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2021 Spring Creek Motocross | Kickstart Recap

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2021 SPRING CREEK MOTOCROSS | COMPLETE COVERAGE

Six down, six to go. The 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship hit its halfway point at the 2021 Spring Creek Motocross, and once again, it was an excellent day of competition with new winners and shake-ups to the results in both the 250 and 450 Classes. We’ve repeatedly talked about how fast and talented the riders are over the last few years, but the on-track action in Minnesota was proof that anyone can put in a career-best day when given the chance. 

Let’s go over a few bullet points before we get into the visual portion of Kickstart…

The rider turnout was solid once again, as 80 competitors signed up for the 450 Class and another 74 filed their entries for the 250 Class. Spring Creek is one of the rounds everyone from the Midwest makes the trip to and there were plenty of racers from Iowa/Minnesota/Missouri/Illinois/Wisconsin.

It’s a shame to see Kailub Russell’s MX career come to an end so early and the Red Bull KTM rider has announced he will not finish the series in the 250 Class. The eight-time GNCC champion had nothing to prove this summer, as this was more a victory lap/opportunity to live out a dream, and his post-race video message on Instagram was an appropriate way to explain his side of things. 

We noticed a number of riders sounded a little hoarse or even said they were rundown feeling at Spring Creek. Was this a result of back-to-back-to-back races or a case of summertime colds circulating through the pits?

Now that most of the 450 Class deals are sorted out or close to complete, the Silly Season has started for those in the 250 Class. A handful of riders have signed extensions to stay where they are for 2022 while others are hoping strong results over the next few weeks will get the attention of team managers. We should find out a lot more this weekend at Washougal or when the series returns at Unadilla.

The AMA confirmed to us that BETA’s interest in pro racing is true and that the European OEM is working out the details to have a presence in the next few years, maybe as soon as 2022. It sounds like the biggest challenge BETA faces is getting the required number of motorcycles into dealerships; if they want to race Supercross, they must have at least 200 production units for sale in the US by March 1, 2022, and the full 400 ready by June 1, 2022.


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Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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