Jorge Jovel Brings the King of New York Title Back to the Bronx: September 11, 2007

Bronx, NY -- September 9, 2007 -- The judges at the 2007 King of New York had one of their most difficult challenges ever this year in deciding who the King of New York Pro Champion would be but in the end, Jorge Jovel edged out Craig Mast to bring the King of New York Pro Title back to the Bronx.

First-place qualifier, Craig came out swingin’ in the Jam on Sunday with bangers like double whips over the box and alley-oop flairs on the 6-foot quarter. But Jorge was not to be outdone, has been riding hard at Woodward Camp all winter long and the consistency and strength of his riding came through. His big transfers, huge front flips over the WesselBuilt box, and flairs and tailwhips on the 8-foot quarter put an exclamation point on his smooth, solid riding all weekend. When all was said and done, Jorge walked away $1000 richer and with a grip of new digs from Zoo York clothing. This is Jorge’s third KoNY Pro title -- he claimed victory in 2001 and 2002.

Other highlights of the Pro class were Jeremiah Smith, who blew everyone away all weekend with brakeless shredding that would put most back and front brake riders to shame. Charlie Bowers definitely had the trick of the day on Sunday though, landing an over ice-pick and back on the shaky Terremoto Wall, 13-feet off the floor. Full commitment, landed perfectly – first try! The top ten pro riders who qualified for the finals on Sunday all came out with A-game riding.

The expert and beginner classes were packed full of action too. Colin Varanyak catapulted from fourth place qualifier to first in the Expert finals winning new gear from Zoo York, a free-week at Woodward Camp, and a Diamond Back Accomplice complete bike. Daniel DeJesus could not be denied, and was the hungriest rider of all the Beginners, qualifying first and winning finals in his first contest ever. He will be enjoying a weekend at The Lodge at Woodward Camp decked out in Zoo York gear on his new Diamond Back Mr. Lucky.

Last but certainly not least, 10th place pro James Lukas out of Virginia had the ups to beat out the locals in the long jump contest, jumping 26-feet to win a Diamond Back Lucky 24. And in the first ever King of New York BMX Drag Races, Desmond Guthrie won it for his soon-to-be daughter Gabriella Morgan.

Thanks go out to all the King of New York sponsors for supporting the 2007 event and helping make the event a success again in its 12th year. King of New York sponsors are Scion, Zoo York, Home Depot, and Woodward Camp. Associate sponsors are Diamond Back, Alpine Stars, Tri-Flow, Maxxis, FreeCycle Action Sports, BMX Invasion, Hoffman Bikes, Group Home Bikes, Animal, Brooklyn Bike Riders, and Baby Bean. Don’t front – support those who support BMX!

Check out www.kingofnewyorkbmx.com for the full results and new photos. Also check out www.brooklynbikeriders.com for additional photos of the comp.

King of New York Pro Results
1. Jorge Jovel Bronx, NY $1000
2. Craig Mast Warren,.OH $600
3. Charlie Bowers Ridgway, PA $420
4. John Rodgers Burlington, IA $270
5. Zak Earley Eliot, ME $210
6. Mike Fede Baer, DE $100
7. Robert Deveaux Bronx, NY $100
8. Ronnie Napolitan Youngstown, OH $100
9. Jeremiah Smith Maineville, OH $100
10.James Lukas Manassas, VA $100

KoNY Expert
1. Colin Varanyak Hamilton, NJ
2. Kevin Tierney West Haven, CT
3. Justin Spear Milford, CT
4. Noel Gonzalez Trenton, NJ
5. Kyle Biller New Jersey
6. Chris Boustead Milford, CT
7. Eddie Navarro Bronx, NY
8. Ivan Piloti Milano, Italy
9. Danny Rivera Norwalk, CT
10.Eddy Hernandez Plainfield, NJ

KoNY Beginner
1. Daniel DeJesus Bronx, NY
2. Tim Starr Trenton, NJ
3. David Lawrence Bronx, NY
4. Ian Bradley Troy, NH
5. Sean Goldberg Brookllyn, NY
6. Tom McFillin New Jersey
7. Lashon Hires Bronx, NY
8. Chad Phaire New York, NY

Jorge Jovel at the JoMoPro. Check out kingofnewyorkbmx.com for photos from KoNY.  credit: Keith Mulligan

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