New England ATV Motocross – Round 3
Jasmin Plante and Joe Haavisto
Danny Lewis and Justin Hoffler
Lempster, NH (May 25,
2008) – Sunny skies and warm temperatures
greeted racers at round 3 of the NEATV-MX Series
where Canadian factory Yamaha racer Jasmin
Plante dominated the Open Pro class with
Kawasaki’s Joe Haavisto over coming bad luck to
claim the Pro-Am win, and Swedish team Polaris
Outlaw racer Petra Lindeborg made her American
racing debut in the Women’s class.
Jolly Roger Motorsports Park once again played
host to this round of the series that some new
faces amongst racers, one of those being Petra
Lindeborg from Sweden. Petra will be in the
states for the entire summer racing for team
Polaris via Southside Motors and will be joined
by 3-4 of her male teammates over the next
couple of weeks. All though the #109 Polaris of
Lindeborg only placed in 6th overall, it is
certainly a fantastic opportunity for the
Swedish racer to take part in events in the U.S.
Amy Thompson took the win in the Women’s class,
which was her first win of the season. Paige
Whipple, who has dominated the class for most of
the year, took second, while Casandra Depizzol
claimed the third spot overall.
In the Open Pro class, Jasmin Plante, who was
absent from the AMA ATV Motocross Nationals this
weekend, grabbed the Holeshot in Moto one
followed by Michael Pilotte, and Vincent Mofford.
Joe Haavisto had a mid pack start and soon
worked his way up to second place.
Plante and Haavisto were engaged in a heated
battle for first for almost the entire moto
until a rock got stuck in Haavisto’s front
brakes in the last lap, which sent him flying
over the handlebars. Haavisto’s crash allowed
Plante to complete the last lap unchallenged and
take the win. All though Haavisto was uninjured,
he still took a DNF due to the damage done to
his quad by the rock. “I got a bad start and
then got that rock stuck,” stated a disappointed
Haavisto. Vincent crossed the finish line a
distant second while Danny Lewis claimed third.
In Moto number two, it was Plante who once again
grabbed the Holeshot with Haavisto right on his
grab bar. The pair battled back and forth
passing each other several times during the
course of the moto, which had the crowd cheering
wildly. Unfortunately, Haavisto once again
suffered mechanical issues and fell back to 8th
place allowing Plante to take the win.
As the rest of the racers crossed the finish
line it was Thomas Mofford who would take 2nd,
and his 5-2 finish allowed him to claim 2nd
overall, while Danny Lewis’s 3-4 finish earned
him 3rd overall. Vincent Mofford claimed 4th
overall and Justin Hoffler’s 7-3 finish allowed
him to round out the top five.
In the Pro-Am class the competition was once
again fierce between Joe Haavisto and Jasmin
Plante. Plante grabbed once again grabbed the
Holeshot in Moto one with Haavisto right on his
grab bar. The pair battled, but Plante
successfully held off Haavisto taking first with
Haavisto in second. Michael Pilotte ran strong
finishing in third.
In Pro-Am Moto two, it was Haavisto that grabbed
the Holeshot over Plante and the two once again
began to battle, but this time it was Haavisto
who was the victor crossing the finish line in
first, which would get him the overall Pro-Am
win for the day while Plante had to settle for
second. Justin Hoffler ran a good race with a
5-3 finish which earned him 3rd overall, while
Thomas Mofford and Michael Pilotte claimed 4th
and 5th overall.
The next round of the NEATV
will once again be held at Jolly Roger
Motorsports Park in New Hampshire on June 22nd
where more of the Swedish Polaris team is
expected to make their U.S. racing debuts.