5 Things We Learned at the JS7 Spring Championship on Thursday

Race Tech is the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle suspension modification company. They have over 35 years of creating hi-performance suspension solutions. RT specializes in revalving stock suspension components using award-winning Gold Valve Kits that are 100% guaranteed and Made in the USA! Race Tech Gold Valves provide a plush feel with drastically improved bottoming resistance and increased traction.

Nothing makes it feel more like spring than when the transport haulers roll into Freestone for the 13th annual JS7 Freestone Spring Championship. Over 41 different classes will line up and test their metal on this sweeping Texas landscape. The weather was perfect today at Freestone with overcast conditions allowing the moisture to stay in the soil as the fastest amateur motocross athletes in American battled tooth and nail all day long. 

Flying in Tight Formation | 250 B

Heat 1:

With lap times that would rival the 250 A Pro Sport leaders, Drew Adams sprinted to a Heat 1 win where he led wire to wire. Nipping at his heels and never trailing for more than two seconds was fellow Team Green Kawasaki pilot Krystian Janik. Casey Cochran held down 3rd place while posting the fastest lap of the race but was unable to latch onto the leaders trailing by 10 seconds at the checkered flag. Cochran opened a sizable gap over 4th place finisher Enzo Temmerman. Temmeran ran a lonely race with as large a gap over 5th place rider Nicolas Israel. Aden Keefer had an eventful 6th and finished with guts and glory along with a bloody mouthpiece. All heart.

1. Drew Adams

2. Krystian Janik 

3. Casey Cochran 

4. Enzo Temmerman

5. Nicolas Israel

Heat 2: 

Like Heat 1, there are no change for the lead. Jace Allred was seeing all green as he rounded the final corner with nothing but open track ahead of him. Giving chase from the drop of the gate was Leum Oehlhof who did not get the best of starts. From 5th, Leum was able to move into the 2nd place spot after 3 laps and was able to close the gap to under 1 second but wasn’t able to claim the top spot in Heat 2. Landin Pepperd, Casey Benard Dilan Blecha and Hays Edwards swapped positions all 11 laps finishing in 3rd-6th respectively.  

1. Jace Allred

2. Leum Oehlhof

3. Landin Pepperd

4. Casey Benard

5. Dilan Blecha

Canadian Bacon Smokin’ Fast in Texas 250 A Pro Sport Moto 1

A deep field of amateur hot shots charged out onto nearly perfect conditions at Freestone. The top 8 positions were put in a blender for 20 minutes plus 1. When the checkered flag flew, it was 17-year-old 2022 Canadian MX Pro Champion Ryder McNabb who battled back from a start outside the top ten to win with a comfortable 9 second lead. McNabb, out of Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada (wherever that is) often struggles with starts but perennially shows both speed and fitness in the closing laps. Mark Fineis took the 2nd spot after leading much of the middle laps and was fastest man on the track until McNabb turned up the heat. An eventful race for Preston Boespflug saw him run as high as 2nd and as far back in 5th on route to the last spot on the podium. Early leader Daxton Bennick was unable to cling to a podium ride and was even pressured heavily by Honda’s Parker Ross who was also in the fight the whole moto. Returning to the amateur ranks was Jett Reynolds who started with the leaders but dropped to 8th after 13 laps. This was Reynolds’ first race back after nearly 2 years due to injury. 

1. Ryder McNabb 

2. Mark Fineis

3. Preston Boespflug

4. Daxton Bennick

5. Parker Ross

A Peak into the Future with the Bobble Heads 51cc (4-6) Shaft Drive

Jot down a few of these names because they might just break your heart in Fantasy Motocross 15 years from now. A field of Yamahas was led by Brody Jones with the #101 machine of Carter Rennaker trailing by a slim margin. The #80 of Nixon Pappas rounded out the podium which will have him smiling all the way back to Livermore, California. The #100 of Ryan Mode battled closely with Owen Ransom and was able to claim 4th just ahead on Ransom. Irie Gaines out of Prosper, Texas, rounded out this young and talented field as they embark on their journey in the sport of motocross. It is assumed that all riders in this class required a nap after this moto. 

1. Brody Jones

2. Carter Rennaker

3. Nixon Pappas

4. Ryan Mode

5. Owen Ransom

Vincent Leads the Wey in Moto 1 of Mini Sr 1

After a not so great start, Vincent Wey went to work on making his way to the front. Logging lap times that would make a few 250 B 12+ riders blush, Wey was able to take the lead on the last lap and never looked back. It’s a good thing he didn’t because Team Green’s Carson Wood and Husqvarna’s Heath Fisher were charging the entire more after starts which rounded out the top 10. The freight train of Wey, Wood and Fisher were able make their way past early leader Jonathan Getz who ran strong the whole race finishing 4th. After lap one, Tristan Prueitt was nearly 12 seconds back and moving forward from the 12th place spot. By the time the checkered flag came out, the #317 of Prueitt was just 13 seconds off the lead and rounded out the top 5. Relinquishing just one more second to the eventually winner is no small feet while ripping through the back half of the top 10. 

1. Vincent Wey

2. Carson Wood

3. Heath Fisher

4. Jonathan Getz

5. Tristan Prueitt

Fauser Proves FASTER 125 All Star 12-17

A star-studded lineup of youngster was rolling coal for all 6 laps of 125 action. Twenty-nine riders left the gate and when the dust settled, it was Midland, PA’s Luke Fauser with a 5 second lead. Posting the fastest lap of the race was exactly what Fauser needed to take the lead on lap 2 and from there he set sail. Fellow Pennsylvanian William Canaguier lead early and made sure that the Pittsburgh Penguins fans finished 1 and 2 just ahead of the #451 Ryder Thompson aboard his Gas Gas. Just outside the top 3 was Yamaha’s Kade Johnson who has moved up to the 125 class full time for 2023. Tiger Wood rounded out the top 5 after battled back from a 9th place start. Jesson Turner might have turned in the most impressive charge of the day making passes every lap passing 11 riders on route from 17th to 6th when the checkered flag dropped. All spectators reported that this was both the best sounding and best smelling class of the day with many riders choosing run Maxima Castor 927 mixing oil. 

1. Luke Fauser

2. William Canaguier

3. Ryder Thompson

4. Kade Johnson

5. Tiger Wood

After 1 day of motos here at Freestone, it was fair to say that spring has sprung. Budding trees served as a backdrop for fiercely competitive racing all day long. Cool temperatures and cloud cover made for prime track conditions as the fastest amateur athletes across the nation jockeyed for position. The Freestone MX track crew is now hard at work turning every section to a blank canvas for when they rack up a fresh set of motos for tomorrow. As the sun sets on day one of motos here at Freestone MX, some look to back up their wins while others focus on an opportunity to bounce back tomorrow. 

Back tomorrow with more. 

Written by BigMxRadio

Joey Savatgy’s 2023 Monster Energy Supercross Season Is Over

Morning Espresso: Carey Hart Owns a Beer Company; World Mini Is Back; Ben Townley’s Place is INSANE and More