AMA Motocross – Freestone
Round two of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship was held in the sweltering heat of Wortham, Texas this weekend. Despite the weather the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda team riders all had great weekends and made improvements from the opening round.
Team leader Ben Townleytarted the weekend off right by slashing his way into second in the opening stages of the first 450 moto. Ben would remain there the entire moto, and post the quickest lap time of the moto, until the two lap board came out and Chad Reed made his way by with a crafty line in the whoops. Townley’s third place finish was his first in 450 competition as well as the team’s. The second moto didn’t start as well as Ben tangled with another rider and went down in turn one. He suffered some road rash and a burn from a hot exhaust system but he jumped in his bike and salvaged whatever points he could. His 3-16 moto finishes would leave him in 8th overall on the weekend.
Ben Townley, Photo: Kardas
“The first moto was a good step for me,” said Ben after the race. “I made smart passes and felt like I rode like myself, at least before the heat started to get to me. Regardless, it was a good race to build on and if I can put two of those together now I’ll be looking good for a solid overall finish.”
Wil Hahn, Photo: Kardas
The team’s two 250 riders Wil Hahn & Cole Seely, also had reason to smile in Texas. Wilbur put in two solid motos, going 9-6 for 7th overall. Cole Seely spent much of the first moto in second place. He moved to third for a couple laps and then eventually ran out of steam and finished eleventh. Cole went down in the first turn with two other riders and would spend the rest of the moto clawing his way back to 19th at the end.
Cole Seely, Photo: Kardas
“I’m pretty stoked about the way things went,” said Wil. “My starts were decent and I put in good solid laps the whole time. With as hot as it was I’m just pumped I didn’t completely melt down like some of the other guys. I’m looking forward to next weekend already.”
Tarah Gieger backed up her podium at the series opener with another solid third place finish in Texas. The personable WMX star was happy to on the podium at the end of the day but still wants to improve.
Tarah Gieger, Photo: Kardas
“I really want to get up in the race for the lead,” she said. “I qualified quickest here in practice so I know I can run up front I just need to put everything together. I’ve got a few weeks now to work on some things and hopefully I can get a win at the next round.”
The team heads to Mount Morris, PA this weekend to fight for the coveted podium spots at the High Point National.
The Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda race team would like to thank all of the companies that have supported our racing efforts over the years. They include Lucas Oil, American Honda, Red Bull, PPG, Wings for Life, Alpinestars, Avia, Couts Heating and Cooling, Dunlop, Epic Action Video Cam, Leatt Brace, McQueen Racing, Oakley, Pacific Collision, Pro Circuit, Rossignol, Santa Cruz, Selle Italia, Skullcandy, All Sport Dynamics, Cycra, Fasthouse, Flexfit, Hinson Clutch, Hot Wheels, Kahne Racing, Light Speed, Muc-Off, N Style, Nameplate, ODI, Primm, QTM, Renthal, RK Chain, Excel, Twin Air, Vasser Racing and VP Racing.