2011 Lucas Oil MX Nationals at Spring Creek
It was definitely summer in the Midwest last weekend at Spring Creek in Milleville, MN! Torrential rains and severe lightening prompted event officials to close the track to practice on Friday, the day before the 7th race of the MX Outdoors season. The foul weather threatened to turn the O Lab into a modern day Noah’s Ark as rumors of flash floods floated over the grounds.
Saturday morning greeted MX fans with more gloomy weather, combined with high heat and stifling humidity. To everyone’s delight the sun burned through the clouds by the start of the 1st 450 class moto, held at 1 pm.
The Rolling O Lab served as a roost deflector; posting up behind the starting line. From the famous Crows Nest, atop the ever-popular hospitality trailer, one had a birds eye view of who got the hole shot, along with a face-full of fresh dirt.
The first moto saw Chad Reed with the hole shot and a strong lead. Chad held this lead and won the moto, setting a pace Dungey 2nd, and Villopoto 3rd, would have to match to be competitive in moto two.
Chad Reed came out hot in the second moto grabbing another hole shot, but as he hammered the throttling climbing the lip of the tracks largest table top he lost control of his bike and launched, flailing into the air. Miraculously he and his bike landed in one piece. He adjusted his front brake lever, and got back into the competition. Reed would finish 14th and maintain the series lead, but only by a small margin.
Oakley’s Ryan Dungey gave his hometown crowd something to cheer about when, in the races ending laps, he passed Ryan Villopoto and pushed his bike to a first place finish. The top three for the second 450 class moto were Dungey, Villopoto and Trey Canard.
Hundreds of MX fans visited the O Lab as they entered the Spring Creek track. They eagerly learned about the superior HDO optics found in Oakley eyewear. Due to the muddy conditions many riders in Sundays amateur competition purchased the new Oakley Mayhem MX goggle. The Oakley Mayhem’s custom feel and incredible fit, combined with an extra lense and laminated tear offs, ensure no compromise on a racers eyesight even in the most challenging of track conditions.
We hope to see you at Washougal on July 23rd for more exciting race action.