Answer/Rennen Fall National Recap

November 4, 2014 by  

Jack Kelly at the 2014 Disney Cup

By Glen Knapper
The final stop on the Answer/Rennen Summer Tour took us to Mickey’s front door–the USA BMX Fall Nationals in Kissimmee, FL. The Disney Cup is a three-day, three-national-score weekend that brings riders from across the US and many foreign lands as well. All hit town with high hopes of hoisting the Disney Cup trophy high above their heads on Sunday. The team geared up on Friday morning to get the three day event started with some fast practice laps before the racing got under way Friday afternoon.

Rider Recap

Bailey Brannen (13G) – Shining bright in her home state, Bailey showed up to put in some hot laps. It’s been a few months since the last time I had the pleasure of seeing this young lady race, and every time I see her she impresses in a big way. Bailey was doing double duty at Disney, racing both class and cruiser. She finished with a pair of deuces and a fifth in class and third, fourth and seventh in cruiser. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do in Tulsa.

Jack Kelly (11X) – The “Cannonball” came to town and conquered 11X, acing all-but one lap (in open on Sunday. With a Disney Cup on his mantle, Jack’s focus shifts to defending his NAG 1 plate in the season’s final showdown.

Markwane Billingsley at the 2014 Disney Cup
Markwane Billingsley (14X) – If “Scooter” wasn’t striking fear in the the minds of 14X before, after this weekend he definitely is. Markwane is starting to show his full potential, and had some incredibly-strong laps in Florida. After a third place finish on Friday and a crash on Saturday, he pulled it all together and finished the weekend off with a win on Sunday. Scooter is training hard to upgrade that NAG 8 when the dust settles on Grands weekend.

Cameron Moore at the 2014 USA BMX Fall Nationals
Cameron Moore (16X) – It was a hotly-anticipated return to the starting hill for the Dirt Devil, following a major injury in June. Cam came to the Fall Nationals to test out his recently-healed ankle. He worked his way through qualifying on Friday, but a mishap in the semis left him watching from the sideline. On Saturday, Cameron put the Friday mishap behind him and worked his way into the main, before wrecking hard going into turn two. Game over, for this weekend at least. Heal up quick Cam…

Justin Knapper at the 2014 Disney Cup
Justin Knapper (18X) – One of the toughest classes in BMX right now has to be 17-18X. Making that main event is a chore in itself. The “outside gate” bug has bitten Justin a lot this year and Friday’s semi was no exception–which spelled a sit-down for the main. The rest of the weekend saw Justin get tied up in carnage in the main, but he still worked his way to fourth both days with some strong qualifying rounds. Justin is training hard the next few weeks and will putting down some strong laps in Tulsa.

Derik Bergh (19X) – With the weather starting to change in Minnesota, Derik is getting ready to snowbird it out to San Diego to avoid the need to shovel off a sprint lane in the street. With a clip problem in practice, Derik was hoping that he had solved the problem, but the grip of the clip slipped in Friday’s main, and he mounted a heck of a charge to make up ground for fourth. After some equipment adjustments, Derik was able to better his finishes every day with a third and second on Sat and Sun, respectively. Derik is heading to Oklahoma in the hunt for the NAG 1 plate and will surely be working hard in the few weeks left to bring it home.

Dave Maltezos (36X) – Not losing a lap all weekend is the best way to bring home a Disney Cup in both class and cruiser, just ask Davey because that’s exactly what he did. After wins all three days, Dave has surely positioned himself to be a top contender in both class and cruiser come Grands weekend.

2014 has been a great season for the team–and the best chapter hasn’t even been written yet. Answer/Rennen is poised for a great finish to the year at the “Greatest Race on Earth” in Tulsa on Thanksgiving weekend. Be sure you stop by our pit, say hello and meet some of the riders.

*Thanks to USA BMX for the photos.

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