AMA Motocross – Mechanicsville, MD
It was a rough weekend for the TLD boys in the muggy sunshine of Maryland this weekend. Bad starts hampered the whole crew, which is unusual since they are typically up front in turn one. Still, all of the riders battled through poor starts and adversity to take some points home with them.
Christian Craig has been a machine when it comes to the starts this year but it just wasn’t happening for him at Budds Creek. Still, Craig rode with smarts and consistency and put together 13-12 moto scores for 12th overall on the day.
“This start is pretty unfair and if you didn’t get a really good qualifying time it was hard to get out of the first turn in good position,” said Craig of the biased first turn. “I had a decent qualifying time but it didn’t put me close enough to the inside to get the start I needed. Once I got going I felt like I rode okay, it’s just hard to make up time on the guys in the top ten because everyone is so fast. Hopefully I can get better starts next weekend.”
The 250 riders had an even rougher time of it. Travis Baker started the day off with an 11th in moto one, putting himself in good position for a top ten overall. In the second moto, however, Travis suffered a fluke mechanical failure and would not finish the moto. It was a tough way to end the weekend for the hard working Baker.
Cole Seely struggled with his starts all weekend. He was unable to move up the way he needed to and his results reflected that. In the second moto he stalled his bike while making his way forward and the lost time would cost him many positions. By the time he got going again, Cole was tired and could only muster a 25th, netting him 19th overall on the day. It was a difficult day for the two-time supercross winner.
The team will take this week and use it to regroup before heading to the mountains of Colorado for the next round. With better starts and a commitment to improve their results the team will definitely see better scores at Thunder Valley. Be sure to come by and visit the team if you plan on attending the Colorado national.
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