The Lucas Oil AMA Pro National MX series passed the halfway point in sweltering and testing conditions as round 7 of the 12 round series was held at the Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville on Saturday. DNA Shredstix/Star Racing Yamaha’s, Gareth Swanepoel, made the most of a difficult qualification session as over night showers had drenched the sandy circuit and made track conditions rough and rutted.
Grabbing a good start in moto 1 ‘Swanie’ positioned himself in 6th and kept pushing to hold consistent lap times. Around the halfway mark he made some mistakes and lost his rhythm allowing Tomac, Durham and Barcia to pass. He quickly regained his composure and then put his head down re-passing Tomac and Durham to finish in a strong 5th position.
The second moto would not get off to a good start for Swanepoel.Ã‚Â He had to get ride of his goggles on the first lap and rode the entire moto getting blasted with sand and rocks however the gutsy South African fought through to salvage 12th spot.
“The heat was really overwhelming this weekend,” admitted Swanepoel. “This is the worst I have experienced so far in the US but I used it to my advantage and could make up positions when the guys in front of me faded. The track was really gnarly and demanding. It’s a big learning experience for me as it’s the first time I’ve seen most of these tracks and I have to bang in some fast laps and get on the pace from the get go. I would like to put together two strong consistent moto’s in Washougal and then build from there.”