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etnies Backyard Jam

Jul 25 2002 / Thursday

Hastings, 13/14 July 2002
The UK's oldest BMX contest returned to its hometown last weekend after
a five year absence. Hastings based Seventies Distribution re-launched
the Backyard Jams this year with Etnies, Activision and Primo on board
as sponsors. Three Jams were scheduled for 2002, but the Hastings Jam
was always the main focus of the series and was by far the most anticipated
event in the UK calendar.
After two weeks of poor weather, the sun came out in time for the weekend
and Hastings was duly invaded by 5000 plus people. A big contingent of overseas
riders had combined a trip to the Worlds with the Jam so there was close
to 200 pro and amateur entries for the Hastings street, dirt, vert and flatland
contests.
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sponsor Etnies had a big rider presence at the Jam with virtually the whole
of their pro team in town and at the UK preview of the Etnies BMX video,
Forward, which was also held on the Saturday night at the packed-out Beach
Bar on the seafront. Ruben Alcantara, Nate Wessel, Joe Rich, Taj Mihelich,
Garret Byrnes, Edwin Delarosa, Sandy Carson, Josh Stricker, Marvin Loetterle,
Mike Tag, Brian Terada and Sean Emery all flew over, but it was one of the
UK Etnies team that took honors in pro-street. Hoffman's Bas Keep just edged
Dave Osato for first place and the $2000 winner's check. Local boy Bas had
a big cheering section and he responded with a pretty much error free final
run. He went opposite over almost everything and even though Osato nailed
a massive tailwhip to fufanu after the final run ended, the judges gave
first place to Bas by 0.2 of a point with Garret Byrnes in third.
Pro dirt was pushed back to Sunday to allow the jumps to dry out. Dean
Hearne and James Brooks had battled the elements to build something out
of the ordinary for the Jam and they cooked up a pretty wild set up including
a series of S-bends around a big six pack. Stephen Murray was riding in
the UK for the first time since taking golds at the major 2001 contests
so a big crowd showed to watch. He took first from Kye Forte and Ryan
Barrett.
On Vert, Simon Tabron's ankles had recovered enough to grab first place
from Zach Shaw with Bas Keep getting the third spot. The flatland contest
on Sunday saw Effraim Catlow repeating the first place he got at the Telford
Backyard Jam in March. Travis Collier and Christophe Dassie took second
and third in a strong line up.
The final Jam of the year is in Derby on 26/27 October - rider entries
are available now by emailing Seventies on events@seventies.co.uk
or calling on 01424 429271.
backyardjam.com
PRO STREET
1 Sebastian Keep (Etnies UK)
2 Dave Osato
3 Garret Byrnes
4 Kye Forte
5 Ashley Charles
6 Stephen Murray
7 Chris Mahoney
8 Ron Kimler
9 Sergio Layos (Etnies Spain)
10 Edwin Delarosa (Etnies)
11 Paul Russell
12 Ty Stuvesant
13 Taj Mihelich
14 Tomotaka Yoshitni
15 John Jennings
PRO DIRT
1 Stephen Murray
2 Kye Forte
3 Ryan Barrett
4 Julien Rocchisani
5 Vinnie Hunter
5 Alex Dropsy
7 Garret Byrnes
8 Josh Stricker
9 Romuald Noirit
10 Tony Pereira
11 Yoshi Tomotaka
12 Chris Mahoney
13 Julien Dupre
14 Marvin Loetterle
15 Mike Hill
PRO VERT
1 Simon Tabron
2 Zack Shaw
3 Bas Keep (Etnies UK)
4 Jon Taylor
5 Garrett Byrnes
6 Chris Mahoney
7 Stephen Murray
8 Ben Manuel
PRO FLATLAND
1. Effraim Catlow
2. Travis Collier
3. Christophe Dassie
4. Armin Batoumeni
5. Armando Rodarte
6. Yuji Shirai
7. James Needham
8. Amos Burke (Etnies UK)


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