Scooter Racing Takes Over Season Opener

Supplied by Marcus Pimentel

Supplied by Marcus Pimentel

The 2019 BMRC Circuit Racing Championship held its highly anticipated season opener on Sunday, May 26th at the RUBiS Southside Raceway, St. David's.

With several rookies joining the ranks, scooter racing is returning "with a vengeance." Yellow rookie vests were scattered around the track with four new racers making their racing debuts. Three new scooter racers include Matthew Chirapoo-Simons, Jacari Renfroe, and Brandon Adams. New minibike racer, Daente Burgess, also made his racing debut in the popular youth class.

In addition to new racers joining the circuit, youth racer, Aiden Lopes, graduated from the Minibike Advanced class and officially moved up to Scooter 4T under his new team: Team Amsoil.

Alongside the rookies, Lopes and Chinapoo-Simons "provided the most entertaining hooks out of all the races," noted club president, Takara Dill. The battle of the rookies stole much of the show with a further Adams and Renfroe battling it out until Adams lost control of his scooter heading into one of the corners mid-track.

Ultimately, Blair Jones, who joined the race scene in 2018, secured his first set of victories, making a clean sweep of all three heats across the entire scooter grid. Jones said "I'd like to give a shout out to all of my sponsors: Custom Mechanic, Voca Racing, HK Scooter Performance, 2fast, and Elite Fitness."

This Sunday, June 9th, is the club's Memorial Race Day where fallen members will be remembered, including Toriano "Animal" Wilson, Navell "Beetle" Darrell, Marvin "Skinny" Robinson, Wilfred "Fly" DeGraff, and Kyle Pimental. Entry is $5 for adults and free for 2019 BMRC members, children under 17, and seniors 65 and over. There will be food vendors on hand for the day with races kicking off at 1PM.

race results for the 2019 Season Opener, May 26th:

Minibike Advanced

Heat 1:

1. Daente Burgess

2. Jediah Cumbermack

Heat 2:

1. Jediah Cumbermack

2. Daente Burgess

Heat 3:

1. Daente Burgess

DNF Jediah Cumbermack

Scooter Open

Heat 1:

1. Ricky Wade

DNF Kenneth DeSilva

Heat 2:

1. Ricky Wade

Heat 3:

1. Ricky Wade

Scooter 70

Heat 1:

1. Blair Jones

2. Marcus Pimentel

3. Matthew Chinapoo-Simons

DNF Jacari Renfroe

Heat 2:

1. Blair Jones

2. Marcus Pimentel

DNF Jacari Renfroe

Heat 3:

1. Blair Jones

2. Marcus Pimentel

3. Jacari Renfroe

Scooter 4T

Heat 1:

1. Aiden Lopes

2. Jason Pacheco

DNF Brandon Adams

Heat 2:

1. Jason Pacheco

2. Aiden Lopes

3. Brandon Adams

Heat 3:

1. Brandon Adams

2. Aiden Lopes

3. Jason Pacheco

FIVE Reasons To Invest In Youth Motorcycle Riding Clinics

A Solid Foundation

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When you sign your child up for our Clinics, you are investing in a future of road safety and the development of correct riding techniques and habits that will give your child an early advantage for handling Bermuda's roads.


A Unique Sports Opportunity

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As an unconventional sport, children and youth explore an alternative activity that promotes teamwork while catering to individual growth and advancement. 


Life Skills

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Our Clinics compliment our island's expansive bike culture. Children learn simple motorcycle mechanics, develop responsibility, build safe habits, and increase their ability to handle unpredictable challenges. 

Experienced and Dedicated Coaches

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All program staff are CPR, First Aid, and SCARS-certified. Coaches have professional race experience and are determined to provide the best support for young riders interested in enjoying the thrill of riding either at a recreational level or with the goal of going pro.

International Exposure

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BMRC's Spark program supports young racers that want to take their involvement in the sport to the next level. When riders begin racing within our local series, they will be eligible to participate in advanced international training and racing with their peers. The most recent group of young riders visited California earlier this month and are already planning their next big adventure with the Club. 
 

Overseas Racing Spotlight: Sheun Simmons

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Sheun Simmons

Our final racer spotlight is on Sheun Simmons. He's a big personality in the group and a  student from Whitney Institute Middle School

Sheun has always had a passion for bikes. "He used to ride around on his Sesame Street Slimey the Worm push along as if he was in a speed race until he got his first, second-hand BMX bike from his cousin," his father, Shannon Simmons, recalls. You couldn’t find a smile bigger than his when he hopped on that bike. 

At the tender age of 2 years old, Sheun was zooming around on his tiny BMX with no training wheels doing "poppa wheelies", skeeting and lapping in circles at full speed all day, every day with a serious face and focused as if he knew one day he would be on a bigger, faster and more professional looking bike.

"I remember we held a family function at the house and Sheun was riding his bike, and his toe got caught in the spokes, causing an injury" Shannon went on to explain. "Upon rushing him to the hospital and receiving treatment for the serious injury, he came back home and hopped right back on his bike as if nothing happened. That was determination and commitment right there."

One sunny Saturday years later, Sheun and his dad took a ride to Clearwater to visit the track where Sheun spotted bikes racing for the first time. He was excited and eager to ride. Needless to say, he was signed up that day and has been a part of the BMRC since then, at the age of 9 years old.

Sheun now loves to start his dad’s bike in the morning and ride around the yard on it, just to prove that he is a skilled and professional rider and can ride any bike set in front of him. 

"At 5’3 he has a big ego for bikes, and we love it! As a father, watching my son doing what he loves, it’s good to know that he is gaining the experience, discipline and learning the correct ways to handle a bike. Once he is of legal age, he will know how to ride on our roads and to avoid situations on them. There is no greater joy than seeing your child do what they love and the happiness it brings to them.”

We are seeking sponsorship to bring the group cost down for the training expenses - every donation helps. If you are interested in supporting the group by making a financial contribution, please visit their GoFundMe Page at https://www.gofundme.com/bermudakidsvisitm1gp

Thank you for taking the time to read this. For an insight into Spark, the youth arm of the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club visit www.bmrc.bm/spark.