2020 Mini O’s Amateur Coverage
EARL MAY - MASTERS (55+)
Listed as fifty-five and older, to many, could mean that these riders were well past their prime, regarding motorcycle racing. However, when viewing the division as a whole, for the 2020 Winter Olympics event, nothing could be further from the truth. Earl May, Ralph Bentley, amongst an absolute plethora of others, had the timing and scoring sensors “whizzing” with immaculate times as bikes flew past the finish line. Following their respective practice episode, those in attendance knew that a conundrum of sorts would ensue regarding the overall race winner. These men were so close in time and skill level, that even the slightest of mistakes could deter them from first, to outside the top ten! Then, with the field congregating behind the forty-two steel brackets, a subtle click into second-gear would signify that attention had been designated to the task at hand. Moments later, the field scurried into turn number one, a small pile-up amassing at the tail end of the pack. Though Earl May, wasted no energy in pushing his Kawasaki to the front, focused as one could be. He knew that Ralph Bentley and Kenny Blackwell, would do their best to try and deter him, therefore his energy had to be present and in the moment. The track had dried substantially, with only a tiny bit of powder sitting atop many berms. May, would somehow find that small bit of cushion, and penetrate both front and rear wheel into the soil composition; banking off the composition, with a plethora of RPM bottled with the clutch and throttle mechanism. Riding very efficiently, he would finish this quest in the lead, nodding to those in his corner with assurance. Ralph Bentley took second, and Kenny Blackwell riding exceptionally, being granted third. They would then amass, and race in a repetitive fashion for the runoff. Coming across the line in first, was none other than Earl May. Time and time again had he ridden this event, knowing even the smallest details about the circuit, and how to retain victory for multiple decades. Running two-second(s) faster than everyone else, there wasn’t much the opposition could do in halting the forward progress of the eighty-two machine. Kenny Blackwell would charge to third, while Bentley remained in the runner-up position. But the tried and true veteran rinsed and repeated the process of success; garnering an overall championship, once again for his tenure in Gainesville.