ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SPRING CREEK PRO NATIONAL

THE VITALS

What: Round 8 of the AMA Pro Motocross national championship series

When: Today-Sunday; pro national races on Saturday. Pro practice and qualifying begins at 8 a.m., opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m., motos begin at 1 p.m. Millville’s Super Series, Round 8, begins at 9:15 a.m. Sunday.

Where: Spring Creek MX Park, near Millville. (From Rochester, take US Highway 52 north to Minnesota Highway 60, then east toward Zumbro Falls).

Tickets: A Saturday-only adult general admission ticket is $51; a Friday-Saturday ticket is $71. Pit pass information available at SpringCreekMX.com or ProMotocross.com.

TV coverage: MavTV will air the first pro motos live at 1 p.m. Saturday. NBCSN will air the second pro motos on tape-delay, beginning at midnight. All qualifying races and motos will air online on the NBCSN Gold website. A highlights show of the Spring Creek races will air on NBCSN on July 25 at 1 a.m.

More racing: Millville’s Super Series (amateur racing) will be held Friday and Sunday.

Title change: Frescado’s Tortillas, a Minnesota-based company, is the new title sponsor of the Spring Creek Pro Nationals. Harold Gooch, one of the company’s founders, is a motocross racer, wearing No. 28 and riding a KTM.

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A 450 VIEW

What to know about the AMA Pro Motocross 450 class at Spring Creek MX Park

No. 1 WITH A BULLET: Two-time defending national champion Eli Tomac is running away with a third consecutive title. The Cortez, Colo., native has a 34-point lead over second-place rider Marvin Musquin with five rounds remaining in the 2019 national championship series. Tomac has won six motos this season. Through seven rounds, he has three overall wins, three runner-up finishes and one third-place finish.

ONE OF A KIND: Tomac is the only active rider with multiple overall wins at Spring Creek. He has raced at the track eight times and has won the overall on four occasions, including last year. He is the only rider in the history of the Spring Creek pro nationals to win the 450 overall as a rookie; he did so in 2014. He hasn’t finished worse than third at Millville since 2011, his second season as a pro.

LOOKING FOR A REPEAT: If Tomac wins this weekend, he’ll be the first rider in the 450 class to repeat as champion at Spring Creek since Belle Plaine native Ryan Dungey in 2011 and 2012.

DUNGEY’S LEGACY: For a second consecutive year, Dungey will serve as the Grand Marshal for Saturday’s event at Spring Creek. He was dominant at Spring Creek as a pro, winning four of the six 450 races he entered, highlighted by three consecutive victories between 2010-2012. His four 450 wins at Millville are second only Ricky Carmichael, who won eight times at the track on a 450.

QUALITY COMPETITION: Four different bike manufacturers have been represented as winners at Spring Creek over the past six years: Suzuki, twice (James Stewart, 2013; Ken Roczen, 2016); KTM, twice (Ryan Dungey, 2015; Marvin Musquin, 2017); Honda (Eli Tomac, 2014); and Kawasaki (Tomac, 2018). Suzuki holds the most overall wins at Spring Creek in the 450 class (nine).

HOLY HANNAH!: Californian Bob Hannah won the first-ever 450 overall at Spring Creek, on Aug. 28, 1983, riding a Honda. Hannah repeated his win at the track two years later. Nicknamed “Hurricane,” Hannah won seven AMA national championships and 70 AMA pro national races during his 15-year career.

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A 250 VIEW

What to watch in the AMA Pro Motocross championship series 250 class

CAN A-MART BREAK THROUGH?: Alex Martin, who literally grew up on the track at Spring Creek (owned by his parents, John and Greta), is still seeking his first win at his home course. He is looking to become the fourth Minnesota native to win at Millville. He has been the most consistent rider at Spring Creek over the past three years, with three podium (top-three) finishes in that time. His brother, Jeremy, has won twice at the track. Jeremy will miss the entire 2019 season while recovering from a severe back injury.

BET ON GREEN: More riders have won the 250 overall at Spring Creek on Kawasakis than any other brand of bike. Kawasakis have won 13 times at the track, with Hondas second at eight wins. Suzukis have seven wins at Spring Creek, followed by Yahamas (five) and KTM (one). Current 250 class points leader Adam Cianciarulo rides a Kawasaki.

