Bartram and Adams rock in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OHIO (February 9, 2002) - Visiting the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kenny "the Cowboy" Bartram and Nate Adams showed Cleveland how to rock on two wheels. Bartram and Adams split IFMA Freestyle Motocross wins this weekend with Bartram claiming Friday night and Adams taking his win Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at the Gund Arena.
Friday night the finals started with three rookies posting good scores in front of a field of top veteran riders. Adam Jones, Derek Burlew, and Beau Bamberg transferred from the second round and each took their turn in the hot seat. The final five riders included the top names of the sport. Hometown boy Trevor Vines used the energy of the crowd to construct his best run this year. He would take the hot seat from Bamberg and hold it through the next two runs of Tommy Clowers and "Mad" Mike Jones to the surprise of the crowd. The final two riders with the opportunity to bump Vines were the "Cowboy", Kenny Bartram and Nate Adams. After Bartram's run, Vines vacated the hotseat before the score was event announced. Vines knew what was coming as Bartram took the hotseat with a score of 92.0. Finally, Nate Adams challenged Bartram's run with a flawless smooth run of his own, but fell just .3 points from beating Bartram. It was Bartram's eighth win of the 2002 IFMA series.
"It's nice to be back on top. I thought Nate had a chance to beat me," commented Bartram with the trophy.
Saturday night started with a capacity crowd seeing Andy Jones set the pace in the main, before it was bettered by John Distler. In a rare showing, Tommy Clowers qualified for the main through the last chance round, but pulled out a solid run in the final and took the hotseat. Friday night's runner-up Adams was next out. Adams performed like a machine with a textbook ride good enough for a score of 92.5 and the hotseat. Trevor Vines and Beau Bamburg tried to knock off Adams, but both were unsuccessful. Even with his best run of the weekend, "Mad" Mike Jones feel short of Adams with Kenny Bartram left to ride. Bartram mirrored his winning ride of a night ago, but it wasn't enough to overtake Adams.
"I just went out and rode the best I could. It feels really good," said Adams as he hoisted his winning trophy. "I hope I can keep it going next week in Chicago." <pre> Weekend Results Top Five Friday and Saturday nights
FRIDAY SATURDAY Kenny Bartram 92.0 Nate Adams 92.5 Nate Adams 91.7 Kenny Bartram 92.4 Trevor Vines 91.5 Trevor Vines 92.3 "Mad" Mike Jones 91.4 Tommy Clowers 92.0 Tommy Clowers 91.3 "Mad" Mike Jones 91.7
For complete results visit, www.pacefmx.com/results </pre> The 2002 IFMA Freestyle Motocross tour next visits Chicago, IL. For tickets to all IFMA Freestyle Motocross events, call Ticketmaster, go to your local Ticketmaster outlet, or log onto pacefmx.com or Ticketmaster.com.