August 2016 MATT Newline
Well it’s September 8th so I feel compelled to publish the August Newsline!
REMINDER: 43rd Annual MATT Quarry Cup on September 17/18, 2016
A large contingent of MATT workers were in the quarry Labor Day weekend to setup sections, clear loop, clean and inventory the clubhouse and beautify the grounds. I am proud to say that our QC is the longest contiguously run 2 day trials event in the USA! This year promises to be a fun and well run event once again, Saturday meal included! Our club also has the very best, unique, handmade awards created by MATT’s own Russ Amos! So be there or be square!
I want to congratulate local trials pilots that placed in the 2016 NATC championships:
Note: first 4 are all from AVTA!
Dustin Land 1st Expert Sportsman (4 firsts) NATC 2016 Western series
Payden Campbell 7th Expert Sportsman NATC 2016 Western series, 5th ES 2016 Eastern series
Greg Campbell 6th Sr Clubman NATC 2016 Western series
Marvin Edgington 3rd SR-60 NATC 2016 Western series, 2nd SR-60 2016 Eastern series
Dale Malesek 1st SR-70 NATC 2016 Western series, 1st SR-70 2016 Eastern series
Tom Holbrook 4th Clubman 2016 Eastern series
MATT July event was held at our grounds in Trenton. Once again a great contingent or 6 riders from MWTA was in attendance. While the temps were high, it never seemed to be too bad and all competitors had a fun time (I think). Trials masters Randy, Keri, Nate, Dawson Dennis and Harley Griffeon laid out a fun and challenging trails. Harley’s grandson Conner helped Keri setup Junior/Cadet sections but then his bike quit before the trials and he did not get to ride. He was bummed!
There were no Junior/Cadets or Novice competitors but we did have some retreads in the Amateur class. Chris Chandler and Matt Tustison are friends of Matt Hopkins. Both have ridden events in the past and the fire to ride trials has been rekindled! Both rode well and had a friendly rivalry between them. Matt T told me during the event that he is “in Chris’ head”. Apparently Chris shook him out because he was able to best Matt T in the end! The trials gods have spoken! I hope to see them continue their rivalry between the tape!
A spectator at the July event, photographer Phil has a GG300 and has been learning the sport with great enthusiasm! Hopefully he will make his debut at QC 2016. I have heard about a couple of other interested newbies, please make them all feel welcome!
Speaking of new riders, it appears we have a prospective future rider in Richard Bowden’s grandson Sean. He has been practicing on his stryder and loves to come to events with Grandpa and Grandma! That is great! But it is a competitive advantage with Richard bringing his own cheerleading squad to route for Grandpa in the sections!
JULY 2016 Results
AMATEUR: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Dawson Dennis 10 7 3 20
Chris Chandler 14 10 9 33
Matt Tustison 6 17 13 36
Keri Dennis 20 14 14 48
Russ Amos 22 15 18 55
Lauren Clark 28 21 21 70
Harley Griffeon DNF
Sr. AMATEUR L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Bruce Cratty 9 7 5 21
Jim Thornton 8 11 6 25
Jim Jeter 14 10 10 34
INTERMEDIATE: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Randy Dennis (Declared Non-Comp) 13 5 3 21
Kelly Echterling 7 7 13 27
Mike Carpenter 14 8 15 37
Carl Hopkins 14 11 13 38
Art Gardner 21 9 10 40
Jeremy Englehart 17 20 13 50
Richard Bowden 26 16 17 59
Steve Morgan DNF
EXPERT: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Jeremy Cox 9 8 9 26
Adam Hopkins 22 11 12 45
Dale Malesek 18 14 17 49
Matt Hopkins 25 12 13 50
Dylan Clark 25 23 23 71
MASTER: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Jason Carpenter 1 2 7 10
Nathan Dennis 7 3 3 13
Bruce Carver 17 10 15 42
Scott Carpenter Unclear loop scores 54
Bill Sanderson 19 22 19 60
NOTE: Dawson rode a Yamaha TTR 230 to victory in the Amateur class! Keri thought it was pretty bad that he whooped her on her own dirt bike! No comment from the rest of the class!-)
Nate, Dawson and Randy were playing with a plastic 50 gallon drum before the event. They had so much fun with it they decided to use it in the event! Pilots had to push the barrel with the front wheel though the section and exit without dabbing or running the barrel out of the tape. It was fun but it also cost me a lot of points! In this photo, courtesy of Phil Peterson, MWTA’s Lauren Clark successfully pilots her new Beta to get the barrel out the exit.
Ken Brown and Celeste Maulfair have tied the knot! The ceremony took place on August 27th at their residence in front of a group of family and friends. They are honeymooning in Florida and have been able to avoid the tropical storms! While enjoying their new truck and camper in Florida, they have promised to return in time for the Quarry Cup. On behalf of all mid American trials enthusiasts I want to congratulate the newlywed couple and wish them many years of happiness.
Make plans to join us at the 43rd Annual Quarry Cup in Trenton, MO on September 17 and 18. This is also 2016 Central Regional rounds 5 & 6.
Happy trials to you, until we meet again!