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Photos: Rotax Roars Back in New Jersey

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The U.S. Rotax MAX Grand Nationals and US Open joint event put on by SRA Karting captured in these 22 photos.

Michel Boisclair speaks to competitors at the 2017 US Rotax MAX Grand Nationals
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“Rotax isn’t going anywhere!” - Michel Boisclair of GoRotax and Helmut Voglsam of BRP Rotax explained to drivers that the product isn’t going anywhere and they will continue to support the US karting market, with a plan being prepared as we speak.
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A familiar face to the paddock was on hand to support the Rotax Max product as Steven Chapman worked with Rotax regulars Darrell Smith, Helmut Voglsam and Wolfgang Oberroither.
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It was hot and humid in New Jersey and big fans were a must. Wild weather also hit overnight Friday and into Saturday morning and when drivers and teams returned to the track, part of the PSL Karting’s awning was found on top of Orsolon Racing and BENIK Kart.
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Rain was in the forecast but the only precipitation that affected the weekend was during Friday morning's final practice sessions. The rest of the weekend hot and sunny.
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For Rotax Micro-Max, the exhaust pipes were managed by tech officials all weekend, which each driver/mechanic being presented their pipe on the Pre-grid prior to their sessions.
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Birel ART factory driver Michael d’Orlando made a one-off appearance in the USA and was in contention in the Final until a mechanical failure ended his chances.
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Going home empty handed. Dylan Tavella (214) and Thomas Nepveu (224) qualified on the front row but ended the weekend finishing off of the podium.
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Canadian Davide Greco dominated Rotax DD2 and was the only non-USA driver to take home a Rotax Grand Finals ticket in New Jersey.
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This wasn’t a start photo. Rotax Mini-Max featured big packs racing for the lead all weekend long, including 10 karts in contention in the Final. It was awesome.
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27 karts in Rotax Senior made it the largest class of the weekend. That’s a little better than the 6 karts that were on track in Ocala for the FWT finale.
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Josh Pierson (141) found his confidence again and delivered the big win in Mini-Max with a last lap pass. Pierson along with Aidan Fox will attempt to defend the Rotax Grand Finals Mini-Max title in Portugal for Team USA.
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Always a character, Derek Wang was outfitted in a custom suit from ORG that perfectly suited his personality and his kart colors.
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At age 59, Billy Cleavelin brought home the Rotax Max Masters National title and will be 60 by the time he represents Team USA at the Rotax Grand Finals. He has to be one of, if not the oldest drivers competing in the event.
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Hannah Greenemeier delivered her best performance to date, finishing second in Rotax Junior and securing her first invitation to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals as part of Team USA.
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Brent Crews (11) and Jack Jeffers (44) broke free from the Micro-Max pack and had their own battle for the victory, which went to Crews. Both will represent Team USA at the Grand Finals.
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Decide to race on Tuesday. Deliver the race victory on Sunday. It was a last minute call for Luke Selliken to race, but it paid off.
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We’ve seen Tyler Gonzalez secure a lot of race wins over the past two years, but he really had to earn this one, beating out Dylan Tavella, Hannah Greenemeier and Arias Duekmedjian in an epic battle in Rotax Junior.
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13 drivers earned tickets to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals with Team USA set for this years race in Portugal.
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Super Sunday for Rolison Performance Group. US Rotax Grand National titles in Mini-Max, Senior Max and Masters Max along with a double-podium in Junior Max.
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Hats off to the GoRotax team for operating a great event.
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Brand new Rotax Micro-Max engines read to be raffled off.
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The weekend started off with the engine raffle for Rotax Micro-Max and Mini-Max where 42 brand new engines were passed on to drivers to utilize for the weekend. It went smooth and just like the Rotax Grand Finals, it really brought the competition together. There’s a good chance we will see this happen again.
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Photos and words by Cody Schindel of CanadianKartingNews.com. The US Rotax MAX Grand Nationals and US Open of New Jersey events ran over the weekend of June 22-25, 2017 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park facility in Millville, New Jersey.