2020 Mini O’s Amateur Coverage
JAYDIN SMART - 51CC (4-6) LIMITED
A class full of talent, the 51cc (4-6) Limited division was considered top-tier, before the falling of the initial gate drop. Mechanic’s stood behind their riders, holding the rear fender of the machine just above the ground, all the while pilots putting full effort into twisting the throttle. All in the field were giving an abundance of effort, yet, over the week, there were a select few who separated themselves. It was the small bouts of speed and acceleration, that put the aforementioned into a distinct category, as they launched doubles and table-tops that were simply mind-boggling on their quest to the checkered. Most in the class would run the outside of the circuit; hoping to find a rather lush berm to ricochet off of, while powering toward the finish line. Immediately, as the first moto(s) commenced, 50cc machines would fly into the first corner. Rear wheels would skid, pivoting just past the apex of the berm with dragging of the brake pedal. The same technique would ensue as they flew to the top of each take-off; if the jump wasn’t completed, a straight-line of roost would dart from the rear tread, deterring the vision of all who raced behind. Nestled into heat number one, were riders like Jaydin Smart, Micah Nix, and Levi Leddy. Not to mention Rudy Reeves, who was presenting a daunting pace inside the top three as well. Yet Smart, seemed to find a sector of uncharted lines; keeping the throttle rolling with momentum, all the while focusing on the path ahead. Never one to look behind, he couldn’t help but hear Micah Nix charging in the background. Yet, his focus deemed him capable of victory; putting the number four at the front of the field, eager for the main event. Gavyn Welzien led the pack around for the second qualification bout, with competition such as Anderson Waldele within close proximity. These riders were neck and neck, nearly banging handle-bars in every corner. But despite the myriad of close calls, Gavyn Welzien did what was necessary to obtain victory. Both heat races were a precursor to the runoff, where Jaydin Smart’s excellent starting technique, transcended his name to the front of the field. Welzien, Waldele, and Nix were close behind, racing with competitiveness not too often seen in the mini-cycle classes. Jumping every obstacle in sight, the top riders of the class were truly on another level. Yet it was Smart, outlasting the surrounding body; taking home a championship to his native California.