Backaus and Josh Boaz tore up the Spring
Creek track on this sunny, hot day as the second round of this season’s
motocross races was held.
Boaz reigned supreme in the 250 A class with double moto wins as well as
capturing top honors in the 14-24 A class. Backaus
took first in 25 Plus A and wrested the Open A win from Boaz after some great
rides. Track preparation was
great as usual and the track layout routed the riders along the midpoint of
Mount Martin over to the downhill section as has become the standard layout for
the last few months. Entries totalled over 550 for the day with all the eager riders on
hand to check out their heat endurance.
sliced through turn one, moto one of Open A to lead the pack with Gavin Wilkins
and Backaus quickly slotting in behind him. Boaz put on a hard charge to ease away
from his two competitors as they fought over second. Wilkins was managing to hang in second
with a lot of pressure from Backaus until the
beginning of lap three. Then he
pushed the front wheel over a berm and ended up stalling the bike with Backaus free to blast by. Wilkins managed to restart in third before the
elderly gentlemen of the class,
Nick Jackson and Scott Jendro, involved in
their own battle over fourth could get by.
Upon the completion of the moto by the checkered flag, Boaz held on for
about a two second gap over Backaus who was closing
in gradually over the last half of the race. Wilkins was a lonely third while Jackson
grasped fourth place honors over Jendro.
lead the way early in moto two but had Boaz and Backaus
in close pursuit. He held on for
nearly half the moto, but as he hit the inside berm at the bottom of the big hill he and Boaz were both surprised by Backaus
railing around the outside berm to take the lead in one masterful swoop. Then Wilkins took a brief dirt sample
right before the finish line and Boaz inherited second. Backaus kept
on the gas and pulled out a nice win with Boaz dropping a bit back for a solid
second. Wilkins maintained third to
the flag with Jendro and Jackson reversing their
finishing positions from the first moto.
Clark jumped into an early lead of the 14-24C class as they hit the track for
their first moto. Garret
Becker was running strong though and took over the lead shortly with Clark then
pursued by Carson Johanningmeier and Garret Miller. Clark’s day got drastically worse
as he went down and dropped far back in the pack. Becker built up a margin of about 4-5
seconds over Johanningmeier by the end of the race. Hayden Zurn worked up to take a nice
third place finish over Louie Falardeaux and Spencer
Williams and Clark jetted out front to lead in moto two, but Williams crashed
at the bottom of Mt. Martin and Clark shortly thereafter, glory being
short-lived for those two. Becker
was close behind to take over the lead with Zurn slotting into second but
hounded by Johanningmeier.
Zurn must have felt the pressure and he had some problem and dropped
back a number of positions so Johanningmeier took over and followed Becker
across the line a few laps later. Falardeaux ended up third a few seconds back and just ahead
of the battling duo of Bryce Rauner and Spencer Hein.
Murphy charged out to lead the Women’s class first moto on her YZ with
Krista Pyburn settling into second as they hit the first turn. Murphy was running a quick pace
and started to build a solid lead.
Pyburn in turn had a pretty good gap over Katherine Vanderwerf. They all managed to ride mistake
free and went all the way to the checkers with no problems. Cassandra Hall and Tatum Thorud rounded out the top five.
two saw Murphy, Pyburn and Vanderwerf reprise their
first moto successes, Murphy winning by about 6 seconds over Pyburn. Hall and Emma Rauner
had a good scrap going over fourth for a few laps but Hall crashed and dropped
back to seventh, letting Rauner take fourth
uncontested over Jersey Graumann.