Millville, MN. - After a one weekend break the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha team was set to get back into the swing of things at the top level. Made up of #25 Ryan Sipes, #35 Kyle Cunningham, #387 Gareth Swanepoel, #533 Gannon Audette, and #1 Jessica Patterson, as well as, #76 Kyle Partridge. All six riders returned to action for the seventh round of the AMA MX National Series at the Spring Creek Motocross Park.
First up was Cunningham, who had another strong performance which was much needed. Cunningham set himself up in moto one by grabbing the holeshot, leaving him with a great opportunity ahead of him. From there, he rode aggressively in the early laps mixing it up with the leaders while holding 3rd. Cunningham stayed strong well into the race, keeping close to the top riders, but he came up a little short of the podium which lead to his eventual finishing spot of 4th. Another holeshot in moto two, Cunningham stayed persistent leading the first lap. Once he was passed, Cunningham stayed gritty and rode right on the leaders wheels and stayed a factor. Relegated back to 3rd, Cunningham held there much of the race but late in the going he slipped to 4th. Giving the FMF backed rider a stellar overall score of 4th.
Next in line, Swanepoel had really strong rides going in both moto’s. In moto one, Swanepoel had a super impressive go of things when he started 6th. Sliding back to 8th mid moto, Swanepoel got going and charged until the end where came away in 5th. Moto two saw him hold down 15h on lap one, only to fall back further to 20th. Swanepoel regrouped like he did in previous races and forged his way back up to 12th.
Also having one good moto, one bad moto on the weekend was Audette. Audette made his presence known by showing flashes of real speed, and held down 15th for most of moto one before settling for 15th. Audette started his second moto with a 12th out of the gate; from there he had one of his best showings seeing him compete around the top ten through the duration and eventually took 10th.
Feeling good Sipes started moto one in 4th, pushing hard and sitting inside the top five by mid moto. Unfortunately, heat and fatigue for Sipes would follow, and lead to him finishing in 13th. Moto two started pretty solid for Sipes, upfront and securing 6th, the Kentuckian hung tough and stayed upfront briefly. As the moto progressed, Sipes could not come to terms with his body and the track, which led to him slipping very far back and eventually he pulled off.
Moto 1 Moto 2 = Overall Finish
Kyle Cunningham 4th 4th = 4th
Gareth Swanepoel 5th 12th = 8th
Gannon Audette 15th 10th = 9th
Ryan Sipes 13th 35th =19th
Also adding to the great race results, was Jessica Patterson our WMX pilot who put two steady moto’s together going 2-1 for 1st overall.
A less than stellar day for Partridge was truly unfortunate, after three crashes in moto one, he’d gut out a long battle only to get 31st. Partridge tried to race through adversity, as he suffered from some sort of a complicated fatigue issue that many struggled with, and though he finished moto two, a hard fought 33rd would be all he could muster.
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