Medek Soaks Up the Competition at District 23 Opener

Grantsburg MX, April 2, 2006

A persistent rain didnít seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the riders, as the District 23 Motocross series opened at a soggy Grantsburg Motocross Park. With 370 entries and two full motos for all the classes, the track tested a riderís conditioning as much as their riding ability. Bill Medek looked up to the task, getting off to a fast start by sweeping 250cc A, 25+ A, and 30+ A.

With temps not getting past 50 degrees and a rain that was never real hard, but persisted for all but 45 minutes, it was classic early-spring motocross weather. The deep sand track kept soaking up the moisture, but the pits got a bit sloppy as the day went on. Although the track was not muddy, thatís not to say it was easy by any means. The rain soaked surface was very heavy and the whoops just kept getting bigger as the races went on.

It was a bad day to forget your rain gear.

For the first time in the trackís history, the Straight Arrow Enduro Riders had an open practice. This (much drier) Saturday track time was especially welcome, as many of the riders had not been on an outdoor motocross track since last fall. The track held up well, getting knocked flat before Sundayís practice, but not staying that way for long.

Medekís first action was in 25+ A. He worked his way into the lead early and rode away. Charlie Forrest was in second until going down on the last lap, allowing Robert Kohl, Chad Johnson, Sheldon Fratzke all by. In the second moto, Forrest got into the lead and looked to have the second moto victory, but went down hard with a third of a lap to go. Medek was there to take the moto win and the sweep. Kohl (2-4) was next, followed by Forrest (5-2), Johnson (3-5), and Kris Nisula (7-3). Defending class champion, Frank Jackson, showed speed in both motos, but crashes held him back to eight overall.

It was more of the same in the 250cc A class. While other showed good form for a while, it was Medek putting in the consistent laps and winning both motos. Nisula (2-4), Johnson (6-3), Dan Holmes (4-5), and Fratzke (3-7) rounded out the top five. It was another clean sweep for Medek in the 30+ A class. Kohl (4-2) was second again, followed by Ross (Hunter) Thompson (7-3), Eric Garvey (6-4), and Brad Bromenschenkel (5-5).

Thompson pounding to a podium

This was also the first event since District 23 implemented their sound testing policy. In an effort to address the growing problem of noise complaints and legislation, a new rule was adopted, mandating that at least ten riders per race day be selected for a sound test after practice. Class Reps were to also listen for riders putting their loud exhaust systems back on for their race. Promoters were encouraged to have voluntary testing during their practice days, so that riders could get an idea where they stood before an actual race.

Pitching in to help with the testing this weekend were several members of the Norseman MC. They, as the Arrows and all the clubs that promote cross country events in Minnesota, have been conducting sound testing on all bikes at their events since 2004. The voluntary testing on Saturday was quite well utilized and many riders learned how to make simple changes that substantially decrease sound levels. Unfortunately, on Sunday, it never stopped raining long enough to conduct the tests, so the first implementation of the rule was postponed until the following week.

Back to the track, the Senior A class saw the return of multi-time class champion, Jack Parenteau, racing in his first race in four years. Jack holeshot the first moto on his trusty CR 500, but Don Bonnicksen was quickly past and set sail to a convincing win. Behind him, Mike Anderson looked to have second in hand, but Parenteau got by on the last lap. In the second moto, Bonnicksen got out front and rode his KX 450 to another easy win. Anderson withstood Parenteauís late charge for second overall. Marystown Miniz / HouseBob.comís Blair Schmidt made virtually no errors in the second moto, on his way to fourth overall.

The only other rider to win more than one class was Alex Peper, sweeping 85cc 12-15 and Supermini. With two more races scheduled in April, this will be a busy month for the track, but as the weather proved at this race, a sandy track is a tough place to rain out.

