2003 ABA GRANDSYesterday a lot of you got to check out most of the stuff that happened in the amateur classes.I’m going to fill you in on a few more Am mains that stood out, then we’ll get started on all the Pros. Picking up where we left off...

AMATEUR MAINS CONTINUED...
The 16 Expert main was one I won’t forget for a while... Jeff Upshaw (maybe the most talked about amateur of the weekend) holeshotted and was winning until Mike Moeller turned on the afterburners and passed him. Jeff’s crazy fast, but like I said yesterday -- there’s something about the way Mike Moeller rides that just makes it obvious (at least to me) that he wants to win more than anyone else. He’s definitely one of those kids who’s fully comfortable riding on the edge.

Mike Moeller rips. Put him down for wins in Class and Open and a good crash in Cruiser.  credit: James Ayres

A few mains later and it was time to watch Jason Rogers go at it with Taylor Wells, Trevor Cummings, Kyle Cushman, and the rest of the 18 Expert Class. I didn’t see exactly how it happened, but somehow Kyle blew up (I think maybe in the am section), and while that was happening, Rogers hit up the Pro section for the win. I can’t say enough good things about Jason; he’s super fast, he’s got great style (not to mention the dopest matching bike and helmet paint job), plus he’s always super cool to talk to. He’ll make a great pro for sure -- if he decides to turn next year.

The 19-27X main was stacked, so before the gate even dropped, I knew there was going to be drama. NAG 5 Challenge winner Chris Burke holeshotted from lane eight and looked like he had things in the bag, until he blew up in the third straight rhythm, handing the win over to Answer/Staats’ Bobby Siana, who doubled for the weekend.

While most guys would be happy winning one class at the Grands, Bobby had to go and hog up two. What can I say? The kid’s good…  credit: James Ayres

A lot of times the 36 & Over Expert main gets overlooked because a lot of those guys don’t have the track speed and style that the younger guys do. Still, what they lack in flash they make up for in horsepower, which Steve Spencer demonstrated. He somehow found a way to beat Kirk Chrisco, which surprised the heck out of me because I hadn’t ever seen Kirk lose a lap. Just goes to show you how fast Spence was going.

NUMBER ONE AMATEUR TITLE
The 15X main deserves its own section, hands down. I’m not only saying it was the best amateur main of the entire weekend, but probably one of the most drama-filled mains in any class. Here’s how it went down. Before the gate dropped, Clayton John announced that if Answer/Staats’ Mike Brabant won, he’d pass Josh Oie in points and win the Number One Amateur award, the most prestigious award an amateur can win, and one that depends on more than just winning -- you have to have rider count also, and that comes along sometimes once in a lifetime. Anyway, Mike holeshotted, but his teammate, David “The Herminator” Herman was right there with him. For the first three straights, you could have thrown a blanket over both of them; it was that close. Mike was up for the Number One Am title, but David wasn’t about to give up on the Grands main win. Going into the last turn, Mike was still out front, and just like the other three straights, David was right on top of him. But disaster struck quick for Mike, and as he went into the last turn, his front wheel washed out, leaving him on the ground a David in for the win. Since there wasn’t any contact, you can’t really say that it was a dirty move; David was just going for it and Mike went down on his own. But, what a lot of people were wondering is if he would have gone into the last turn as hot if David had not been right on top of him. Either way it didn’t matter; Oie got the title, Herman got the main win, and from what the rumor mill said (and take this with a grain of salt), Brabant quit Answer and walked right over to Redman/Yamaha Waverunner. DRAMA!

PRO MAINS
Every Pro main had something crazy happening in it. We’ll start with Single-A, since that one was pretty straight forward...

