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Full Webcasts from the 2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals

October 20, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Full Webcasts from the 2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals

We hope you enjoyed our recap of the 2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals in Oldsmar, FL. USA BMX has posted the full webcasts of all three days in Oldsmar, and we are happy to bring them to you here, for your viewing pleasure. G-MO and his crew put some serious time into getting all the angles of the race action, from the first gate on Friday to the final stripe on Sunday, including post-race interviews with the Elite winners. Big props for a job well done, guys!

These shows give every BMX fan the best seat in the house for all the action off both the SX hill and the five-meter Challenge hill.

2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals Pre-Race and Supercross Day 1

2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals Day 1

2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals Day 2

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Recap: 2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals

October 20, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Recap: 2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals

The 2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals was pushed down the schedule in 2015 in order to accommodate the construction schedule on the new multimillion dollar, dual-hill rebuild at Oldsmar BMX. Set back-to-back with the Fall Nationals in the Orlando area, we have been seeing lots of social media posts from BMXers lounging by the pool, kickin sand at the beaches, doing Disney World, Key West and other Florida fun spots, as they while-away the week between the races.

And WOW, what a job John Sawyer and his crew did on the new facility! If you’re a regular BMX News reader, you have seen some of our posts, including the initial podcast with John, announcing plans for the facility on June 6, 2014. If you click on the link (will open in a new window) you will see the old footprint, outlined with the final footprint of the new facility. The last straight now takes up the length of the bottom of the diagram, and the dual starting hills are about where the finish line used to be. The concession building stayed the same, and cranked out some amazing grilled grub for BMX crankers flying and driving in from sea to shining sea.

Friday was the very-first day of racing operations at the new facility, and it all came off remarkably well. That said, John and new BMX Director for the City of Oldsmar, Donavon Long, got to work right away to fine-tune this dream facility, so it’s even-better when the 2016 National Series touches down in Oldsmar next February.

The race tipped the scales at 185 motos on Saturday, which was a little smaller than some expected. But the on-track action was full-on from the first gate of the weekend, right up to the very-last. The new facility was a real draw for riders from the far-reaches of the map, and it made for some solid battles among competitors who may not normally “see” each other til the Grands.

Oldsmar was also the finale for the inaugural running of the USA BMX North American Supercross Series. Elite Men was stacked to the rafters, with 40 entries on the sheets Friday Night, while Elite Women had a smaller set, with nine and 11 riders, but most of the big players in the house, with a healthy crowd watching the action. The big checks hoisted on the podium in this year’s series were a major statement on how USA BMX has accomplished its mission of stoking the riders to new levels, and raising the bar of competition within the USA BMX Pro title contest.

News pulled together the following recap of some of the finer points of the racing, and the festivities that surrounded the opening of the new track.

Dual starting hills at Oldsmar BMX in Oldsmar, FLThe dual starting hills at the new Oldsmar BMX, set against an incredible Tampa sunset on Friday night.

Ronalds Rittins at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsLatvian Ssquared shredder Ronalds Rittins tore it up in 13x on Friday and Saturday, acing the main both times out. He was not on the sheets for Sunday, but will be in Orlando this weekend for more Sunshine State action.

Carson Leet  at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsSpeaking of 13x, it was happy birthday to Carson Leet on Sunday. Carson took second to Leo Hile in 12x on Saturday, and came into his new class loaded for bear. He scored the first round get-out, then proceeded to take the main. Double celebration in the Factory Ssquared pit.

Anabella Hammonds at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsBella Hammonds got busy for Smilin Bill Ryan and the Supercross crew with double-deuces in 10G. The W3 of Silvana Jimenez doubled up on the weekend.

BMX News 2015 race coverage sponsored by Dan’s Comp
BMX News Race Coverage is Sponsored by Dan's Comp

Bubba Gonzales  at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsIn Friday night’s SuperX Open Main, Zaithyel Soekandar from Aruba put a chill on the rest of the group, most specifically Bubba Gonzales. Bubba was on him to the final feet, but the stripe call went to Soekandar. Bubba came out spinnin on Saturday, and turned in a winning main event lap later in the day that was truly one for the books. Oh, and Bubba got the win both days in 16x.

Valentina Velasquez at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsGreat shot of first round action in 12G. W2 Valentina Velasquez leads it here, and took the main event W on Saturday. Hailey Sinclair (ROC 1, at right) took the win on Sunday. Valentina also put a whoopin on the boys, winning 11-12 Mixed open both days.

