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RACE REPORT: Boone Valley MX Mid-America Motocross Round 3

The Mid-America Motocross Series presented by RAM continued on to Boone Valley MX in Sullivan, Missouri, the second stop, but the third round of the series. It has been an interesting season so far with Mother Nature postponing round one and round two, dubbed as a Loretta Lynn North Central Regional Warm-up race, local riders got the chance to see how they measure up with some national talent. With riders like Jacob Shade, Colin Marler, and Larry Davis, the Super Mini (Thru-16) class looks like it is going to be a three-way battle to the last round. The PeeWee Classes are well stacked and may come down to who can handle the deep ruts and put in consistent overall finishes. We still have to see who the serious major players are in some of the big bike classes. It could be an interesting battle between the Gulley Boys and the Eck Brothers, but it seems like the defending Champion, Aaron Gulley is starting to find the outdoor flow again.

Ben Wappelhorst (777) of Wentzville, MO made his debut to the 2015 season at Boone Valley with a 1-1 moto finish in the 30 Plus (B/C).

Jacob Shade (121) takes over the points lead in the 85cc/Mini Sr (12-14) and Super Mini classes at Boone Valley. This is going to be an interesting class to watch this year, as he will have Colin Marler and Larry Davis coming at him.


Taking a soil sample in the first turn of moto one in the Super Mini class could have cost Colin Marler (212) the overall, but he fought hard to work himself up to third. The moto two win secured the overall after Shade went 1-4. Both of these guys are much, much better than a year ago. It may come down to who will make the least mistakes.

No matter how far Mark Schaeffer (217) goes in motocross, last Sunday, June 7, 2015 will without doubt be one of the memorable ones. Why? He earned his first overall win trophy while racing the PeeWee Sr. Stock (7-8) with a 2-1 moto finish. That puts him in the points lead, but he has Grant Sweeney and Caleb Bates lurking just two points behind.

Mason Eck (871) started the series okay, but not great, and then he showed up to Boone Valley with some vengeance and gave Aaron Gulley a run for his money. Starts may be the key for him this year as the Gulley Boys have proven they are very hard to pass. It will be exciting to see what he can do with a holeshot.

Points leader in both A classes, Aaron Gulley seemed off at the Indian Hills MX round a couple weeks ago for round 2. Perhaps he was a bit banged up from the nasty crash during the morning practice or just not in outdoor moto mode yet. He had complained about arm-pump also. However, at Boone Valley he looked more like himself, smooth and not affected by the pressure Eck was giving him.

Now on the big bikes, Chase Smothers (88) continues to win. Last year’s Super Mini winner took three overall wins from Boone Valley in Schoolboy 1, Schoolboy 2, and 250B.

Local track rider, Stephen Moeckel (4) from Sullivan, MO was pumped to finish the 250C class with a 4-1 moto finish for second overall. That puts him in the points lead going into the next round at Green Acres.

Colten Tocco (228) showed that consistency in this sport counts by taking the overall win in the 250C class with a 2-2 moto score.

Competitors on the track, these little rippers show awesome teamwork and support for others on the edge of the track.

In the Open B, Matthew Kretzler (358) looked awesome and fast in the corners which was an obvious factor to his 1-1 and overall win. He currently sits in the points lead in both B classes.

Briar Weir (58) was flying, figuratively away from his competitors in the 65cc Jr (7-9) can 65cc Open classes and currently has he points lead in both.


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