50cc Oil Inj. 4-8:
1.Frank Arcand Jackson (KTM); 2.Bailey Kroone (Yam); 3.Tanner Walczak (KTM); 4.Harrison Gulick (KTM); 5.Blake Maxey (KTM); 6.Jeret Corty ; 7.Adrian Burkhart ; 8.Jacob Peper (Yam);

50cc Multispeed 4-8:
1.Dawson Lane (Hon); 2.Antonio Burton (Hon); 3.Taylor Stern (Hon);

50cc Chain 4-6:
1.Noah Mcpherson (KTM); 2.Harrison Gulick (KTM);

50cc Chain 7-8:
1.Tayva Strom (KTM); 2.Grant Hecht (COB); 3.Jacqueline Riess (KTM); 4.Blake Benson (KTM); 5.Brandon Malean (KTM);

65cc 7-9:
1.Brody Penman ; 2.Clayton Bonnicksen (Kaw); 3.Mike Parsons (Kaw); 4.Clifford Benjamin (Kaw); 5.Damon Burkhart ; 6.Wheeler Blood (Kaw); 7.Zachary Perttula (Suz);

65cc 10-11:
1.Sawyer Brownlee (KTM); 2.Keenan Strom (KTM); 3.Chris Sundsvold (Suz); 4.Tyler Anderson (Kaw); 5.Danny Norick (Kaw); 6.Mark Stoner (Kaw); 7.Paul Gephart (Suz);

85cc 7-11:
1.Clarion Chapiewski (Suz); 2.Kurtis Endres (KTM); 3.Riley Kroone (Kaw); 4.Sawyer Brownlee (KTM); 5.Zach Wellman (Kaw); 6.Blake Higgins (Suz); 7.Shawn Reynolds (Suz); 8.Tyler Feyereisen (Suz);

85cc 9-12:
1.Tyler Feyereisen (Suz); 2.Clarion Chapiewski (Suz); 3.Riley Kroone (Kaw); 4.Kurtis Endres (KTM); 5.Blake Higgins (Suz); 6.Damon Johnson (Yam); 7.Jared Torgerson (Yam); 8.Mitchell Schoenoff (Yam);

85cc 12-15:
1.Alex Peper (Yam); 2.Trent Herold (Suz); 3.Dustin Carlson (Suz); 4.Dalton Carlson (Kaw); 5.Aaron Thomas (Suz); 6.Cody Bergeran (Yam); 7.Damon Johnson (Yam); 8.Damon Butterfield (Yam);

Super-Mini 12-15:
1.Alex Peper (Yam); 2.Dalton Carlson (Kaw); 3.Dustin Carlson (Suz); 4.Matt Lindeberg (Kaw); 5.Trent Herold (Suz); 6.Damon Butterfield (Yam); 7.Samantha Ebner (KTM);

125 Junior 12-15:
1.Eric Johnson (Kaw); 2.Shane Tismer (Hon); 3.Cody Stadin (Hon); 4.Bryce Bernloehr (Hon); 5.Taylor Leuthner (Yam); 6.Mac Rivard (Yam); 7.Tommy Hansen (KTM); 8.Jeremy Hullett (Yam);

125 A:
1.Nathan Rosso (Yam); 2.Lance Gossert (Yam); 3.Robert Kohl (Yam); 4.Bobby Lepage (Yam); 5.Ross Thompson (Kaw); 6.Jesse Kangas (Hon);

125 B:
1.James Owens (Yam); 2.Chas Kadlec (Yam); 3.Shane Tismer (Hon); 4.Mike Mikrot (Hon); 5.Weston Lind (Hon); 6.Jeremy Quinzon (Suz); 7.Korey Beach (Yam); 8.Eric Johnson (Kaw);

125 C:
1.Cody Stadin (Hon); 2.Zach Quigley (Kaw); 3.Jacob Jones (Kaw); 4.Brad Richardson (Kaw); 5.Brian Garvey (Kaw); 6.Robert Weidema (Hon); 7.Chase Lapcinski (Yam); 8.Tommy Hansen (KTM);

