Melita sets mark at Monster Hillclimb

CAROGA LAKE – Bennett Melita, of Johnstown, made history at Sunday’s Monster Motorcycle, ATV and Snowmobile hillclimb at the Royal Mountain Ski Area.

Melita became the first 50cc rider to make it to the top of the 600-foot hill in the 34-year history of motorcycle hillclimbing at Royal.

Melita recorded a time of 24.242 seconds on his first run and bettered his time with a run of 22.121 on his second attempt to win the 50cc division.

Melita is also a regular at Royal’s Wednesday night Monster Supercross and Central New York Motocross Riders Association events.