Photos by Mike Emery
After a week off to recharge the batteries, the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series made its annual stop to beautiful Spring Creek Motocross Park in Minnesota. When it comes to the feeling of a real motocross facility, Spring Creek MX nails it and is about as fun as they come. With rain leading up to the weekend, the dirt was in prime condition and the fans packed the hillsides of the sprawling layout. With another round of racing comes another Kickstart post so lets dive right into it, shall we?
In what has become a defining year in Aaron Plessinger’s career, these last two rounds have been pivotal in the momentum of his 250 championship run. He came into RedBud riding with a look of a “make or break” weekend and took the 1-1 win, and now carried that same momentum through round eight and had another flawless day. With a now 49 point lead, he’s sitting comfortably and riding with confidence and that may be bad news for the guys chasing him. He also jumped in the creek after the final moto…want to see? Click here and watch it.
Unless you live under a rock, you’re familiar with the adversity that Ken Roczen has overcome in the past year and a half. His return to racing was a feat in its own, but his attitude and openness with it all is just as impressive. Lining up admittedly less than ready, he’s lined up week after week and even scored a win at RedBud after Tomac’s bike had a mechanical. This weekend, he spent more time out front and is admittedly still just enjoying the process of returning to form. One thing he mentioned beyond injury is that it’s his first full outdoor season on the Honda, which means not only is his body getting better but the bike setup is too. We wouldn’t be surprised one bit to see him get some more moto wins before this season is over.
Spring Creek plays host to some locals every year, most notably the Martin brothers (who’s parents run the track) and now retired Ryan Dungey. The Dunge’ was on hand as the Grand Marshall and also spread the word of his annual St. Jude Ride & 5K Run that will happen next Saturday. Interested? Sign up or donate to a great cause HERE. As for Alex Martin, he mentioned in our post-race interview that the pressure was real from all of his local supporters and family and he was happy to score a holeshot and get onto the podium at the end of the day.