Story and photos by Michael Marino
This story was updated on July 31. The original version contained incorrect information about the fastest time of the day.
MONSON, Mass. — More than 300 of the best amateur hillclimb racers took to the Quaboag Riders Motorcycle Club track Saturday, for a single run up the 420-foot "Monson Monstrer" on the first day of the 2018 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship.
AMA No. 1 plates will be awarded to the rider in each of 24 classes who makes it to the top of the hill the fastest or makes it the farthest up the hill during the event.
The national championship event attracted riders from 15 states.
It is the facility's fifth time hosting the event since 1993. The starting pit was moved back 60 feet from its normal location and a table-top section was added during the week prior to the event. The changes were made to even the competition by reducing local riders' familiarity with the track.
The day's top performance belonged to Zachery Degross of Ellsworth, Wis. He was the fastest rider in three classes.
The day's overall fastest time was 10.589 seconds, posted by Joel Naples in the 450cc Class.
The event is set to resume at 8 a.m. Sunday. Class winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of Sunday's racing, as well as during AMA Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio Dec. 7-9.
Saturday Class Leaders
Micro Mini: Charlie Enges, Beldenville, Wis., 19.912 seconds
65cc: Lane Brookshaw, Ellsworth, Wis., 18.531 seconds
Mini Jr.: Lane Brookshaw, Ellsworth, Wis., 16.359 seconds
Mini Sr.: Conner Shafer, Caldwell, Ohio, 15.805 seconds
Mini Girls: Lyla Carlson, Muskegon, Mich., 302 feet
Super Mini: Conner Shafer, Caldwell, Ohio, 15.283 seconds
125cc: Bodee O'Neil, Hager City, Wis., 13.501 seconds
200cc: Max Skeans, Ashland, Ky., 11.647 seconds
250cc: Zachary Degross, Ellsworth, Wis., 11.915 seconds
450cc: Joel Naples, Lebanon, Maine, 10.589 seconds
600cc: Zachary Degross, Ellsworth, Wis., 11.018 seconds
Open: James Green, Millbury, Mass., 12.522 seconds
Women: Chandle Scanlon Wales, Mass., 15.207 seconds
Senior: Mark Nielsen, River Falls, Wis., 12.206 seconds
Super Senior: Mike Wood, Bay City, Wis., 12.111 seconds
400 Stock: Dylan Brady, Ridge Farm, Ill., 13.440 seconds
Open Stock: Chris Chartier Jr., North Grosvenordale, Conn., 12.471 seconds
750: Kyle Thomas, Wayland, Mich., 12.427 seconds
4 Stroke: Joshua Dougherty, Monson, Mass., 11.281 seconds
2 Stroke: Zachary Degross, Ellsworth, Wis., 11.144 seconds
Vintage: Joel Lombra, East Longmeadow, Mass., 17.209 seconds
ATV 450: Josh Shafer, Caldwell, Ohio, 15.553 seconds
ATV Senior: Jamie Margelot, East Nassau, N.Y., 12.754 seconds
Open ATV: No times set.