By Dan Hardenbrook
The weekend was full of fast-paced action as the TMCMX hosted their first series of races for the summer at the track just east of Newberry. It featured a full field of traditional motocross races on Saturday and Sunday, and Flat Track races on Saturday night. Beautiful weather brought out a large crowd Saturday, and some braved the elements Sunday as rain moved through the area.
Several hometown riders raced and represented very well. Leading the way for the locals on Saturday was Ryan Foster, representing his 906 Motorsports team. He swept the day on Saturday, winning both of his heats in multiple classes. He took first in the Supermini class, and also took the top spot in the 85 SR class.
Foster, who has traveled all over the region, recently raced at Baja Acres in a Super Regional Qualifier for the National Amateur Championship at Loretta Lynn’s. He tore up his hometown track in style, finishing off both races with a little flare while taking the checkered flag. He found some trouble on Sunday as his bike blew up in the day’s first race.
Not to be outdone, older sister Lexis led the way for ladies, winning all of her motos both Saturday and Sunday in the Women’s Sr class. Between the brother and sister, it was a great overall weekend for the 906 Motorsports team.
Mom and #1 Fan Lisa said, “What an amazing day of racing! Both kids did so amazing and took first in all of their motos! They did awesome! I want to thank the sponsors for allowing the kids to race. Schubach Farms Cabin Rentals, Quality Inn, DJ Sparky, and 906 Motorsports Custom Apparel. We couldn’t do this without them, and we are so grateful for the opportunity!”
Sibling rivalries were a theme over the course of the weekend. A pair of brothers and sisters battled it out in the Mini Quad division, with Shane and Ashlyn Miller of Germfask and Beau and Bianca Briggs of Curtis battling on Saturday.
In the end, it was Shane who swept the day, followed closely by his sister in the second heat. Newberry’s Addison and Kamden Farmer also entered multiple classes, with Addison looking strong in the 85 JR class, as well as taking a win in the Women’s JR division. Kam came in fourth in his first moto of the weekend in a loaded 65 JR field that featured a large number of riders both days.
Other local riders racing on the hometown track included Levi Maki (85 JR), and Coleton Labadie (14-24 age class, 450C, Open Class).
Overall, it was a great return to racing for the TMCMX. This weekend’s action marked the first races at the course since last September and organizers were pleased with how things went. Longtime race hosts Steve and Janet Maki and a team of volunteers continue to put on great races, even in tough times. The track had a family flare and atmosphere most of the weekend on and off the track.
After Sunday’s races concluded, Janet said, “It was another fun weekend. It was so warm Saturday, then we had the rain come through overnight and Sunday morning. That limited some of the entries on the second day, but we still had a great turnout. I think Sunday is the best part of the weekend. Everything is more laid back and the kids like to have fun.”
The next races are scheduled for September 5 and 6. This will be a motocross only weekend with no flat track races. As part of the event, the club will host its annual “Billy Travis Memorial Races” on Sunday the 6th, with proceeds from the event going to Billy’s son in his memory. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass.