Dehn, DiBartolo Double Up at Dave Kott Benefit Race

Grantsburg MX, September 24, 2006

On a day where a demanding track and tough competition made it difficult to win multiple classes, two riders that accomplished the feat were riding in the most competitive classes. Bruce Dehn swept 125cc A and 250cc A, while Randy DiBartolo won all his races in the 125cc B and 125cc Jr. classes. As well as providing a final weekend of outdoor motocross, the race also helped raise money for a good cause. All the proceeds from the race went to assisting Dave Kott, a member of the promoting Straight Arrow Enduro Riders, who suffered paralyzing injuries in an accident this spring.

After hosting a race the first weekend of the District 23 points season back in April, this race was on the final race weekend of 2006, providing a pair of sandy bookends to the season ( Editor- A warning was cited by the Mixed Metaphor Police for that last sentence). A rainy Saturday took some of the fun out of the organized practice, but with a dry, overcast day on Sunday, the well-watered track had optimal traction for the races. The berms were large, but so were the whoops, giving the 300+ entries one last physical test for the year.

In the first 250cc A moto, Dehn grabbed the holeshot and checked out. Kelly Brown held second for the first half of the eight-lap race, but lost the position to 25+ A and 30+ A winner, Rick Amatuzio.

Holmes looked smooth and fast both motos

Jamie Ledin worked his way into third, followed by Dan Holmes and Brown. The much rougher second moto was a bit more processional, as Dehn again took the lead immeditately and ran away with it. Amatuzio slotted into second on the first lap, with Holmes holding third from lap-two on. That would be how they would finish overall as well. Behind the top 3, consistency was harder to find. Sheldon Fratzke was fourth overall with an 8-5 score followed by Josh Patzoldt at 7-6. Dehn also won both motos of the other premier class, 125cc A, taking the overall over Nathan Rosso and James Larson.

The premier riders of the future are often found in the highly competitive 125cc B and 125 Jr (formerly Schoolboy) classes. In the first 125cc Jr race, Jeremy Ledin lead out of the first turn, but DiBartolo was quickly past and immediately gapped the field. Shane Tismer stayed relatively close in a gap by himself. The real race was for third, with Alex Peper, Andrew Rutledge, Mac Rivard, and Cody Stadin swapping positions throughout the race. At the finish, it was Rivard taking the spot, followed by Rutledge and Stadin. In the second moto, DiBartolo was gone from the start, with Tismer again in second. Rivard was in third until Peper and Stadin both got by on the last lap. Overall, it was DiBartolo (1-1), Tismer (2-2), Rivard (3-5), Stadin (5-4), and Peper (7-3). DiBartolo also owned the 125cc B class, taking the overall over Tismer and Garret Nelson.

Ledin (257), Trent Herold, and the rest of the 125 Jr. class chase an already-gone Dibartolo.

Many former pros and top A riders "back in the day" can be found in 40+ A, once again one of the larger A class fields of the day. In the first moto, multi-time Senior A champion, Mike Nathe lead early. Current 40+ A points leader, Don Bonnicksen moved up from a bad start to challenge, taking the lead on the third lap. The lead was short-lived as Bonnicksen went down on the next lap, leaving Nathe alone in first. Craig Janzig overcame a stall (on a four-stroke!) to finish second over Tom Peterson, Bonnicksen, and Brian Fischer.

In the second race, Nathe was out front on the first lap, followed by Janzig, Fischer, and Kevin Schlegel. This time it was Nathe who went down, with Janzig taking the lead. Bonnicksen was again working up from a bad start and passed Janzig for the lead at the halfway point. Nathe worked his way back up to third, but was not able to catch the two leaders. Overall, it was the 2-2 of Jaznig giving him the overall win, followed by Nathe (1-3), Bonnicksen (4-1), Peterson (3-5), and Fischer (5-4).

The so called "Club Race" sees Bob Zewers (512), Paul Spears (671), Bob Housh (906) Tim Kight (223), and Mark Brunsberg (831) surrounding 40+ B D23 Champ, Kevin Woizeschke.

As well as all the race proceeds going towards helping Dave with his new life challenges, there was also a silent draft that raised another $1500. The club was very pleased with people’s generosity and wished to thank everyone that helped out. The final numbers were not yet calculated as this story went to press, but the goal of a four-digit check for him was easily met.

While there are a few non-points race left in October, the six-month, 28-race points season had concluded, and the riders went home, awaiting the final tally for their classes. Many riders were still looking forward to some fall riding and already thinking about what they could do to prepare for next season. You know you live pretty far north when the end of September sees healthy riders thinking about the next year already. Such is life in the tundra.

50cc Oil Inj. 4-8:
1.Garrett Strong (KTM); 2.Frank Arcand Jackson (KTM); 3.Bailey Kroone (KTM); 4.Matthew Pelletier (KTM); 5.Maverick Engstom (KTM); 6.Adrian Bearhart (KTM); 7.Peyton Downey (KTM); 8.Patrick Hemingson (Suz);

50cc Multispeed 4-8:
1.Frank Arcand Jackson (KTM); 2.Antonio Burton (Hon); 3.Matthew Pelletier (KTM); 4.Maverick Engstom (KTM); 5.Parker Bjorlin (Hon); 6.Peyton Downey (KTM); 7.Brody Boeckmann-King (KTM); 8.Alex Bjorlin (Yam);

50cc Chain 4-6:
1.Ben Ward (COB); 2.Noah Mcpherson (KTM); 3.Garrett Strong (KTM); 4.Bailey Kroone (COB); 5.Travis Frias (KTM); 6.Maverick Engstom (KTM);

50cc Chain 7-8:
1.Grant Hecht (COB); 2.Liam Strong (KTM); 3.Alex Spizman (KTM); 4.Justin Evans (KTM); 5.Kj Downey (KTM); 6.Brandon Maxey (KTM); 7.Tom Frias (KTM); 8.Jordan Lowe (KTM);

65cc 7-9:
1.Spencer Henrickson (Kaw); 2.Liam Strong (KTM); 3.Shayana Wilson (Yam); 4.Clayton Bonnicksen (Kaw); 5.Clifford Benjamin (Kaw); 6.Damon Bearhart (Suz); 7.Kyle Swenson (KTM);

65cc 10-11:
1.Eric Anderson (KTM); 2.Devin Donaho (Suz); 3.Chris Sundsvold (Suz); 4.Colton Arneson (KTM);

85cc 7-11:
1.Riley Kroone (Kaw); 2.Zach Wellman (Kaw); 3.Devin Donaho (Yam); 4.Keenan Strom (Suz); 5.Mitchell Masters (Hon); 6.Spencer Henrickson (Kaw); 7.Mike Evjen (Suz); 8.Blake Higgins (Suz);

85cc 9-12:
1.Tyler Allen (Suz); 2.Riley Kroone (Kaw); 3.Zach Wellman (Kaw); 4.Shane Rhode (KTM); 5.Blake Higgins (Suz); 6.Mike Evjen (Suz); 7.Jonathon Colvin (Hon); 8.Roger Erdmann ;

85cc 12-15:
1.Alex Peper (Yam); 2.Dustin Carlson (Kaw); 3.Tyler Allen (Suz); 4.Shane Rhode (KTM); 5.Aaron Thomas (Suz); 6.Dylan Dahlheimer (Suz); 7.Derek Hullett (Yam);

Super-Mini 12-15:
1.Andrew Rutledge (Hon); 2.Shane Rhode (KTM); 3.Mitch Evjen (Suz); 4.Alex Peper (Yam); 5.Jonathon Colvin (Hon);

125 Junior 12-15:
1.Randy Diabartolo (Hon); 2.Shane Tismer (Hon); 3.Mac Rivard (Yam); 4.Cody Stadin (Hon); 5.Alex Peper (Yam); 6.Andrew Rutledge (Hon); 7.Trent Herold (Kaw); 8.Jacob Larson (Yam);

Girls 9-13:
1.Cassie Holcomb (Yam); 2.Shayana Wilson (Yam); 3.Marissa Polencheck ; 4.Kala Swenson (Suz); 5.Nicole Evjen (Suz);

125 A:
1.Bruce Dehn (Kaw); 2.Nathan Rosso (Yam); 3.James Larson (Yam); 4.Kyle Dehn (Kaw); 5.Jamie Ledin (Suz); 6.Thomas Miller (Hon); 7.Jeremy Schmidt (KTM);

125 B:
1.Randy Diabartolo (Hon); 2.Shane Tismer (Hon); 3.Garrett Nelson (Yam); 4.Brandon Schlegel (Yam); 5.Cody Breitbach (Kaw); 6.Korey Beach (Yam); 7.Kenny Laplante (Hon); 8.Dave Dirkman (Hon);

125 C:
1.Cody Stadin (Hon); 2.Trent Herold (Kaw); 3.Jacob Larson (Yam); 4.Chad Kromrey (Hon); 5.Nathan Huskamp (Yam); 6.Brandon Walter (Yam); 7.Steven Larson (Kaw); 8.Jeremy Ledin (Suz);

250/Open A:
1.Bruce Dehn (Suz); 2.Rick Amatuzio (Hon); 3.Dan Holmes (Suz); 4.Sheldon Fratzke (Suz); 5.Josh Patzoldt (Yam); 6.Thomas Miller (Hon); 7.Francis Halley (Yam); 8.Ben Graves (Yam);

250/Open B:
1.Chad Kramer (Hon); 2.Dylon Turner (Yam); 3.Jeremy Hullett (Suz); 4.Cody Breitbach (Kaw); 5.Jacob Leclair (Yam); 6.Justin Collins (Hon); 7.Gabe Harrison (Hon);

250/Open C:
1.Scott Doerfler (Hon); 2.Kyle Erickson (Yam); 3.Chad Noaeill (Hon); 4.Kyle Dahlheimer (Suz); 5.Cale Dahm (Yam);

16/24 A:
1.Nathan Rosso (Yam); 2.James Larson (Yam); 3.Dana Yacuk (Suz); 4.Luke Mattilla (Yam);

16/24 B:
1.Casey Fisher (Hon); 2.Chad Kramer (Hon); 3.Jeremy Hullett (Suz); 4.Dylon Turner (Yam); 5.Zac Norick (Yam); 6.Phil Spruit (Hon); 7.Grant Guetschoff (Suz); 8.Brandon Schlegel (Yam);

16/24 C:
1.Kyle Erickson (Yam); 2.Brandon Walter (Yam); 3.Ben Simon (Yam); 4.Jay Stevens (KTM); 5.Jake Dupont (Yam); 6.John Schulte (Yam); 7.Nathan Huskamp (Yam); 8.Jacob Wilhelm (Suz);

25+ A:
1.Rick Amatuzio (Hon); 2.Josh Patzoldt (Yam); 3.Sheldon Fratzke (Suz); 4.Charles Forrest (Hon); 5.Ben Graves (Yam); 6.Robert Kohl (Yam); 7.Mike Masters (Hon); 8.Phillip Haas (Yam);

25+ B:
1.Jeremy Schwietz (Yam); 2.Taylor Curry (Hon);

25+ C:
1.Casey Lajoie (Hon); 2.Jolene Haas (Yam); 3.Joe Jaroscak (Yam); 4.Bernard Boenisch (Yam);

30+ A:
1.Rick Amatuzio (Hon); 2.Charles Forrest (Hon); 3.Craig Janzig (Hon); 4.Ross Thompson (Kaw); 5.Bryan Hanson (Hon); 6.Jeremy Schmidt (KTM); 7.Mike Masters (Hon); 8.Robert Kohl (Yam);

30+ B:
1.Dave Dirkman (Hon); 2.Greg Trepanier (Hon); 3.Bob Housh (Yam); 4.John Courneya (Yam); 5.Kevin Woizeschke (Hon);

30+ C:
1.Shane Wilson (Yam); 2.Theodore Schulte (Yam); 3.Jim Allen (Yam); 4.Joe Jaroscak (Yam);

40+ A:
1.Craig Janzig (Hon); 2.Michael Nathe (Kaw); 3.Donald Bonnicksen (Kaw); 4.Tom Peterson (Yam); 5.Brian Fisher (Hon); 6.Kevin Schlegel (Kaw); 7.Jerry Dillon (Yam);

40+ B:
1.Robert Zewers (Yam); 2.Joe Johnson (Hon); 3.Mark Brunsberg (Hon); 4.Paul Spears (Hon); 5.Bob Housh (Yam); 6.Robert Weyenberg (Hon); 7.John Courneya (Yam); 8.Rob Irving (Hon); 8.Boyd Peterson (Kaw);

40+ C:
1.Theodore Schulte (Yam); 2.Jim Stadin (KTM); 3.Troy Austin (Kaw); 4.Kevin Nelsen (Hon); 5.Richard Blaser (Yam); 6.Kevin Sheetz (Suz);

45+ A:
1.Donald Bonnicksen (Kaw); 2.Michael Nathe (Kaw); 3.Brian Fisher (Hon); 4.Jerry Dillon (Yam);

1.Kevin Nelsen (Hon);

1.Kendi Tibboel (Yam); 2.Jolene Haas (Yam); 3.Kala Swenson (Suz); 4.Terri Slater (Suz); 5.Kelsey Miller (Suz); 6.Nicole Evjen (Suz);

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