Park Hills, Missouri - Round 1 of the 2017 Mid-America Motocross Series got off to a cracking start at Sweeney’s MX Park Hills, MO as the sun had certainly put his hat on for the weekend. In sharp contrast to the Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier at nearby ROMP MX two weekends before, we were in for a dusty, fast and rutted treat.
Instead of battling wet conditions, the wind played a fundamental part in the weekend’s dynamic. The track crew had to stay ahead of the 80-degree temperatures mixed with 30 mph gusty winds by watering the track continuously the night before and throughout the day. For the most part, they had won the battle by keeping the dust tame and by providing ideal conditions for racing.
Drayke Sizemore ran out front all day in both 250A and 450A classes and swept all motos. However, Michael Hicks did not make it easy for the reigning champion. In the 450A moto 2, Hicks lead all laps except for the last lap. All moto long, Hicks fought off charges from Sizemore to take the lead. On the white flag lap, Sizemore finally passed Hicks, and at that point, Hicks seemed to run out of all fight and rolled the rest of the track to the finish.
Recent B class graduate, Korey Teson earned impressive results in his first race in the A class. Teson scored fourth overall in the 250 and fifth overall in the 450.
Talen Smith (027) ran out front all day in the 50cc Open Stock and 50cc Sr. Stock. Smith lost one moto to Ely Gross (7) who earned two second place overalls in the same classes.
Big St. Charles rider, Colin Marler had a bad get off on an uphill double that ate up a few riders on Sunday, but pulled off the overall win in the Supermini class.
Kole Medwid dominated the C classes and Schoolboy 2. While leading the Open C, Medwid made a mistake and dropped back to third but fought back to take the win.
Literally riding in his backyard, Grant Sweeney got off to a good start to this season by winning both 65cc Open and 65cc Sr. classes. Although bad luck cost him a podium spot in the 85cc Jr. class, Sweeney has shown he will be a title contender on the bigger bike.
Alyssa Cole recovered from bad starts to win both motos for the overall in the Women’s class.
Jacob Snodgrass (16) returned to the Mid-America Motocross Series on fire by winning overalls in the 85cc Jr. and Super Jr. classes.
Ace Enloe claimed the overall in the 65cc Jr. (7-9) by going 1-1 in motos.
Caleb Luttrell (82) powered his way to two overall wins in the PW Shaft TTR, XR 4-8 and in the 50cc Jr. Stock 4-6.
The next gate drop for the Mid-America Motocross Series is at Paradise Moto Park in Du Quoin, IL on April 23.