The J Day GP series made an adventurous return from the summer break, with a weekend full of racing and family fun. Rounds 8 and 9 were located at the picturesque Hemond’s MX Facility in Minot Maine, where the beautiful countryside provided a fine setting for a J Day GP.
The Hemond’s J Day layout was especially fierce with blazing temperatures and the mountainous terrain. In the woods, the J Day trails were technical and physically demanding with vast changes in elevation. However, the MX portion was fast and flowing and the conditions were mint.
On Saturday, Johnny Girroir started his weekend with the STS Holeshot. Johnny immediately pulled away from Kawasaki rider Andy Mathieu by the end of the first lap.
Mathieu did however put in some impressive lap times matching the speed of Girroir but was never able to catch back up to the Yamaha rider. Behind Mathieu was Motofit KTM rider Chase Simone who settled into 3rd on his 250 sx and in fourth was Brendan Riordan who put in an impressive ride coming from dead last after a first turn crash. Once again Tommy Pierce found himself in the top 5 overall while winning the A 250 class.
In Moto two Johnny Girroir once again ripped the STS Holeshot on his YZ, but in the second corner he went down on the mx track.
Johnny quickly sliced through the pack and surprised everyone when he popped out of the woods in first place! He put in the two fastest laps of the day despite the track being in brutal condition. Andy Mathieu did the same and was on Johnny’s rear tire for the first half of the race.
The battle was great considering Mathieu was the first rider to challenge Johnny since Crow Hill I!
By the fourth lap Johnny pulled away and Mathieu controlled second. Riordan finished in 3rd giving him his first ever J Day podium and 4th went to young gun Anthony Jackson out of the A 250 class. Tom Pierce once again finished in 5th overall but this time 2nd in A 250.
Top 10 Overall Round 8 (Saturday)
1. Johnny Girroir 1-1
2. Andy Mathieu 2-2
3. Brendan Riordan 4-3
4. Chase Simone 3-6
5. Tom Pierce 5-5 (A 250)
6. Anthony Jackson 9-4 (A 250)
7. Beau Veins 6-8
8. Bob Santheson 7-9
9. Justin Tucker 10-7
10. Anthony Weislander 13-10 (A Open)
On Sunday the temperature was about 15 degrees cooler and the clouds provided perfect racing conditions. The J Day racers were also rewarded with fresh trails and a groomed mx section. Moto 1 started off with Josh Cenammo grabbing the STS Holeshot. Johnny G moved into the lead on his YZ 300 two stroke followed by his brother Stevie Girroir.
However, Chase Simone was on his game and moved into the number 2 spot on the second lap. Stevie Girroir would suffer problems with his reeds and drop back and settle with eight. Brendan Riordan pushed his KTM 200 into third and 4th overall would go to Beau Veins which was a personal best J Day finish for him. Fifth overall would go to Tommy Pierce.
The final moto of the J Day weekend started off with a wild STS HoleshoT battle between Johnny Girroir and Beau Veins locking bars into the first corner.
Neither rider let off and in the end it was Beau Veins who snatched the $100 STS Motorsports award. Johnny Girroir checked out in typical fashion and Josh Cenammo put the hammer down for a solid 2nd place finish. The surprise of the day was, Stevie Girroir finishing 3rd in moto number two.
This is especially impressive considering Johnny, Josh and Stevie are all related! Team Dozer is really making it happen this year at the J Days. Fourth overall went to Brendan Riordan who made a late moto pass on Chase Simone. Top 10 Overall Round 9 (Sunday)