TLD Race Report: Spring Creek
Sometimes you just have bad weekends. It wasn't for lack of trying but the TLD crew could not catch a break this weekend in the rain-soaked woods of southern Minnesota. The Spring Creek facility was a little wet to start the day and it took its toll on the team.
Christian Craig, who has been the team's star rider this summer, went over the bars on a soggy drop off in practice and jammed his wrist. Craig tried toughing it out in the first moto but the pain was just too severe so he pulled out of the days racing. Craig will undergo an MRI this week to find out the extent of the damage with hopes of returning to the races soon.
Cole Seely and Travis Baker had days they would rather forget. Seely was running near tenth in the first moto when he hit a downed rider in front of him. The contact would damage Cole’s bike significantly but he finished out the moto the best he could. The second moto saw Cole get a bad start and struggle to find his rhythm. Cole’s 23-14 moto scores put him in 20th overall on the day.
If you think Cole had a rough day, you should talk to Travis Baker. Travis split his chin open on a big step-up in one moto and then got a flat tire with two laps to go while running in the top ten. His 22-13 motos for 17th overall were not indicative of Baker's talent or effort.
Tarah Gieger provided the team with its only success on the day as she took her CRF250 to 3rd overall in the intense battleground that is WMX competition. Gieger got good starts, stayed out of trouble and finished in her usual podium position to garner third on the day and remain in third in the points chase.
As the series heads to the northwest this weekend the team is no doubt looking for a comeback race. The riders will spend the next several days working hard and strategizing for a big Saturday at Washougal. If you are coming to the race this weekend, be sure to stop by and say hello. Maybe even test your grip strength against the team driver and token strongman, Big Rig Travis.
TLD would like to thank all of our team sponsors: Lucas Oil, American Honda, PPG, Red Bull, SillyBrandz Global, Adidas, Specialized, BioLytical Labs, Dunlop, McQueen Racing, VQ OrthoCare, Shock Doctor, Skullcandy, Renthal, Alpinestars, Pro Circuit, Primm MX Collection, Couts Heating & Cooling, Selle Italia, N-Style, VP Racing Fuels, Boyesen, ODI, DID, Rossignol, Pacific Collision Centers, Muc-Off, Kasey Kahne, Elrod Racing, New Era, Leatt, Cycra, Hammerhead, Hinson, Light Speed, Moto Tassinari, Twin Air, Talon, QTM, and EPIC Action Camera.