As amateur racing around the country resumes from the (not so) offseason, all eyes shift their focus to the JS7 Spring Championship at Freestone MX in beautiful Wortham, Texas on March 9-13. Vurb will be there with some amazing coverage, so go ahead and sign up and get down there!
While the data isn’t plentiful, we will be brining you some of the hitters in three of our favorite classes over the next couple of weeks. Starting with Supermini, we will be taking a deepish dive into the classes and seeing how they might shake out. Most of the names you seen out from back in November at Mini O’s have moved on from the class leaving a big hole to fill. Over the winter we saw Krystian Janik hop on a 250; Tyler Mollet, Jude Smerlick, Thor Powell, Carter Malcolm and I’m sure 69 other cats have all moved onto big bikes which has us thinking, who is next to take this class by storm in 2022?
Presenting the cast of characters to look out for in the Supermini Classes.
Drew Adams #300: While his Mini O’s may not have gone to plan, Adams is looking to show why the hype is real this Spring National season. Coming off of a flawless Winter Am series, Adams is on the hunt for his first Supermini title, but it will not come easy as the rest of the class is looking for a title of their own. As one of the younger kids in the class it will be awesome to see how he stacks up against the rest of the class as we were robbed of seeing him battle Tiger Wood back in November.
Tiger Wood #43: Arguably one of the odds-on favorites, Wood has made the move from KTM over to GasGas (I know, I know, same bike blah blah blah) and after some time back home in Australia he says he is feeling good and ready for the Spring Nationals.
“I look forward to racing Drew Adams in Texas, he is a good rider and it is always a good time battling it out with him!” said Wood in regard to who he looks forward to racing most. Adam’s won’t be the only one knocking on Tiger Wood’s door that week though!
Kade Johnson #177: One of the newest kids on the block, Johnson has been putting the work in the Lone Star state and it is showing. “I have been training full time at Quicks Moto Ranch working hard on my skills and fitness”, said Johnson. He did just grab a title at Freestone for the last round of the Texas Winter Series crediting a frame design change to the Yamaha which has allowed him to be a little more comfortable. Keep an eye out for that Blu Cru.
Kelana Humphrey #63: Welcome back, Na! Kelana is back on the bike after an ACL tear last fall. He has wasted no time getting back up to speed making the trek to Texas to not only train on similar ground at Tapt House, he also raced the aforementioned Kade Johnson taking second at Freestone. When asked about racing with Johnson, Humphrey said: “These are the kids I expect to be upfront and I’m looking forward to battling hard on the track and get to the top of the box.”
Landen Gordon #18: Team Green’s newest recruit is looking to put the class on notice alongside his teammate Drew Adams. This kid is a sleeper, well as much of a sleeper as one could be ripping a PC rocket ship around a track.
Now let’s talk a couple of other kids looking to make a splash. Will Canaguier put in some very impressive results back in November and providing he lines up at Freestone, he could very much be in the mix. Will Campbell, another Australian, is back in the states looking to carry some momentum into Loretta’s season. Logan Mortberg, Landon Gibson, Chance Lawton, Leum Oehlhof and Jaydn Searles will be vying for their shot at a podium as well.
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