GAGE STINE - SCHOOLBOY 1 (12-17) B/C
One class that was sure to absolutely have the fans on their feet, would be that of the Schoolboy 1 division. Filled with some of the fastest talent the amateur motocross industry had to offer, (while aboard crisp 125 2-strokes), would offer the best sights and sounds the sport had to offer. Nearing a full gate as the rider entry list would close, one could see machines “a mile wide” when watching them load the starting gate; each machine revving and roaring to the loudest extent. With Loretta Lynn’s just a few short months ago, many of the top competitors from the historic event, would attend this race as well; leaving fans salivating for more, as they leaned over the respective barriers of the course. Clapping with enthusiasm as the first gate drop would take place, the humming of the machines seemed to echo for miles. Coupled with that distinguished sound, would be a sight of an orange blur; as numerous KTM’s would hover near the first few positions. It was that of Gage Stine leading the pack around, the number ten from Maryland truly firing on all cylinders. Nearly having the bike parallel to the ground as he scrubbed the largest obstacles on the track, he would have the throttle absolutely pinned moments before he ever hit the ground. Landing with the rear wheel spraying roost every which way, riders like Jack Chambers and Larry Reyes Jr. were forced to either take a step back or make an urgent pass. Chambers would hold onto second for quite sometime, before an unfortunate mistake would push him back to the fifth place position. Reyes would hold down third in the meantime with Levi Kitchen now fourth, and Gage Linville being the man on the move. The gap between Linville and Stine would significantly close; as the Georgia native would seemingly come to an arm’s length away from permanently securing the lead. Less than half a second away at the stripe, it would be that of Stine beating Linville and Larry Reyes Jr. to conclude the top three. The latter half of racing action would then be upon the field, and everyone would congregate behind the gate one final time. It was then Washougal, Washington’s Levi Kitchen taking reign of the field. He would continue to pound away laps, remaining unblemished for the first portion of the race. Steadily creeping away from that of Gage Stine, the number ten knew who he had to beat in order to obtain the overall. Jack Chambers would then move into third; setting the fastest laptime in the process, and looking to move forward himself. Kitchen, although hearing the faint sounds of competition in the background, wouldn’t falter with the likes of serious contenders at his backdoor. Going on to win the moto, Gage Stine’s effort of second, would be just what the doctor ordered. He’d beaten the necessary individuals, including that of Chambers and Linville, doing what was needed to obtain the overall. Kitchen’s second moto performance would vault him to runner-up in the overall tally, and Chambers consistency would place him third.