BARK RIVER - Kyle and Cody Kleiman have made their mark in the world of quad racing. The brothers from Harris wrapped up their season in the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) District 16, owning the top two spots in the Quad B/C division.
Kyle Kleiman, 17, won the division with 696 points through 32 races while Cody, 21, finished second in the standings with 518 points through 26 races.
Cody said being in a division with his brother helps push them both.
photo courtesy of Reva Kleiman
Rookie brothers Kyle (42) and Cody (48) Kleiman display their trophy haul from racing in the American Motorcycle Association District 16 Quad B/C Division. Kyle finished first in the standings and Cody placed second.
"It's nice having someone there to practice with and push the other person, and still be respectful on the track," he said. "We help each other in places I need help in, and go back and forth like that."
In third place was Tim Barker of Menominee with 416 points through 20 races. Kyle and Cody are each rookies in the division, with Kyle racking up an astounding 20 first place finishes.
"I had no clue what was going to happen coming in," said Kyle of his success. "It was definitely a shocker winning the championship, but it was also a lot of hard work. I practiced just about every day."
Kyle went on to mention he's thinking about a jump to the A division.
"Quad C is for beginner riders, B is average and A is for the pretty decent riders," he said. "I'll most likely move to A Class and see if I can compete with those guys."
The division featured 45 racers.
The Kleiman's are sponsored by Kleiman Forest Products Inc. with special thanks to R&W Mathias Trucking, Hewlett Trucking and Cycle City.
"Our company here sponsors us," said Kyle. "But we're definitely looking for more sponsors. The more help, the better."
The Kleiman's will race at the 3-Fires Off Road Park this weekend in Tt-style races. Races begin at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Plenty of other local racers performed well in different divisions.
Kyle Mathias and his cousin Chris Mathias of Escanaba raced in the Quad A division with Kyle finishing second in the standings out of 17 racers. He compiled 423 points through 22 races, while Chris racked up 238 points through 12 races, finishing in fourth place.
Justin Bink of Escanaba finished second in the Supermini standings with 516 points through 30 races and Greg Bink placed fifth in the Vetb/c standings with 306 points through 18 races. Shawn Tovar of Hannahville took fourth with 381 points through 18 races.
Chardae Tovar placed fifth in the Women's division with 369 points through 16 races.