Story by Michael Marino
MONSON, Mass. — The big winners at the 2018 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship were Brock Riffe, Lane Brookshaw, and Mike Wood. They took home the American Motorcyclist Association's Hillclimb Racer of the Year, AMA Youth Hillclimb Racer of the Year and Vet/Senior Hillclimb Racer of the Year awards, respectively, as well as claiming six of the 25 competition class titles.
2018 AMA Hillclimb Racer of the Year Brock Riffe poses with his sister and crew chief Raegan Riffe. Photo by Michael Marino
Racing took place at the Quaboag Riders Motorcycle Club in Monson, Mass. The winners of each competition class are recognized as AMA national champions and are awarded AMA National No. 1 plates.
For Riffe of Ashland, Ky., it was a surprise to win the 2018 AMA Hillclimb Racer of the Year award. He started competing in hillclimb at 3 years old and was the 2010 AMA Youth Hillclimb Racer of the Year. Riffe won the 400cc Stock Class and the 250cc Class titles.
"This win means everything to me," he said. "My dad usually races with us but he couldn't be here this weekend. I was going to be happy with top fives and top 10s. I didn't think I was going to take home two national titles and the AMA Hillclimb Racer of the Year award."
It was Brookshaw's second time being named the AMA Youth Hillclimb Racer of the Year. He also won the award in 2016. Brookshaw hales from Ellsworth, Wis., and is a second-generation racer. Brookshaw's father, Josh, is a former hillclimb competitor whose career ended due to, injury. The younger Brookshaw won the Mini Jr. Class and 65cc Class titles.
"It was a challenging weekend," he said. "The first jump was kind of hard and the walls were hard to climb up. I was not expecting to win this."
Wood of Bay City, Wis.,took the AMA Vet/Senior Hillclimb Racer of the Year. He has been hillclimb racing for more than 40 years
Wood said he has competed in about 20 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship events. Wood won the Senior Class and Super Senior Class championships.
"It was a great weekend," he said. "The club grounds here are awesome and the people who put this event on are really top notch. I'd just like to thank my family for supporting me this weekend."
2018 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship Class Champions
Micro Mini: Charlie Enges, Beldenville, Wis., 19.912 seconds
65cc: Lane Brookshaw, Ellsworth, Wis., 18.531 seconds
Mini Jr.: Lane Brookshaw, Ellsworth, Wis., 16.280 seconds
Mini Sr.: Conner Shafer, Caldwell, Ohio, 15.805 seconds
Mini Girls: Abigayle Linde, Charlton, Mass., 21.165 seonds
Super Mini: AJ Engnes, Beldenville, Wis., 14.065 seconds
125cc: Bodee O'Neil, Hager City, Wis., 12.932 seconds
200cc: Max Skeans, Ashland, Ky., 11.647 seconds
250cc: Brock Riffe, Ashland, Ky., 11.193 seconds
450cc: Joel Naples, Lebanon, Maine, 10.589 seconds
600cc: Ryan Connelly, Ludlow, Mass., 10.734 seconds
Open: James Green, Millbury, Mass., 11.651 seconds
Women: Samantha Welch, South Glastonbury, Conn., 14.386 seconds
Senior: Mike Wood, Bay City, Wis., 11.675 seconds
Super Senior: Mike Wood, Bay City, Wis., 12.111 seconds
400 Stock: Brock Riffe, Ashland, Ky., 12.969 seconds
Open Stock: Chris Chartier Jr., North Grosvenordale, Conn., 11.947 seconds
750: Kyle Thomas, Wayland, Mich., 12.427 seconds
4 Stroke: Levi Peters, Neoga, Ill., 10.959 seconds
2 Stroke: Zachary Degross, Ellsworth, Wis., 11.144 seconds
Vintage: Joel Lombra, East Longmeadow, Mass., 16.309 seconds
ATV 450: Josh Shafer, Caldwell, Ohio, 14.546 seconds
ATV Senior: Jamie Margelot, East Nassau, N.Y., 12.754 seconds
Open ATV: Jamie Margelot, East Nassau, N.Y., 13.392 seconds
Verticross: Josh Dougherty