It’s been a lonely summer for Caden Braswell for much of the Pro Motocross season, as the Floridian has been the lone healthy GASGAS Factory rider for much of the season. But the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team was at double-strength for Spring Creek MX, with the return of Pierce Brown to the lineup.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing was ready to take on the challenge of the sand whoops and hills on the Spring Creek course
Pierce Brown made Spring Creek his debut race of the Pro Motocross season after returning from injury
Caden Braswell was excited to not be the lone rider in the rig this weekend
For his first race of the outdoor season, Pierce Brown picked a tough one. He was 11th off the line aboard his MC 250F Factory Edition, and he climbed to ninth at the finish. In moto two, he came off the gate well and was up to seventh place, before a crash and technical issue caused him to slip to 16th at the finish, leaving him 12th overall for his return to action.
Pierce Brown: “For the first race back at Millville the first race back I had some fun. I'm finally out here racing with the boys and the first moto was quiet but solid with a ninth. The second moto started a little better. That uphill triple is big. I tried it one time, cased it, and came to a stop. After that, I got to the top of the hill, tucked the front end, and fell. But after that, I got up and felt like I was riding really good. I caught back up to the pack that passed me. But overall, for the first race back it was a fun one. I get to go to Washougal next week, which is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit, so I'm excited for that one."
For moto one, Caden was 13th off the line, and while he climbed as high as 11th during the moto in the highly competitive class, he eventually returned to 13th at the finish. During the second moto he battled inside the top 15, but a crash dropped him to 23rd in the moto, and 17th overall for the day.
Caden Braswell: “Out here at Spring Creek it was a beautiful day. God gave us some great weather this weekend. We had an awesome track, and the team did a great job. We had two bikes (on track) this weekend, which was awesome. It was nice to have a teammate. These were not the results I was wanting, but we'll come out swinging in Washougal."
Next Event (Round Eight): July 22, 2023 – Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Wash.
Results – 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Round Seven
1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 1-2; 2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 4-1; 3. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki) 2-3… 12. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 9-16; 17. Caden Braswell (GASGAS) 13-23; 24. Tyson Johnson (GASGAS) 23-21; 33. Charles Tolleson (GASGAS) 32-32
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 1-1; 2. Chase Sexton (Honda) 2-2; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha) 5-3… 11. Jose Butron (GASGAS) 15-10; 19. Romain Pape (GASGAS) 40-15; 42. Lorenzo Locurcio (GASGAS) 37-DNS
Championship Standings – After Seven Rounds
1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 260 points; 2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha) 247 points; 3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) 240 points… 12. Caden Braswell (GASGAS) 88 points; 25. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) 20 points; 27. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 17 points; 33. Tyson Johnson (GASGAS) 11 points; 41. Joel Rizzi (GASGAS) 3 points
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 350 points; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha) 269 points; 3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) 246 points … 11. Jose Butron (GASGAS) 115 points; 12. Lorenzo Locurcio (GASGAS) 110 points; 17. Romain Pape (GASGAS) 65 points; 24. Chris Canning (GASGAS) 27 points; 43. Jacob Runkles (GASGAS) 4 points; 49. Cody Groves (GASGAS) 3 points