Bike Alley/Redline/Rockstar ABA Socal Nationals & USAC National Championship Team Report
April 15-17, Chula Vista, CA:
After a good showing last month in Arizona, Team Bike Alley/Redline/Rockstar was ready for a big weekend at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. We were there for the ABA Socal Nationals & USA Cycling National Championships. The Track was in great shape, especially considering the amount of rain this past winter, the crew at Future BMX did a great job getting the track dialed for the weekend. The OTC is a great showcase for this sport with amazing facilities in place, and if you have never been to this venue and are a fan of BMX racing, a trip to Chula Vista is a must! …especially later this year, for the UCi Supercross in September.
Our weekend started out a little rough for the team, while getting in some extra track time Thursday evening, 13X Daniel Johnson went down with a major leg injury sending him to the hospital where he would undergo two surgeries before the weekend of racing had even ended. Friday morning, during practice 16X Beau Gregorios went down with a wrist injury and after a trip the ER to confirm a fracture in 2 places his weekend was also over. What made the injury even more difficult to handle was that Beau was to spend the following week at the Junior Development Camp at the OTC. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery guys!
Friday afternoon racing was finally underway and the Bike Alley riders were back on track. This weekend the team was led by its 9X dynamic duo, AJ Saldivar and Patrick Coo. Both AJ and Patrick could be seen out front all weekend long on board their Redline Flights. Saldivar and Coo finished 1st and 2nd on Friday and 2nd & 3rd on Sunday in 9X. AJ with one of his best weekends of racing, also placed 2nd in 9 cruiser on Sunday. Both Coo and Saldivar also won USAC Championship Gold medals on Saturday as well in 9 and 10 Boys Challenge divisions, respectively. 7 girl Taylor Cornelius took a weekend off from hitting home runs in softball to score a 1st & 2nd on Friday & Sunday, as well as taking home a silver medal in 8 Girls on Saturday. Jordan Nopens managed a silver medal also on Saturday and even squeezed in a trip south of the border between motos on Sunday.
This weekend also marked the return of Wyatt Hubbard, who has taken a 14 month break from BMX racing and returned with some solid laps including an exciting 3rd place finish on Sunday in 11X. Kyle Bastin also had a good weekend, looking very fast and consistent, making mains all 3 days in the super-tough 17-18X class in his first weekend of racing after coming back from injury last month. Big things to come from these riders once they’re both back in top form.
The Socal Nationals pulled in about 200 motos, with all the top teams in attendance. The Bike Alley/Redline/Rockstar team had another great weekend, winning both days. The team turned in some solid scores on Friday & Sunday with impressive scores of 204 and 210 points. This puts the team in 2nd place overall in the standings, and is looking to close the gap on the always strong J&R team.
Next up? Bakersfield, here we come!
The team would like to thank all of its sponsors, including Bike Alley (www.bikealleybmx.com), Redline Bicycles (www.redlinebicycles.com), Rockstar Energy Drink (www.rockstar69.com), QSI, Chism Commercial, ODI (www.odigrips.com), S&M Bikes and Fly Racing (www.flyracingbmx.com)