250/Open A:
1.Bill Medek (Yam); 2.Kris Nisula (Hon); 3.Chad Johnson (Yam); 4.Dan Holmes (Suz); 5.Sheldon Fratzke (Suz); 6.Ryan Nesbit (Yam); 7.Luke Mattilla (Yam); 8.Frank Jackson (Yam);

250/Open B:
1.Ryan Enerson (Hon); 2.Tyler Zelazny (Kaw); 3.Josh Norick (Yam); 4.Steve Waywanko (Kaw); 5.Justin Collins (Hon); 6.Dylon Turner (Yam); 7.Michael Odencrans (Suz); 8.Grant Guetschoff (Hon);

250/Open C:
1.Nick Hughes (Yam); 2.Craig Larson (Yam); 3.Jacob Hillesheim (Suz); 4.Billy May (Yam); 5.Nicholas Benson (Kaw); 6.Jason Place (Hon); 7.Adam Nelson (Yam); 8.Justin Jelsing (Yam);

16/24 A:
1.Ryan Nesbit (Yam); 2.Luke Mattilla (Yam);

16/24 B:
1.Bobby Droher (Suz); 2.Steve Waywanko (Kaw); 3.Chas Kadlec (Yam); 4.Dylon Turner (Yam); 5.Jon Songetay (Yam); 6.Dana Yacuk (Suz); 7.Ricky Benson (Suz); 8.Peter Graves (Yam);

16/24 C:
1.Brian Garvey (Kaw); 2.Craig Larson (Yam); 3.Chriss Juncpiz (Yam); 4.Jacob Leclair (Yam); 5.Adam Nelson (Yam); 6.Lucas Benson (Hon); 7.John Schulte (Yam); 8.Billy May (Yam);

25+ A:
1.Bill Medek (Yam); 2.Robert Kohl (Yam); 3.Charles Forrest (Hon); 4.Chad Johnson (Yam); 5.Kris Nisula (Hon); 6.Kiel Bormann (Yam); 7.Sheldon Fratzke (Suz); 8.Frank Jackson (Yam);

25+ B:
1.Taylor Curry (Hon); 2.Leon Larock (Suz); 3.Patrick Petersen (Yam); 4.Doug Larock (Kaw);

25+ C:
1.Casey Lajoie (Hon); 2.Todd Mcilroy (Suz); 3.Daniel Grochowski (Yam);

30+ A:
1.Bill Medek (Yam); 2.Robert Kohl (Yam); 3.Ross Thompson (Kaw); 4.Eric Garvey (Hon); 5.Brad Bromenschenke (Hon); 6.Frank Jackson (Yam); 7.Kris Nisula (Hon);

30+ B:
1.Jon Culver (Yam); 2.Leon Larock (Suz); 3.Rob Murphy (Hon); 4.Patrick Petersen (Yam); 5.Greg Trepanier (Hon); 6.Paul Ruprecht (Hon); 7.Doug Larock (Kaw); 8.Michael Mccarthy (Yam);

30+ C:
1.Eric Hehr (Suz); 2.Todd Mcilroy (Suz); 3.Steven Schoenoff (Yam); 4.Kevin Dickinson (Hon);

40+ A:
1.Donald Bonnicksen (Kaw); 2.Mike Anderson (Kaw); 3.Jack Parenteau (Hon); 4.Blair Schmidt (Hon);

40+ B:
1.Bill Cunningham (Hon); 2.David Kott (KTM); 3.Lovin Wiztchid (Yam); 4.Randy Smith (Yam);

40+ C:
1.Robert Zewers (Yam); 2.Steven Schoenoff (Yam); 3.Theodore Schulte (Yam); 4.Todd Mcilroy (Suz);

45+ A:
1.Brett Grossmann (Hon);

1.Patrick Duffy (Yam); 2.Steve Danelius (KTM); 3.Danny Buckwalter (Yam);

1.Lana Merkley (Suz); 2.Kendi Tibboel (Yam); 3.Wendy Caswell (Suz); 4.Jenna Fore (Suz); 5.Samantha Ebner (KTM);

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