Story & Photos by Andy Kawa
The 2013 season of the Mystik Lubricants Terracross Championship kicked off with a bang at ERX Motor Park August 10th and 11th. Filled with stacked classes of top name riders from around the country, the first round left nothing on the table. Tough competition was but half the battle that racers faced; a course adorned with rocks, logs, jumps and buried culverts made finishing the race in one piece a daunting task. Spectators received an extra dose of action with the return of "Speeding with Style", where freestyle riders showcased their best tricks for the judges while also racing their opponent. The two-day event was packed with plenty of role-cage banging, fierce racing action; providing a promising lead up to the second round at the Sno-Barons annual Haydays event, September 7th and 8th.
Rory Beckman took the win over "Digger" Doug Gust for the Pro Quad overall. Beckman certainly showed commanding speed, beating some well-seasoned veterans for the win. Cody Gorsegner beat Cole Cottew for the Pro-Am Side-X-Side overall with nearly five seconds gap for a comfortable win. Marco Picado barely edged out Colten Moore for the "Speeding with Style" overall with just one point separating the two. Both riders pulled massive backflips and finished with less than half a second's difference in lap times, taking the final right down to the wire. Cindi Hart won the overall for the Women's Side-X-Side class, new for 2013, Sarah Gildea finished in second place. RJ Anderson took the Pro Side-X-Side win by beating Andrew Carlson by over seven seconds. RJ certainly looked comfortable on the track, surely aided by his WORCS racing experience.
For more information and complete results from Round one of the Terracross Championship, go to www.terracrossracing.com.