross racing's finest racers come to do battle on what is one of the most challenging tracks in the Northeast. This year the track was exceptionally difficult as the remains of Hurricane Ian brought winds and rain throughout the weekend of racing, making some motos just survival. More than 1000 racers came to compete, and they were treated to two very different days of racing. There were two full days of racing on Friday and Saturday for youth and amateur racing, as well as the vet classes. The big winners during the amateur portion included Drew Adams, Dakota Kessler, Canyon Richards, Seth Kready and Jus- tus Pearston, each with multiple class overall wins. Sunday's racing was set aside for the Pro Expert classes (250 and Open) and intermission races for amateur and minibike riders. The weather played a big part, eventually canceling the Fast Fifties moto and forcing the organizers to make each pro class a single format moto. Un- relenting rain left standing water throughout the track. In the Open Pro-Expert class, Kawasaki-mounted Ricci Ran- danela grabbed the holeshot and checked out. He avoided the deep water, kept his bike running and goggles clean en route to victory. IN THE WIND P54 Ricci Randanella demonstrated his wet-weather riding skills en route to the Open Pro-Expert win during the Race of Champions by Kawasaki at Englishtown in New Jersey. PHOTOS: SCOTT LUKAITIS

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