After a much-needed weekend off, the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championships returned for round seven of the series at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota on Saturday. One of the most highly-anticipated races on the calendar each and every year, the Spring Creek National hosted yet another incredible day of racing under clear, blistering hot skies, and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short threw down a gutsy performance to finish the day in second overall.
Kevin Windham, who is filling in for the injured Davi Millsaps on the Honda Red Bull Racing squad, began his outdoor campaign in style by grabbing the first holeshot of the day in 450 moto one.
Looking like he hasn’t missed a beat since taking a break from racing in early May, K-Dub laid down some incredible laps and led the pack around the picturesque Spring Creek circuit for the first half of the race. Eventually losing the lead to a determined Ryan Dungey on lap eight, Windham held strong before slowly dropping to fifth by moto’s end.
Meanwhile, Short battled it out from the third spot for the entire moto, eventually crossing the finish line a mere three seconds behind the second-place rider. Red Bull-backed TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Ben Townley tried to make a hard charge up to a podium position late in the moto, but it was too little, too late for the likeable Kiwi, and he had to settle for fourth behind Short.
When the gates dropped for moto two, Short snatched the holeshot, with Townley breathing down his neck as they rocketed through turn one. The two Red Bull teammates would switch positions soon thereafter, but bad luck immediately struck Townley on lap two, as he took a quick Millville soil sample while handing the lead back over to Short.
Shorty’s lead was short-lived, however, as a hard-charging Dungey proved to be too much on his home track, and he eventually walked away with a convincing win.
Kyle Regal also slipped by Short on lap 12, but the top of the field would stay the same for the remainder of the race, and Short’s 3-3 moto scores tallied for a second overall spot on the podium. The wily veteran Windham would finish fourth overall in his 2010 National debut, and Townley charged his way back up to earn a fifth overall on the day.
The series heads west next weekend for round number eight in beautiful Washougal, Washington.