Billy Janniro went 7 for 7 in winning the biggest race meeting in 2011 at each of the West Coast's tracks as he lifted the 'US Masters' Title at Victorville. It was a star studded line up for the biggest event the track has held under its current promotion. Janniro was simply perfect in all five rides, thrilling the fans with his unique aggressive on the edge style. Eddie Castro defeated Austin Novratil in heat one, a result that ultimately broke the 5th placed tie at the end of the night. Ricky Wells defeated Jimmy Fishback and laid down a marker in heat two. Mike Faria, on his first visit in over a year was very impressive to win heat three before Janniro simply drove away from the pack to win heat 4 and close out round 1.
Round two begun with Wells again showing the style to win heat 5, with Fishback defeating Castro in 6. Janniro won heat 7 though Austin Novratil impressed in second and stayed with Janniro for the first two laps. The round closed out with Faria scoring another impressive win over Burmeister and Michael Raines.
Heat 9 saw Fishback win and move onto 8, Burmeister once more in second place. Heat 10 ultimately was the race of title destiny - the three undefeated riders and Castro, who was on 5, all met. Janniro got a fast gate whilst Wells missed the start completely. Faria was a good second whilst Wells fought past Castro but could not make up further places. Novratil moved onto 7 and into podium contention in winning heat 11, whilst Manzares swept by Gomez to win 12.
Faria moved onto 11 points winning heat 13. Heat 14 saw Raines fall and a very unlucky Gomez damage his bike laying it down to avoid hitting Raines. Both riders were unhurt but damaged equipment ended their nights. Castro won the re-run, whilst Wells lead home Novratil and Burmeister in heat 15. Heat 16 saw Janniro all but put his hand on the title with a defeat of Fishback.
The final round saw Janniro wrap things up by an easy win in heat 17. Castro moved onto 11 by leading home Burmeister in 18. The last two heats would decide spots 2 through 6. Fishback won heat 19 to at least secure a run off for 2nd. Faria was in 2nd place and had an epic duel with Novratil, with the youngster passing the hugely impressive legend Faria on the final lap. Faria, though now on 12 and likely to miss out on the podium was simply a class act all meeting long and rode like a man 25 years younger. Wells won heat 20 to secure a run off for 2nd, whilst Newport Hornet Richard Andrews finally got to grips with the track with a charge from last to second.
Fishback drew the outside gate and Wells had the inside for the run off. Fishback used the outside grip to get the better around turn 1 and 2 - Wells fought back hard and raced hard but it was the Southern California points champion who came home first.
Division Two was won by junior rider Max Ruml who is improving further racing the adults. Ruml and Joey St. Louis won the heats. Kevin Fife won a heat and the Main in third division, with Joey St. Louis taking the other heat. 250cc juniors had all heats won by Max Ruml but Broc Nicol was hugely competitive in his second ever 250cc meeting. Gino Scopellite won the junior 200 Main - Braydan Galvin who won the first heat very impressively competitively could not make the final due to bike problems. Jimmy Fishback IV won the junior Main as well as heat - local favorite Dakota Shockley won the other heat.
The US Masters, thanks to generous support from local businesses and fans paid out the largest purse money in the 7 years the current promotion has been running Speedway. It closed out an 8 month, 14 event season. The track has already announced a tentative 2012 schedule that begins on March 17th.
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