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Here are this year’s nominations for most improved rider.
Jay rode the Intermediate class in 2016 and placed 10th after four events. His highest finish that year was 4th. In 2017 Jay advanced his skills and doubled his involvement, riding eight STRA events. At year end Jay had three wins and four 2nd place finishes, enabling him to edge out Brian Fore for the class champion by five points.
This was Doug’s first year riding trials. He started the season in the Novice class at round 5 at Hickory Hills. After winning that event, Doug found his place in the Intermediate class. At year end Doug had finished 4th overall while being on the podium 5 times, competing in every event the remainder of the year.
Sean rode the 2016 season in the Intermediate class and finished 6th overall, completing four rounds. He moved to the Sportsman class in 2017 and dominated the field. Sean attended every STRA event during 2017, winning six events and placing 2nd in three. He tried his hand in the Advanced Sportsman class at the last event of the year and finished 2nd. Sean was also heavily involved in setting up the Henry Hills Trial in Cornelia, Georgia and served as Trails Master on the second day of the event.
In 2014 Kris began competing in STRA and won the Intermediate class. In 2015 he moved to Sportsman and took the champions’ crown from Sam McNair. In 2016 he competed in the Advanced Sportsman class and was edged out for the championship by Greg Hales after a DNF on the last event of the year due to bike troubles. This year Kris moved to the Advanced class and excelled. He was only off the podium four times throughout the year, competing in every event except one in 2017.
Maddie’s accomplishments for 2017 were extensive. At the local STRA level she elevated her overall Expert class standing from 2nd behind Tim Cash in 2016 to winning every one of the ten events she competed in 2017. Maddie became a pro rider for Gas Gas this year as well as finishing on the podium at the world round in Arizona in July. She traveled to Europe to represent the United States in the Tour de Nations competition and remained there to train and compete through the end of the year.
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