Team DeRisi Battles
at Loretta Lynn's
CASAR, NC, November 10, 2012 – Team DeRisi
Racing joined the GNCC racing family for the
final race of the season at the historic Loretta
Lynn’ Ranch. Each team rider showed up
confident and ready to battle it out in the
hills of Hurricane Mills, TN. With class
championships on the line, it proved to be a
trying, yet successful weekend of racing.
Braden Henthorn came into the last race leading
the XC2 ProAm class points, and needed a solid
finish to secure the Championship.
Unfortunately, lady luck was not on his side and
a fluke mechanical failure brought his machine
to a halt on lap one. All that was left to
do was to watch his friend and championship
rival, Pat McGuire, as he pushed his way to the
finish and won the XC2 title. Although it
wasn’t the outcome that he wanted, Braden still
had an amazing season in taking 2nd in XC2
points in his rookie year. Braden will be
moving into the premier XC1 Pro class for the
After having his own share of bad luck at the
previous round, Eric Hoyland looked to redeem
himself in the XC1 Pro Class. Eric once
again got a good jump off the line, and settled
in with the lead pack early on. By the
midway point, he found himself locked into a
heated battle with Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher.
Eric would eventually overtake Gallagher on the
last lap and finish 7th in XC1 Pro. This
also secured 7th place overall, which is Eric’s
best career finish. Eric finished 4th this
season in XC2 ProAm points, and is now focused
on the XC1 Pro Class for 2013.
The youngest member of Team DeRisi, Carter
Kerens, once again showed his impressive speed
by taking the win in 90 Open (8-11). By
taking the race win, Carter also won his class
Championship. Throughout the season,
Carter made it evident to his team and
supporters that he was determined to do his very
best on the track. We are confident that
he will carry this determination into next
season, where he is sure to continue winning
In the Junior A class, David Reeves fought all
race for the lead position and ultimately
finished in the 2nd position. With his
solid finish, David was able to secure 2nd in
Junior A Championship points for the season.
His competitor and brother, James Reeves,
rallied to a 4th place finish at Loretta’s.
This enabled James to lock in 4th in Junior A
points. James proved to be one of the most
consistent racers by never finishing outside of
the top 10. For those who may not know,
James works tirelessly in the DeRisi Racing
trailer on race weekends, servicing customers’
shocks and helping setup the team quads.
Often times, James gets little sleep and no time
to relax, which makes his season’s finishes that
much more impressive.
Kylie Ahart put in one of her best rides of the
season in the Women’s Pro class. Kylie
latched on to the leaders on lap one and made a
pass on lap two to move into second position.
Kylie then started digging deep and making up
time on the leader. Unfortunately, she ran
out of time to make a run at the lead, but came
across the line in 2nd and within thirty seconds
of first. Kylie had a great rookie season
and finished 4th in Women’s Championship points.
Brycen Neal had already wrapped up the College A
Championship at the previous round, so he
elected to move up to XC2 ProAm for the final
race. Somehow on lap one, Brycen lost his
tether cord which killed his machine.
After a couple of minutes, he was able to get
his machine restarted and put on a charge to
make up ground. Amazingly, Brycen came
from last on lap one to finish 8th in the
ultra-competitive XC2 class.
“We have had an incredible season with all of
our team riders finishing in the Top 5 in points
of their respective classes”, said team owner,
Santo DeRisi. “With the support of so many
great companies, families, and fans, we were
able to make this a season to remember. We
are excited to get to work during the offseason
and carry our success into the 2013 season.”
“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
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.