Category: MiniGPX-NEWS, Pocketbike, SCMiniGP, United States
In his first season of racing, as well as his first year of riding, 11 year old Jason Aguilar captures the 2007 Blata Cup Championship. It was only twelve months ago that Jason Aguilar first learned to ride a motorcycle at SCminiGP’s Youth Program course. Now, in the most competitive Blata Cup season ever, the SixSixOne, Tayomotors.com, and Morris Chiropractic sponsored rider, sealed his first championship with his second place finish. Although there is one race remaining on November 11, 2007 at California Speedway in Fontana, CA, Jason’s 28 point lead sealed the championship. “I am excited to see Jason take this championship. Just a year ago, the program was teaching him how to ride, but his effort and dedication have earned him the Cup. SCminiGP is proud to have helped create this opportunity, and hopes we continue to open new doors for Jason’s racing career!” stated SCminiGP founder, Josiah Taulbee.
On Saturday, Jason led every Blata Cup practice and set fast lap in each session. On Sunday practice, Jason once again set the pace. Jason won the heat race to capture pole position with Gabe Hernandez III finishing second.
It was another tough battle in the Blata Cup main race as Jason and 7 year old phenomenon, Gabe Hernandez III pulled away from the rest of the field. Jason, got a great start, but little Gabe accelerated to the lead going into the first corner. Jason pulled ahead with an inside move coming out of the first corner, but Gabe’s acceleration pulled him past Jason again. Jason put another inside move on Gabe and pulled out to a 5 bike length lead coming back onto the main straight, but Gabe once again caught Jason down the straight. The next several laps continued with more of the same, Jason catching Gabe in the corners, with Gabe pulling away in the straights. Finally, on the last lap, Gabe was able to gap Jason when they went through traffic. Gabe and Jason were the first to congratulate each other as they pulled off the track, but were quickly joined by their families, friends, and other riders in celebrating their respective wins.
In a very exciting season, featuring 4 different race winners so far, Jason was able to wrap up the Blata Cup Championship with his consistency. 3 wins and 5 seconds in 8 races were enough to secure the Championship early. The Championship win earns Jason the Factory BlataUSA sponsored ride in the Semi-Pro Junior division next season. Jason hopes to follow in the footsteps of other SCminiGP Blata Cup Champions such as Drew Price and Austin DeHaven who have successfully transitioned into 600cc and 125cc race winners on the big tracks.