As another amazing weekend of racing came to a close here at the Alias MX Vurb Classic, Wes Williams and I were left with the incredibly difficult duty of crowning our award winners. Here at vurb, we’re firm believers in recognizing all types of amazing racing efforts, because many times a racer's story goes a whole lot deeper than the results may show. This being said, the awards at the Vurb Classic are meant to celebrate the lifestyle of amateur motocross racing, and the incredible efforts that we have seen throughout the weekend. We are fully aware that there were countless riders with incredible results and efforts this weekend, which is why our job is so difficult when we sit down to make our choices. At the end of the day though, as we compared and contrasted each individual choice, we feel as though we have come up with an incredible group of kids for this year's awards. We appreciate everyone that attended our event, and we hope to see everyone back next year!
MX 207 King of the Classic - Austin Kapoukranidis
The King of the Classic Award at this round of the Vurb Classic went to Austin Kapoukranidis. Austin won 11 out of 12 motos on the weekend, giving him a 1.1 average moto finish.
FMF Power Awards - Reserved for two non-Hired Guns (one amateur and one youth), and awarded to riders who didn’t particularly have the best results, but stood out in particular motos.
Amateur - David Hollinrake
This kid made a strong impression on us this weekend as we were deciding the FMF Amateur Power Award winner. Throughout the weekend, David not only battled with all of our Hired Guns in the B Classes, but was also able to come out on top on multiple occasions as well. During David’s last 450 B moto of the weekend, for example, he was able to edge out Lane T. Gagne for the moto win.
Youth - Owen Berry
Owen showed us that he most definitely is not bothered by pressure, and can overcome adversity in any situation that he’s handed. Owen was able to grab himself impressive moto finishes and overall wins in the 65cc 7-9 class this weekend, all the while managing multiple top three finishes in the 65cc Open 12 & Under class as well — showing us that he’s more than capable of battling it out with higher age group divisions.
FMF Performance Awards - Reserved for two non-Hired Guns (one amateur and one youth) who had outstanding results over the weekend.
Amateur - Seth Rarick
Seth Rarick astounded us all this weekend, and at one point was most definitely a strong contender for the King of the Classic. This dude holeshotted every moto, led every lap, and took the moto win in every class that he didn’t experience a bike malfunction in. Basically, if Seth’s motorcycle was in operating condition on the MX 207 course, there was no one in front of him — the entire weekend.
Youth - Owen Covell
Owen Covell had an astounding weekend as well here at the Vurb Classic. Owen Covell kept his Cobra 50 in the number one spot almost the entire weekend in the 50cc 7-9 and 50cc open classes, and never fell outside 2nd place spot during any moto.
Race Tech Most Shocking Performance Award - Larry Fortin
Contrary to prior events, the Race Tech Most Shocking Performance award was quite an easy choice this weekend at the Vurb Classic. Our award winner, Larry Fortin, was absolutely sending it. On a 65cc motorcycle this shredder was launching jumps that some big bikes don’t even jump, and had the fences lined with fans here at MX 207 just to witness these incredible feats of sendage. This being said, it was an obvious choice when we were deciding who shocked us the most this weekend, as well as who needed some good suspension underneath them.
SunStar Seven Award - Casey Nadeau
The SunStar Seven award acknowledges riders who consistently put in solid effort, but aren't always on the box. From my experience working at South of the Border, I remembered Casey Nadeau from training there over a year ago, and was able to recognize his progression fairly quickly. When I first met Casey a year ago, he was riding at a beginner level at best. Needless to say, the kid has been putting in an incredible amount of work preceding the Vurb Classic here at MX 207, because he came out swinging. When Casey grabbed himself a 4th place finish in the first moto of Supermini Open here at the Classic, I honestly thought that this may have just been a fluke. However, I quickly realized that this young ripper had made incredible leaps and bounds over the past year, as he grabbed himself a 4th overall in Supermini Open both days, proving to everyone that this was far from a fluke. After talking to Casey, his father, and Danny Stuart who watched his progression unfold over the past few months, I was more than excited to present this award to such a hard working young man that came out and surprised more than a few onlookers throughout the weekend.