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2022 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sportsman Motorcycle Review

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2022 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sportsman Motorcycle Review

by Kirk Walton / Photos by Bob Johnson Photography

The 2022 Summit ET motorcycle series at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway had a total of 12 races where 3 of the low point totals could be dropped. There were 25 bikes/sleds that took points this year. With the closing of Fontana, CA drag strip a couple of riders decided to make LVMS their new home track for the Summit ET series.

One of those Fontana transplants ended up winning the championship, Aaron Pine.

Aaron Pine
Aaron Pine started off the year with a pair of wins in races 1 & 2.

Pine, La Mirada, CA resident took four wins, and two second-place finishes to pull away from the field for the season championship. He started off the season with two wins the first weekend of the year, taking out Jeremy Bates in race #1 in the final and Mike Pinkston in race #2. He also doubled up wins in races #9 & #10 against Rick Newport and Matt Fredericks. He finished up the season with two second places against Jeremy Bates who won the weekend with races #11 & #12.

Rick Newport
Rick Newport finished in second place in the season points standings.​​​​​​​

Rick Newport, Bluffdale, UT finished in second place with a consistent season, winning one race, #3 and finishing second in #9. Third place went to Larry Mota, Orem, UT with two wins, races #4 & #8 and two second places in races #5 & #7.

Larry Mota
Larry Mota finished in third place for 2022.

The rest of the top ten were #4 and defending champion, Matt Fredericks, Tooele, UT, with the top finish a second in race #10. #5 David Phillips, Las Vegas, NV winning race #6 on his Harley. #6 was Jeremy Bates, Vineyard, UT the aforementioned two wins and a second place. #7 was Kahea Woods, North Las Vegas, NV with one win at race #5. #8 finisher was Leo Shaver with a second place in race #6. Scott Smith, Denver, CO was #9 with a consistent string of races all year. #10 was Tom Medlin, La Mirada, CA with one win at race #7 and two seconds at races #4 & #8.

Final Points Standings

1) Aaron Pine, Suzuki 454
2) Rick Newport, Suzuki 311
3) Larry Mota, Kawasaki 292
4) Matt Fredericks, Kawasaki 266
5) David Phillips, Harley-Davidson 249
6) Jeremy Bates, Suzuki 202
7) Kahea Woods, Suzuki 199
8) Leo Shaver, Kawasaki 188
9) Scott Smith, Triumph 184
10) Tom Medlin, Suzuki 183

Aaron Pine
2022 Summit ET Motorcycle Champion at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Aaron Pine.

Congratulations to Aaron Pine and his team for winning the 2022 LVMS Summit ET motorcycle championship! He wanted to thank the following, “M&M Fuels, Worldwide Bearings, Dave Miller, Warren Myers & my family!”

Jeremy Bates
Jeremy Bates won the final two races of the weekend and picked up the “King of the Track” win.

Special thanks to Jeff Foster and the whole crew at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for all the hard work throughout the year! Also thanks to Bob Johnson Photography for all the great pictures this season. https://bobjohnson.zenfolio.com/f68353805

The 2023 season is just couple of weeks away, kicking off on January 28th. Click here for the full 2023 schedule. Hopefully this season we’ll get to see even more racers out this year and good luck to everyone.

Kirk Walton

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