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Maxwell Ruml Makes It Three

| 30 August 2015 9:07 am

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, AUG. 28, 2015

If anyone had any fears of what lies ahead for the future of speedway motorcycle racing in America, rest assured we’re in good hands. Twelve of the best young riders and the future of speedway in America rolled out on the Gold Country Fairgrounds track at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn on Friday night and put on a heck of a show.

The Under 21 riders in Friday night’s competition at Fast Fridays were (from left to right) Kurtis Hamill, Jeremy Estes, Austin Novratil, Broc Nicol, Dalton Leedy, Dillon Ruml, Jamison Dilkey, Tyler Warren, David Mersaroli, Luke Becker, Louie Mersaroli, Maxwell Ruml and P.J. Byrne.

The Under 21 riders in Friday night’s competition at Fast Fridays were (from left to right) Kurtis Hamill, Jeremy Estes, Austin Novratil, Broc Nicol, Dalton Leedy, Dillon Ruml, Jamison Dilkey, Tyler Warren, David Mersaroli, Luke Becker, Louie Mersaroli, Maxwell Ruml and P.J. Byrne.

The Under 21 AMA National Championship was won for the third time in a row by speedway racing phenom Maxwell “Mad Max” Ruml. Already the holder of numerous speedway honors, Ruml currently is also sitting in second place in the AMA National Speedway Championship Series after three rounds. Watch out for this young man; he is one of the brightest stars in speedway today.

The start of the Under 21 National Championship final race. The four top riders in the program made the final: (from left to right) Kurtis Hamill, Luke Becker, Broc Nicol and eventual winner Maxwell Ruml.

The start of the Under 21 National Championship final race. The four top riders in the program made the final: (from left to right) Kurtis Hamill, Luke Becker, Broc Nicol and eventual winner Maxwell Ruml.

Ruml 18, of Huntington Beach, California, was perfect on the night, never losing a race and winning the final championship race with a convincing margin.

Riders rode in 12 heat races to accumulate points: three points for a win, two for a second-place finish, and three for third. The top eight riders after the heat races were seeded into two semifinal races, with the top two finishers from the semifinals moving to the Under 21 National final. The winner of this race would be crowned U-21 AMA National Speedway Championship.

Maxwell Ruml rides in winning form during a perfect night for the three-time National Champion.

Maxwell Ruml rides in winning form during a perfect night for the three-time National Champion.

“This year was the toughest,” said Ruml. “The competition was really stiff, with all the kids coming up. You can’t take anything away from them.”

Ruml indeed faced stiff competition in the final, winner-take-all race – all the riders were champions themselves. Broc Nicol came into the final with 11 points, Luke Becker rolled in with 12 points, and Kurtis Hamill had eight, each having finished first or second in their semifinals.

Maxwell Ruml takes a victory lap as a three-time Under 21 National Champion. Ruml was perfect on the night, winning every race in which he competed.

Maxwell Ruml takes a victory lap as a three-time Under 21 National Champion. Ruml was perfect on the night, winning every race in which he competed.

Under 21 National Speedway Championship winner Maxwell Ruml (center), second-place finisher Broc Nicol (left) and third-place finisher Luke Becker (right) celebrate on the podium.

Under 21 National Speedway Championship winner Maxwell Ruml (center), second-place finisher Broc Nicol (left) and third-place finisher Luke Becker (right) celebrate on the podium.

Maxwell Ruml holds his third AMA Under 21 National Speedway Championship number-one plate after his victory Friday night.

Maxwell Ruml holds his third AMA Under 21 National Speedway Championship number-one plate after his victory Friday night.

“This year, anyone on that starting line could have won the main event,” Ruml said. “Any of us could have made that start. I came out of a good gate and rode four solid laps.”

High scorer Ruml chose the inside lane one, Nicol took three, Becker took two, and Hamill was left with four.

From the gate, the race was Ruml’s to lose. He grabbed the inside on turn one and held the lead, increasing his distance with each lap. The real race was for second, and it was hot, as Nicol and Becker went at it pretty hard. In the end, Nicol finished second, Becker was third, and Hamill came in fourth.

With the win, Ruml earned an opportunity to compete in the Under 21 World Speedway Championship qualifier next year if he chooses to go overseas.

