The Motoplayground race finished up this past weekend. A Dirty 100 race and one of the bigger amateur races of the year, Ponca always draws a good crowd and some of the best amateur racers in the US.
Speaking of badass races, this weekend at Muddy Creek Raceway we are hosting the Top Gun Showdown and did I mention there is more than $27,000 dollar purse for the Cody Gragg 2 Stroke race? It’s going to be amazing so you better be there.
Ok, now back to Ponca.
There were a handful of classes that stood out to me. The first one being Supermini. This class was pretty stacked. Max Shane, Jayce Wolf, Ryder Ellis, Wyatt Thurman, Tristan Prueitt, Dakota Baker and Grayson Townsend to name a few. Max Shane was able to dominate, sweeping both supermini classes on his way to two championships. Jayce Wolf continues to impress as he put together a couple strong motos. Wolf is on the hunt for a championship and Mini O’s might be the perfect chance for him to showcase what he’s capable of.
The Pro Sport class also had my attention this weekend. “Tyler when the hell doesn’t Pro Sport catch the fans attention?” Ya ya I get it, but there are some big moves in this class. Drew Adams moved up to the Pro Sport class after a win at the LA Coliseum SMX All-Star race. Enzo Temmerman made his Pro Sport debut. Avery Long is back racing after a gnarly crash at Ironman amateur day. Avery has put in some good rides at LL and finished on the podium at the Ironman Moto Scouting Combine. Avery was able to secure a championship in 250 Pro Sport and a second in the Open division. It seemed as if he had some bad starts and had to fight his way through the pack. I think we’ll see some big moves by Avery in the next year. Collin Allen also made his pro class debut. Collin put together an impressive 1-1 in Collegeboy, a DNF-2 in 250 Pro Sport, and a 6-5 in Open.
250B is another class that really stood out to me. Luke Fauser had super impressive performance at the Vurb Classic and was able to put his Orange Brigade KTM on the top spot in 250B and 450B with a 4th in Schoolboy 2. Landon Gibson, who battled Fauser at the Classic, took home a title in 450B Limited. Caden Dudney has also moved up to the big bikes. Both these guys showed some strong motos and I think with a little more time on these bigger bikes, we’ll see both of them on the podium. Someone a little under the radar, Landon Hartz moved up to B class and he came out swinging. Hartz had a third place finish in 250B, fourth in 450B and a fifth in Schoolboy 2.
Kade Johnson moved up to a 250 this weekend, but he also rode his 125 in his Schoolboy 1 class and took home the championship in that class. I was super impressed how Kade handled moving up to the 250 putting together a 10th place finish in Shoolboy 2 against a tough tough class. I believe the future is bright for Johnson.
Team Green. They always have a superb amateur team, but this three man squad they have of Adams, Temmerman, and Janik is unreal. Enzo won Open Pro Sport, Janik with a 4th, and Adams won moto 1 and did not start the 2nd moto. Enzo won a moto in 250 Pro Sport with Adams getting a third in moto 1. Janik finished second overall in the 250 Pro Sport. If these three can stay healthy and continue to have the speed they’ve shown, I think Team Green is going to be dominating at the amateur level.
Main image via Landon Hartz