2011 Western States Championship - San Bernardino, CA, USA - October 7
National Champion Billy "The Kid" Janniro added another title to his bulging trophy case when he lifted the Western States Championship with a flawless performance at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
Janniro, who retained his National Championship the previous weekend, entered the Final with a perfect score and picked gate one. Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback, who had only been beaten by Janniro, selected gate two. "Flyin" Mike Faria chose gate four which left "Battling" Buck Blair with gate three.
Janniro exploded from the tapes at the start and led the field into turn one. Fishback emerged from the contenders in second and focused on the leader. Janniro had a solid lead after the first lap, and just as he had the entire evening, he stretched his advantage with each circuit. Janniro was first to the checkered flag, Fishback held on to second, Blair finished third, and Mike Faria was fourth.
Aaron Fox made the best start in the first heat but Steve Russell passed him on the final lap to take the win. Janniro gave an early indication of his evening by blazing to victory over Neil Facchini. Mike Faria defeated Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell in event three. Fishback ended the first round by beating Rick "The Rage" Valdez.
Facchini started the second round with a win over Joey "The Bolt" Holt. Janniro defeated Fishback for his second straight win. Blair beat Tyson Talkington for his first victory. Mike Faria defeated his son, Danny Faria to finish round two with his second consecutive win.
Janniro began round three with a defeat of Blair for his third win in a row. Mike Faria matched Janniro's unblemished streak by beating Facchini. Fishback defeated Danny Faria for his second win. Shawn McConnell defeated Talkington for his first victory to end the third round.
The final round opened with Faria leading event 29 for a lap before Fishback stormed past and took the lead and the win. Both riders earned enough points to make the Final. Blair defeated Fox for his second victory of the evening. Shawn McConnell won event 31 ahead of Facchini for his second straight win. Janniro closed out the heats with a dominant victory ahead of Russell to remain undefeated and solidify his spot in the Final.
Blair made a brilliant start in the Last Chance Race and kept Shawn McConnell at bay to get the win and the final spot in the Final. Facchini finished third and Russell was fourth.
Troy "Mad Puppy" McConnell started in gate four and used an excellent outside move in the first turn to take the lead in the Second Division Main Event. It was the closest that his competitors would get to him as he pulled away for the victory. Mike Wiley finished second, Rohn Zellner was third, and Mitch Pierson finished fourth.
Kevin Fife made the best start in the Third Division Main Event but Northern California's Chanse Vaccaro set his sights on the leader. Vaccaro closed ground throughout the race but fell when he tried to pass him on the third lap. Fife led the final lap to take the win, Kip McClain was second, Tony DeAlmeida finished third, and Vaccaro was credited with fourth.
Daniel Casey led the Youth Main Event before Sebastian Palmese passed him on the back straight. Palmese's turn at the front didn't last long because Braydan Galvin swept around the outside and took the lead at the conclusion of the first lap. Broc Nicol followed the same path as Galvin to get into second. Galvin was still holding the lead when a confusion regarding the flags and the number of laps caused most of the riders to slow down. Galvin maintained his lead on the final lap and won, but the pack behind him shuffled. Palmese finished second, Dalton Leedy was third, Nicol finished fourth, and Casey was fifth.
Jimmy Fishback IV led from start to finish en route to victory in the Pee Wee Main Event. Matthew Casey finished second, Luke Whitcomb was third, Elaina Williams finished fourth, and Sara Cords was fifth.
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