I don’t know how Shane Vincent got the nickname “Sneaky Pete,” but I can tell you that he was unstoppable in the single-A mains.  credit: James Ayres

SINGLE-A PRO
About the only thing you need to know is that Shane Vincent was unstoppable all weekend. I know he won the first two Single-A mains hands down, and I’d be willing to bet he aced the last one, too. From what everyone was saying, Shane’s been training his butt off lately, and it definitely showed in his FSP (first straight pull). I don’t think he had to come from behind once; every lap was wire-to-wire. Randall Neave and Aaron Johnson both had some good laps, as did Ryan Whitesides, but the show clearly belonged to Shane.
Single-A Pro Results:
1. Shane Vincent
2. Chad Street
3. Ryan Whitesides
4. Randall Neave
5. Kenth Fallen
6. Aaron Johnson
7. Kyle Weisenberger
8. Dustin Armstrong

GIRL PRO
The title was Jamie Lilly’s to win, but she’d have to get by Kim Hayashi and Alice Jung first, not to mention Jill Kintner. In the first main, Hayashi holeshotted and won it from start to finish, with Jamie in second, Natarsha Williams third, and Alice fourth. So far, so good. The second main was where things got interesting. Alice holeshotted and was winning, but Jamie wasn’t down for another second. Riding more aggressively than I’ve seen her in a long time, she turned on the ponies and passed Alice somewhere in the rhythm, if I remember correctly. Anyway, Jamie now had three points, and since Hayashi crashed in that main, her chances were pretty much history. In the last main, Jamie laid down a lap that impressed the heck out of me. For the first time in a long time, it looked like she was going to lose a limb or something if she didn’t win. Needless to say, she won the last main, and was going faster than I’ve seen her go in a long time. With four points, she took home the win for the day, as well as the title. Props, Jamie.
Girl Pro Results:
1. Jamie Lilly
2. Natarsha Williams
3. Alice Jung
4. Samantha Cools
5. Jill Kintner
6. Kim Hayashi
7. Krystal Hime
8. Arielle Martin

Eric Rupe (leading) won the battle, but Jason Carnes (second) won the war.  credit: James Ayres

VET PRO
Vet Pro was filled with drama from the get-go. On Saturday, reigning champ Jason Carnes was having a terrible day and was in serious trouble of not making it out of his motos. Come Sunday morning, Jason barely squeaked out with a win in the last moto, but not without a ton of other guys having to finish in certain places. I don’t know the specifics, but somehow the planets aligned for Jason and he made it to his semis, which is where things finally started coming together for him. By the time the mains rolled around, he was back up to speed, but so was archrival Eric Rupe, who wasn’t about to settle for second. I don’t know how the points worked, but Jason rode consistently enough to get second for the day behind Eric, keeping the title in check, while Rupe went balls-to-the-wall to pick up the Grands win. I can’t wait to see these two go at it again next year -- those mains were unbelievable.
Vet Pro Results:
1. Eric Rupe
2. Jason Carnes
3. Matt Hadan
4. Todd Parry
5. Chris Ham
6. Harry Leary
7. Billy Au
8. Todd Lyons

PRO CRUISER
Ever since the younger kids started racing cruiser, the class has gotten way more exciting. Although Randy Stumpfhauser went in leading points, Donny Robinson was well within striking distance, as was Ian Stoffel, who had been boning out on his 24″ all day. When the gate dropped on the Pro Cruiser main, it was pandemonium. Randy holeshotted and was winning through the Pro section, but Donny and Ian couldn’t have been any closer. In the second turn Donny made his move, went underneath Randy, and never looked back. Through the rhythm it was DR, Randy, and Ian. Could Randy have passed Donny back? He didn’t have to; with a second, he’d still hang on to the title, which is what mattered. Hey Randy, how many does that make now? Six? Seven Pro Cruiser titles? You can bet that this is going to be a heck of a battle next year as well, especially when you throw Dale Holmes into the mix (Dale made the main, but had some trouble through the pro section). Here’s how Pro Cruiser finished out:
1. Donny Robinson
2. Randy Stumpfhauser
3. Ian Stoffel
4. Dale Holmes
5. Tim Kneip
6. Chad Street
7. Shane Vincent
8. Kama Kazi

AA PRO
Everyone knew that Warwick owned the title before the weekend even began, but for The Warlock, that wasn’t cutting it. He wasn’t about to come in, coast a few laps, pick up his title and go home. Oh no; he wanted to win the Grands, and he couldn’t have done it in a more convincing fashion. Although he had some trouble early on in the motos, by the time the semis rolled around he was on fire. He won both his Class and Open semis and never looked back. From that point on, every time he was on the track it was wire-to-wire wins – all three AA mains, hands down. Paul Lange, Kyle Bennett and Greg Romero picked up seconds in each of the mains, but there was just no beating Warwick; holeshot to FSP all day long. By the time the mains were done, Warwick owned first with three points. Here’s how the rest of the class finished up:
2. Greg Romero
3. Mike Day
4. Bubba Harris
5. Paul Lange
6. John Purse
7. Kyle Bennett
8. Jason Richardson

