BUCKEYE AND THE CRYSTAL BALL

 

BUCKEYE AND THE CRYSTAL BALL

BUCKEYE AND THE CRYSTAL BALL

I’ll be back !

As you all know I was forced to give up my Trialsmaster and other duties for the season opener at
Buckeye but the event was capably handled by Ed Peacock and others and the full results are up on
the Ahrma website.

From a quick chat with Ed it seems it all went to plan with 9 sections a day, where I would have had
12, but other than that the turnout was good with a largish influx of Arizona CAT members riding
Modern Support and some of the stars in for a few shocks !

So how did my Crystal Ball predictions go ? Well, my No1 choice in Modern Classic Expert went
exactly as planned with Ralph Foster taking 2 excellent wins and outclassing the field. Mind you I did
give Ralph a few pointers on sand prior to the event and it might have helped. Rick Daniel and fast
improving Dave Cooper swapped 2nd and 3rd places so are equal on points while John Dowson
didn’t fair quite as well as he had hoped and only picked up a 4th and a 5th. He says he will doing
some homework on the subject before the next event.

Ralph Foster outclassed the opposition on both days 

Rick Daniel back on 29 points with a 2nd and 3rd

Modern Classic Int was a surprize with Ed coming home the leader with 2 ties. He won the first on
age with his zero score but lost out for 2nd place on number of cleans on day 2. Ed tied with Steve Richardson who always pops down from Canada for the event and won the class the first year we
held the trial. Steve didn’t do so well on Day 2 losing 30 to the leaders 10 points where Ed and Shane
Arndt tied with Shane getting it on number of cleans. Jimmy Allison rode well on both days and could
soon be getting a win with the Yamaha 175. Not forgetting that current Champ and recent Hall of
Famer, Fred Martinson, hasn’t started his 2011 campaign and could be out either on the Fred’s
Fancy Yam or perhaps the upgraded Cub.

MC INT class leader Ed Peacock on 36 points already

Steve Richardson from Canada tied with Ed on day 1

My prediction in Premier Lightweight Expert went out the window with Dan Straka upgrading to the
class and taking 2 good wins. Will Dan be selling the baby Honda and the Ossa now, or will he be
trying Modern Classic Experts in the future on the 1 line ? …… and now if Dan has had his card
changed maybe Mike Buchholtz will be out again on the Greeves as he relishes good opposition, or
he may still get that Suzuki finished or the newer Yamaha and have a go at Ralph and Rick in MC
Experts.

Dan Straka moves up to the 2 line and takes home 40 points, but has he
upgraded his card ?

Last year’s Prem Lightweight winner, Hugh Campbell, had said he didn’t much care for the 2 line
in 2010 and dropped back to Prem Lt Int and took a couple of fine wins from Jim Crain.

Hugh Campbell has dropped back to the PI line for 2011

Classic Experts swopped winners on both days between current Champ Eugene Waggonner and
Rick Wolff so both leave AZ with 36 points apiece. Might be another interesting class this year if…….

Rick and Eugene still tied on 36 points a piece

Good start to 2011 for Eugene with 36 points

Classic Intermediate was uncontested and current Champ Bob Strohman took another two wins in
his quest for a repeat title.

The big heavies only took to the contest on Day 2 due to MX committments on Day 1 and once again
Rob Poole and good friend Kelly Shane were head to head with Rob emerging the victor.

Last year’s Prem Heavyweight Champ and class leader Rob Poole

A pleasant surprize for me was to see a big influx of CAT members for day 2 with Rich Palmer in
Modern Classic Experts and another 9 club members riding in the modern support classes. A bit
sad that I wasn’t there to see them all.

Steve Dickson who broke his neck a few years ago in a KTM accident and at one stage was facing
a wheelchair  won the Modern Support Experts in a very tight affair and Greg Jones who normally
wins with ease could do no better than  4th!

Where’s my duster ?

Well it looks like everyone had fun and although I wasn’t there physically I was there in MIND !
Meanwhile out with that soft cloth again and some further Crystal Ball polishing.

TONY DOWN

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  • 1/31/2011 10:57 AM Evelyn wrote:
    Hi Tony — Don’t know if you can edit your blog but in MC Intermediate day 2, it should be Shane Arndt instead of dad, Ray Arndt that tied with Ed.
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  • 2/8/2011 6:31 PM Jimmy Allison wrote:
    Tony,
    Thanks for the kind words about me vying for a win this season. I am however campaigning my Sammy Miller 325 Bultaco and really loving it.
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