NO REPEAT IN ‘19: Aaron Plessinger, last year’s overall winner in the 250 class at Spring Creek, won’t be a repeat winner this year. Plessinger has moved up to the 450 class, though a heel injury suffered during the supercross season caused him to miss a part of the motocross season. He is 23rd in the 450 points standings.

CAN ANYONE CATCH CIANCIARULO?: Port Orange, Fla., native Adam Cianciarulo has built a dominant lead in the 250 points standings. He has 307 points through seven rounds, good for a 25-point lead over second-place rider Dylan Ferrandis. The 22-year-old had a hot start to the season, winning the overall at the first four rounds. He has five overall wins, a second-place finish and a third-place finish.

MINNESOTA THRICE: Three Minnesotans have won the 250 overall at Spring Creek during the event’s 35-year history – Donny Schmit (1987, ’88), Ryan Dungey (2008, ’09) and Jeremy Martin (2014, ’16). Alex Martin hopes to become the fourth this weekend. He earned his best-ever finish as a pro at his home track last season, finishing second overall.

A NEW WINNER TO BE CROWNED: No rider in the 250 class field this weekend at Spring Creek has won an overall at the track before. It has been tough for 250 riders to win more than once at Spring Creek: Saturday’s winner will be the 26th rider to win at least once at the track in the 36 years it’s hosted a pro nationals race.

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RIDERS TO WATCH

450 CLASS

No. 1 Eli Tomac (Cortez, Colo.) rides for Factory Kawasaki. He carries the No. 1 plate on his bike because he is the two-time defending national champion. He hasn’t finished lower than third overall at any of the seven rounds this season. He has won the overall three times, including the most recent round, two weeks ago at Red Bud in Buchanan, Mich.

No. 25 Marvin Musquin (La Reole, France) is a fluid rider for the Factory KTM team, who is known for his ability to find the smoothest line around the track. That enables him to carry momentum and conserve energy, ensuring he will be strong toward the end of a long race. Musquin is second in the points standings, but it’s a distant second, 34 behind Tomac. Musquin has won the overall twice this season, but has also finished outside of the top five twice.

No. 94 Ken Roczen (Apolda, Germany) rides for the Factory Honda team, who has had good success this season after being limited because of injuries over the past two years. He led the points standings early in the season, winning the overall in two of the first three rounds, but he hasn’t finished better than fifth in the past three rounds. He won the overall at Millville in 2016.

No. 21 Jason Anderson (Edgewood, N.M.) had a breakout season in 2018, finishing fourth in the 450 class points standings, after finishing no better than 11th in the previous three seasons. He’s carried his momentum over into this season, currently sitting fourth in the points. He rides for the Rockstar Husqvarna Factory team and is coming off his best finish of 2019, a runner-up overall finish two weeks ago at Red Bud in Buchanan, Mich.

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RIDERS TO WATCH

250 CLASS

Everyone knows to keep an eye on the No. 26 bike, Millville’s Alex Martin. Here are four other riders to watch in the 250 class this weekend:

No. 92 Adam Cianciarulo (Port Orange, Fla.) rides for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and has separated himself from the pack through seven rounds of the national championship series. He finished third in points last year, somewhat of a breakout year for him, having never placed higher than eighth. He won the overall at the first four rounds this season and has five overall victories in 2019.

No. 24 Dylan Ferrandis (Avignon, France) rides for Star Yamaha and is showing what he’s capable of doing in a full season. He suffered a broken arm in a nasty crash during the 2018 supercross season, a crash that also knocked out some of his teeth and caused him to miss the first four rounds of the 2018 motocross season. He has finished no lower than fourth overall in any of the first seven rounds this summer and picked up his first overall win of the year in the most recent round of the championship series, July 6 at Red Bud in Buchanan, Mich.

No. 62 Justin Cooper (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) is just one point behind Ferrandis for second place, in his second season as a pro rider. Cooper, like Ferrandis, rides for Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha. He finished second overall at Spring Creek last year, his first professional start at Millville. He picked up his first career overall win at WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Fla., on June 22. He has finished outside of the top three just once in seven rounds this season.

