This was the first year that Soul BMX Racing has taken part in this ABA Race Series, known as the Redline Cup. There are three regions: East, Central, & West. Three of the teams members participated in the qualifier and made it to the finals this year. We packed up the bikes, and headed down to Kettering, Ohio where this years East Finals were being held last Thursday morning, Sept 4th. The drive took about 13 hours with the stops added in.
Friday – Sept 5 – Redline Cup Final Pre-Race – Double Points
We woke up in Kettering on Friday to overcast skies and rain. No break in the clouds in site. So we headed over to the track and registered for the three races taking place over the weekend. When the registration booth was open it was still raining. The track was covered, but the rain did not let up. We waited until the official word came at 4 pm, the race was cancelled.
Saturday – Sept 6 – US Open Race – Triple Points
After the disappointment of the race being cancelled on Friday, the team woke up and was excited to see that it was nice weather. No rain. So we headed over to the track, it was uncovered and was getting the final touches done on it. The team was nervous, as this was a huge turnout. 65+ motos on the day. For Bri this was definitely the biggest event she had been in. She was very nervous, more so then Brendon and Bailey. When the racing begin, the team was in some tough comptetition. Most of these riders have longer race seasons, race indoors and outdoors for 8-12 months a year. Most of them also take part in the larger National Series races. The team did an excellant job in their motos.
Brianna “Wildflower” Bertrand – You could see the nerousness in the riding. She had a good hard determination to get into the main. She battled and never gave up to the line, her hard work each week in Ottawa was paying off. However, on this day she wasn’t able to overtake the rider in front of her and make the main.
Bailey “Dash” Bertrand – Bailey had a great set of races. In the 2nd race, heading into the first corner, a rider went down and took Bailey out as he was overtaking him. His head hit hard on the track and he was woozy getting up. He found his bike, jumped on it, and raced to the end and into the Main. In the Main event, Baliey raced hard and traded positions with a couple of riders in and out of the first and second corners. He took 4th place.
Brendon “Flash” Bertrand – Brendon was in some great races. He battled hard and was right in the mix to get into the main. He was about a half a bike length to a full bike length out of the qualifications to get into the mains. However, he had some really fast races and competed extremely hard in each race.
Sunday – Sept 7 – Redline Cup Finals – Quadruple Points
This was a huge race, 85+ motos. Down from 2007 from what I heard, but still a huge turnout. The nerves were a little better for the riders today on Soul BMX Racing. It was a very early morning start 8:00AM. There was rain in the first round of races that made the track very slick and made for some huge crashes and many many riders going down all over the track. Bailey also decided he was added in his Cruiser to the mix and race both bikes. Gutsy move, he said he had enough time to recover for both races.
Bailey “Dash” Bertrand – 20″ – Bailey had again a very good day, he raced very hard and in each race over took riders on the track. He beat out some other riders to get into the main. In the Main Event he was right in the mix with a few other riders for positions 2-5….after coming around the final corner he crossed the line in 5th place. Very exciting racing. – Cruiser – He had some big competition in the Cruiser class. He competed hard and was not to far off the pace. Unfortunately he was not able to qualify into the main event.
Brianna “Wildflower” Bertrand – Bri had a huge day. After fighting bigtime nerves on Saturday, she showed up and had a big time race in the 2 race to qualify into the main event. She took a low line in the first corner and took 2nd place in the race. She race very fast all day. In the Main Event half way through the race, she was in the mix for 2nd place with a pack of riders. At the line she crossed in 5th place, and was not to far off from gaining a position or two. Great racing.
Brendon “Flash” Bertrand – Even with the results, I don’t think I have seen Brendon race harder and faster then on this day. He was gunning for some positions. In the first race, he was right with the pack of riders and passed a couple who then went down in the corner and then he crossed the line in 3rd place, just missing a transfer into the main. In the next race, there were some positions changes, and he battled for positions right to the line and was about half a bike length out to qualify into the main. Very exciting racing
Overall it was a good weekend. It was good to compete against some higher caliber riders, which will only make the team better racers. We witnessed that this weekend on Sunday the competition pushed them to with out a doubt their fastest racing all year. Very proud of each team member!!!