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 These two young riders battled all year long in the 2017 Arizona State Championship Series 150cc
Open class (for CRF150’s). Usually a see-saw battle between the two, Pignata (pronounced Peen-Ya-Tah) ended up with the championship, 464 points to Welle’s (pronounced Well-Ee) 447. I mentioned the correct pronunciation of their names because all year long I said them incorrectly, for which I apologize.
Unlike many intense moto battles, both riders are and remain good friends. Welle even told me that he’d like to be racing Pignata again, though it will be several years before Landon gets a big bike. Landon, who says he’s friends
with everybody, is popular with his schoolmates and fellow mx riders. He likes Math & Spanish in school, but doesn’t like History & Science – and, he just won a certificate from the National Junior Honor Society for his grades –
outstanding! Evan, on the other hand, likes History, but finds school boring for the most part. He does, however, have to keep his grades up to go racing (good!). Currently, Evan helps his dad doing construction, but doesn’t really know what he’d like to do as a career after school. Neither does Landon, for that matter!
For 2018, Landon will continue in the 150 class, after having freshened his engine during the off-season break - it’s
running good, as he has won all the first rounds. Evan however, has moved up to a YZ250 but suffered a broken collarbone, wrist and concussion at the second race and will be out for about another month. Hopefully we’ll see him again at Round #2 of the Monsoon Madness.
Two up-and-coming young riders . . . watch for them. v
Story by Hal Sanguinetti • Photos by Ron Swangler
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