Buffalo, NY - At the final amateur national event on the 2008 amateur racing calendar, the Mini O’s Winter Olympics competition held in Gainesville, Florida on November 24-29, Team Dunlop and Dunlop competitors continued their season-long domination, winning a combined total of 57 titles. Over the six days of competition Dunlop racers won 29 Supercross and 28 Motocross titles, 18 Dunlop racers were crowned Olympiad Champions and 4 riders were awarded prestigious Olympiad awards.
Dunlop competitor Les Smith was awarded the Dunlop Silver Tire Award for scoring the highest Olympiad points, and Jordan Smith won the Fox Bronze Boot Award for top scoring in the youth divisions. The Ironman Award is given to the rider who demonstrates exceptional strength on and off the track and Dunlop pilot Malcolm Stewart took honors. Andy Pizzitola rounded out the awards, winning the Platinum Pipe Award for being the overall top scorer from all divisions in both Supercross and Motocross.
24 overall Olympiad Champion crowns were awarded and Dunlop racers made up three quarters of those champions. Andy Pizzitola and Jason Anderson successfully received two crowns and fellow Dunlop competitors Austin Politelli, Barry Carsten, Brandon Mays, Chase Sexton, Cody Robbins, Earl May, Jessica Patterson, Jordan Smith, Justin Barcia, Kyle Regal, Les Smith, Thom Covington, Zach Bell were crowned overall champions.
Team Dunlop member Matt Bisceglia successfully dominated the SX 85 (12-13) Modified class winning his first title for 2008 and continued his stance on the podium finishing second in the MX 85 (12-13) Modified class, and third in both Super Mini (12-16) and 85 (12-13) Stock classes.
Team Dunlop members who also finished on the podium were; Connor Pearson finishing third in SX 85 (9-11) Modified and MX 85 (9-11) Stock, Justin Bogle placed third in MX Youth (12-16) Stock, Jordan Bailey took second in SX 51 (7-8) Stock. Eli Tomac continued showcasing his talents placing second in both MX 250 B Stock and SX 250 B Modified classes, and third in MX Schoolboy (14-16) and SX Schoolboy (14-16) events. Joey Savatgy finished just shy of the top step in both MX Youth (12-16) Stock and Youth (12-16) Modified taking second, and placed third in MX Youth (12-16) Stock and Youth (12-16) Modified. Max Anstie placed second in SX Youth (12-16) Stock and 250 B Stock classes, and Jarek Balkovic went on to take second in the SX 85 (9-11) Modified class.
Dunlop Tires congratulates every Dunlop competitor who took to the tracks at amateur national competitions around the country in 2008. Dunlop wishes every Team Dunlop member and Dunlop competitor a safe and festive break from competition, and looks forward to continuing its support of racers via Dunlop’s trackside support program in 2009.
Team Dunlop National rider – Overall Title Matt Bisceglia – Yamaha: 85 (12-13) Modified
Dunlop Olympiad Awards Les Smith – Dunlop Silver Tire Award Jordan Smith – Fox Bronze Boot Award Malcolm Stewart – Ironman Award Andy Pizzitola – Platinum Pipe Award
Dunlop Olympiad Champions Andy Pizzitola – Open C, 250 C Austin Politelli – 85 (14-15) Barry Carsten – Plus 40 Brandon Mays – Youth (12-16) Chase Sexton – Girls (7-8) Cody Robbins – Open B Earl May – Plus 45 Jason Anderson – Schoolboy (14-16), 250 B Jessica Patterson – Woman (12+) Jordan Smith - 65 (10-11) Justin Barcia – 250 A/Pro Am Kyle Regal – Four Stroke Les Smith – Open A/Pro Am Thom Covington – 85 (9-11) Zach Bell – Supermini, 85 (12-13)
Dunlop Titles - Overall Titles (alphabetically with moto finishes)
Supercross Austin Politelli – Suzuki: 85 (14-15) Stock, 85 (14-15) Modified AJ Catanzaro – Kawasaki: Open B Modified Andrew Pierce - Kawasaki: 85 (9-11) Stock Andy Pizzitola – Kawasaki: 250 C Stock, 250 C Modified, Open C Stock Barry Carsten – Suzuki: Plus 25, Plus 40 Brandon Mays – Honda: Youth (12-16) Stock, Youth (12-16) Modified Chase Sexton – Cob: 51 (7-8) Stock Christian Craig – Yamaha: Open A/ Prom-Am Modified, Fourstroke Cody Robbins – Kawasaki: Open B Stock Earl May – Kawasaki: Plus 45 Jason Anderson – KTM: 250 B Stock, 250 B Modifed, KTM: Schoolboy (14-16) Jessica Patterson – Honda: Women (12+) Jordon Smith – Suzuki: 65 (10-11) Stock Justin Barcia – Honda: 250 A/Pro-Am Stock, 250 A/Pro-Am Modified Robert Stiers – KTM: 65 (10-11) Modified Thomas Covington – Kawasaki: 85 (9-11) Modified Terren O'Dell – Suzuki: Open A Pro-Am Stock Zachary Bell – Kawasaki: 85 (12-13) Stock, Super Mini (12-16)
Motocross: Andy Pizzitola – Kawasaki: 250 C Stock, Open C Modified Austin Politelli – Suzuki: 85 (14-15) Stock, 85 (14-15) Modified Barry Carsten – Suzuki: Plus 40 Brandon Mays – Honda: Youth (12-16) Stock, Youth (12-16) Modified Bogen Cochran – Kawasaki: 250 C Modified, Open C Stock Chase Sexton – Cob: 51 (7-8) Christina Older – Suzuki: Girls (9-15) Earl May – Kawasaki: Plus 45 Jacob Hayes – Kawasaki: Super Mini (12-16) Jason Anderson – KTM: Schoolboy (14-16) Jessica Patterson – Honda: Women (12+) Jordon Smith – Suzuki: 65 (10-11) Modified Justin Barcia – Honda: 250 A/ Pro-Am Stock Kyle Regal – Suzuki: Fourstroke Les Smith – Honda: Open A Pro-Am Modified Malcolm Stewart – Kawasaki: 250 B Stock, 250 B Modified, Open B Stock, Open B Modified Travis Baker – Yamaha: 250 A/ Pro-Am Modified Thomas Covington – Kawasaki: 85 (9-11) Stock, 85 (9-11) Modified Zachary Bell – Kawasaki: 85 (12-13) Stock, 85 (12-13) Modified
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