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By; Ken Czworka

6 Hours of ATV America
Maxxis/6 Hours of ATV America, Thunder Ridge Sports

(South Edmeston NY) America's only team endurance series for quads has arrived. New York State has been chosen to host one of only 5 Maxxis/6 Hours of ATV America, endurance races. New England ATV is promoting this event at Thunder Ridge Sports in South Edmeston New York. Thunder Ridge’s facility comprises of 350 plus acres of woods and meadows located in the sloping hillsides of the Unadilla Valley. There are currently 3-5 miles of established and sometimes demanding trails snaking through the upper hillside woods. So, if you have ever experienced the trails at “The Ridge”, you will know that this year’s teams will encounter a number of new challenges, possibly like nothing they have ever seen before. However, tough competition awaits any and all New York race teams that enter, as they will be running against the all Connecticut team of Tony Botticello, Mike Bard and Roy Lampron (Team NE ATV-MX) which easily won last year’s 6 Hours of New Hampshire. Also expected to attend is Team Dirt First (Michael Kyte, David Kyte and Markham Donovan) which absolutely own the +30 class and exemplify what team endurance racing is all about. They’ve won every 6 Hours of America they’ve entered as well as the ’04, ’05 and the ’06 12 Hours of America.

In a recent interview, John Pellan, promoter of the Maxxis 6 and 12 hours of ATV America stated, “ATV enthusiasts have been kicked in the teeth in the past, but over the years the people and ATV aftermarket companies in this industry have really stuck together and sincerely built this sport on their own. I know a lot of riders from eastern PA and throughout the New England area. This area lives and breathes ATVs.”
When asked about moving the race to Thunder Ridge Sports in New York from New Hampshire John enthusiastically replied, “We lost the New Hampshire round and needed a replacement. Howard Payne and Jason Perron of the New England ATV-MX organization called and asked if I would be interested in working together. Howard highly recommended Thunder Ridge Sports in South Edmeston. After a little snooping around, I was thrilled to see that many other people liked the facility, the track and the people involved just like Howard does. So we pulled the trigger on it. After working with Howard and the Thunder Ridge crew, I sincerely believe we’ll end up with the biggest turnout here. It should be an outstanding and exciting event.”

The 2007 Maxxis 6 & 12 Hours of ATV America schedule is now official. America’s only team endurance series, the Maxxis 6 Hours of ATV America, tips off in Greenville, Texas on May 26th. The 6th annual Maxxis 12 Hours of ATV America will be held Nov 10th, also in Greenville, Texas. Along with the new schedule, including the event held at Thunder Ridge on August 11th, Fast-Trak Promo announced several improvements (listed below) for both the 6 and 12 Hours of America events. “We’ve had plenty of meetings and discussed a lot of ideas with many people in the last year. With all the exciting new improvements we’re expecting an average of 50 teams at each of the 6 Hours rounds and over 100 teams at this year’s 12 Hours in November. Special thanks to CT Racing’s Allen Knowles for his helpful insight,” says promoter John Pellan.

Above and beyond participation awards, many new lucrative one-of-a-kind class and overall monuments will be awarded. Amateur teams are not only now eligible for overall purse money; they’ll also win a plethora of contingency thanks to over twenty participating sponsors! And thanks to sponsor, ATV Scene.com, the overall winning team and the Industry class winning team will receive a free advertisement of their choice on ATV Scene.com. Lastly gas cards will once again be given out at the Maxxis 12 Hours of America.

Next on the list of changes are prices and purses. All 6 and 12 Hours gate admission will be lowered from $20 to just $10 per person. Pro entry fee is drastically reduced from $1000 per team to just $300! Meanwhile 12 Hours purse money is increased to a guaranteed $20k and very well may exceed $30k come race time! What’s more is this purse money is no longer reserved for professional teams – every team, regardless of class, is now eligible for this overall purse! 6 Hours of America entry fees will remain at $150 per team. Pro entry for the 6 Hours of America will be $300 per team with a 100% pro purse. Ironman entry will remain at $50 for the 6 Hours races and $100 for the 12 Hours event.

Classes for the race are Pro, A, B/C, +30, Utility Expert, Youth 13-15 and Ironman. Once again points will be kept for the 6 Hours of ATV America Series and credited to the rider of record. This year 6 Hours of America Championship awards will be presented in front of all the media on the podium during the 12 Hours of America riders meeting on Friday evening Nov. 9th. 6 Hours of America Champions also earn free entry for their team at the 12 Hours. “Add it all up and bar none, no other event has ever offered so much to its riders for so little. And we haven’t even told you about some of the other exciting things in the works. I can’t wait, we’re going to have a blast this year,” explains Fast-Trak’s John Pellan.

Thunder Ridge Sports jumped at the opportunity to give the quad riders of New York State and surrounding region an exclusive, unique and possibly lucrative event to participate and showcase their riding skills in. Jim Simmons, owner of Thunder Ridge stated, “Quad riders in the area have been clamoring for races and events dedicated to their segment of the sport, so what better way, than to give them what they want on a grand scale with regional and national acknowledgement.” Thunder Ridge is surveying its hare scramble trails, creating new, interesting and challenging twists to the established courses as well as adding new stretches of trail in unused portions of its woods. Ravines and other unique natural features are also being considered to incorporate into the race.

Jim is excited about being able to offer the oft forgotten quad riders a quality racing event and is “calling out” all New York State quad racers and riders to put their skills where their mouth is to form teams and enter this race to challenge their abilities and experience to un-crown the current champion from Connecticut and hold the first place trophy high, on behalf of all New York State Quad riders. Jim and the riders are also calling out the local ATV support and related businesses to sponsor the rider’s team entry fees at this event. Jim States, “This is a wonderful opportunity to get your name front and center along with the best in the industry. We will even help teams and sponsors get together for this event.” However”, Jim adds, “The winning team will be invited to the Maxxis/12 hours of ATV America event in Greenville Texas. So be prepared for national exposure.”

For more information visit www.6hoursofatvamerica.com, www.thunderridge.biz and http://www.neatv-mx.com. To get on a sponsor or team list, email Karen@allwny.com.


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