The CC Factory team was back in action at the 2012 Sarasota Florida Cup Qualifiers. Newly signed pro Cj Mcguire came prepared to impress. He handled every part of the track as if he had been racing it all year. Cj established a position in the front of the pack and when it came to the big show he did not disappoint.
Cj continually bumped elbows with Olympic hopeful Tyler Faoro but never lost his form. Staying in the front half of the pack and landing those awkward pro jumps kept Cj within medal contention. He took 2nd on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday.
Cj was not the only rider to break into the top three, in fact the team had a great weekend full of wins. Allison Marchese set a blistering pace in the 13 Girls class. She took wins on both days and won all her motos except for one. How close can you get perfect?
Nine year old girls expert Mckenzie Gayheart delivered on that perfection. In a group of six serious riders she won every moto and both mains on her 20 inch. The consistent performances of these two girls has been at the heart of CycleCraft's successful record this year.
Eleven year old Joey Leto's fate is forever tied together with that of his friend Scott Hall jr. The two of them traded the race lead back and forth all weekend. Scotty scored the big win on Saturday but Joey took first place honors on Sunday.
John Marchese was back fighting the good fight at 15X. In what has become a very tough field, John was unable to make the main on Saturday and struggled through the motos on Sunday. Despite these set backs he did not give up hope. John went for it in the main, found an opening and took 4th place with an inspiring effort.
Patrick Deats took straight 2nds in the 45-50 Cruiser class on Saturday. He then climbed back into the 41+ Expert 20" class on Sunday. There he made the main landing in 7th place.
The Mailman Shane Hall duked it out with local favorite Kody Wong in the 17-20 Cruiser class. They traded moto wins and main wins, with Kody taking Sat and Shane taking Sunday. In the 19-27 Expert class Shane fared even better with wins on both days and on Saturday he nailed a perfect score.
Tony Lehman also took on both bikes at Sarasota. He found a tough group in the 41-45yr Cruiser class scoring in 4th and 5th. However, it was in the 41+ Class where he shined. Tony took 2nd place all the way through coming in just a bike length behind leading rider Johnny Comerford.
Factory CycleCraft had a successful weekend and a great time. Sarasota provided the large crowd, thrills and spills of a major event. Not only was it fun, it was also an appropriate warm-up for their next stop on the schedule - The Dixieland Nationals.
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