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DeGrilla turns up the heat on his title rivals

Bruce DeGrilla Jr turned on the heat during the last round of motorcycle racing at Bermuda Motorsports Park.

The multi talented athlete took the checkered flag in all three heats in the GP 125 class to stretch his lead at the summit over nearest rival Jordan Fletcher to 40 points.

DeGrilla is gunning for a second successive GP 125 championship this season, a feat he hopes to accomplish before travelling to the UK next month to represent Bermuda in track and field at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

“I wanted to put some more distance between myself and Jordan to bolster my chances of winning the championship because I am going to miss a races while I am away,” the Cedarbridge Academy student told The Royal Gazette.

“I am trying to win the championship before I go away and that’s why I felt I had to do really well on Sunday.”

DeGrilla, 15, started the day with a seven -point cushion at the top and managed to increase his lead thanks to some flawless racing.

“The bike handling was fine and although the track was tight I felt pretty comfortable racing,” he added.

Also picking up three wins was Superbike points leader Shannon Caisey who increased his advantage to 138 points over nearest rival Bryce Place.

Caisey’s son Jazari posted two firsts and a third to move 48 points clear of second placed Haley Place at the top of the Mini GP 80 standings.

Mini Bike leader Tamia Place stretched her lead to 62 points after stringing together three seconds. But it was nearest rival Coleridge Fubler who stole the thunder with two wins on the day.

Continuing his fine form in the Scooter class was leader Ricky Wade who claimed two firsts and a second to increase his lead to a commanding 260 points over nearest competitor Carlos Cardoza.

Due to injury and the unavailability of a number of riders there was no racing in the Supermoto and Formula classes.

Keanu Wilson currently leads the Supermoto class by 75 points over nearest rival Peter Terceira, while Kewaun Gilbert leads Ricky Wade by 88 points in the Formula class.

Through the dominance of father and son duo Shannon and Jazari Caisey, Pizza House Racing climbed two places from third to first in the team points standings.

Pizza House Racing now lead previous leaders Team Tuned Motorcycle Racing by a slim two points with five race days remaining in the season.

Slipping from second to third was 911 Racing who are now 11 points adrift of the leaders.

Motorcycle racing continues this Sunday at Bermuda Motorsports Park, beginning at 1pm.

Bruce DeGrilla Jnr

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Published August 25, 2011 at 10:45 am (Updated August 25, 2011 at 10:45 am)

DeGrilla turns up the heat on his title rivals

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