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Janniro and Novratil Win Mains at Fast Fridays

| 10 June 2017 2:56 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, JUNE 9, 2017

The unseasonable chilly weather did not stop the hot racing at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California, on Friday night, June 9. An unusual rain on Thursday cleared for a great night of racing action. The crowd was not huge, as the weather and graduation celebrations kept some away, but the die-hard fans who showed up were treated to some first-class racing!

Returning after a break of a couple of weeks, Bart Bast was back on his game en route to finishing second in the Scratch main event at Fast Fridays.

Returning after a break of a couple of weeks, Bart Bast was back on his game en route to finishing second in the Scratch main event at Fast Fridays.

Returning to Division One racing after a few weeks off, Bart Bast was welcomed back by the fans. Bast, who has more than 40 years of speedway racing under his belt and is a member of arguably one of the most recognized families in speedway racing, had not lost a bit off his game. Bast worked his way into the Scratch main event with a win in his heat race and another in his semi race.

Along with Bast, Billy Janniro, Austin Novratil and Russell Green lined up on the start line for the Scratch main event, and the possibility of being crowned the fastest man of the night. For a couple of laps, it was the Billy and Bart show. Both riders fought hard for the inside position in turn one, and they were at each other’s side, angling for the lead. However, Janniro, using all of the track, pulled ahead of Bast as he trailed. It was a great race between two very skilled veteran riders, and the fastest man of this night was Janniro. Bast was second, Green was third, and Novratil – dealing with what looked like a mechanical problem – was fourth.

Southern California’s Austin Novratil (7) won the Handicap main event by a wide margin. Novratil won every race he was in except the Scratch main.

Southern California’s Austin Novratil (7) won the Handicap main event by a wide margin. Novratil won every race he was in except the Scratch main.

Novratil, who was up from Southern California for the first time this year, dazzled the fans with unbelievable great gates and nearly perfect laps.

In the Handicap program, Novratil, riding off the 40-yard line, was perfect, winning his heat race, his semifinal race and the Handicap main event in convincing style by leading the entire six laps and closing with a wide margin. Russell Green was second and Tommy Hedden was third.

Novratil’s night was fantastic! He lost only one race, the Scratch main event, in his first outing of the season at Fast Fridays.

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Riding in both Division Two and Division Three on Friday night, Blake Borello had a great night. He is making a name for himself, moving up in divisions. After winning the Division Three main event last week, Borello, who rides off the zero-yard line in Division Two, won his heat race and then transferred to the main event, winning that one as well.

Georgetown’s Blake Borello is off to a great season. After a short stay in Division Three, Borello won the Division Two main event on Friday night.

Georgetown’s Blake Borello is off to a great season. After a short stay in Division Three, Borello won the Division Two main event on Friday night.

“I had to be in Division Three because I’ve had two years off the bike and I just got on a 500 and they had to put me somewhere,” Borello said. “I was mixed [divisions Two and Three] this week but straight Division Three last week. I’m just waiting for yardage now.”

Borello has said goodbye to Division Three and will looking for his added yardage next week in Division Two. The 16-year-old who hails from Georgetown, California, is off to a great start in 2017 and should fare well in Division Two – and he may be looking for a Division One start before the season is over.

Rick Shafer was second and Matt King was third in the Division Two main event.

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A flat-track convert, Ray Holt Jr. is finding his groove in Division Three. Holt picked up his first main-event win of the season.

A flat-track convert, Ray Holt Jr. is finding his groove in Division Three. Holt picked up his first main-event win of the season.

Ray Holt Jr. pulled off his first main-event win of the season in Division Three. A seasoned flat-tracker, Holt converted to a speedway bike last season, winning one main event last year. So far this season, Holt has notched two second-place finishes and a third-place finish, closing the deal on Friday night with a main-event victory. Doing battle again with Aaron Sorani, Holt took first. Sorani was second and Blake Borello was third.

The start of the Youth Speedway main event, featuring (from left to right) Landon Norton, Colton Hicks, Colton Nelson and Anthony Dion.

The start of the Youth Speedway main event, featuring (from left to right) Landon Norton, Colton Hicks, Colton Nelson and Anthony Dion.

Auburn’s own Colton Hicks, who was back after an absence the previous week, took his familiar place on the winners’ podium with a win in the Youth Speedway main event. Hicks was undefeated for the evening, winning both of his heat races and the main event. Anthony Dion was second and Colton Nelson was third.

Auburn’s Colton Hicks (24) won the Youth Speedway main event.

Auburn’s Colton Hicks (24) won the Youth Speedway main event.

Auburn’s Kyle Cunningham was first in the Youth Consolation main event. Enzo Sorani was second, Aidan McNutt was third and Dylan Wagner was fourth.

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Next week, the Extreme Sidecars will return to Fast Fridays for the second of their five heart-stopping season appearances. It’s something to see – two riders on 1100cc three-wheeled motorcycles, racing as one rider hangs off the bike in the turns!

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: June 9, 2017

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Bart Bast; 3. Russell Green; 4. Austin Novratil.

HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Austin Novratil; 2. Russell Green; 3. Tommy Hedden.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Blake Borello; 2. Rick Shafer; 3. Matt King.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Ray Holt Jr.; 2. Aaron Sorani; 3. Blake Borello.

YOUTH MAIN: 1. Colton Hicks; 2. Anthony Dion; 3. Colton Nelson; 4. Landon Norton.

YOUTH CONSOLATION MAIN: 1. Kyle Cunningham; 2. Enzo Sorani; 3. Aidan McNutt; 4. Dylan Wagner.

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