Ryan Pettigrew at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsRyan Pettigrew was riding great Friday night, until a major wreck on the second straight of the Friday night Super X Open semi took him out for the weekend. Here’s what Ryan told News about his situation:

I came out of the first turn on the bubble in fourth, and when I landed on the first pro landing my body weight was on the rear end of my bike, causing me to land in a manual. Next thing I know I’m going off the next lip, still in a manual (At one point I thought I was going to ride it out lol).

When I landed that next pro landing I cased it pretty hard and my hands blew off and I went into the next lip, but at that point I was in about third, so I had the majority of the pack still behind me, luckily only a couple hit me. I walked off the track but after I started having some pain in the back of my calf and realized I broke off off my brake lever in my calf! I got some stitches and staples and I’m all good now!

Yeowch! Thanks for the update, Ryan…we’re glad you’re doing better.

Jack Bakken at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsJack Bakken and Jacob Trujillo battled big all weekend long in 10x. Jack rode the last straight like a pro and got the Saturday win. Jacob came back for the W on Sunday, with Jack in the two-spot.

Donavon Long is the new BMX Director for the City of OldsmarDonavon Long started off the week as a Californian and finished it as a Floridian, truckin across the country and reporting for duty as the new BMX Director for the City of Oldsmar, just in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday. About the new gig, Donavon told News:

My role with the city is to help bring in outside riders, federations, groups, schools clubs and teams to come and train at the Oldsmar track. Our goal is to help create a better and more useful/functional facility for both the youth and Olympic athletes of our sport.
John Sawyer stays on as the Track Operator of the facility, and the two BMX giants have some great ideas on plussing-up the facility, building on the big success of opening weekend.

Tori Hopperdietzel at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsIt’s been a while since we’ve seen the Extreme Team ride of Tori Hopperdietzel. But she was back in her old place–up front–in Oldsmar, topping 21-25 Women both days. The class had five riders on Saturday, and four on Sunday, after Meredith Lidstone wrecked pretty hard on the first straight. We see the immediate aftermath of that in the background of this first round shot from Saturday.

After the race, we asked Tori what she’s been up to since last we saw her. Here’s what she told us:

After I graduated from high school, I found it hard to budget time for my racing, with full-time work and school schedules, plus the hockey coaching I was doing on the side, so my pedaling got put on the back burner while I established my direction in the adult world.

Three years went by, and local races just weren’t cutting it anymore. So, with some inspiration from a local BMX family, I ventured back into the national circuit hitting New Mexico, Minnesota and Washington in addition to this weekend in Florida.

There is a unique feeling that’s generated from national competition and in my opinion once that fire is sparked it isn’t easily put out. Getting out there after a hiatus was well….just like riding a bike :), it was great to feel the rush again and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring!

Triston Judd at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsTriston Judd was nuclear in Oldsmar. He’s been bakin those cakes in 15x almost every trip this year, but this weekend was one-up on the usual speed setting. Chalk-up twin wins at the Gators, for those of you keeping score at home.

Local Political leaders at the opening of the new Oldsmar BMX facilityFriday night was the first race on the new track, and things went perfectly to plan. Saturday saw an impressive turnout of city and county government officials, as well as US Rep. Gus Bilirakis from Florida’s 12th Congressional District. This turnout was among the highest “wattage” of politicians attending any BMX track opening, ever. It goes a long way to prove how much the community leaders in the area care about BMX Racing as a centerpiece of their youth sports and sports tourism programs. Pictured at the Saturday recognition ceremony: USA BMX CEO BA Anderson; Oldsmar BMX Track Operator, John Sawyer; Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis; City of Oldsmar Leisure Services Director, Lynn Rives; Oldsmar City Manager, Bruce Haddock, and USA BMX COO, John David (not pictured: Kevin Smith, Director of Sports, St. Petersburg Clearwater Sports Commission).

Anna Johnson at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsAnna Johnson has been jammin lately, and put a few more aces on the board in Oldsmar. Double in 15-16 Girl Cruiser and a win in 15-16 Girls on Sunday. She dropped the double double to fellow Texan Korie Gilbert, with a second in class on Saturday.

Hunter Brown at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsThe Tampa Bay salt air kept Salt Lake star Hunter Brown runnin smooth in Oldsmar. Double wins for the Rocket in 14x, against a stacked class. Jesse Welch got the deuce on Saturday and Hunter’s homie, RadRo Jaworsky, got it on Sunday.

