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AMA: 15 national champs named at Amateur National Hillclimb Championships

23 August 2000

15 national champs named at AMA Amateur National Hillclimb Championships
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The 2000 American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) 
Amateur, Youth & ATV National Hillclimb Championships determined 15 
national champions Aug. 12-13 in Beaverdale, Pa.

Greg Thompson of Danville, W.Va., not only won the national championship 
in the 600cc class, but also earned bragging rights as the fastest racer 
up the hill. Thompson blasted up the steep, 198-foot hill aboard his 
Kawasaki in a time of 4.8998 seconds.

"I just got everything going right," the 34-year-old Thompson said. The 
day before, he only posted a time of 6.2106 seconds.

Thompson edged out Ernie Beckwith of Plattsmouth, Neb., for the best time 
honors and the 600cc national title. Beckwith's best time was a 5.0908 
aboard a Honda.

The national championships also saw three generations of the Farnsworth 
family of New Hampshire compete: Henry, 46, his sons Shawn, 25, and 
Michael, 27, and Michael's sons, 5-year-old Nicholas and 7-year-old Dean.

Henry and Shawn tied for family bragging rights, with Henry finishing 
fifth in the Senior class and Shawn placing fifth in the Open class. They 
both used the same bike: a 1600cc Harley-Davidson. Dean captured sixth 
place in an exhibition class featuring 4-to-8 year olds on 51cc machines.

Among the ATVs, Mike Wilson of Logan, W.Va., posted the top time with a 
6.0361 in the 251-650cc two-stroke class aboard a Suzuki.

Almost 400 entries were posted for the 2000 Amateur, Youth & ATV National 
Hillclimb Championships. The nationals pitted riders of all ages and skill 
levels against each other in a wide variety of classes on machines ranging 
from 50cc and 85cc minicycles to thundering 1000cc-plus Open-class bikes 
and four-wheeled ATVs.

Each rider was allowed two attempts to conquer the hill, with their 
quickest time counted. Results were based on times up the hill or, for 
riders failing to reach the summit, on the furthest distance traveled 
before losing forward momentum.

Following are the top finishers in each class:

2000 AMA Amateur Hillclimb Championships results
Beaverdale, Pa., August 12-13, 2000

YOUTH: 51cc, ages 4-8 (exhibition only): 1. Robert Moore, Jr., Middleburg, PA, Cobra; 2. Donald 
Robbins, Jr., Danville, IL, Cobra; 3. Corissa Fosberg, Bay City, WI, KTM. 85cc, ages 6-11: 1. Dan Baird, Lowell, MI, Suzuki; 2. Justin Newton, Syracuse, NY, 
Yamaha; 3. Brennan Darr, Johnstown, PA, Kawasaki. 85cc, ages 12-15: 1. Ryan Thibault, Tiverton, RI, Kawasaki; 2. John Byassee, Hamburg, PA, 
Honda; 3. Cody Cunningham, Struthers, OH, Kawasaki.

AMATEUR: 86-125cc: 1. Ryan Peterson, Ellsworth, WI, Honda; 2. Ryan Thibault, Tiverton, RI, 
Honda; 3. John Bunner, Ripley, WV, TM. 126-200cc: 1. Jason Northrup, Tempe, AZ; 2. Dan Prebe, Old Frontenac, MN, KTM; 3. 
Mel Piontek, Green Bay, WI, KTM. 201-250cc: 1. Eric Wheelwright, Hanover, IL, Yamaha; 2. Marc Shamm, Forreston, IL, 
Yamaha; 3. Mike Wood, Bay City, WI, Honda. 251-400cc: 1. Brent Stewart, Galva, IL, KTM; 2. Greg Thompson, Danville, WV, Honda; 
3. Kevin Cox, Huntingtown MD, Yamaha. 401-600cc: 1. Greg Thompson, Danville, WV, Kawasaki; 2. Ernie Beckwith, 
Plattsmouth, NE, Honda; 3. Eric Wheelwright, Hanover, IL, Honda. 601-750cc: 1. Jason Northup, Tempe, AZ, Kawasaki; 2. Todd Cipala, Ellsworth, WI, 
Kawasaki; 3. Kaleb Northrup, Woodbury, MN, Kawasaki. 751cc-Open: 1. Mike Bronk, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Yamaha; 2. Jim Smay, Johnstown, PA, 
Kawasaki; 3. Don Naugle, South Fork, PA, Kawasaki. Senior, 40-over: 1. Ken Bonnema, Girard, OH, Yamaha; 2. Tim Adkins, Sod, WV, Kawasaki; 3. 
Greg Nowak, Manlius, NY, Honda. 86-400cc stock: 1. Gary Bauer, Pittsburgh, PA, Yamaha; 2. Randy Frye, Palermo, WV, 
Yamaha; 3. Lloyd Haas, Elizabeth, IL, TM. Open 401cc-up: 1. Stephen Deleys, Syracuse, NY, KTM; 2. Ken Sabo, Boswell, PA, Kawasaki; 
3. Lee Regal, Johnstown, PA, Kawasaki.

ATV: 91-250cc Modified two-stroke: 1. Bruce Browning, Holden, WV, Honda; 2. Jeffery Campbell, Sissonville, 
WV, Honda; 3. Mark O'Brien, Lower Salem, OH, Honda. 251-650cc Modified two-stroke: 1. Mike Wilson, Logan, WV, Suzuki; 2. Mark O'Brien Sr., Lower Salem, OH, 
Yamaha; 3. Rick Shilling, Wipple, OH, Yamaha. 91-650cc Modified four-stroke: 1. Donald Paisley, Marretta, OH, Honda; 2. Beau Griffin, Whipple, OH, 
Honda; 3. Matthew Novak, Nanty Glo, PA, Honda.