racing for the District 23 Hare Scrambles season was HOT, HOT, HOT, just like
the weather. Over 400 racers from all over the upper mid-west showed up for the
opening round held on the hallowed grounds that IS Spring Creek Motocross Park
in Beautiful Southern Minnesota. With the high humidity and mid 80’s, after a
long cold drawn-out spring, attrition was sure to play a part in the gathering
of early season points for the championship.
is rare these days to see full gates at the MX races, but this day’s turnout
assured that packs of 40-50 riders would be caught charging into the first turn
all at the same time, on several occasions.
As is customary, the Micro/Macro riders took
their turn on the Mini Moto track with a short woods section cut in, while the
Premier Class got to throw down on a large portion of the MX National track
with around 7 miles of very challenging woods and river bottoms and don’t ever
forget, the climbing and decending of the bluffs that surround the MX Park.
and the humidity were rising to keep pace with the excitement that the C-Class
and the Women were generating in their psyche over the long cold frozen off
season. There were so many new racers in the C ranks that the future of the MN
Off-Road community looks to be assured.
the Micro Class to the victor go the spoils, and the victor was #643 Carter Neidzielski. Macro Class winner was #246 Jacob
In the Premier Class, for riders on 85cc 2 strokes and 150 4
strokes, a number of the class’s fast guys have moved up to bigger bikes and
older classes, so that paves the way for new racers and new visitors to Victory
Circle. On this Mothers Day 2017. The three front runners today were so evenly
matched, that you could almost have thrown a blanket over all three at any
point during the race, but it would have to be a big blanket. Just saying.
Caleb Sledd on his Russ Repair and Powersports #525 Yamaha held
point coming off the line. The only rider to head Caleb was that of eventual
winner Troy Horbaty. Horbaty was setting a torrid pace in a valiant effort to
put distance on his rivals, but Sledd and Alexander Burdick were stuck to
Horbaty’s tail like a couple of ticks on a hound dog! At one point, Sledd
toppled off of his Yamaha and whacked his knee. Kinda like if he was Nancy
Kerrigan and his bike was Tanya Harding. But instead of sitting on the trail
wailing “WHY MEEEE WHY MEEE, He focused his attention to the task at hand,
which was to not loose sight of the rider ahead and not get passed by the rider
behind. With disaster averted, he put his head down and set about making up the
few seconds lost.
In the end, it seemed that all three riders really were enjoying
the mixed terrain consisting of the river bottoms, the Pro MX track and the
endless ascents and decents that are typical of a Spring Creek MX Park
adventure, and at the finish line the order was Horbaty, Sledd and Burdick.
the 200-C Race 3rd Place finisher, KTM mounted #225 Miranda Tweeton decided to
step out of her comfort zone, that being the C-Girls division. To go from the
Girls race to 200-C can be viewed as a pretty big step. It was a step that
didn’t seem to intimidate Tweeton in the least. At the drop of the green flag,
Tweeton dropped the hammer “With Authority”, on her male counterparts that were
looking to put her in her place! Well, apparently her place is at the front of
the field, because when the pack came through turn 1, the field was fighting
and clawing to catch Tweeton. Tweet would drop only two spots on the first lap
and she would drop no further! At the finish of the race when all racers were
scored, the #225 was only 4 minutes down from the C division overall, after
running a mistake free race.
respectable indeed. Every time a racer steps up to a faster class, the road (i
mean trail) to the podium is long and hard fought. Well, make way boys cuz
sister is coming through! Big congrats to Miranda.
were three racers in the Open-B Class, The Race to Save Face!, that had their
eye’s on the prize. Those riders are #740 Coy “I ain’t no Boy Toy” Jackson,
Nick “You don’t have to call me Nick, Just don’t call me late for dinner”
Oeltjen and Josh “I’m gonna Squash,,, the Competition” Brixen, who would engage
in the three way battle that would determine the future of Mankind! Well, not actually
the future of mankind,,, more like who would have the advantage going into
round 2. Jackson, Oeltjen and Brixen would race hard, race clean and race hard
some more, to finish in that order.
Open-A Class is always fun to watch, because as the “Open” in Open-A indicates,
there are no displacement requirements, so you see racers racing everything
from 125 2-strokes to 450 4-strokes and even occasionally a 500cc 2-stroke
“Widow Maker”. Clint Huff, Austin Ryan and Paul Reschke engaged in a battle that
almost split the terra firma all the way down to Hades!
the eventual winner of the 4 lap roust-a-bout was pulling second place at the
completion of the first ten mile loop. By the time he came through the scoring
barrels a second time, he had taken over the lead from now second place Austin
Ryan. The eventual third place finisher, #13 KTM mounted Paul Reschke started
out in sixth place at the end of the first loop, but by lap 3 he had advanced
to not uno place, not dos place but tre’s place. And that was the order of
finish. Clint Huff (1) Austin Ryan (2) and Paul Reschke (3)
last race of the day. The AA Racers rocketed off the line like a squadron of
F18’s on steroids. Multi time D23 champ #63 Nate Ferderer got an
uncharicteristiclly bad start on his GasGas that had him passing competitors
like Tom Brady passing under-inflated footballs. Fourth at the end of lap one,
first by the end of lap two. It must have been after 11:00am, which is
check-out time, because that’s what Nate did.
laps two and three, Ferderer would circulate in the low 27 minutes, while
everyone else was near the 29 even pace.
a multi-time district champ and National Champ contender that much time is like
dropping anchor. On lap 5 Ferderer slowed his pace due to the afternoon heat
and humidity. That allowed second place Austin Pogreba to get his Kawasaki to
within 40 seconds of the Champ, but that was it. The third place #94 KTM 125
two stroke, of past champ, Kyle Nelson was getting it’s neck wrung like a barnyard
rooster at 4:00am, in a valiant effort to best Ferderer’s GasGas, a bike so
nice they named it twice!
was the end of racing at Spring Creek, Mothers Day 2017.
amount of labor that it takes to put on a racing event of this caliber would be
truly daunting to the uninitiated, but the staff and volunteers at Spring Creek
are old hands at putting on first class, safe and competitive events. They will
be hosting several District 23 MX races on the run-up to the truly legendary
Spring Creek MX National, coming this July.
you John and Greta Martin for opening up your home, time and time again, to the
moto community, and Greta, I’m sorry that you had to work on Mothers Day!