Oak Hill Raceway – Decatur, TX – Last week Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda amateur rider #79 Jessy Nelson headed down to Decatur Texas for the Oakhill Spring National. Jessy has been staying in Georgia at the Millsaps Training Facility preparing for his last year in amateur racing.
Practice went well for Jessy. He posted some fast lap times and showed that he has put the work in during the off season and is ready to go.
The first race of the week was 250 Pro, Jessy launched out of the gate in second position and was up for the challenge to race for the win. On lap 3, the leader went off the track and allowed Nelson to take control of the race. Jessy rode a consistent race and clicked off the laps to take the win.
The next race Jessy had on Tuesday was 250A Modified. When the gate dropped, the #79 TLD / Lucas Oil / Honda rider rounded the first turn in the lead. He set some very fast lap times during the opening laps of the moto and put himself in a great position to take the win.
The Final Moto of the day was the first 450 race; A Modified. Once again Nelson had the holeshot and looked to have another victory coming his way. On lap 5 of the 9 lap race, Jessy started riding a little tight and making some mistakes which allowed the second place rider to close the gap on Jessy and make the pass. Nelson stayed close but wasn't able to challenge the leader and finished in the second position.
“Today was good for me,” said Nelson. “I had great starts and rode well in my first 2 races. In the 450 moto I just started making some mistakes and lost the lead, but still put myself in good position for the next moto".
Wednesday Jessy had both of his 250 Pro races and was looking for some good results. When the gate dropped, the #79 came around turn one in the lead and started to pull away. Lap after lap putting some of the quickest times in, Jessy looked to be very confident all the way to the checkers, securing his first championship of the weekend.
Next race of the day was 250A Modified and Jessy was looking for a second championship title. He came out of the first turn in second position and was right on the leader for most of the race but was unable to get the moto win. But Jessy’s 1-2 moto score was good enough to grab his second title of the week.
Thursday Jessy had his final two races and was trying to go 4 for 4 on championships. 450A Modified was first up and Jessy put his Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda out front with a massive holeshot. Jessy looked strong on the bike and pulled a comfortable lead. His 2-1 moto scores gave him his 3rd championship title.
The final race of the week once again saw Nelson out front and things were looking great. On lap 5 Nelson started making a few mistakes and that allowed the second place rider to close the gap. The following lap Jessy made another big mistake to give up the lead, and wasn't able to match the pace of the leader. Jessy would finish the race in second and earn second place overall.
Three out of four championships in the first amateur national of the year is a great way to start the season.
"I am really happy with my week,” says Nelson. “My starts were awesome and I rode very consistent and made very few mistakes. My bikes are awesome and super fast. I feel that this is my year to make it happen. I want to thank Jordan and the whole team for the support this year."
This week Jessy has made his way to Mill Creek Motocross Park in Pell City, Alabama for the 2012 Spring Classic. He has brought his winning attitude with him and continues to dominate the 250 and 450 class. Stay tuned next week for a full recap of Jessy’s results at Millcreek.
Jessy Nelson: 2012 Oak Hill Amateur National – 250 Pro Champion | 250A Modified Champion | 450A Modified Champion
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