“I have won it three years in a row now and I haven’t done a qualifier yet, so next year is definitely an opportunity to go over and do it,” Ruml said, “especially to get that racing experience.”

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Along with the U-21 Championship program, Fast Fridays staged a full regular program of racing.

Bart Bast picked up another win in the Division One Scratch main event. Bast, having a slight advantage over Billy Janniro on the slick, well-used track on Friday night, put it all together for the win. Tommy Hedden was second, Janniro was third, and Broc Nicol, riding in both programs, finished fourth.

Auburn’s Bart Bast (left) picked up another Division One Scratch main-event victory on Friday night. Here, he duels with Austin Novratil (right) in a heat race.

Auburn’s Bart Bast (left) picked up another Division One Scratch main-event victory on Friday night. Here, he duels with Austin Novratil (right) in a heat race.

Auburn’s own Tommy Hedden was having an exceptional night, and he won the Handicap main event. Hedden is a fierce competitor at Fast Fridays and he should never counted out. He edged out Bast, who finished second, and Bob Hicks, who finished third.

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Shawn Eldredge was first in the Division Two main event, followed by Nick Dion and Michael Achilles.

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In an interesting race, Aaron Sorani finished on top in Division Three, winning the main event. Peter Pecorilla, in a great debut season, was second. Tim Dion was third.

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Sebastian Palmese, who was second in the AMA Youth National Championships two weeks ago, won the Youth 250cc A main event. Palmese was able to hold off Youth National Champion Colton Hicks for the win. Hicks finished second, and Kyle Cunningham was third.

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In his debut race on a 250cc bike, Auburn’s Cameron Krezman was victorious in the Youth 250cc B main event. Krezman won his heat race and transferred to the main. Sammy Tetrault was second and Rich Vandermeeden was third.

Cameron Krezman won both of his Youth B 250cc races – on his first night on a 250cc bike in competition.

Cameron Krezman won both of his Youth B 250cc races – on his first night on a 250cc bike in competition.

Enzo Sorani topped the Youth 150cc A main event, making this a father-and-son-as-winners night, as Sorani’s father, Aaron Sorani, won the Division Three main event.

Enzo Sorani (22) was top pup in the Youth 150cc A main.

Enzo Sorani (22) was top pup in the Youth 150cc A main.

Colton Nelson won the Youth 150cc B main event.

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Next week, Fast Fridays presents the final appearance of the Extreme Sidecars for a special night during the Gold Country Fair. The Challenge Elimination Series Championship will also be run. September 4 will also be the final points night for riders in all divisions.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: August 28, 2015

UNDER 21 NATIONAL SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Maxwell Ruml (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3 – 18); 2. Broc Nicol (2, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2 – 13); 3. Luke Becker (3, 0, 3, 3, 3, 1 – 13); 4. Kurtis Hamill (1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 0 – 8); 5. Austin Novratil (2, 3, 3, 3, 1 – 12); 6. Dillon Ruml (3, 2, 2, 2, 0 – 9); 7. Tyler Warren (2, 1, 1, 2, 0 – 6); 8. Jamison Dilkey (0, 2, 1, 1, 1 – 5); 9. Louie Mersaroli (1, 1, 1, 0 – 3); 10. Dalton Leedy (0, 1, 0, 1 – 2); 11. David Mersaroli (1, 0, 0, 0 – 1); 12. P.J. Byrne (0, 0, 0, 0 – 0).

DIVISION 1 SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Bart Bast; 2. Tommy Hedden; 3. Billy Janniro; 4. Broc Nicol.

DIVISION 1 HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Tommy Hedden; 2. Bart Bast; 3. Bob Hicks.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Shawn Eldredge; 2. Nick Dion; 3. Michael Achilles.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Aaron Sorani; 2. Peter Pecorilla; 3. Tim Dion.

YOUTH 250 A MAIN: 1. Sebastian Palmese; 2. Colton Hicks; 3. Kyle Cunningham.

YOUTH 250 B MAIN: 1. Cameron Krezman; 2. Sammy Tetrault; 3. Rich Vandermeeden.

YOUTH 150 A MAIN: 1. Enzo Sorani; 2. Tim Dion; 3. Landon Collins.

YOUTH 150 B MAIN: 1. Colton Nelson; 2. Aiden McNutt; 3. Sammy Waddill.

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