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ABA Winter Nationals

Black Mountain BMX, Arizona

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Despite threatening weather forecasts, early morning winds, dark clouds, and a few raindrops, the ABA Winter Nationals went just as smooth as the dirt on the track. Saturday's moto count of 361 broke all records and the track officials did a good job at running the races quickly and efficiently with a two-moto transfer system.

The track was pristine: even lips, no rocks or bumps, and turns sculpted like a Michelangelo masterpiece. Although most pros praised the track, there were a few who thought it was easy and offered no challenges. They may have been right for most of the track, but the rhythm section was balling up most who tried to get through it. In fact, usual rhythm master Chris Schoonover went down hard during practice and broke his leg.

Turns one and two were a delight to any pimp master. They were hard, fast, and offered a bunch of different lines. Those who were lucky carved hard and survived; others were forced over the berm and disappeared from podium promise. During Saturday's AA semi main, Charles Townsend was in 6th heading into the second turn. My friends and I shared a collective gasp as we saw him heading hard into the inside line. How he didn't slide out, and how he didn't force anyone into the on-looking photographers will forever remain a mystery, but he quickly went into 4th place and went on to transfer to the main.

Andy Contes was strong in his AA debut, taking 2nd in Pro Open on Saturday and 5th in Class on Sunday. Wade Bootes also rode strong all weekend and was working through traffic like Cru Jones in a Helltrack qualifier. Holland import Robert DeWilde was smoking and looks like he fits just right into his GT uniform. John Purse and Christophe Leveque were lackluster in their performances. They did well, but didn't look to be their dominant selves. And mentally Leveque made some errors and shut down on occasion.

Danny Nelson and Greg Romero were pulling harder than anyone else at the Winter Nationals. In fact, Nelson consistently came out of the first turn with a 3-5 bike-length lead. Now that's just crazy! Romero took the win on Saturday, and Nelson won on Sunday by winning all three mains. Again - crazy!

Here is the rest of the pros did:

Winternational #1, March 27, 1999
GIRLS PRO Total Riders = 10
1 JAMIE LILLY, GT
2 MICHELLE CAIRNS, HARO
3 TARA LLANES,
4 MICHELLE MEANDRO, DIAMONDBACK
5 JENNIFER SCHLICKENMEYER, ANSWER FACTORY
6 MARLA BRADY, SPECIALIZED
7 TAMI HEMING,
8 SHELLY ARCHULETTA, MR. STICKER

A PRO Total Riders = 53
1 WARWICK STEVENSON,
2 JASON CARNES, REVOLUTION BIKE CO
3 RYAN JOHNSON, REDMAN
4 JASON SILVA, TROY LEE DESIGNS
5 STEVEN SPAHR,
6 T.J. JOHNSON, SUPERCAMP/ANSWER/HARO
7 RYAN JAMES,
8 DWAYNE STOUMBAUGH

AA PRO Total Riders = 39
1 GREG ROMERO, ROBINSON
2 DANNY NELSON, POWERLITE
3 THOMAS ALLIER, GT
4 BRIAN FOSTER, SCHWINN
5 JOHN PURSE, REDLINE
6 ROBERT DE WILDE, GT
7 CHARLES TOWNSEND,
8 JAMIE STAFF, HARO FACTORY

PRO OPEN Total Riders = 40
1 DANNY NELSON, POWERLITE
2 ANDY THE GREEK CONTES, GT
3 "SPICE" DALE HOLMES, PANASONIC SHOCKWAVE
4 MATT POHLKAMP, SCHWINN/AIRWALK
5 BRIAN FOSTER, SCHWINN
6 ROBERT DE WILDE, GT
7 GREG ROMERO, ROBINSON
8 CHRISTOPHE LEVEQUE, SPECIALIZED

Winternational #2, March 28, 1999
GIRLS PRO Total Riders = 8
1 MICHELLE CAIRNS, HARO
2 TARA LLANES,
3 JAMIE LILLY, GT
4 JENNIFER SCHLICKENMEYER, ANSWER FACTORY
5 TAMI HEMING,
6 MICHELLE MEANDRO, DIAMONDBACK
7 SHELLY ARCHULETTA, MR. STICKER

A PRO Total Riders = 48
1 RYAN JOHNSON, REDMAN
2 T.J. JOHNSON, SUPERCAMP/ANSWER/HARO
3 JASON CARNES, REVOLUTION BIKE CO
4 ERIC "BIG DADDY" RUPE, MONGOOSE-ATI
5 RICHARD "DIRT MERCHANT" PELTON, TANGENT
6 JASON SILVA, TROY LEE DESIGNS
7 DOUG LUDEN, ANSWER FACTORY
8 CHRIS HAM, FACTORY SPYCO

AA PRO Total Riders = 39
1 DANNY NELSON, POWERLITE
2 BRIAN FOSTER, SCHWINN
3 JOHN PURSE, REDLINE
4 THOMAS ALLIER, GT
5 ANDY "THE GREEK" CONTES, GT
6 "SPICE" DALE HOLMES, PANASONIC SHOCKWAVE
7 WADE BOOTES, TREK
8 GREG ROMERO, ROBINSON

PRO OPEN Total Riders = 37
1 "SPICE" DALE HOLMES, PANASONIC SHOCKWAVE
2 BRIAN FOSTER, SCHWINN
3 DANNY NELSON, POWERLITE
4 JOHN PURSE, REDLINE
5 JOHN WHIPPERMAN, REDMAN
6 ROBERT DE WILDE, GT
7 MIKE KING, HARO
8 JASON RICHARDSON, MOSH


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