Spring Creek Motocross Park was the site of round seven of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Nationals in Millville, Minnesota. The Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda team posted solid finishes and surged forward in the point standings in two of the three classes they competed in.
Ben Townley turned a mediocre start around quickly in moto one by racing forward to fourth in the opening laps of the race. Ben struggled to find a rhythm but still ended the moto in fourth, setting him up for a good overall finish. In moto two Townley shot to the lead on the opening lap and looked to be on his way to a moto win. Then, just before the end of the second lap, Ben lost his front end in a turn and went down. The fall cost him multiple spots and he would spend the rest of the moto picking riders off. Ben was well outside the top ten after his crash and finished the moto in fifth, leaving him fifth overall on the day.
"Yeah, it was a little frustrating today," said Townley. "The first moto I couldn't seem to get it going. That was tough but my finish was still good enough that I could end up on the podium if I had a good second moto. In the second moto I got right to then front and I was feeling pretty good about the track. I made a stupid mistake and fell over and that was it. I did the best I could to make up spots but I really wasn't happy with getting fifth."
Townley's determination would move him forward in the point standings to third overall. Ben now sits just a handful of points out of second.
Tarah Gieger raced to a second and a fourth in Millville for yet another third overall finish. The podium finish locks Tarah into a solid third in the point’s race.
Cole Seely had a rough day in Minnesota. The young rider started moto one in sixth but a crash on the second lap would cost him a significant amount of time and he would enter the race again a lap down. Moto two started badly as Cole rounded the first turn mid-pack. Seely put his head down and charged, coming up to 14th by the motos end, which included a nasty rain storm that turned the track into a slimy mess. Despite the great ride in moto two Cole would only finish nineteenth on the day.
The team heads to Washington State next week seeking wins and podium finishes at the infamous Washougal Motocross Park.
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.