250/450 class- Mitchell Harrison
Cairo, Georgia floods the national results list…and a top the rush is the #229 of Mitchell Harrison. Although he isn’t actually from there, Harrison has spent a great deal of his past few years down there logging some log hours. Now a member of the Star Racing Yamaha team, Mitchell’s gig has changed up a bit adding California to his repertoire. Harrison hangs it out on the track, a leader in the current wave of edgy, aggressive, leave it all on the track racers. Harrison got things started with big battles in Florida against the previous mentioned Sanayei at the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross. Despite amazing efforts, the #229 machine finished a respectable second overall in both the 250 A/Pro Sport and 450 A/Pro Sport classes solidifying his place amongst the fastest A riders in the nation right off the bat. The James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship served as a continuance of Harrison’s strong will, wrapping up March in Texas with a first place finish in 250 A. He was able to execute his plans once again as racing made it’s way to Tennessee. When the checkered flags waved at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Harrison kept himself on the podium starting with a third in Open Pro Sport. The sweat spilled in the 250 A class throughout the week was even sweeter however, wrapping up his 2015 A class contest at the Ranch in first place overall. Harrison’s most recent appearance and his first aboard the new Yamaha at the Monster Energy Cup was a testament to his technical ability and willingness to push the limits when the rest reconsider. Although he was second on the Dirty 100 this year, expect Harrison to be gunning for nothing but wins in 2016.
Two-Stroke- Justin Cooper
Justin Cooper has been on fire lately. Immediately after an amazing performance at the Monster Energy Cup, Cooper made his way to KROC to continue cleaning house and winning. Taking a few steps back, this summer was a great one for Cooper. Coop roosted his way to multiple Loretta Lynn’s titles at once, something few can even claim one of. Justin’s amazing performances in the College (16-24) and 2-Stroke (16+) classes prove he belongs in the mix. Cooper’s recent A class efforts at the Kawasaki Race of Champions really turned a lot of heads also and at the rate he’s going everyone might as well get ready to watch the show.
85cc class- Carson Mumford
Down but not out, Carson Mumford has a new home and a pretty new steed waiting on him when he returns. Before the switch however, Mumford was as impressive as ever winning close to half of the events that he raced over the year. Dating back to last year’s Winter Olympics, Mumford has been winning and often…see the 85 (12-13) Limited results if you must reference for proof…the kid’s got the goods! Carson proved he’s the man in his state, sealing the deal on both the Mini Sr. 1 and Mini Sr. 2 Modified classes at the California Classic against some of the best he will face at this time. Mumford and his Dunlop’s have been hooking up all over the country, especially in the tough Tennessee soil. Carson put in an amazing effort at the Ranch garnishing a third place overall finish in the Mini Sr 2 (12-14) class and a huge title win in the Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) division. Despite a minor set back, Simi Valley based Carson is hungrier than ever and ready to continue his fight to 85cc supremacy.
65cc class- Hunter Yoder
Menifee, California’s Hunter Yoder is becoming a household name. From Fox ad’s to podium top steps, Yoder has been everywhere and is logging some results to really be proud of. Beginning with a pair of second place overall finishes at the California Classic in the 65 (10-11) Limited and Modified classes, Hunter continued to battle his way to the top of the pack and fight for wins. Yoder’s efforts didn’t go unrewarded at Mammoth as he ripped his way to second overall keeping himself on the list of potential victors in the deep 65 ranks. Hunter and his family left Loretta Lynn’s stoked and hungry for even more this coming season landing just short of the top sopt with second overall in the 65 (10-11) Limited and a third in the 65 (7-11) class. Yoder can and will lock down that top spot again soon and once he gets another taste the competition better step their game up.