Monday Kickstart: Freestone National MX 2012

The second round of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championships concluded this past weekend at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas. And in spite of what you might think, not all the action happened on the track. There was plenty to report from the pits and behind-the-scenes.

Freestone once again marked the second round of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship series. The track this year featured a few changes, but for the most part was the same as last year. We’ll get into what was new further down in Kickstart.
The track was prepped immaculately, but wasn’t dug as deep as some of the other tracks on the circuit. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett commented in the post-race press conference that it would have been nice to have more ruts and lines in the corners. He would know, since he had to make quite a few passes in the first moto.
One of the most noticeable changes to the track was this triple jump. Last year, this section featured some very deep rollers that developed numerous ruts.


There have been a lot of big jumps on the National circuit—LaRocco’s Leap, Glen Helen’s famous uphill step up, Holy Schmit, etc—but the leap into the Texas 12 Pack that only a few racers were attempting isn’t only huge; it’s also very technical, as riders flew over 30 feet high and landed on a whoop that was only three feet tall. KTM privateer Tevin Tapia (pictured here) was the first rider to make the huge jump.
Here’s another view of the leap. Rockstar Suzuki’s Jason Anderson used the jump to gain valuable time during qualifying, which allowed him to turn in the fastest time, netting him the top qualifying position. Unfortunately, Anderson had horrible luck during the motos, crashing in the first while running up front and going down again in the second. He finished 12th overall on the day.