DARREN PINE - 65 (7-9) LIMITED
Following a title in the 65cc (7-9) Limited class at the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship, Darren Pine’s confidence was sky high coming into the Baja Brawl. The young Texan was aiming to keep up the momentum that he built at the Ranch in the 65cc classes, registering to compete in both of the (7-9) classes as well as the (7-11) age group. The Cobra rider encountered some issues in the 65cc (7-9) class with a 20th place finish in the second moto and a DNF in the third and final moto, prompting him to sit out his third and final (7-11) moto as well. Despite the obviously affected overall standings, Pine still demonstrated podium potential in that class and he brought the same sort of intensity to the 65cc (7-9) Limited division. The Texan was able to maintain supreme consistency in the Limited class as he went out and grabbed the victory in his Heat, setting himself up for success in the second and third motos. The Cobra rider battled hard in the second moto and came away with 2nd position at the checkered flag, setting the stage for a winner takes all scenario in the third and final moto of the weekend. He got out front immediately following the gate drop and did what he needed to do, taking control of the race in a nail-biting finale that ended with him on the top step of the podium, crossing the finish line with less than a second separating himself and the runner-up. Pine did exactly what he needed to do, winning the majority of his motos in order to get his hands on the 65cc (7-9) Limited number one plate.