2018 MIDWEST NATIONALS RACE REPORT

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There are few places as legendary as the hallowed grounds of Rockford BMX. They’ve been at it since 1977 and it definitely shows. Early Friday morning 2.59 inches of rain fell in on the track. By 10:30 am practice kicked off like it had never happened. Longtime track operator Jake Karau and the crew have the drainage dialed in like clockwork. It is one of the many things that this facility has literally perfected over the years.
This year marked the first time that the Midwest Nationals have been the Pro Series schedule since 2015 and boy did they put on a show for the fans.
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A Pro was the largest group of pros on the weekend with 22 riders on Friday night. Philly’s finest, Menardo Simon was on the gas all day long and chose gate 1 which at Rockford is the furthest from turn one, despite being on the inside. That wouldn’t matter though as he would holeshot on his Cult race frame and control the race from start to finish. Ecuadorian Nicolas Palacios cruised in right behind him for the second and Justin Knapper rounded out the podium for day one.

The second day brought more of the same with Simon controlling his laps for most of the day. He found himself back in gate one come main time, but once it hit the deck Ohio’s Brandon Roharik shot out of gate seven and into the lead. Simon settled into two and Layne Gainer muscled his way into third in the second turn and that’s how they’d finish.

Both Cristian Becerine and Tyler Brown were fresh off a plane from the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Tyler brought some major confidence in as he’d just been crowned the Masters World Champion just eight days prior.
 

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