VIP Platform at Oldsmar BMXBest seat in the house: the VIP platform behind the second turn gives the well-connected the full view of all the crunchin and munchin on the track, while gourmet munchies are served–all under Old Glory.

Alise Post and Mariana Pajon at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsMajor moments with major names on day two, in turn two. Saturday’s Elite finals both had major turns-of-fortune in the second turn. First, it was Alise leading to deep into the second straight, when Mariana railed the outside, and got by her, and on to the day two win.

Connor Fields, Joris Daudet and Sam Willoughby at the 2015 USA BMX Gator NationalsThen, in the next main, Sam led it to about the same point as Alise did, when Joris came through the inside and led Sam high on the turn. That gave Connor the open door to cut hard to the right and swoop both of them from his third place position. This is the moment it happened. Connor took it on home from here.

Looking back at the Women’s race for a second, it’s interesting to note that Mariana tripled the entry into the first turn on Friday night, and Alise got the win. Alise tripled it on Saturday, and Mariana got the win. It didn’t really have any bearing on what happened down-range, but still…interesting.

Here are all four of the Elite finals, courtesy of USA BMX:

Elite Final Videos

Elite Women Day 1

Elite Men Day 1

Elite Women Day 2

Elite Men Day 2

With the first big success in the books, the table is set well for Oldsmar BMX to continue it’s long tradition of great racing–both in the local program, and when the world comes to town. Everyone we talked to is inking in the three-day 2016 Gator Nationals (February 19-21) on their schedule. We’ll be there, and hope we’ll see you in the viewfinder as well.

—Mike Carruth

Photo Galleries

Friday Photos: 2015 Gator Nationals/North American SX

Saturday Photos: 2015 Gator Nationals/North American SX





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Photo Galleries: Oldsmar

October 19, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Photo Galleries from the 2015 Gator Nationals

It was an incredible weekend of fun, sun and sizzlin race action in Oldsmar, FL for the annual USA BMX Gator Nationals. The 2015 installment took on a bigger, bolder footprint than in recent memory, in that it was debut event for the new multimillion dollar dual hill facility we have been writing about for the past year or more. Plus, it was the finale for the 2015 USA BMX North American SX series…AND the final two-score opportunity for the pros before heading to the big showdown on Friday/Saturday at the 2015 USA BMX Grand National in Tulsa next month. Tulsa has two scores up for grabs: one at Friday’s Race of Champions (which counts toward the best-of-10 season scores), and one for the Grands, itself, which is double points.

Elite Men had a strong showing, with 40 riders–including the trio who is taking the title hunt right down to the final laps in Tulsa: Sam Willoughby, Connor Fields and Joris Daudet. Oldsmar had some added international flav in the elite classes, with quite a few names we don’t normally see on US moto sheets: Sylvain Andre, Amidou Mir from France were two who American fans have not seen live, and in person, very much. Sylvain wowed the crowd, with the Friday night win, flanked by Connor Fields and Joris Daudet.

There was also a crush of South Americans we do not see all that much, putting down impressive laps against the biggest stars American BMX has to offer. This was solid proof that USA BMX is accomplishing what it set out to accomplish via the NASX series: attract the best riders in the world to US shores to race for the richest purses in the sport.

BMX News 2015 race coverage sponsored by Dan’s Comp
BMX News Race Coverage is Sponsored by Dan's Comp

Elite Women had a much thinner presence, with only nine entries on Friday night and 12 on Saturday (men dropped to 34 on Saturday). Brooke Crain was out resting a concussion from last week in Chula Vista, but aside from her, the others making up the top five in points were there.

Alise went in to Oldsmar with a season points lead of 515 points. Waiting for the podium presentation, a few stats junkies did some quick iPhone math and proclaimed Alise with having an all-but-certain lock on the title. But, alas, their calculations may be flawed, since they almost-certainly relied on the posted points on the USA BMX site, which did not take into account the Chula Vista scores last weekend. Alise is, obviously still way-out in the points lead, but we’re not sure about it being “mathematically impossible” for Felicia.

All that aside, the two Elite Women wins of the day were hotly contested between Alise and Mariana Pajon (above), who traded top-spot honors from Friday to Saturday–both of which were decided in the last half of the track, which helped the crowd get loud.

