Photos by: Kurt Schellenberger & Debbie Pingel
Moore and Sizemore Top the Pro Classes at Round 1 of the Mid America Motocross Series at Archveiw MX
The 2016 Mid-America Motocross Series presented by Yamaha Racing and Big St. Charles Motorsports started with an exciting day of racing at Archview MX Park to kick off the season. With many new faces committing to the series this year, the door to this year’s titles are left wide open with a mass of returning riders as championship favorites, but it was two newcomers in the Pro classes who came out on top at the end of the day in Washington Park, Illinois. Drayke Sizemore led every lap start to finish in the 250A motos, but it was Johnny Moore, of Madison, Mississippi stealing away the overall in the 450A with a 1-1 score on the day.
Johnny Moore | 1st Overall Open A | 1st Overall 25 Plus
Johnny Moore rode well in his motos, so well that he had a perfect day scoring a 1-1 in Open A and a 1-1 in 25 Plus. In the first Open A moto, Moore did it the easy way, grabbing the holeshot and checking out. The former national pro rider finished with a five to six second lead over Drayke Sizemore and Bubba Pauli. In moto two, Bubba Pauli beat Moore to the holeshot, but Moore passed Pauli for the lead about halfway through the first lap. As Moore gradually gapped the field, a battle was brewing for second between Pauli and Sizemore. The two were practically glued at the hip. Sizemore pressured Pauli lap after lap but Pauli kept taking the race lines away to hold off his pursuer, beating him to the checkers for second overall.
“Riding three times throughout the year, I am a little out of shape, so I knew to put it in the first couple of laps that were fast and set a good pace,” said Moore. “Bubba and Drayke were riding super good this weekend so to get in front of those guys was key on the start, and it ended up paying off. I was able to gap them five to six seconds in the moto to the finish line.”
Open A Top 10 Overall Results
- Johnny Moore 1-1
- Bubba Pauli 3-2
- Drayke Sizemore 2-3
- Kyle Durham 4-5
- Michael Hicks 8-4
- Mason Eck 5-7
- Channing Hunt 7-6
- Travis Eck 6-10
- Tyler Auten 11-8
- Ian Naccarato 10-9
Drayke Sizemore | 1st Overall 250 A
Despite his 2-3 scores in the Open A, the 250 A class was all Drayke Sizemore. He did it by using the old cliché, get a good start a checkout. In both motos, Sizemore took advantage of his holeshots and pulled away with the clear track. He took the checkers in Moto two with over a ten second lead over Pauli, who had second place all to himself. The rest of the field challenged the scorers’ first-grade math abilities. Derrick Boyd rode well and secured the third spot to himself in moto two, but an eight place finish in the first moto put him just off the podium. The final podium position went to Kyle Durham with a 6-4 moto score.
“I expected to get tired after three laps, but I stayed pretty good all the way,” said Sizemore.
250 A Top 10 Overall Results
- Drayke Sizemore 1-1
- Bubba Pauli 2-2
- Kyle Durham 6-4
- Derrick Boyd 8-3
- Travis Eck 5-7
- Carter Stephenson 3-9
- Channing Hunt 7-6
- Zack Hoffman 4-11
- Mason Eck 9-10
- Tyler Auten 13-8
Lance Kobusch | 1st Overall Supermini | 1st Overall Schoolboy 1
The Mid-America Motocross Series hopes to see Lance Lightning Kobusch regularly on the tour this year. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider and number one Supermini rider in the country or perhaps the world put on a show last weekend with dominating performances in the Supermini and Schoolboy 1 classes. In both Supermini motos, Kobusch rocketed off the gate to grab the holeshot, allowing him to pull away for an early lead. Kobusch’s lead would go uncontested, and he held on to take four moto wins. Brett Greenley rode well all weekend and took the checkers next, but was docked four positions in Supermini moto one for cutting the track in the first turn. That error gave him a moto a 5-2 moto score for fourth overall. Jace Arrington captured second place with a 3-3 score and Colin Marler, despite racing on a hurt foot, fought his way for a 2-4 moto score and ultimately a third on the day for hard earned valuable points toward the championship.
Austin Haas | 1st Overall PeeWee Sr Stock (7-8) | 1st Overall PeeWee Open Stock
Off to a great start of the 2016 season, Austin Haas earned two overall wins this weekend on a rough and rutted track, but he was able to power his Cobra to perfect moto finishes in the PeeWee classes. Haas also races the 65cc Jr (7-9) class and finished fifth overall.
Grant Sweeney | 1st Overall 65cc Jr (7-9) | 1st Overall 65cc Open
It’s not a surprise for anyone to see Grant Sweeney taking wins at the Mid America Motocross Series, but one never knows how they will measure up to the competition in the opening round of the season. No longer on the 50s, Grant has shown he is still the rider to beat going into round two at Indian Hills MX.
Edgar Lewis | 1st Overall 85cc Jr (9-11) | 1st Overall Super Jr. (9-11)
Not only does Edgar Lewis have speed, but his form is also always on point. All kids and many adults should watch Lewis ride and take notes. A perfect weekend is no accident for this ripper from Virden, Illinois. The Mid-America Motocross Series hopes to see more of him in the upcoming rounds.
Joey Sapienza | 1st Overall 250B | College (14-24 B/C)
Joey Sapienza has always been fast, but it is obvious that he had used the offseason wisely. He is going to be tough to catch for sure this year.
The next gate drop of the Mid America Motocross Series is this weekend, May 28 and 29 at Indian Hills MX in Du Quoin, Illinois in the Southern Illinois State Fairgrounds.
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