Cross the Bay is just one race young, but the favorites are already established for the points chase.
Built to reward women’s racing in the state, the ladies operate on the same points scale as the men. They’re in with the same shot for the top prize, and Kim Chapman and Stacy Smith have established a solid presence at the top of the charts.
For riders that raced twice, they will not take both points, but do get a chance to take the higher total of their two races. Bennett Paul bagged an extra ten points by going for fifth in the A race, a tally that could well impact the overall come December 1.
Jorden Wakeley took top points ahead of Alex Vanias and Chad Wells, but all three will have to appear at the all the races to stand a chance by series’ end. Only a superhuman effort from Bennett Paul, winning the B race and taking fifth in the As, put them off the top three, though Paul is expected to target only the A race after taking such a big win.
Chapman is right where she needs to be, perfect on points and looking nearly untouchable. Stacy Smith also raced twice and nearly doubled her points haul to stay near the top.
The next race is Northmen Cross in Petoskey. The course suits the likes of Wells, Wakeley, Gibbs, Paul and Wes Sovis, though conditions could be a big influence.