With March comes spring nationals and standout rides from the top amateurs as they begin their 2016 season. After Daytona, many riders decided to make the trek to Pell City, Alabama for the Millcreek Spring Classic to claim some AMA National titles and battle for a Hyperlite Wakeboard to show who the Best of the Best were. I mean it is a wakeboard! Who doesn’t want a wakeboard?!
While many girls and women fought hard all week, a few conquered the rest, battling through mud and sunshine.
Katie Benson came out swinging signing up for the Girls Jr 9-13, Girls Sr 12-16, Women’s 12+ B/C, and the 85cc 9-12 class. It came as no surprise to see her claim a title in the Girl’s Jr 9-13, and with impressive rides in the Girls Sr. 12-16 and Women’s 12+, she battled hard to be on the podium with solid moto finishes. Unfortunately, a crash would keep her from a top 3 in the Women’s 12+, but she put it together for a 3rd overall in the Girls Sr. Equally as impressive was her finished in the 85cc 9-12 class where she improved all week going, 5-4-3 for a 3rd overall. Keep an eye out for Katie as she heads into the following few months.
Jordan Jarvis signed up for an array of class ranging from the Women 12+ B/C, Women 14+, Girls Sr 12-16, Schoolboy 12-16 B/C, and Supermini 2 13-16. This young girl hails from Clayton, North Carolina, and has been on the scene for quite a while. Heading into 2016, Jarvis seems to be fast and focused, while sweeping three championships, a Hyperlite Wakeboard, and two additional top 5 finishes in Alabama. She is one of my favorite riders to watch ride, and she has a solid program that is clicking with her along with a strong support group. Her week at Millcreek proved that she belonged on top not only in both female classes but also the male class going 5-4-4 in the Supermini 2 class and 6-5-1 in the Schoolboy 1 class. She will be headed to Texas to grab a few more championships to jump start her year.
Samantha Mandelke contended for moto wins all week going 2-2-2 in both the Women 12+ B/C and the Women 14+ classes. Mandelke suffered with some mishaps at Loretta Lynn’s after having an amazing year last year, but is coming back stronger than ever in 2016. Training with Matt Walker at the MotoX Compound, Mandelke is putting in the work to come out on top this year. Mandelke will be battling all week in Texas at the JS7 Freestone National as well. Watch out for the #63.
Maggie Gerrits, on board the #47 KTM, had a stellar week at Millcreek as well, racing in the Girls Sr, Women 12+ B/C, and Women 14+ classes. I didn’t know much about Gerrits until this week, but after watching her ride, she is a rider hard to forget. Blistering fast, she claimed two 3rd place overalls in the Women 12+ and Women 14+ and a 2nd place in the Girl Sr. If you don’t know Maggie, become familiar now, because this young rider will be a title contender all year.