L-R: Will Ibsen, Cody Webb, Patrick Smage
Webb Retains U.S. Indoor Title
Cody Webb (Sherco) retained his AMA/NATC U.S. Indoor Trials Championship title Saturday
evening in an extremely close battle with Will Ibsen (GasGas) and Sherco team mate Patrick Smage. After his dominating championship in the outdoor last season, many picked Smage as the favorite to take the indoor championship as well, but a mistake while executing a risky maneuver on the barrels section cost him a 5 and all but eliminated him from the close competition. Ibsen finished the main with a one point lead over
Webb, leading into the two race sections. Because the loser of each race receives an extra one point penalty, the entire championship came down to the final race sections and Webb would need to win both
in order to prevail. The first race was almost a dead heat, with Webb edging to a victory by less than a bike length. In the all-or-nothing final race, Webb got his booming 4 stroke Sherco to hook up for a hole shot on the slippery concrete floor. Cody held on for a close win as both he and Ibsen rode at their limit on the more technical obstacle course used in the final race section. The Indoor Championship was held at the Camp Jordan Arena near Chattanooga, TN and capped off a week of motorcycle trials summer camp and Youth trials competition at the nearby Trials Training Center in Sequatchie.
2008 AMA Trials Youth Nationals and U.S. Women's Open
Beta mounted Karl Davis of Florida captured last weekend’s 9th Annual AMA/NATC Trials Youth Nationals at the Trials Training Center in Tennessee for America's best riders 15 years old & younger. Davis fended off strong challenges from Eric Storz (Sherco) of California and David Mizell (GasGas) from Texas. Each of the three prevailed once over the 3 days of competition, with Davis's 2-1-2 finishes besting the 4-2-1 of Mizell and the 1-4-3 of Storz. Other winners include Sherco rider Chase Harker of Kentucky in the 13yrs & under, GasGas mounted Zeke Mizell of Texas in the 11 & under, Beta rider Ty Cullins of California in the 9 & under and last (and also least) Joey Jackson of Tennessee on his Xispa in the 7 & under class. 15 year old Caroline Allen of Massachusetts rode her GasGas took top honors in the U.S. Women's Open, with Ariel Winters (AR), Sara Patton (TN), Tammy Cook (KS) and Olivia Leviton (GA) winning the Women's Expert, Advance, Intermediate, and Novice, respectively. Over 60 riders, some as young as 5 years old, competed over the challenging hills, rocks, and streams at the site of this years U.S. Round of the FIM/Spea Trials World Championships. The three-day event capped off a week of motorcycle trials riding, training and fun for motorcycle trials riding families from all over North America, held annually around the July 4 holiday. Full results of the competition and photos of the activities will be available soon.
TTC's Catherine Bedley with the Youth E (7 & Under) Podium, Cole & Emily Cullins, Joey Jackson, Jacob Mizell