Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Bast’s win main events
By Michael Kirby (Story & Photos)
AUBURN, CALIFORNIA, June 8, 2018
It was an all Bast night Friday evening at Auburn’s Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway. Cousins Bart and Ryan Bast stood high on the winner’s podium drenched in champagne after celebrating their respective wins. Bart Bast won the scratch main event, being the first rider to beat national champion Billy Janniro in the scratch main event this season at Fast Fridays. Ryan Bast was victorious in the handicap main event, and finished third in the scratch main event. The handicap win was his first main event win this season. Both Bast’s are members of the very successful and well recognized speedway racing Bast family. Ryan Bast’s father and Bart Bast’s cousin Mike Bast was a seven time USA AMA National Speedway Champion. Most of the extended Bast family members have thrown their leg over a speedway bike at some time or another.
Bart Bast is on a new bike this year and has taken a few weeks to get it dialed in making all the scratch main events this season with the exception of week three. Last week he gave Janniro a good run for his money but could not close. This week Bast had it all together riding a spectacular race. With a track more suited to Bast’s style of riding than Janniro’s and as the dust flew Bast got inside of Janniro on turn one and never looked back taking the checkered flag. Janniro did not go down without a fight and was right behind Bast the entire race. It looked like Janniro could have maybe made an outside move to take Bast but the blue grooved drier track made that impossible. Janniro was second, Ryan Bast was third and Charlie Venegas was fourth.”The track was a little bit different this week, I think Billy (Janniro) didn’t quite make a good start and that was key tonight with the slick track,” Bast said. “I’m on a different bike this year and we have been trying to be more consistent with the starts.”
Ryan Bast was perfect in the handicap program Friday night, winning his heat and semi-final races along with the main event. Blake Borello was second and Russell Green was third. “I took some time off last season, but I’m back racing full time working with and supported by Billy Hamill and working on starts,” Bast said. “That’s what it boils down to-make starts and go fast.”
Local speedster Sammy Tetrault won the Division II main event. After a short stint in Division III with a couple of first place finishes, it looks like Tetrault has found a home for now in DII. Tetrault is only in his first season on a 500cc motorcycle moving up from the youth program this season. Watch out for this young man, he is evolving into a fast rider. Aaron Sorani was second and Charlie Haines was third.
Another first time main event winner this season, Peter Pecorilla took the checkered flag in the third division main event. He had his hands full with second place finisher Dakota VanderBroeder but held on for the win. Michael Bretzing was third.
In the Youth 250cc main event, Landon Norton, who seems to have grown six inches over the off season took the win. The fourteen year old from Folsom has two 250cc main event wins under his belt so far this season. Second was Cameron Krezman who also has a couple of main event wins this season. Up from Southern California Jake Isaac was third. Timmy Dion topped the Youth 250cc consolation main event, Enzo Sorani was second and Greg Moore was third. Charlie Trana continued to dominate the Youth 150cc program with another main event win, his third of the season. Kaytie Kangas was second.
Friday night at Fast Fridays the Extreme Sidecar teams return for their second round of sidecar racing. The three wheeled 1100cc sidecar insanity takes to the Fast Friday’s dirt oval with exciting action racing. This is the second of four appearances the sidecar teams will make at Fast Fridays this season.
Fast Fridays Results for 06-08-18
Scratch Main Event
1-Bart Bast, 2-Billy Janniro, 3-Ryan Bast, 4-Charlie Venegas
Handicap Main Event
1-Ryan Bast, 2-Blake Borello, 3-Russell Green
Division II Main Event
1-Sammy Tetrault, 2-Aaron Sorani, 3-Charlie Haines
Division III Main Event
1-Peter Pecorilla, 2-Dakota VanderBroder, 3-Michael Bretzing
Youth 250cc Main Event
1-Landon Norton, 2-Cameron Krezman, 3-Jake Isaac
Youth 250cc Consolation Main Event
1-Timmy Dion, 2-Enzo Sorani, 3-Greg Moore
Youth 150cc Main Event
1-Charlie Trana, 2-Kaytie Kangas