We will have more from the Gator Nationals tomorrow in our full recap. Meanwhile, check out the photo galleries of pro and am classes, linked below.

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Friday Photos: 2015 Gator Nationals/North American SX

Saturday Photos: 2015 Gator Nationals/North American SX






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Photo Gallery: Gator Nationals Day One

March 23, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 USA BMX Gator Nationals - Day 1

It’s a pretty rare occurance when the Elite Men class is larger than the largest amateur class. Well, here in Oldsmar, 69 riders were on the sheets on day one–bigger than all the other pro/Elite classes combined. Part of that was owing to the new USA BMX rule, combining Junior and Elite, and part was because it has been a long lay-off season (especially for some of these guys, who did not go to Reno).

It just seemed like the Elite racks kept coming, with household names in all, but with some new talent also getting top-three calls from the tower.

Maris Strombergs was back in top form, as he did battle with Sam Willoughby’s mega-inertia win streak. Elite Men had 1/8 finals to whittle the big field down to a final gate of eight. This also cause a ripple in the running order, as the Elite Men’s main event, usually the fourth main event of the day (after Devo, A-Pro, and Elite Women), had to run after the novices, because the Elite Men semi ran in the usual main event running spot.

Elite Men Finishes
Maris Strombergs – Free Agent/Speedline
Sam Willoughby – Redline/TLD
Connor Fields – Chase BMX/Monster
Steven Cisar – Bombshell
Donny Robinson – SE Bikes
Joris Daudet – Chase BMX
Corben Sharrah – Haro Bikes
Riley Stair – Tangent/Rift

2014 Gator Nationals Elite Women
In Elite Women, we were treated to a 17-rider field, including Mariana Pajon, Alise Post, Dom Daniels, Felicia Stancil and a bevvy of others. Dom had not raced since Disney Cup in October, and was in the mix throught the day, though ended up the afternoon with a snowman in the main. Mariana led the main from the get-go, and Felicia had the two spot sewn up, til the final feet, when Alise got by her for the (camera) left step finish. Final Order for the women went:

Elite Women Finishes
Mariana Pajon – Dan’s Comp
Alise Post – Redline
Felicia Stancil – GT Bicycles
Brooke Crain – Haro
Shanaze Reade – GT
Dani George – Supercross
Teagan O’Keeffe – Promax
Dominique Daniels – Doublecross

We will have more from Oldsmar in our full re-cap on Monday night. Meanwhile, check out our photo gallery from Day One.

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2014 USA BMX Gator Nationals Photo Gallery – Saturday

2014 USA BMX Gator Nationals Results – Saturday

2013 USA BMX Gator Nationals: The Lost Galleries

March 22, 2013 by · Comments Off 

2013 USA BMX Gator Nationals on BMX News

The road to Desoto is a long one, especially with a snow/ice/freezing rain combo squatting over the entire state of Arkansas. So, as a warmup for this weekend’s USA BMX Supernationals, we thought we would bring you the Photo Galleries from the last stop on the tour: Oldsmar, FL.

We posted these galleries on our Photo site: PhotosArePosted.com, right after the race, but they never got the promotion they deserved here on News. So, it’s likely there are a few hundred great shots from Oldsmar you’ve never seen.

Well, feast your eyes on the Galleries and, as always, enjoy the free mid-res image downloads.

Meanwhile, be sure to follow @bmxnews on Twitter for as-the-happen updates from the Supernationals. If you are an @bmxnow follower, we encourage you to follow @bmxnews as well, since BMXNOW.COM will be running its own Twitter Feed as of June 1.

bmxnews.org Will have Story, Photos and Interviews from Desoto all weekend long, so keep it here!

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2013 USA BMX Gator Nationals Photo Gallery – Friday

2013 USA BMX Gator Nationals Photo Gallery – Saturday

2013 USA BMX Gator Nationals Photo Gallery – Sunday





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MCS Oldsmar Edit

March 12, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Elite Woman Amanda Geving for MCS Bicycles

It was making the rounds last week on some of the forums and Facebook pages, but we figured there were a heapin helping of readers who may not have yet seen the video edit that MCS Bicycles put together for Oldsmar.

