February 16th, 2014 will go down as one great ceremony the MSC hosted in celebration of our riders accomplishments in 2013. An over flowing stage full of trophies, some many feet higher than the rider receiving it, a room of over 450 attendees, and $25,000+ in prizes, this party was a sight to see.
Our friends from Big Boyz Toys, Dutchess Recreational Vehicles, and Jim Moroney’s Cycle were on hand with 2014 Motocross bikes on display and to show support of their fellow enthusiasts and sponsored riders. Moroney’s Cycle raffled off a GoPro Hero3 helmet cam and donated the proceeds to the MSC.
MSC takes all proceeds from the banquet and our series membership and gives all back to the riders. Looking around the room that night it was easy to see the excitement on the faces of the riders as they retrieved their earned awards or prizes. The banquet seems to also be the beginning of the new season, where the riders get the share the stories of yesterday and their plans for the new year. Some walked away from the banquet with a new bike to ride in 2014.
Early on in the banquet, attendees were treated to a video made for the beginning of the banquet. Riders Peter Floor #95, Butch Racenet #96, and Scott Sheak #4 were all class winners and featured in the video. In 2014, we will do many more featured rider profiles but this was the start of it all.
Leah Brew was honored for her many years of dedication as the Chairwomen of the MSC. Through thick and thin, she has always been there to keep the sports committee going in the right direction. We thank her for all her service and continued support of many years of MSC motocross history.
Jake Church #521 – 125 Two Stroke Only Champion in fitting fashion became the winner of the 2014 Yamaha YZ125 purchased from Phibbs Motorsports.
Jake hails from Greenville, NY and rode the Schoolboy class as well as the 125 Two Stroke Only class in 2013. He was genuinely surprised and really pumped to win his new bike for 2014.
Not only did he win a bike, but he also won a new Fox Podium Shock from Fox Racing worth $1000.00! And he won some free practice passes to a few of the MSC tracks.
Not many race series can boast these types of awards. MSC feels our riders are the lifeblood of the series and we work very hard year in and year out to make it possible for the bikes to be part of the banquet.
Another treat on awards night was our wonderful M/C Randy Simpson and his girlfriend Maureen won our Grand Prize 2014 Kawasaki KX250F purchased from Phibbs Motorsports.
Both were extremely excited and surprised, and really, really happy. I had the honor of winning a bike back in 2006 and Randy made very special comments that night. I was able to return the favor to Randy and Maureen as I asked Randy, “How long have you attended our banquet? Winning a bike is so awesome and I remember when you announced that I was the winner and the nice comments you made. That was one of the most special nights of my life.” Randy went along with not knowing they were winning the KX250F. I read all the numbers but one and placed the raffle ticket in front of Randy’s face to read the last digit and see who actually was on the ticket. Boy he was surprised!!!
It is moments like that, that really make what we do special. Randy has dedicated himself to our sport and I cannot think of a better person to win the bike that night.
250 Expert Champion for 2014 is Davi Sterritt ( Award received by his father Mark Sterritt)
Scott Sheak became the 2013 Open Expert, +25 Expert, & +30 Expert Champion
The MSC 250 and Open Expert Plates were once again donated by Hunter Motorcycle.
Congratulations to all the awarded riders and the many raffle prize winners. It was certainly a night to remember. Now its time to get ready to go racing.
James Slaughter #69 B Class
Chairman, Metropolitan Sport Committee