PRO OPEN
What can I say? Another Pro main, another win for Warwick. Once again, it was holeshot-to-see-ya-later. 39 guys entered, and by the end of the day, this is how the elite eight finished:
1. Warwick Stevenson
2. Cristian Becerine
3. Bubba Harris
4. Clint Lambert
5. Brandon Meadows
6. Donny Robinson
7. Kyle Bennett
8. Paul Lange

That’s it for this year’s Grands story. Within the next few days you’ll be able to see a bunch of photos (if they’re not already up) from the weekend in the photo gallery. I may do a “Random photos from the Grands” article next week too, so keep checking back for more.

started coming together for him. By the time the mains rolled around, he was back up to speed, but so was archrival Eric Rupe, who wasn’t about to settle for second. I don’t know how the points worked, but Jason rode consistently enough to get second for the day behind Eric, keeping the title in check, while Rupe went balls-to-the-wall to pick up the Grands win. I can’t wait to see these two go at it again next year -- those mains were unbelievable.
Vet Pro Results:
1. Eric Rupe
2. Jason Carnes
3. Matt Hadan
4. Todd Parry
5. Chris Ham
6. Harry Leary
7. Billy Au
8. Todd Lyons

PRO CRUISER
Ever since the younger kids started racing cruiser, the class has gotten way more exciting. Although Randy Stumpfhauser went in leading points, Donny Robinson was well within striking distance, as was Ian Stoffel, who had been boning out on his 24″ all day. When the gate dropped on the Pro Cruiser main, it was pandemonium. Randy holeshotted and was winning through the Pro section, but Donny and Ian couldn’t have been any closer. In the second turn Donny made his move, went underneath Randy, and never looked back. Through the rhythm it was DR, Randy, and Ian. Could Randy have passed Donny back? He didn’t have to; with a second, he’d still hang on to the title, which is what mattered. Hey Randy, how many does that make now? Six? Seven Pro Cruiser titles? You can bet that this is going to be a heck of a battle next year as well, especially when you throw Dale Holmes into the mix (Dale made the main, but had some trouble through the pro section). Here’s how Pro Cruiser finished out:
1. Donny Robinson
2. Randy Stumpfhauser
3. Ian Stoffel
4. Dale Holmes
5. Tim Kneip
6. Chad Street
7. Shane Vincent
8. Kama Kazi

AA PRO
Everyone knew that Warwick owned the title before the weekend even began, but for The Warlock, that wasn’t cutting it. He wasn’t about to come in, coast a few laps, pick up his title and go home. Oh no; he wanted to win the Grands, and he couldn’t have done it in a more convincing fashion. Although he had some trouble early on in the motos, by the time the semis rolled around he was on fire. He won both his Class and Open semis and never looked back. From that point on, every time he was on the track it was wire-to-wire wins – all three AA mains, hands down. Paul Lange, Kyle Bennett and Greg Romero picked up seconds in each of the mains, but there was just no beating Warwick; holeshot to FSP all day long. By the time the mains were done, Warwick owned first with three points. Here’s how the rest of the class finished up:
2. Greg Romero
3. Mike Day
4. Bubba Harris
5. Paul Lange
6. John Purse
7. Kyle Bennett
8. Jason Richardson

PRO OPEN
What can I say? Another Pro main, another win for Warwick. Once again, it was holeshot-to-see-ya-later. 39 guys entered, and by the end of the day, this is how the elite eight finished:
1. Warwick Stevenson
2. Cristian Becerine
3. Bubba Harris
4. Clint Lambert
5. Brandon Meadows
6. Donny Robinson
7. Kyle Bennett
8. Paul Lange

That’s it for this year’s Grands story. Within the next few days you’ll be able to see a bunch of photos (if they’re not already up) from the weekend in the photo gallery. I may do a “Random photos from the Grands” article next week too, so keep checking back for more.