Quadcross Northwest returned to Horn Rapids Motorsports Complex April 25th and 26th for the opening rounds. Beautiful weather on both days helped to highlight amazing racing and one of the biggest Pro gates the series has seen since it’s inception. Several large classes of riders took on the sandy mix, but only a few came out on the box! Fast rising Pro athlete Ruby Davis took 4 holeshots and 4 moto wins, while Jace Johnson put on a great effort to catch him.
The first two rounds of Quadcross Northwest took place in Richland, Washington at Horn Rapids. The fourth year the series has raced there, the track had undergone a few changes to the layout, giving racers familiar and new challenges. The Pro qualifier took place in the morning during what would have been second practice for the Pros. Ruby Davis turned the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:30 and change. This would be telltale of the weekend’s events.
With a guaranteed $500 pro purse for Saturday’s event, the gate was fuller than in previous years. For moto 1, Ruby Davis got a great start off the line and the holeshot, with Jace Johnson right behind him. Davis put down laps as if this was his home track, and put a gap on Johnson. Johnson, in turn, rode consistently and put a large gap between himself and third place. Unfortunately two riders wrecked in a tight spot on the track, and the race was red flagged, to be restarted at the gate. Racing was delayed for some time, as EMTs assessed riders Carter Freshette and Travis Bouwman. Bouwman was suspected to have a broken pelvis, femur, and other injuries while Freshette was deemed ok, and was able to ride back to his trailer on a bike no longer fit for racing. After a very long delay, the Pro race was restarted, but it looked to be the same as the first race. Davis again took the holeshot and again, Johnson was on his 6. Davis put a gap on Johnson, Johnson put a gap on the rest of the field and the final results showed Davis, Johnson, and Shelton for the top 3.
For moto two, again Davis got the holeshot. Kenny Shelton was right behind Davis followed by Johnson and Lucas Heath. Johnson made moves on Shelton during lap 4, but by this time Ruby Davis had a 17 second gap. Davis increased his gap to 36 seconds by the time the checkered flag flew. Johnson would finish 2nd and Shelton 3rd.
Sunday’s motos looked very similar in the Pro class. Davis took the holeshot and the win in both of Sunday’s motos, while Jace Johnson took 2nd place, and Kenny Shelton took 3rd. In the first moto, Ruby would set the fastest lap of the weekend at 1:30.5. A blistering pace for anyone. Davis currently has the Pro points lead going into rounds 3 and 4.
Johnson pulled double duty and also raced ProAm both days where he would take 4 moto wins in that class. Ze’vyer Mott would grab the holeshot from Johnson and put in very solid laps. Some of the best racing of the weekend was Johnson putting pressure on Mott. They raced tire to tire for much of their motos on both days, however round 2 saw Mott with transmission troubles so he did not finish moto 1 that day. After Johnson got around Mott, he finished strong with a 4-6 second lead over second place. Saturday’s ProAm podium was Johnson, Mott, Villiard. Sunday’s ProAm podium was Johnson, Villiard, Mott.
With plenty of racing action in all classes, Quadcross Northwest’s opener was a great success. The series heads to Straddleline ORV Park in McCleary, Washington this month for rounds 3 and 4 and then goes to Albany MX park in Albany, Oregon after that. For more information, find QXNW on Facebook, or visit their website at http://www.quadcrossnw.com It is one of the fastest growing quad motocross series in the country, and draws riders from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Montana and Canada.