By Derek Egbert
I recently got to attend the Freestone MX National in Wortham, TX last weekend and it was a hot hot race day! I got to borrow a nice Nikon D40X camera with a sweet 300mm lens on it, so I decided to grab some photos to share on the blog. This was my first time shooting mx with this camera so I did have some learning to do, but I ended up with some good shots at the end of the day.
I won’t do a race recap, as there are plenty of sources online that can do that much better than me (racerxill.com, transworldmx.com, allisports.com, etc.), but there were a few things that impressed me:
- Eli Tomac is FAST! He did not have the endurance through the heat for the entire race, but watch out for that kid, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with for anybody who wants the title.
- Metcalf was fast at the beginning but faded pretty hard about half-way through each moto.
- Kyle Regal was the surprise of the day with a 3rd overall, let’s hope he can keep up his speed and hang with the big boys for the rest of the season.
- Ben Townley looked good but had some bad luck in Moto 2 with a 1st turn crash that set him far behind. I hope he shows up to High Point next week at 100% and ready to spank everybody.
- Dean Wilson was hauling the mail in the second moto but got delirious on the last lap and let 2 people pass him on the last straightaway…everybody at the track was SO confused…poor kid, I hope he can redeem himself next week.
- Alessi was definitely off his normal pace. I think he crashed a few times in each moto and didn’t come anywhere close to landing on the podium.
- Dungey seriously looked like RC the way he pulled ahead and gapped the field. I wonder if the Hangtown Dungey or the Freestone Dungey will show up to High Point next week.
- Last, Reed was pretty solid, he did what he had to do in order to keep the points lead and stay safe. He was the only one I saw who would seat-bounce over the big sand wall in front of the whoops, it was insane, nobody else even came close to his speed over that obstacle. I love it when riders get creative on things that seem to only have one way over it!
So, click here for a slideshow of my best shots of the day. Thanks for reading!
Derek Egbert is an action sports nut who started off riding dirt bikes, but is now a big fan of anything related to action sports. Follow @degbert on twitter or check out actionsportsreview.com for a deeper look at what makes him tick.