Gavel wins hotly-contested motocross division


Rob Gavel proved that silver can turn to gold after all.
Gavel finished second in each of his runs in the youth class (age 14-24) at the Emo Motocross event Saturday, but his 44 total points were good enough to nab the gold medal when all was said and done.
Gavel beat out 16 other competitors, including Kirk Green, who sat in first place after the first round but eventually finished third with 38 points.
Lucas Giardino was second with 40.
Green later rebounded in the pro-am motocross, earning the win with 50 points.
Gavel was second with 44, followed by Bob Leblanc in third with 40.
Leblanc received his due in the open division, however, taking 47 points to edge out Gavel (45).
Brandon Chalet finished third (42).
Pierre Demers proved victorious in the junior division, racking up 43 points to knock off Brady Love (42) and Kevin Wildhaber (40).
Love eventually earned his gold in the super-mini class with 50 points, withstanding challenges from Kenny Turner (44) and Stephen Morgan (40).
Turner, meanwhile, boasted an event win himself—scoring 50 points to win the 85cc 12-16 division, holding off Morgan (44).
In the beginner division, Aodhan Climie picked up the win with 47 points, fending off Chris Nummelin (45) and Mason Meyer (42).
As for the 50cc G1 class, Mathew Thomson clinched top spot with 50 points, followed by Kale Doran (44) and Braden Fogen (40).
Mitchell Vanlenthe won the 50cc G2 class with 50 points as the only entrant.
Moving up a notch, Kyle Dennis earned a win in the 65cc 7-11 class with 50 points, trailed by Russell Hurd’s 42.
James Stewart and Tyson Orr tied for third with 35.
Orr did better with a little more power, captuing the 85cc 7-11 class with 50 points while Dennis and James White tied for second with 42 apiece.
Dan Gavel won both ATV divisions, taking the open and pro crowns with 50 points each time.
Wayne deBruin (42) and Brian Valenthe (40) were runners-up in the pro class while Bob Polkinghorne and deBruin earned 40 points each in the open division.
The event boasted 50 racers ranging in age from four-49, with some competitors entering up to three classes.