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New England ATV MX Series

New England ATV Motocross -- Round 7

Joe Haavisto
Joe Haavisto

Michael Pahlas
Michael Pahlas

Michael Pilotte
Michael Pilotte
Middleboro, MA – Joe Haavisto took a double win this weekend at round eight of the NEATV series in the Pro and Pro-am classes aboard his #75 Kawasaki KFX450 despite an impressive challenge from BCS Performance backed Michael Pilotte.

Capeway Rovers was once again the hosting facility for the weekend’s races. Mother Nature decided to cooperate for the most part, offering up partly sunny skies for most of the day until just before the first Pro moto when a rain shower moved through but soon dissipated.

Michael Pilotte grabbed the holeshot in moto one with Joe Haavisto close behind. Although Haavisto applied the pressure, Pilotte was able to hold him off on the tight track all the way to the finish line. “Joe was right behind me the whole time. If I would have made a mistake, he would have been able to get a round me,” said Pilotte. In moto two it was Haavisto that took the holeshot with Pilotte in second. “The Capeway track is pretty tight and has limited places to make a pass, so it really helps if someone in front of you makes a mistake. I was behind Joe, waiting for him to make a mistake, but he never did,” said the #748 rider. Pilotte went on to take second in Pro moto two, which earned him 2nd overall. In the Pro-am class, Pilotte went on to take both moto holeshots and claimed a 1-1 finish to take the pro-am overall win.

Joe Haavisto, who is the points leader in both the Pro and Pro-am classes took second in the first Pro moo holeshot. “It rained right before the first moto and it made things a little slick off the line and I spun more than I wanted to so I just missed getting the holeshot,” said Haavisto. “I stayed right with Pilotte the whole time, but he rode a good race and I never had an opportunity to pass him.” Moto two was a different story for Haavisto as he grabbed the holeshot and rode strong all the way to the finish line. Joe’s 2-1 finishes allowed him to take the top spot on the podium in the Pro class.

In the Pro-am class, Haavisto could not catch a break on the holeshot as Pilotte shut him down in both motos. “My bike was running really well and I was able to edge Joe out off the line,” said Michael. The finishing order of the Pro-am class was basically the same as how riders came off the gate as there were limited areas to pass.

Justin Hoffler rode strong in both the Pro and Pro-am classes this weekend, claiming a solid third place finish in both classes. “I had a pretty good weekend. I had strong finishes in both classes, even though the track was tight and hard to pass on, and I had no issues with my bike,” said Hoffler happily. “But I’m really looking forward to the next round when we go back to Jolly Roger. That’s my favorite track.”

Jolly Roger is also a favorite of Joe Haavisto as well. “Jolly is my favorite track in this series and I usually do well there so I’m really looking forward to going back there,” he said. Haavisto also has something else to look forward to this month, as he will be joining the Kawasaki team at the Steel City Invitational on August 30th. “Kawasaki got four invitations to the event, so they gave one to me. I’m really excited about it!” Joe stated. “But it’s going to be tough because I have to race there on Saturday and be at Jolly Roger on Sunday for round nine.”

In the Women’s class, Amy Thompson lost her points lead as she was not in attendance for this round. Angie Maher ran a strong race and claimed 2-1 finishes which gave her the overall win for the day, with Tiffany LaClair in second and Paige Whipple took the final spot on the podium. With Amy missing round eight, it allowed Paige Whipple to take over first place in the points race and Tiffany LaClair to move within striking distance of Amy’s now second place standing.

Ralle Rookey dominated both the 4stroke Expert A class and Open Expert A this weekend and leads both classes in the point race. Ryan Coleman, the points leader in the Open Amateur B class ran into issues in both motos with a DNS in the first moto and a DNF in moto two, which allowed Ryan Krohn to take a1-1 finish and the top spot on the podium with Justin Alger in second and Dylan Bisson in third. Coleman also was not able to compete in the 4-stroke Amateur B class, where Justin Locke took the overall with a 1-1 finish, followed by Dennis Sharpe in second and Nick Orluk in third.

In the 90 Senior class, points leader Chris Dipietro got tangled up in the first moto which allowed second in points, Ryan Ouellet to take the first moto win. Dipietro came on strong in the second moto. Chris took the holeshot and led for the entire race, but it was not enough to take the overall win, which went to Ryan Ouellet with his remarkable 1-2 finishes. Ryan Bournival went on to take the final spot on the podium in the 90 Senior class.

In the 90 Auto Junior class, points leader Ryan DuPont suffered a DNF in the first moto, but even with his second moto win it wasn’t enough to earn his a podium spot as Cody Paolella took the overall win with Chris Kearny in second and Riley Bishop claimed third. In the 70 Limited class, Andy Cummings rode an incredible race claiming a 1-1 finish to take the overall win, while class points leader Michael Pahlas finished in second and Wade Pollard rode to a consistent third place. In the 50 Limited, Deven Fontaine dominated both motos to take the overall win while Luke Brown and Jacob Jean battled for second and third with Brown ending his day in second overall and Jean taking third.

The next round of the NEATV series will head back to Jolly Roger Motorsports park in Lempster, NH on August 31st where the points races will intensify as there are only four races left in the 2008 season.

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