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Janniro Wins Fourth National Championship!

| 28 September 2013 4:01 pm

AMA National Speedway Series
Round 3: Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, SEPT. 27, 2013

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway owner David Joiner’s money-back guarantee of satisfaction for fans at the third and final round of the AMA National Speedway Series at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California, on Friday night, had no takers.

Billy Hamill (left) and Mike Faria (right) in heat race five, early in the evening at the third and final round of the 2013 AMA National Speedway Series. Hamill went on to finish second in the three-round championship series.

Billy Hamill (left) and Mike Faria (right) in heat race five, early in the evening at the third and final round of the 2013 AMA National Speedway Series. Hamill went on to finish second in the three-round championship series.

In an exciting night of racing, Billy Janniro capped off a great season by winning his fourth AMA National Speedway Championship with a perfect third round. Janniro won every heat race and his semifinal, and then transferred to the grand final round, which he won in convincing style. Janniro finished with a flawless night, at 21 points, grabbing the biggest share of the $12,000 riders’ purse. Janniro finished with a total of 56 points over the three rounds of championship racing.

Sidelined out of the final round in last Sunday’s second championship round in Victorville by up-and-coming young riders Max Ruml and Gino Manzares, Janniro wasted no time Friday night letting all riders know that he was out for all the marbles.

“Every race was a tough race,” Janniro said. “These young boys, Gino Manzares and Max Ruml, they’re getting stronger and stronger each week. It’s getting tougher and tougher to beat these boys, but me and [Billy] Hamill still have a little bit of an edge over them – but that isn’t going to last that much longer.”

Billy Janniro (14, left) and Tommy Hedden (right) in an early heat race. Janniro clinched his fourth National Speedway Championship at Fast Fridays on Friday night.

Billy Janniro (14, left) and Tommy Hedden (right) in an early heat race. Janniro clinched his fourth National Speedway Championship at Fast Fridays on Friday night.

Five-time National Champion Billy Hamill was hungry for his sixth National Championship and was Janniro’s biggest threat during the evening. Hamill finished second to Janniro in heat 10 – the only heat race Hamill did not win until the final. Hamill finished second, behind Janniro, in Friday’s third round, with 18 points, and in the championship series with 54 points.

Young riders Manzares and Ruml came into the series final with great hopes, showing flashes of brilliant riding and giving speedway fans a glimpse of what speedway racing has to look forward to. Ruml tallied 36 total series points, finishing fourth and eighth in the third round Friday night, with nine points. Ruml came into the third round after scoring 18 points in the second round. Manzares finished third in overall championship points for the series, with 42, and fifth place in the third round, with 11 points. These two young men are part of a new group of very skilled riders moving up in the ranks and challenging the old guard in a major way.

Billy Hamill checks the starting gate right before the start of semifinal two. Hamill won the semi and advanced to the grand final.

Billy Hamill checks the starting gate right before the start of semifinal two. Hamill won the semi and advanced to the grand final.

The National final race was filled by the four riders scoring the highest points during the third round, and that included Janniro, Hamill, Ruml, and Bart Bast. Janniro chose lane four, Hamill chose lane three, Bast chose the inside lane one, and Ruml took lane two.

When the tapes went up, Janniro grabbed the lead by going deep in the track. Hamill got inside first, but he had a battle on his hands with Bast. A bikelength ahead after lap one, Janniro just increased his lead over Hamill and Bast, who were locked in a fierce race in second and third. Ruml pushed out on lap one and struggled just a bit behind them.

Janniro, without a mistake all night, cruised to his fourth National Championship. Bast, who only raced in the third round of the series, finished second, racking up a respectable 15 points for the evening. Hamill finished third, and Ruml was fourth.

On the podium, it was Bart Bast (left) in third place with 15 points, Billy Janniro (middle) in first place with 21 points, and Billy Hamill (right) in second with 18 points. Janniro and Hamill finished first and second in the series. Here, they heft their hard-won hardware, along with trophy presenters Tori Hubbert and Kyla Champ.

On the podium, it was Bart Bast (left) in third place with 15 points, Billy Janniro (middle) in first place with 21 points, and Billy Hamill (right) in second with 18 points. Janniro and Hamill finished first and second in the series. Here, they heft their hard-won hardware, along with trophy presenters Tori Hubbert and Kyla Champ.

“This one has been the sweetest, because of the competition I had; I was giving 110 percent,” Janniro said. “Billy Hamill and I, we pretty much battled for it all the way through; that’s why it’s so special to me.”

Billy Janniro hoists high the 2013 AMA National Speedway Championship trophy after winning his fourth championship on Friday night at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, California.

Billy Janniro hoists high the 2013 AMA National Speedway Championship trophy after winning his fourth championship on Friday night at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, California.

The evening began on emotional note, as many of the Fast Fridays speedway family mourned the loss of longtime speedway family member Wendy Bast, who passed away on Wednesday after a short battle with cancer. Hundreds of signed balloons were released into the night sky in her honor as a crowd of family and friends gathered in the center of the track to remember a very special lady who will be greatly missed by many.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: September 27, 2013 (Round 3 of 3)

ROUND THREE HEAT POINTS: 1. Billy Janniro (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3 – 21); 2. Billy Hamill (3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 1 – 18); 3. Bart Bast (3, 2, 0, 3, 3, 2, 2 – 15); 4. Charlie Venegas (2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 1 – 14); 5. Gino Manzares (3, 3, 1, 2, 2, 0 – 11); 6. Bryan Yarrow (1, 0, 3, 2, 3, 1 – 10); 7. (TIE) Aaron Fox (2, 1, 3, 1, 2, 0 – 9)/ Max Ruml (0, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 0 – 9); 9. Bryce Starks (1, 0, 1, 2, 2 – 6); 10. (TIE) Eddie Castro (2, 0, 2, 0, 1 – 5)/ Mike Faria (0, 2, 2, 1, 0 – 5)/ Tommy Hedden (2, 1, 0, 1, 1 – 5); 13. Bob Hicks (0, 2, 1, 1, 0 – 4); 14. Tyson Talkington (0, 1, 1, 0, 1 – 3); 15. Kevin Chapman (0, 1, 0, 0, 0 – 1).

FINAL: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Bart Bast; 3. Billy Hamill; 4. Max Ruml.

AMA National Speedway Series Final Points Standings (After 3 of 3rounds): 1. Billy Janniro (56); 2. Billy Hamill (54); 3. Gino Manzares (42); 4. Max Ruml (36); 5. Aaron Fox (30); 6. Charlie Venegas (28); 7. (TIE) Eddie Castro (21)/ Bryan Yarrow (21); 9. (TIE) Tommy Hedden (16)/ Buck Blair 11 5 (16); 11. Bart Bast (15).

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