No. 39 Colt Nichols (Muskogee, Okla.) has hit the podium (top-three finish) just once this year, with a third-place overall finish at Hangtown in Sacramento, Calif., in Round of 1 of the national championship series, back on May 18. The Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha rider will make his fourth pro start at Millville this weekend. He finished ninth overall there last summer, his best-ever finish at the track.

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2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Series Schedule

(Overall winners)

May 18: Hangtown; Sacramento, Calif.

(450: Ken Roczen; 250: Adam Cianciarulo)

May 25: Fox Raceway; Pala, Calif.

(450: Eli Tomac, 250: Adam Cianciarulo)

June 1: Thunder Valley; Lakewood, Colo.

(450: Ken Roczen; 250: Adam Cianciarulo)

June 15: High Point; Mount Morris, Pa.

(450: Eli Tomac, 250: Adam Cianciarulo)

June 22: WW Ranch MX Park; Jacksonville, Fla.

(450: Marvin Musquin; 250: Justin Cooper)

June 29: The Wick 338; Southwick, Mass.

(450: Marvin Musquin; 250: Adam Cianciarulo)

July 6: RedBud; Buchanan, Mich.

(450: Eli Tomac; 250: Dylan Ferrandis)

July 20: Spring Creek MX Park; Millville

(TV: First motos, MavTV, 1 p.m., Saturday; Second motos, NBCSN, midnight, Sunday; Highlight show, NBCSN, July 25, 1 a.m.)

July 27: Washougal MX Park; Washougal, Wash.

(TV: First motos, MavTV, July 27, 3 p.m.; Second motos, NBCSN, July 28, midnight; Highlight show, NBCSN, Aug. 2, 1 a.m.)

Aug. 10: Unadilla; New Berlin, N.Y.

(TV: First motos, MavTV, Aug. 10, noon; Second 450 moto, NBC, Aug. 10, 3 p.m.; Second 250 moto, NBCSN, Aug. 10, 5 p.m.; Highlight show, NBCSN, Aug. 16, 1 a.m.)

Aug. 17: Budds Creek, Mechanicsville, Md.

(TV: First motos, MavTV, Aug. 17, noon; Second motos, NBCSN, Aug. 18, 3 p.m.; Highlight show, NBCSN, Aug. 23, 1 a.m.)

Aug. 24: Ironman; Crawfordsville, Ind.

(TV: First motos, MavTV, Aug. 24, noon; Second motos, NBCSN, Aug. 24, 10 p.m.; Highlight show, NBCSN, Aug. 28, 1 a.m.)

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POINTS STANDINGS

AMA Motocross

(Through 7 of 12 rounds)

450 Class

1. Eli Tomac#304

2. Marvin Musqin#270

3. Ken Roczen#264

4. Jason Anderson#252

5. Cooper Webb#238

6. Zach Osborne#227

7. Justin Barcia#170

8. Blake Baggett#159

9. Justin Bogle#150

10. Dean Ferris#136

11. Fredrik Noren#132

12. Lorenzo Locurcio#71

13. Benny Bloss#64

14. Cole Seely#59

15. Ben LaMay#59

16. Joey Savatgy#54

17. Henry Miller#54

18. Tyler Bowers#51

19. Justin Hill#51

20. Todd Waters#46

250 Class

1. Adam Cianciarulo#307

2. Dylan Ferrandis#282

3. Justin Cooper#281

4. Colt Nichols#204

5. R.J. Hampshire#200

6. Hunter Lawrence#193

7. Michael Mosiman#173

8. Chase Sexton#167

9. Alex Martin#165

10. Shane McElrath#129

11. Ty Masterpool#111

12. Brandon Hartranft#97

13. Cameron McAdoo#81

14. Jacob Hayes#79

15. Garrett Marchbanks#63

16. Wilson Todd#56

17. Jordan Bailey#55

18. Martin Davalos#54

19. Kyle Peters#51

20. Derek Drake#50

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PAST OVERALL WINNERS AT SCMX PARK

