On the newly built Cr Bmx Track the 2010 Central American Tournament was held with the best riders from the area like Guatemalans Hugo "Loko" Martinez (A Pro) and Dario Villagran (19-27X and Bellflower BMX local for a while) and other good riders from Nicaragua that came down to give battle to the local Costa Ricans.
Of course Team REDLINE Costa Rica with a 3 rider roster had favorites in the toughest and most international classes of 15-16X and 17 and over Elite. At the end of the day RL had a rider on both ends of the Elite podium 2nd went to Sebastian Chavez and 3rd for Daniel Morales. The winner Oscar Solis, although not from the team definetely took all the advantage of riding a loaned RL bike (from a 3rd party). Attached are some great pics of RL Teamrider Daniel Morales battling it out with Hugo Martinez of Guatemala in the motos. Also of Sebastian Chavez battling with Dario Villagran in the other moto. There is a video of the final on the track’s Facebook: Cr Bmx Track.
That Central American Tournament was held on Dec. 19th 2010. And that new RL teamrider Franklin Darmuz (from the at risk youth program, he is a son of very poor Nicaraguan immigrants) was 3rd place in the contested 15-16X class (while still 14 years old) with a good demonstration of skill and guts jumping everything on the track he brought his brand new RL Proline Pro to a podium finish on his first ever race.
Jan 30th brought the first stop of the Costa Rica National BMX Cup 2011 first BMX race series to be sanctioned by the Costa Rican Cycling Federation in several years. Again all eyes were on the REDLINE team with it’s trick bikes and cool uniforms to match their awesome skills. With an injured calf from a bad crash caused by a broken chain on the first straight on a practice session the week before Sebastian Chavez had to settle for 2nd place in the ELite class not being able to contest winner Oscar Solis at all. Daniel Morales unclipped in the middle of the 2nd straight and fell behind but managed to catch up for 3rd also in Elite. Up and coming rider Franklin Darmuz took his Redline to a 2nd place finish in the skill packed 15-16X class. Attached are some pics of all three RL riders in action. In order: 1) 14 year old Franklin Darmuz, 2) Daniel Morales battling Oscar Solis in the first turn, 3) Sebastian Chavez catching up and passing Daniel right before turn 3, 4) Elite train into the first turn, 5) Daniel in practice, 6)Sebastian in practice.
Next stop for Costa Rica REDLINE rider Sebastian Chavez will be in Tampa Florida for the ABA Gator Nationals at the AWESOME Oldsmar BMX Track. Hope to enjoy a good racing weekend for my last race in 19-27X class in spite of a persisiting calf injury which has kept him off his bike in the weeks prior…