2016-17 Broome-Tioga Winter Mud & Snow Scrambles Series
Round 5: Broome-Tioga Sports Center
Story by Jim Sanderson
Photos by jimsandersonphoto.com
BINGHAMTON, NY, JAN. 21, 2017
Hurd Motorsports, promoters of the world-class Broome-Tioga Sports Center facility, hosted the fifth round of the sixth season of their Winter Mud and Snow Scrambles Series. The series consists of 10 rounds running from November through April, utilizing the multiple motocross tracks, grass-track and single-track trails of this massive facility. This unique and challenging series continues to expand and has been attracting new racers but also continues to draw some of the most experienced and talented off-road riders from Upstate New York and beyond.
Round five dawned under overcast skies and in fairly mild temperatures for January. The forecast reported a high of almost 50 degrees for the day. Rain the day prior to race day left the track a muddy and partially frozen mess. Riders were soaking wet and very muddy after racing just one lap. Clear vision was definitely a problem for these hard-core racers. There were still some icy spots lurking under the mud, but once the ice began to thaw, track conditions got even muddier.
When the green flag dropped for the start of the Novice-division motorcycle scrambles, Bill Rose, Norman Connors, Cody Kramer, Corey Stanton and Jarred Wright led the pack out of the first turn and onto the wet and slippery racecourse.
When the leaders re-entered the motocross section of the course at the end of the first lap, Rose remained out front with the lead, and Connors continued to hold second place. Mark Buchanan had passed Kramer to move up into third; Kramer was displaced to fourth. Eric Naro rounded out the top five.
Rose started the third lap still holding the point position, and Connors continued to hang on to second. Kramer moved back up into third and Naro moved up to fourth. Buchanan was relegated to fifth.
Rose held on to take the win and the top tier of the Novice podium. Connors remained in second at the checkers and took the runner-up tier of the podium. Kramer held on to take third and the final tier of the Novice podium. Naro and Joshua Mudge closed out the top five.
When starter Jerry Roys threw the green flag to start the Expert/ AA motorcycle scrambles, Andrew Gross, Marcus Scutt-Cornell, Scottie Rich and Spencer Hoyt led the pack out of the first turn and onto the racecourse.
When the leaders exited the woods section and entered the motocross portion of the racecourse near the end of the first lap, Gross and Scutt-Cornell were battling for the lead; only a bikelength separated first and second place. Only a few seconds behind the leaders were Hoyt and Rich, battling for third and fourth.
Scutt-Cornell and Gross traded the lead a few times until Scutt-Cornell made the pass for the lead on lap two. Gross continued to battle for the lead and only trailed the leader by one or two seconds.
The battle for the lead continued for the next three laps. Only a second separated Scutt-Cornell and Gross. Hoyt closed in as the two leaders battled for the lead, and he was able to get by Gross to take second on the white-flag lap.
Scutt-Cornell held on to take the win with a two-second advantage. Hoyt and Gross completed the top three. Rich was scored as a DNF and did not finish the scrambles.
Broome-Tioga Sports Center
Binghamton, New York
Results: January 21, 2017 (Round 5)
50 (4-8): 1. Jonny Ruby (KTM); 2. Tyler Kramer (KTM); 3. Jamison Rich (Kaw).
65 (7-11): 1. Keegan Gillette (KTM); 2. Jaden Castillo (KTM); 3. Jonny Ruby (KTM); 4. Cannon Tibbais (Kaw).
85 (10-15): 1. Jamie Hobbs (Hon); 2. Owen Barnes (Kaw); 3. Gerald Elliott (Kaw); 4. Mason Flint (Kaw); 5. Nate Porter (Kaw).
SUPERMINI (10-15): 1. Cooper Jones (KTM); 2. Jocelyn Barnes (Kaw); 3. Connor Coyne (KTM).
SCHOOLBOY: 1. Jocelyn Barnes (Kaw); 2. Cooper Jones (KTM); 3. Nate Porter (Kaw); 4. Carter Boehme (Kaw).
NOVICE: 1. Bill Rose (Yam); 2. Norman Connors (KTM); 3. Cody Kramer (Yam); 4. Eric Naro (Suz); 5. Joshua Mudge (Kaw).
250 AM: 1. Coy Howell (Hon); 2. Ethan Eilber (Yam).
OPEN AM: 1. Andy Gray (KTM).
SUPER OPEN: 1. Brandon Hayes (KTM); 2. Spencer Hoyt (Yam); 3. Marcus Scutt-Cornell (Hsq); 4. Michael Kenyon (Hsq); 5. William Thierfelder (Yam).
EX/AA: 1. Marcus Scutt-Cornell (Hus); 2. Spencer Hoyt (Yam); 3. Andrew Gross (KTM); 4. Scottie Rich (Kaw).
30+ NOV/AM: 1. Dennis Flint Jr. (KTM); 2. Rich Bristol (Hon).
30+ EX: 1. Brandon Woodmansee (Kaw); 2. Buddy Barnes (KTM); 3. Matt Ruby (Hon).
40+ NOV/AM: 1. Matt Avery (Hon); 2. Scott Gray (KTM); 3. John Leemann (Yam); 4. Brian Clapper (Kaw).
50+: 1. Rich Bristol (Hon).
UNSTUDDED: 1. Jessie Stallman (Suz); 2. Ken Annacchino (KTM); 3. Marty Christoferson Jr. (Hon).
MINI 50-70 (4-8): 1. Darwin Greene Jr. (Kym); 2. Nathan Crawford (Yam); 3. Kaleb Shay (Pol).
SCHOOLBOY (12-16): 1. Fred Moses (Yam); 2. Thomas Gudykunst (Hon); 3. Patrick Clark (Yam).
NOV: 1. Darren Davies (Hon); 2. Evin Davies (Can); 3. Melanie Sill (Hon); 4. Brandon Avery (Hon); 5. Cole Burlew (Hon).
AM: 1. Joe Callahan (Yam); 2. Brandon Avery (Hon); 3. Christopher Maenza (Yam),
EX: 1. Ben Kowalewski (Hon).
30+ NOV/AM: 1. Dave Frear (Hon); 2. Joe Hillikre (Hon).
30+ EX: 1. Thomas Lobdell (Can).
UTILITY: 1. Kevin Johnston (KTM); 2. Eric Stevens (Can).
UNSTUDDED: 1. Frank White (Can); 2. Joe Callahan (Yam); 3. Dani Kindrew (Hon); 4. Dalton Whitman; 5. Matt Avery (Hon).
UTV: 1. Jeff Howarth (Can).