HAIDEN DEEGAN - MINI SR. 1 (12-14)
Few riders in history, can ever say they swept an event of this magnitude. And when in discussion of which athletes have demonstrated such a feat, the names like Carmichael and Stewart come to mind. That notion has now been established yet again, with Haiden Deegan attempting to demonstrate the feat in both of the Mini Sr. classes. His focus for this particular instance though, would be that of present moment implications; meaning, beating competitors such as Logan Best and Krystian Janik. They would assemble on the infamous starting line to begin the first race early in the week, with adrenaline filling the likes of all forty-two competitors. Immediately, Deegan would exemplify his expertise on the course, dodging and weaving through a series of obstacles, while taking the green flag in stride. Next in line, was that of Krystian Janik, who found himself in a “dogfight” of sorts, with Logan Best. The Yamaha and Kawasaki rider would tangle; leaving Deegan ample room to sprint away from the field. Regardless of which section it was, Haiden would craft ways around the circuit to gain substantial time on the riders behind him. Absolutely railing the right-handed sand corner in the middle of the raceway, it was almost as if he never let off the throttle before heading into the final turn. Up and over the last two doubles, Deegan would feel as though the win was well deserved, yearning for more, as the week went on. Meanwhile Logan Best, and Krystian Janik, would take second and third respectively. The number thirty-eight would again push his way to the pinnacle of the field, placing the fastest lap for everyone to see on lap four. Dipping into the 1:57 range, had those in the industry staring in disbelief. He continued that precedent, rallying through the likes of ten different laps. And at the end of the brigade, he would once again stand with the gold medal draped around his neck; this time though, with Logan Best, and Thomas Wood behind him. As the third round would come to fruition, Deegan knew he didn’t necessarily have to win the last race; yet, the competitor in him desired something of that magnitude. Scorching around the circuit, his KTM appeared to be an “Orange Blur” of sorts; mesmerizing those behind him. Logan Best, would still persevere; looking to mimic Deegan in a multitude of ways, while residing in the second spot. And with Landin Pepperd third, it seemed as though the final standing was figured out. The overall registry, once the checkered flag would wave one final time...put Deegan atop the throne, with Best and Janik, following in that order.