2018

450 — Eli Tomac, Kawasaki

250 — Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha

2017

450 — Marvin Musquin, KTM

250 — Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki

2016

450 — Ken Roczen, Suzuki

250 — Jeremy Martin, Yamaha

2015

450 – Ryan Dungey, KTM

250 – Cooper Webb, Yamaha

2014

450 – Eli Tomac, Honda

250 – Jeremy Martin, Yamaha

2013

450 – James Stewart, Suzuki

250 – Eli Tomac, Honda

2012

450 – Ryan Dungey, KTM

250 – Eli Tomac, Honda

2011

450 – Ryan Dungey, Suzuki

250 – Tyla Rattray, Kawasaki

2010

450 – Ryan Dungey, Suzuki

250 – Trey Canard, Honda

2009

450 – Chad Reed, Suzuki

250 – Ryan Dungey, Suzuki

2008

450 – James Stewart, Kawasaki

250 – Ryan Dungey, Suzuki

2007

450 – Ricky Carmichael, Suzuki

250 – Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki

2006

450 – Ricky Carmichael, Suzuki

250 – Broc Hepler, Suzuki

2005

450 – Ricky Carmichael, Suzuki

250 – Andrew Short, Honda

2004

450 – Ricky Carmichael, Honda

250 – James Stewart, Kawasaki

2003

450 – Ricky Carmichael, Honda

250 – James Stewart, Kawasaki

2002

450 – Ricky Carmichael, Honda

250 – James Stewart, Kawasaki

2001

450 – Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki

250 – Grant Langston, KTM

2000

450 – Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki

250 – Travis Pastrana, Suzuki

1999

450 – Greg Albertyn, Suzuki

250 – Nicholas Wey, Kawasaki

1998

450 – Jeff Emig, Kawasaki

250 – Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki

1997

450 – Jeff Emig, Kawasaki

250 – Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki

1996

450 – Jeff Emig, Kawasaki

250 – Steve Lamson, Honda

1995

450 – Mike Kiedrowski, Kawasaki

250 – Robbie Reynard, Kawasaki

1994

450 – John Dowd, Yamaha

250 – Steve Lamson, Honda

1993

500 – Jeff Stanton, Honda

250 – Jeff Emig, Yamaha

1992

500 – Jeff Stanton, Honda

250 – Mike LaRocco, Kawasaki

1991

500 – Jean-Michel Bayle, Honda

250 – Mike LaRocco, Kawasaki

1990

500 – Jeff Stanton, Honda

250 – Mike LaRocco, Suzuki

1989

500 – Jeff Ward, Kawasaki

250 – Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha

1988

500 – Rick Johnson, Honda

250 – Donny Schmit, Suzuki

1987

500 – Rick Johnson, Honda

250 – Donny Schmit, Suzuki

1986

500 – Rick Johnson, Honda

250 – Micky Dymond, Honda

1985

500 – David Bailey, Honda

450 – Bob Hannah, Honda

250 – Ron Lechien, Honda

1984

500 – David Bailey, Honda

450 – Ron Lechien, Honda

250 – Jeff Ward, Kawasaki

1983

500 – Danny Chandler, Honda

450 – Bob Hannah, Honda

250 – Ron Lechien, Yamaha

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BY THE NUMBERS

1 – The number of active riders who have multiple overall wins at Spring Creek (Eli Tomac in the 450 Class).

3 – Number of Minnesotans who have won a pro overall at Spring Creek – Donny Schmit, Ryan Dungey and Jeremy Martin.

3 – Number of podium (top-three) finishes for Millville native Alex Martin in the past three years at Spring Creek. He finished third overall last year at the track and finished second in the points standings.

6 – The number of times one brand of bike has won both the 250 and 450 overall at Spring Creek. It happened most recently in 2009, when Chad Reed (450) and Ryan Dungey (250) both won on Suzukis.

8 – Number of wins in the 450 Class at Spring Creek for Ricky Carmichael, considered the best motocross rider of all time. He went undefeated in his eight 450-Class starts at Millville.

9 – Position in the 250 Class points standings for Millville’s Alex Martin.

37 – Consecutive years an AMA Pro Nationals has been held at Spring Creek MX Park.

20,000 – Number of fans expected to be at Spring Creek this weekend, more than 100 times the size of Millville’s population.

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Jason has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter and columnist since 2004 and covers high school football, volleyball, softball, golf, hockey, junior hockey and auto racing. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota.