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For some people, a motorcycle is just a means of transportation, but for the Pro Rider FMX team, it’s more of a religion.
And by all that is holy on Saturday night, did they ever worship!
It was almost an audible sound as the collective jaws of fans dropped at Brighton Speedway as dirt bikes flew 75ft through the air doing back flips with fireworks peaking in the night sky.
After more than 30 years since the last motocross stunt show in Brighton, JR Wazny, Jarrett Pronk and Jeff Brown have fans screaming for more by delivering two unforgettable adrenaline-packed shows presented by Bay Marine.
They kicked things old school by performing vintage death-defying freestyle tricks and jaw-dropping new stunts including the Kiss of Death, Double Superman Seat Grab, Indy and Nac-Nac . Fans crowned Jeff the winner of the Whip competition which saw all three riders send their bikes flying sideways through the air before hitting perfect landings.
A packed stand was also greeted by 91 stock cars engaging in stellar battles on the ⅓ mile clay oval.
Buying lands fifth win
Wade Purchase was unstoppable on Saturday night as he propelled his No. 53 to the front of the field from his starting eighth position in the 25-lap Bainer’s Oil Gard Canadian Modified affair. Purchase used a sticky high side to his advantage as he stalked leaders No. 1 Shawn Gregory and No. 32 Doug O’Blenis. On lap 17, Purchase took the lead and never looked back on his way to winning lane for the fifth time this season. Gregory grabbed a hard-earned second, No.40 poleman Ron Wadforth hung on for a well-deserved third, No.48 Derrick Greig was fourth and No.2 Lesley Mowat fifth.
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Reid steps into the winner’s circle again
As the green flag dropped, Thunderstock #85 Austin Reid stepped on the throttle, taking the lead from fifth on the lead lap. Even after several restarts in Brighton Automotive’s 20-lap main race and an intense battle for the top spot by No. 03 Justin Ramsay and No. 19 Cory White, Reid never lost his cool. Reid cruised down victory lane for the second time this season, leaving Ramsay to settle for second place. No. 0 Tyler French came third, No. 1 Brock Gregory was fourth and No. 88 Patrick Easton fifth.
Gregory picks up his 1st career win
No. 22 Tyson Gregory led the field of 18 Bill’s Johns Mini Stocks to the green in the 15-lap feature. The 14-year-old was determined to take his first career Mini Stock win as he held off Carter Rhodes’ No.18 until the final lap of the race when Rhodes tried to take the lead and spun in the back straight. That left Rhode’s teammate, No. 7 AJ Rinaldi, to take second place as Gregory moved up to the ladies. No. 4 Chris Tufford took third place, No. 25 Lawrence Evenden fourth and No. 72 Austin South finished fifth.
Kippen parks him
#43 Devon Kipped took the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 to the green flag and never gave up the point throughout the 15-lap main event. No. 42 JR Aiden Fletcher scored second, No. 15 Josh Bogaard third, No. 44 Tommy Bailey fourth and No. 20 Cody Sager fifth.
First career victory for Mutch
No. 14 Kevin Mutch rode a clear run in the 12-lap Quinte Septic Stinger race. He started fifth and rode hard to victory lane, earning his first career win on Saturday. No. 67 Alex Patrick was second, No. 07 Megan Golden third, No. 79 Robert Jenner fourth and No. 46 Adam Switzer fifth.
Coming this Saturday night, Brighton Automotive and Mystical Distributing present the Mid-Season Championships. Extended rounds in all divisions, a bigger purse and fantastic fireworks to delight fans. Entry gates will open at 5:00 p.m., time trials at 6:00 p.m. and green flag races at 7:00 p.m.