Saturday Jun 20 2009
Janniro wins again at Fast Fridays
By: Michael Kirby, Journal Sports Correspondent
For the second week in a row, Billy Janniro showed his determination on the Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway track, picking up his second consecutive Division I Scratch Main Event win. Winning both his scratch heat races Friday night at the Gold Country Fairgrounds track, Janniro secured himself a place in the night’s finale with the fastest riders of the evening. Janniro took control out of lane two as the tapes went up alongside Auburn’s Bart Bast in lane one, Charlie Venegas in lane three, and Foresthill’s Kenny Ingalls against the wall in lane four. Janniro wasted little time, beating all riders to the inside lane on turn one and riding a bike length or so ahead of Bast to the finish line. Bast tried to maneuver ahead of Janniro as the two went at it, but it was to be Janniro’s night as he weaved from the center of the track to the inside just ahead of Bast on the well-worn “blue groove” of the slick track. Bast took second, Venegas third and Ingalls fourth. Janniro has been making adjustments to his bikes to be more competitive on the shorter tracks in California while settling in this season from a successful career racing on longer tracks in Europe circuit last year. “We just set the bike up tonight at the track, and the track is really slick, so you can’t really tell, but things are improving,” Janniro said. In the handicap program, Alex Marcucci won all of his heat races and squared off against a very fast field in the main event Friday night. The 2003 Junior National Champion found his way to the winner’s podium ahead of JT Mabry, who finished second, followed by Bast third and Janniro. Fast Fridays also hosted a special vintage racing program Friday night. Riding bikes from another era that featured two-valve upright motors instead of the four-valve laydown motors of today’s bikes, Vince Felicio from the Felicio racing family bested the pack, winning the night’s vintage main event. Felicio, normally found behind the scenes keeping the Felicio family bikes running on Friday nights, dusted off his leathers and took to the track. “I just came out to play. I could probably pick it back up after a few weeks, but I’m a little old for this every week,” Felicio said. Also taking a step back into the past on the old bikes was Bobby Hedden, Bobby Hicks, Steve Martynse, Billy Miester, and Bryan Yarrow. The Division I Youth Main Event had Cody Ciciarelli taking the checkered flag. Tanner Kang took second and Amber Felicio third.