The four-minute show puts a face on the action, and gets a peek into some of the behind-the-scenes machinations under the MCS tent. We’re not big on spoiler alerts, so we’re going to let the tape do the talkin:

Oldsmar – Day One Photo Gallery

February 13, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Maris Strombergs Wins Day One of Oldsmar

Saturday at the USA BMX Gator Nationals also doubled as the UCI BMX North American Continental Championships. The Class 3 points that were up for grabs are the most of any race, apart from the World Cup races, the World Championships, or the every-four-years Olympic Games. Critical UCI Nations points dictate how many athletes a country can send to the London Olympics this summer.

For some, a strong showing may make the difference between a two athlete team or a three athlete team (for the Men)…while for other countries, it’s about stretching out the lead and locking in their slots.

Given that, it’s no wonder that 50 Elite Men and 21 Elite Women showed up to the race. The race had the air of a major event and, apart from the robust Elite turnout, the Amateur racing was stacked with magawatt names that have their sights set on a future in the Junior, then Elite class.

Day one was 213 motos, including the 18 racks of UCI (Junior Men, Junior Women, Elite Men and Elite Women). That was quite a spell larger than last year’s Gators (though we can’t get anymore specific than that).

We are reviewing our video notes from Sunday’s race, and will post a complete race report Monday night, along with the Sunday photos. But in the meantime, we have a 242 image gallery for you to check out, which tells…well, 242,000 words of a story on its own. Also, feel free to review our tweets from the weekend.

Check Out The Photos Now

USA BMX GATOR NATIONALS DAY ONE RESULTS (via USABMX.COM)

Check back Monday Night for More on the USA BMX Gator Nationals.

ABOVE: Maris Strombergs of Team Free Agent/Rockstar leads the fastest riders in the world, including Sam WIlloughby, Marc Willers, Connor Fields and Joris Daudet, through the second turn in the Day One Main event.

Oldsmar Elite Opener Opens Up

February 10, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Tommy Zula in Thursday Night's Pro Practice

Whenever you get the chance, I strongly recommend showing up for a large national on Thursday. It adds a whole new dimension to the experience. On Fridays, practice is getting underway, people are moving into race mode; maybe standing in the registration line…and by Saturday, the hang around factor is near-zero, as the mental focus shifts decidedly to the business of the day (whether that is racing, vending, photographing, or yelling “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal” from the stands.

So much of the reward we all get from BMX Racing is the amazing people we meet along the way. Life-long friendships take root, and much of those relationships are brought about either before or after the actual race.

We see posts from people all the time, saying that BMX Racing needs more of a “carnival atmosphere.” Maybe the truth is, we had it all along… but most of us were just a day late to take part in it.

Not this time. Wheels down at TPA by 10:30AM..a smooth glide through baggage claim…on to the rent-a-rocket counter, where the free minivan upgrade was waiting (no convertible Camaro, but whatever…at least it wasn’t the pre-reserved Aveo). In the parking lot at Oldsmar BMX by High Noon.

This weekend is not only the first Elite race of the 2012 Season, it is the first Elite race of the USA BMX Brand Name, AND the UCI North American Continental Championships. The category three points available on Saturday are the highest available, without trekking to a Supercross World Cup race, or the World Championships. Lots of countries still in the hunt for nations points, and the calendar of races before the 2012 Worlds is growing ever shorter.

Team USA riders are competing for the USAC Power Ranking points that will ultimately decide the first pick of the two or three riders going to London in August. So, this is a very, very important weekend in Elite BMX–whichever flag you’re wearing.

Layer on top of all that energy, the fact that this is also the first East-of-the-Mississippi race of 2012, so we are going to see all kinds of top riders rockin new sponsor rags, and on new freshly-dialed scoots.

The Track…wowza! It gets bigger and bigger every time we come back. Standing at the first jump, a couple of us got a chuckle out of the fact that, in 2009 when we were here for the first time, we had to stand on a bucket to get our camera some height over the first jump. Today, you’d need a scissor-lift for that same scale of height. It is a major-league track, that is about as technical as one could get without being a real-deal Supercross track.

Remember, when not the focus of the BMX universe every February, Oldsmar BMX is a local track, that needs to accommodate the six year old Novice who heard about BMX racing at Cub Scouts, as well as the local hotshoes and pros.

Track Operator, John Sawyer and his crew have kept the intensity between the lines, so it is fun for all. This year’s refresh is a new level again–with a silky-smooth surface, and grassy infield to highlight the reddish clay.

