Payson Rider Wins 85 Open Class


Buddi Bruner flies through the air in the Open Pro Class of the Summer Gold Motocross series.

Buddi Bruner flies through the air in the Open Pro Class of the Summer Gold Motocross series. |

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Round Two of the Summer Gold motocross races gave local riders a golden opportunity to showcase their skills in front of hometown fans.

Among the adrenaline-crazed cyclists to compete in the madcap races held July 11 at Payson Event Center were Jeremy Crosser, Donovan Cross, Jesse Belcher, Joshua Stodghill, Jeffrey Kelley, Trevor Day and Curt Sahlsten.

The Rim Country riders competed against other racers from around the state, many hailing from Valley cities where motocross racing is a weekly event.

The best showing among the locals was turned in by 14-year-old Jeffrey Kelley whose family is more well known for golf accomplishments than racing careers.

Both his parents are top-notch golfers and his older brother Brandan once led the Longhorn golf team to the state championship. He went on to earn a golf scholarship to Point Loma University where he became an All-American.

Jeffrey Kelley won both Moto 1 and Moto 2 to easily claim the overall championship in the 85 Open class.

Crosser competed in the 250 Beginner class and was seventh overall, finishing sixth in Moto 1 and eighth in Moto 2.

Cross was third in both Motos and third overall in the 150 Open.

In the 450 Intermediate division, Belcher finished third in both Motos and was the overall bronze medalist.

Stodghill, who almost always wears the letter “X” on his uniform number, took sixth and fourth in the Motos and fifth overall.

In the 250 Junior division, Sahlsten rode his way to an impressive second-place finish in Moto 1, but in Moto 2 fell to sixth. He was fourth overall. Also in that same class, Day was 11th and 12th in the Motos to take 12 in the finals. Round 1 of the Summer Gold Series was played out July 4 at PEC.

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