Greenwood claims his third Loudon Classic
LOUDON – With Christian Cronin hot on his wheels for the first 17 laps, Scott Greenwood, last year’s Loudon Classic runner-up, made sure he wouldn’t be second on the podium again. The Dunbarton native pulled away over the last three laps, eventually taking the checkered flag by more than seven seconds in America’s longest running motorcycle race.
“It means a lot to me,” said Greenwood, who also won the Loudon Classic Middleweight Grand Prix in 2003 and 2010. “I worked hard to try to put together a package that would be there for all 20 laps. I wish I was in a little better shape halfway through it, but I held on and maintained pretty well and was able to come out with a victory.”
Cronin finished second, but not without a fight for first place as the Loudon native stood strong with Greenwood for much of the race.
“After the halfway mark, I started getting really bad arm fatigue, there were points where I stopped using the break and couldn’t stop the motorcycle and my time dropped,” said Cronin, who placed a step up from last year’s race when he took third.
“I could hear (Cronin’s) bike a couple of times. … I started inching away and he wanted to keep me working, so he kept the gap at zero,” Greenwood said.
Eric Wood, who won in 2012 and came in fourth last year, rounded out the top three.
1. Scott Greenwood, Dunbarton
2. Christian Cronin, Loudon
3. Eric Wood, Ashburnham, Mass.
4. Tyler Sweeney, Lynn, Mass.
5. Joel Allen, Barrington
6. Tabor Rossi, Plymouth, Mass.
7. Riley Rodgers, Hollis
8. Jason Carter, Raymond
9. Kristofer Knopf, Boston, Mass.
10. Houk Nichols, Oxford, Conn.
Saturday’s other winners
Amateur Classic – Walter French Jr.
Sidecar (Modern) – Peter Essaff and Nick Bailey
Sidecar (Vintage) – Doug Donelan and Bob Bove
Formula 50 Lights – Shawn McCormick
Amateur Formula 50 Lights – John Donald
HW Supersport – Joel Allen
Amateur HW Supersport – Marcelo Lautert
Novice Rookie 1 – Ronald Slack
Novice Rookie 2 – Paul Ho-Sue
Moat Mountain Road Course – Shawn Buffington