The following is an industry press release...
AUBURN, Calif., - Those that came to Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn at the Gold Country Fairgrounds on Friday, July 21, surely got their money’s worth. The fantastic Fast Friday’s staff not only staged two AMA Youth National Speedway Championships, but 55 total races.
Sebastian Palmese was flawless in his winning of the 2017 AMA 250cc Youth National Speedway Championship for the second year in a row. The 14-year-old from Mission Viejo, Calif. showed up to compete with the goal of repeating his win in the AMA Youth National Speedway Championship and to hang on to the number one plate for another year.
The 250cc championship was decided from a 16-rider field who competed in 20 total heat races. The rider with the most points after competing in five heat races would be determined the winner.
Palmese finished perfect, winning all of his five heat races with ease and amounting a full 15 points. He was nearly speechless after the traditional throw in the air from his crew and family, saying, “It feels amazing, I am just so happy right now."
“I came in feeling real good; last year I had a broken wrist," said Palmese. But this year, Palmese’s talents on a motorcycle appeared to be well beyond his age, riding with a slight air of confidence that only a current national champion can have. Watch for this kid to be tearing it up in the adult division in the not so distant future.
Landon Norton, 13, of Folsom, Calif. is a familiar name to Fast Friday’s. With a second place finish in the 250cc championship, Norton scored 12 points, only missing the championship by three.
Finishing the heats tied with 11 points, Jake Isaac, Sterling Martin and Cameron Krezman competed in a run-off to decide who would take the final step of the podium.
After a fierce battle, Isaac came out on top to take third place, with Krezman taking fourth place and Martin, fifth.
In the 150cc AMA Youth National Speedway Championship another Southern California rider came north to win the title with a perfect performance.
Slater Lightcap, 12, of Long Beach, Calif. topped the 150cc field, taking home the AMA National Championship. Lightcap was third in the championship in 2015 and second in last year's event.
The 150cc championship was decided in a 12-rider championship race format, where the twelve riders race in 12 total heat races. Competitors score points in heat races to determine the top eight riders who will transfer to two semi-final rounds. The first and second place finishers from each of the semi-finals then transfer to the final race where the winner becomes the 2017 AMA Youth National Speedway Champion.
In the final, Lightcap, Luke Whitcomb, Travis Horn and Jose Navarette were all battling to be crowned an AMA National Champion.
Lightcap was in lane one and got great gate to hold on for the win. Whitcomb was second, with horn third and Navarette fourth.
“We came eight hours to have a good race and get the podium. The track was awesome. Joiner (Dave), did a great job. Two years ago I was third, last year I was second and this year I got first,” Lightcap said. “Next year I will be on a 250cc.”
For another year, the AMA Youth National Speedway Championship proved to be a success and all the riders put a fantastic effort in trying to win an AMA National No. 1 plate. They may be smaller in size and riding smaller bikes but these young athletes are tomorrows adult champions in the making.
In the adult program, Billy Janniro continued his rein in the scratch main event. With his win Friday night, he now has seven total scratch main event wins so far, dominating the scratch program this season.
Janniro won his heat race, but finished second to Bryan Yarrow in the semi-final. While Yarrow gave Janniro a run for his money, Janniro was still able to take the main event win. Austin Novratil finsihed second, with Bart Bast in third and Yarrow fourth.
Continuing his upward climb at Fast Friday’s, Blake Borello won the handicap main event, making it his second win in a row. Borello is riding in both the second division and first division and doing a great job, with top finishes in both.
Louie Mersaroli was second and Bryan Yarrow finished third.
Second division was won by a very happy Nick Dion. Off the 50 yard line, Dion picked up his first Division II main event win, as well as a heat race win to finish the night undefeated.
Borello finished second and Shawn Eldredge was third.
Also winning his first main event, Jake Estes won the Division III finale. Ray Holt Jr. was second and Casey Cornilsen was third.
Estes also won his heat race along with his main event win. Estes will be looking at picking up a 10 yard handicap next week.
2017 AMA Youth National Championship 250cc
1. Sebastian Palmese 3 3 3 3 3-15
2. Landon Norton 3 2 1 3 3-12
3. Jake Isaac 1 3 2 2 3-11 (Run-off)
4. Cameron Krezman 2 1 3 3 2-11 (Run-off)
5. Sterling Martin 3 2 3 3 0-11 (Run-off)
2017 AMA Youth National Championship 150cc
2. Luke Whitcomb
3. Travis Horn
4. Jose Navarette
Scratch Main Event
1. Billy Janniro
2. Austin Novratil
3. Bart Bast
4. Bryan Yarrow
Handicap Main Event
1. Blake Borello
2. Louie Mersaroli
3. Bryan Yarrow
Division II Main Event
1. Nick Dion
2. Blake Borello
3. Shawn Eldredge
Division III Main Event
1. Jake Estes
2. Ray Holt Jr.,
3. Casey Cornilsen