The triple into the first turn is a mount everest, that the top guys can clear with slightly-strained ease (if that makes any sense)–and watching them do it is why spectators spectate. The third straight is really where the news will be made this weekend–at least for the amateurs. A late night brainstorming session between John and Ryan Birk on some Answer BMX biz turned the topic to the track, which was just dozed over to start the 2012 refresh. Birk said “wouldn’t it be cool if the pros jumped over the am track!” And within 24 hours, dirt was being moved into place, and Josh Meyers called in to test out some rough lines.

As with every track we’ve ever been to, there is some amount of grumbling…and the S turn (or, as I have taken to calling it…the Ssquared Turn) is getting its share. But we think it is a perfect way to mix things up, jumble the pack a bit, and not make it so radical a departure that it looks like Hell Track. We’d love to see more of these kinds of unconventional sections!

Well, when you’re through the S Turn clean, your win is not in the bank yet, because the last straight is 300 feet or so of the deepest, orneriest, Ride ‘em Cowboy rollers this hombre has ever seen. Our guess is, the youngest Strider rider would dissappear to his forehead in the valley of the deepest one. So, bring your man card.

Lots of friends already in the house, getting a lead-off on wiring the track, and getting factory row looking…well…factory. Carne$ collected all his Factory Redline frequent fliers, with Alise Post making her return to the stage after six months off for knee surgery. Willoughby is back on his adoptive home soil, after going walkabout since the Grands. Denzel lookin fresh, and as always, low keyin’ lively.

We spied Corey Reid in Pro Practice, aboard a mirror-polished Redman, somplete with Factory Jersey. That was out on Vintage earlier in the week, but nice to see in the flesh.

Always great to have an uninterrupted chat with Shannon Gillette–especially when the chat turns to mutual BMX experiences of the 70s and 80s. Again…what did we say above about life-long friendships? Good stuff, Maynard!

The always-lovely Elite Women’s World Champ, Mariana Pajon is off her Speed frame, and on a white, Colombia-made rig, identified by the stickers as a “GW.” More on that coming soon.

The Dutch Team is looking red hot in the orange and white. Ivo van der Putten had some rip-roarin laps in practice, with the second straight totally dialed, and the pro section straight getting closer to mastery with each pass. Ditto for Jelle van Gorkom.

Got a text from Justin Travis. while en route to Oldsmar, telling tale that Danny Caluag will be reporting for duty this summer as Ohio Dreams’ Assistant Race Director, and resident Pro. Good things happen to good peeps! Danny C will, of course, make his debut back in VSI colors this weekend, decked in Speedco.

Had a nice chat with Jonathan Reeves from Morphine. After a season taking a pause for the cause, the team is back to a full head of steam, and ready to make a run at the cup. Look for some new products from the pink and black this year as well! Speaking of Morphine, gotta hand it to Richie Dey…dude was analyzin and optimizin the quick trip lines all afternoon. Hard workin, pint-sized professor of pedal pushin. And he looks like Ivan Drago with that black mouthpiece, for some added psych.

First time I got a gander of Shelby Stacy in her Answer Rennen gear (though not really, since we had a photo of her in it from Reno…but I’m talkin live and in person). She was rollin righteous in evening practice on the Ssquared, factory fresh from head to toe.

Speaking of SSquared, the Answer Ssquared team is nuclear powered here in Oldsmar. Tyler Whitfiled, Brandon Ceslok, Justin Richmond, Tyshawn Carr, et. al. Just look for Orange and Blue, out front, on the cleanest, most dialed hardware around.

Weston Pope is in the chase, and on a Chase, with a way-cool black-and-polished build that is just how we would build it up, in a “dream bike” scenario. Never noticed the bell-flared head tube on the Chase frame. T-rick!

Oldsmar BMX hosted a Thursday Night Pro-Am, which drew a full rack. We didn’t get to see the dash for the cash, but the $1660 purse broke out like so:

Josh Meyers (Ssquared) – $581
Weston Pope (Dan’s Comp) – $332
Elliot McGrath (Stile Industries) – $249
Justin Posey (Dan’s Comp) – $207
Cole Tesar (Felt BMX) – $125
Brandon Brown – $83
HoJo Johnson (Ssquared) – $50
Mike Caldwell – $33

Congrats guys!

Well, time to head out for another great day at the track. BMX News is doing an exclusive photo shoot with a bevvy of top Elites and teams. Should be some good off-track shots of your favorite jump jockeys posted later tonight.

Follow @bmxnow on Twitter for as-they-happen updates, and be sure to keep it here all weekend long for photo galleries from the day’s racing.

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