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Team Southside Has Strong Showing in Season Finale

Bruce Gaspardi
Bruce Gaspardi

Cody Paolella
Cody Paolella

Paige Whipple
Paige Whipple

Travis Moore
Travis Moore

North Adams, MA – Team Southside Polaris headed to Hemonds Mx in Minot Maine for the 12th and final round of the 2011 NEATV Series. It was a great weekend with temperatures in the 70s and 80s all weekend which is pretty lucky for Maine in October.

For the final round AMA Pro Travis Moore made the trip up from McKenzie Tennessee to try out the Polaris Outlaw and see what the series was all about. He arrived Friday afternoon so his only time on the MXR-450 was during practice on Saturday which he took full advantage of. It wasn’t long before he started throwing the machine around and looked quite comfortable by the end of the day. When Sunday rolled around, no one really knew what to expect, but Travis put on quite a show. Coming out 2nd in the first pro moto, he fell back to 3rd but would keep his pace up and finish the moto 2nd.

In the first moto of Pro-Am he got out 3rd but would come off and fall back to last, but with his never say die attitude would make his way back up to 4th by the end of the moto. In moto 2 of Pro, he lined up right next to Wimmer and Creamer but when the gate dropped his Rage Atv Powered Polaris would out run them all to the first corner and grab to $100 NAC’s holeshot award. Creamer and Wimmer would eventually get by him and he would go on to finish 3rd in the moto, and take home his first Pro podium finishing 2nd overall for the day. In moto 2 of Pro-Am he would get out 2nd but a flat rear tire would cause him problems dropping him back to 4th, but keeping 3rd in sight until the mid-pipe would come loose. He would end up 7th in the moto, and 6th overall for the day.

Jesse Onesti ran in the Open and 4-Stroke A classes, and he would get out 2nd in his first moto of 4-Stroke A, and on lap 2 he would take the lead over, but Hakala would make the pass, and Jesse would finish 2nd in the moto. In moto 2 Jesse would pull the holeshot but Hakala would get past and along with a Canadian rider and he would finish 3rd in the moto and overall. In Open A Jesse would get the moto 1 holeshot and hold off Lombardo for 3 laps, but he would eventually get by, and Jesse would hang on for 2nd. In moto 2 Jesse would again get the holeshot and would hold the lead until he lost his shifter with 2 laps to go, and with it stuck in 4th gear would still be able to finish 2nd, and win the overall for the day.

Cody Paolella, who had locked up his 4-Stroke C championship before the last race had moved up into the B classes and came away with a 2nd and 3rd overall. Some said it was “luck” or a “fluke”. But in his first moto of the day in 4-Stroke B he would get out 2nd, spin out and make his way back up to 5th. In moto 1 of Open B, he would get out 2nd again and make his way past Chamberland for 1st and take the moto win. In moto 2 of 4-Stroke, he would grab the holeshot and slowly stretch out his lead and take moto win and finish 3rd overall. In his final moto of the day in Open B, he would again holeshot and take the moto win and overall for the weekend.

Paige Whipple made a special appearance and would run the womens class after not racing all season. She would finish with a 4th in the first moto, and then in moto 2 she would pull the holeshot and finish 3rd in the moto for a 3rd overall.  Bruce Gaspardi came into the weekend only 4 points out of 5th in Collegeboy, and finishing 6th place in both motos and the overall, would solidify the 5th overall for the season.

Thanks to all our great sponsors for another great weekend:  South Side Sales, Fox Racing Shox, Rage Motors, Scott Sports, Precision-RP, Walsh RaceCraft, Rath Racing, Terry Exhaust, Emergen-C, Powermadd,, DWT, Maier Plastics, Maxxis Tires, Tiger Racing Products, Streamline Brakes, Stomp Design, Wiseco, Hot Cams, IMS, Fluiddyne, Liquid Performance, NGK Sparkplugs, Rider I.D

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