It was all on the line for Brad Baker and James Rispoli at the Springfield Short Track Pro Singles final. Rispoli, 10 points down in the championship, knew he had to finish in front of Baker to have a realistic shot at winning the title in Pomona next month. So Rispoli did what he needed to do and tried to make a desperate inside pass on Baker in the final turn. The result was a hard contact. Hit from behind, Baker’s head jerked from the impact, but he held on to his Honda and guided it to victory. For Rispoli it was the agony of defeat as he crashed giving it everything he could. The innocent bystander of the red-hot battle was third place Jeffrey Carver, who had nowhere to go, hit Rispoli’s bike and joined him on the deck.
I was thrilled to get an email from Johnny Lewis yesterday giving me an update on his rehab. Lewis, as most of you know, is a major talent in both AMA Supermoto and AMA Grand National racing. Lewis was looking to be a strong contender for the AMA Grand National Singles Championship this year, but he had to go off and play in Supermoto and ended up with a torn ACL after a crash at the Vegas round.
Lewis is one of the most talented up-and-coming riders on the scene today and he says his therapy is coming along really well and he should be back on a bike by November.
Here’s to a quick recovery Johnny, we all hope to see you back on track soon.
You can keep up to date with Lewis on his website here.
The AMA Superbike really missed Eric Bostrom this year. EBoz was one of the great personalities of the series and a fan favorite, not to mention one of the most talented racers on the planet. Maybe after a year off Eric will get the fire again to come back. Let’s hope so. He’s two years younger than his brother Ben and Ben’s not doing too badly. Come on back EBoz. The series needs you now more than ever.
This was taken at the Springfield Short Track Saturday night before the rains came so this really didn’t count, but I thought it was cool because it was new GNC Singles champ Henry Wiles (17) battling old champ Jake Johnson (1) in the start of a Heat race.