Posted at: 11/27/2012 10:46 PM
Updated at: 11/28/2012 10:41 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
Three days of competition, hundreds of laps, and plenty of adrenaline, all culminating in one final race.
In the Amsoil Duluth National, anything can happen. Even three teammates sweeping the podium in the final race of the weekend.
Robbie Malinoski won Saturday's pro open race, earning him the top start position on Sunday. He hit the gas and never looked back.
"I had really good starts all weekend, rode strong and everything kind of came together," Malinoski said. "I'm gonna keep going to work and hopefully keep this roll."
In his first race with Scheuring Speed Sports, Tim Tremblay was neck-and-neck with Darrin Mees. Even in the finals, team camaraderie shines through.
"I didn't want to take my buddy out," Tremblay said. "Darrin was in second. I was trying but I didn't wanna be dirty with him. And then I got past him and was seeing Robbie far ahead. I'm pretty happy with second place."
Mees ended up taking third, and reaching a milestone.
"It's my first podium. The pace out there is so ridiculous," Mees said. "I just gotta learn to keep the pace going through the whole race and maybe I can do better than this."
Winning at Spirit Mountain gave these guys an early taste of success. But it also means the bar has been set for others.
"Everybody knows what we've got so they're gonna go out and work harder," Malinoski said. "We have to work twice as hard now again."
One week down, and the work has just begun.