Motocross racers soar at Stanislaus Fair
by Erick Torres
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Oliver Perez from Gustine enjoys showing off his aerial prowess to a crowd of locals.------<i>Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator</i>
Oliver Perez from Gustine enjoys showing off his aerial prowess to a crowd of locals.------Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
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Young Patterson racers show off their trophies and bikes after the motocross event at the Stanislaus County Fair on July 19. Starting from the left is Brock Archuleta, Coby Joseph, Mckenzie Cousins, Austin Cousins, and Dustin Lara.----------<i>Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
Young Patterson racers show off their trophies and bikes after the motocross event at the Stanislaus County Fair on July 19. Starting from the left is Brock Archuleta, Coby Joseph, Mckenzie Cousins, Austin Cousins, and Dustin Lara.----------Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
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Brandon Marlow of Patterson plants his right foot down to help gain traction and pivot his bike through the bank turn. Marlow was rewarded with 3rd place in the 450cc Beginner division. -----<i>Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
Brandon Marlow of Patterson plants his right foot down to help gain traction and pivot his bike through the bank turn. Marlow was rewarded with 3rd place in the 450cc Beginner division. -----Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
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Albert Flores from Newman gets some serious hang time as he clears the entire hill. Flores competed in the 450cc Beginner division.------<i>Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator</i>
Albert Flores from Newman gets some serious hang time as he clears the entire hill. Flores competed in the 450cc Beginner division.------Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
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Muddy boots, colorful gear, and the humming of dirt bike and quad engines dominated the arena July 19. Racers from across the state congregated at the Stanislaus County Fair to compete in the motocross and quadcross events presented by AMP MX, GFI Racing and Turlock Poker Room.

The night hosted 31 total races, and despite their adolescence these young riders soared around the track.

The track was smaller than what most racers were accustomed to. This forced the racers to make adjustments in order to stay ahead of the pack. “The smaller track requires a lot more technical skill,” said Fresno standout racer Zach Darnley. “You need more throttle control because it’s easier to slide out, and a little more patience.”

Darnley will represent all of Northern Calif. at the 2014 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship running July 28 through Aug. 2 at Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Gustine resident Jimmy Damron participated in the quadcross beginner 310 plus division and took 2nd place.Alex Serrano from Newman placed 2nd in the 250cc beginner motocross division.

Patterson racers also had success at the Food Maxx Arena. Brandon Marlow competed in the 450cc beginner division and managed to place 3rd in a wild race that featured a few cringing crashes along the way.

Austin Cousins and Brock Archuleta had successful runs in two divisions. In the 50cc 0-8 novice division, Cousins finished 2nd while Archuleta took 1st place.

In the 50cc 0-8 open mod division, Cousins finished in 1st place while Archuleta finished in 3rd place. Coby Joseph, another Patterson native, garnered a 4th place finish for his efforts.

Brock Archuleta raced with his heart on his sleeve, and for more than just victory and bragging rights.

“He is racing for his grandpa,” the Archuleta family said.

Archuleta’s grandfather Mel Thomas was burdened with the bleak news that he has three months to live by medical professionals.

This inspired Archuleta to dedicate his races to his grandpa, and he promised to give the trophies he won to him.

Mckenzie Cousins, sister of Austin Cousins, was able to grasp a 2nd place finish in the quad 50cc mod age 0-10 division.

The next AMP and GFI motocross sponsored event will be on Aug. 22 at the Oatfield Raceway in Turlock. More information can be found at their website ampgfimotocross.com.

Erick Torres: 892-6187, ext. 28, erick@pattersonirrigator.com.
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