In the amateur class Nick Gargano was elated to take top spot for Best Amateur Open Class with his 1985 RZ350. Ramsey Ackad couldn’t stop smiling when he learned his beautifully crafted, race inspired 2009 custom won Best Amateur Built YZF-R6. Arynn Akins was equally ecstatic when he learned his 2008 YZF-R1 was voted Best Amateur Built R1, especially since he drove his R1 and family all the way from Arizona to compete in the show.
Mo Murrary, General Manager of Yamaha’s Customer Support Group was equally impressed with the bikes in attendance: “This is a great event and Yamalube couldn’t be happier to be involved. Both the amateur and professional builders have created works of art using Yamaha bike’s as their canvas”.
Krystos Efantis, owner of MSP Motorsports, swept the Pro Class with his slammed, incredibly trick 2008 YZF-R1. Tony Sesto of Sesto Custom Cycles placed second to Efantis with his Silver Star inspired 2010 YZF-R6. Both Efantis and Sesto are vying for the title of Championship Pro Builder of the Year and a brand new YZF-R1 at Indianapolis.
Ryan Conde of Metric Method was more than happy to take home the $250 check courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corporation for third place. Conde almost missed the show when his 2009 YZF-R6 fell off the lift while prepping the bike, but the dedicated team at Metric Method worked through the night fixing the scratches, and their tireless efforts paid off with a third place win.
David Sonsky, editor of Super Street Bike magazine was impressed with all the bikes in attendance: “The performance bikes came out to play at the this round and even outshined some of the wild and heavily customized builds. It’s great for the fans because they get to see the best of both the show and go worlds!”
Final stop on the SSB Yamaha Custom Showdown presented by Silver Star and Yamalube tour is the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Indianapolis, IN August 26–28th.