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Team Trick Tank scores big at U.S. Open in Las Vegas

The world's top amateur Arenacross riders competed for world titles at the MGM Grand Arena Sunday at the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open Amateur Arenacross World Finals.

The Trick Tank Arenacross team made the long trek across the country to Las Vegas from Charlotte, N.C. to race against the best riders in the world and they came away with championships and podium finishes to cap off the 2008 indoor Arenacross season.

The team's mentor/coach, Jim Chester, was the big winner as he won all three of the senior classes he entered, Over 25, Over 30 and Over 35 for the second consecutive year.

Jake Gilbertson scored his first U.S. Open podium finish with a third in the 85 cc 12-15 class and rallied back to a 15th in the ultra-competitive Super Mini class after crashing while in third.

Justin Hopson, who won a championship in 2006, turned Pro this year and after crashing while in second, rebounded to claim a fourth in the Expert class.

Josh Harris entered three classes and had a pretty rough day as he crashed in the AX Intermediate class which broke two of his ribs but he soldiered on and rode to a 10th. He also claimed a third in Collegeboy and a fourth in AX Lites .

A good friend of the team, Max Marcoff from near-by Tega Cay, S.C., who's bike was transported to Vegas by the Trick Tank team finished second in the 65cc class.

Team owner, Bob Gilbertson, was very pleased with his team's performance.

"I'm really happy about the results and how well the team rode," Gilbertson said. "All of the riders rode their hearts out and even though we didn't win every class we competed in, we represented ourselves well. To get wins and podium finishes when you're racing against the best riders in the world is a big accomplishment and I'm proud of all of them."