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DeRisi Racing

Team DeRisi Racing Snowshoe GNCC Race Report

Bryan Cook and Brycen Neal
Bryan Cook and Brycen Neal

James and David Reeves
James and David Reeves

Kylie Ahart
Kylie Ahart
CASAR, NC, June 26, 2012 – The Snowshoe GNCC has been slated as America’s toughest race, and once again, the Racer Productions crew carved out a course that solidified the hype.  With huge boulders, steep slopes, massive tree roots, and mudhole after mudhole, each rider had to be at the top of their game just to make it to the finish.

Team DeRisi rolled into Snowshoe Village on Friday morning and setup camp on Vendor Row, where huge crowds had a chance to check out the DeRisi Hondas as well as the Twin Air filter products on hand.  After final preparations to the quads, the Team riders were excited to take to the streets for the unique live engine start.  Eric Hoyland and Braden Henthorn, both starting on row 3, were the first DeRisi riders to hit the track.  When they reached “Howard’s Hole”, an infamous Snowshoe mudhole, Henthorn made a slight mistake while navigating around the obstacle.  Losing only seconds, he was able to latch onto the tail end of the lead pack and began working his way forward.  After two hours of intense racing, Henthorn crossed the finish line in 4th in XC2 ProAm, where he now sits 2nd in points.  Eric Hoyland was not as fortunate, as the grueling track caused his chain to derail and took him out of contention on lap 2.  Hoyland was feeling comfortable on the quad and felt as though he had the speed to contend for the XC2 win.  Both riders are excited about the next round in Millfield, OH where they both plan to be back on the podium.

James Reeves has continued to gain momentum as the season progresses.  James had no problem tackling the obstacles at Snowshoe and brought home a season best 3rd place finish in Junior A.  David Reeves has been in a close battle for the Junior A points lead and was looking hungry for another class win.  Unfortunately, David became another victim of the WV terrain as his quad came to a halt on lap 2.  David still holds down 2nd in Junior A points.

Brycen Neal was given the honor as being the only amateur to start with XC1 and XC2 riders on the 4th row, due to his 18th overall ranking going into the race.  Brycen was able to start next to teammate, Bryan Cook, from the XC1 Pro class, and the two riders hooked up and quickly caught the riders that started ahead of them.  Brycen once again took the College A win and the honors of Top Amateur with a 14th overall finish.  Brycen was actually disappointed in his finish as he had hoped to break into the top 10 overall, which shows just how much heart and determination that the young rider has.

XC1 Pro rider Bryan Cook has always excelled on the more technical tracks such as Snowshoe and he was hoping to repeat last year’s podium performance.  Bryan’s DeRisi backed Honda TRX450R ran flawlessly throughout the 2 hour race, and that helped him to keep the lead pack in sight.  Bryan ultimately finished 7th in XC1 Pro.  Anyone that has seen and talked to Bryan at the races this year can attest to how much fun he is having.  He is unsure about his plans for the rest of the season, but I have a feeling that he’ll be seen on the front row at least a couple more times this year.

Kylie Ahart showed that determination pays off big at Snowshoe.  Kylie had some trouble on the first lap and lost sight of the leaders.  She then put her head down and continued to charge through the mud and rocks, taking advantage of other riders’ mistakes.  At the checkered flag, Kylie earned the number 3 position in the Women’s class, where she also sits 3rd in points.

Carter Kerens got off to a smooth start and settled into the 4th position early in the race.  Carter eventually moved into 3rd by the time he took the white flag.  However, Carter suffered a nasty crash on the last lap and amazed the team by even finishing the race.  Carter was in visible pain after the race, but doctors checked him out and cleared him of any major injuries.  Carter is one tough kid and hopes to grab another win once he gets a little luck on his side.  After his 7th place finish, he now sits 5th in points.

“Snowshoe is always such a crazy race with how gnarly the track is, combined with all the thousands of spectators”, said Santo DeRisi.  “We had a bit of bad luck, but we also had a couple of really great rides.  I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to represent these great companies on and off the track.  Thank you so much to the following companies for their loyalty and support; Rath Racing, Fox Shox, GBC Tires, IMS Products, HMF, HiPer Technology, Power Bar, GPR, Fasst Co, DC Cycle, Wiseco, RG Honda, Twin Air, Rekluse, Dirtworks, Tireballs, DP Brakes, G4 Graphics, PowerMadd, Motion Pro, Quad Tech, Antigravity Batteries, RPM, Outerwears, Bell Helmets, Spider Grips, Silkolene, Moose Racing, Scott Goggles and Liquid Performance.”

About DeRisi Racing
DeRisi Racing, Inc is a North Carolina company specializing in suspension modification and the development of essential race components. DeRisi Racing Inc was established in 1999 by Santo DeRisi who is also a GNCC Pro Veteran. Since its beginning DeRisi Racing Inc has become one of the most recognized names in the ATV Industry.

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