Smith shows guts for Georgia glory

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  • Photograph by Michael Shaw

Making strides: Jonah Smith scrubs over a wall jump just before the finish line to place second in an Open Pro Sport Class race at the Amateur National Motocross Championship Southeast Area Qualifier at the Lazy River Motocross in Dalton, Georgia, last weekend

    Photograph by Michael Shaw Making strides: Jonah Smith scrubs over a wall jump just before the finish line to place second in an Open Pro Sport Class race at the Amateur National Motocross Championship Southeast Area Qualifier at the Lazy River Motocross in Dalton, Georgia, last weekend


Jonah Smith was in superb form at the Amateur National Motocross Championship Southeast Area Qualifier in Dalton, Georgia, last weekend.

The Bermudian won six races in a range of classes and also rode off with two overall titles to cap a successful weekend of racing at Lazy River Motocross in Dalton.

The 20-year-old started his campaign strongly after winning two races in the 250 A Class and 450 Pro Am Class in which he was crowned overall winner on Saturday

Smith continued his winning ways after taking the chequered flag in the opening race in the Open Pro Sport Class on Sunday.

However, his impressive five-race win streak came to a halt in the next Open Pro Sport race in which he mounted an impressive fightback that fell just short.

Smith crashed but managed to work his way back through the field and finish second in the race and claim second place honours overall in the Open Pro Sport Class.

He rounded out the weekend competing in the 250 A/Pro Class. Smith got back to winning ways after taking a victory in the opening race and despite crashing in the second managed to stage another recovery to finish third, which was enough to earn him third-place honours overall.

Smith, who lives in South Carolina, made his professional debut at the Mini O’s in Florida last November and has made steady progress since then.

The former Berkeley Institute student was not the only Bermudian at the event, with professional photographer Michael Shaw, who now resides in Georgia, also in attendance.

“I didn’t know about Jonah until I looked at the final results at the end of day one so I could get names of riders in my photos and realised the fastest rider of the day was from Bermuda,” Shaw said. “It’s a small world and what are the chances we would cross paths and meet a race in the middle of Georgia?”

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Published May 10, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated May 9, 2018 at 11:43 pm)

Smith shows guts for Georgia glory

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