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Martin out front as Spring Creek Reboots on June 7th, 2020

7/7/2020

 

 

By Rolfe Otterness

 

The long motocross drought finally came to an end as the Spring Creek Park gang launched into 2020 competition, despite all the trials brought on by the response to the Covid virus.    With some precautions established by District 23 officials working in conjunction with authorities, the race season was at last at hand.   Good late spring weather and mint track conditions greeted the nearly 400 entries eager to put their mettle to the test.   An extra boon for spectators was the presence of Spring Creek’s own Jeremy Martin, getting some track time in to prepare for the outdoor national circuit.  Jeremy handicapped himself a bit as he signed up for the A class but started each moto in the second gate-drop with the B riders and had to work pretty hard to make up the 30 to 40 second advantage that the A riders had on him.   It was a tough chore to take on but achievable.

 

Nick Schnagl rounded turn 1 with the Open A pack close behind as their first moto was dropped.   Bryce Backaus was looking strong as he swept by to take the lead on lap 1 and Brennan Myers slotted into third.  Backaus began to edge away from the pack a bit and Martin was taking big chunks of real estate and thrusting them past his rear fender as he tore threw the pack in a frenzy of red Honda-speed!   It is truly impressive to watch a top level pro rider tear through a pack of highly talented amateurs and he was passing them on the inside, outside, down the straight, whereever.   On the last lap he had Backaus in his sights and was yanking on the throttle for all he was worth but ended up losing to Backaus by just feet at the finish line jump.   Backaus rode a great race to pull off this win and it was a great show.  Myers, Zack Williams and Schnagl rounded out the top five.

 

Moto two saw Schnagl rocket off the line into the lead again and this time he must have been feeling it more as he held on the lead for the first two laps.   Backaus came around in fifth on the first lap so things must have gone slightly awry but he started to move up the charts.   The monstrous Martin was on the charge though and was up to seventh place by the end of the second lap, chowing through the pack like mad dog!  By the end of the next lap Backaus had taken over the lead with Myers grabbing second and Martin closing in third.   Backaus was leading as the top three tore down the hill to the bottom of Mount Martin and Jeremy saw his chance and railed around the outside berm as he passed from third to first.   From there on he had clear sailing and redeemed himself from his drubbing in the first moto.   Backaus held on for second with Myers, Zack Williams and refound, elderly gentleman Scott Jendro rounding out the top five.

 

Ramping up the excitement to the next level, we can concentrate next on the 45+B class!   Moto 1 featured Tommy Keech motoring into the lead and pouring it on to build a bit of a gap over Adam Guberud and Mike Dertien by the end of lap one as Steve Sutton crashed coming up on the finish line jump while running third.  Keech continued to pour it on and was leaving the pack behind with Dertien, Gerberud, Barry Weinzirl and Dave Williams all were getting into a bit of a scramble in the pack.  Sutton was working hard to catch back up and passed Gerberud coming up to the finish line jump with one lap to go.   When the checkered finally flew it displayed a triumphant Keech win with a good sized lead over Weinzirl, Sutton back up to a hard fought third and then Dave Williams just ahead of Dertien for fourth.

 

Keech launched out to the lead in moto two with Sutton and Weinzirl in tow.   Dertien managed to displace Weinzirl before the end of lap two and then Weinzirl was pressured by Williams as the moto hit lap four.  When the checkered brought an end to the race, Keech took a decisive win with Sutton and Dertien rounding out the podium positions and Williams snagged fourth over Weinzirl.

 

James Clough has been one of the top mini riders as Spring Creek and he launched off the line to lead the 85 12-15 class through turn one.   Tanner Schlegel and Milo Maas dropped into the next two spots in the early moto action.  Clough was on a mission and started to gap the pack as the race progressed.  Brodie Boumeester slipped by Maas to take over third about mid-moto and then Maas had a bit of trouble and dropped back a few more positions, allowing Jeff Rinkel and Vince Harens to get by.  Clough ended up with a big lead at the checkered with Schlegel and Boumeester maintaining their positions in the top three.   Rinkel and Harens ran not too distant behind for fourth and fifth.

 

Rinkel must have been feeling a little sportier in moto two and he snared the holeshot from Clough.  Clough retaliated quickly and led lap one over Rinkel and Boumeester with Schlegel close behind.   But then Clough began to drop off the pace and soon had to pull off with bike problems.  Boumeester held the lead for a lap or two but Schlegel was on the move and went on to take the win with a few seconds over Boumeester.   Rinkel, Moss and Braxton Kragenbring were spaced apart a bit to round out the top five.

 

 

 

 

 

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