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PAMX

Matt Whites comes out on top at Round #2 of the PAMX Series

Duncansville, PA -- For Round #2 of the American Suzuki Regional MX Championship series, riders and their crew headed to North West Pennsylvania. In the small town of Sugar Grove lies Mapleshade raceway. A large rain system would push through beginning Friday night into Saturday afternoon, causing the cancelation of Saturday's practice. Despite conditions, riders made the best of the situation, hanging out with new and old friends. As the rain pushed out early Sunday morning, the crew began extensive work on the track. Although the decision was made to shorten the track, the crew got every extra length they could by cutting new lines into the spectator grass area.

Kyle Dammann, Cernics Suzuki Rider, entered the weekend with one win already under his belt. With a win already in wet condition, he was a favorite for a repeat win. With a two moto format and nearly a full gate, the spectators quickly filled the fences as the Pro-Am riders took to the line. When the gate dropped, the riders charged the long holeshot and swept into the sharp left hand turn. Joe Bruening would take an early lead on his ATV Fourplay Yamaha. Joe would hold his lead and take a moto one win. Team Hetrick Kawasaki rider, Bobby Ross would hold off Matt White for the number two spot. Tony Lucarelli would hold onto the fourth spot, while Kyle Dammann would finish out the top five.

As the second moto rolled around, the track had developed into a true test of endurance. Although only a few jumps were left on the cut down track, braking bumps and ruts would take every ounce of energy for riders to muscle through. When the gate dropped in the final moto of the Pro-Am class, it would be the #41 machine of Tony Lucarelli grabbing the holeshot. On lap two, Matt White would make a charge up the grass hill from third place to take over the lead. Soon after, Bobby Ross would slip by Lucarelli into the second place position.

Bruening would then begin to apply pressure to Lucarelli, but it would not be enough to overtake the position. Back out front, Ross was trying every angle to slip by White to take the moto win and overall. His push would not be enough to get by White as they crossed the finish line. White would take the moto win and overall. Ross's 2-2 moto finishes secured him second place overall while Bruening would wrap up the podium with his 1-4 finishes. Lucarelli would walk away with a 4th overall with Kyle Dammann rounding out the top five.

In the 450A class, Kawasaki ride, Billy Cottage was on a mission and with no words proved why he is on a factory backed ride for 2008. Although he had a small mishap in the Pro-Am class, he bounced back and took two moto wins and the overall. Kyle Dammann would take second place with two second place finishes, while Trevor Borger snagged the final spot on the podium with his 3-3 finishes.

Michelle Suciu made it back to back wins on the season in the women's class. While turning laps times on track with some of the 450A riders, she pumped out two moto wins to score the overall. Myka Carpenter went 4-2 to slide into second overall. Kristen Weiss drove in from Pine Island, NY and would drive home with a 3rd place trophy. Rounding out the top five would be Kelly Winters and Vicky Wnyegar.

The 90 Product Jr. class has some of the top youth riders in the country. Walking out on top would be Brandy Cottage on her Honda 90. Her two moto wins left Kyle Kozura and Maccoy Shine battling for the number two spot. While the two would swap finishes, Kozura would take the second place overall finish with his 3-2 moto finishes. Shine would mark up a 2-3 for the day and round out the top 3.

From what many thought would be a rained out weekend, hard work and sunny skies made Sunday just like another day at the track. Please take note that Round #3 has been move to R&D Raceway in Bentleyville, PA.

PHOTOS BY: SHANE HARTMAN

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