The Spring National in Texas have become a staple in the amateur motocross world. It marks the start of the season and act as a gauge for what the year will bring. For the first time ever Team EJP Racing headed south west to take on the best in the world!
The two weeks of racing kicked off with supercross at Oak Hill Texas for the GNC International. Andy Mathieu lined up and took the first championship of the week for Team EJP in the 35+ class. He would be the only team rider to line up for SX as Patrick Prescott prepared himself for motocross.
Motocross would go about the same for the #53 Husqvarna rider, taking championships in both the 35+ and 25+ classes. Patrick made his first appearance on the white 125’s running the 250 Youth 14-16 class and rode solid to a 10-9 Moto score for 9th overall. He would follow that up with a 9th overall in Supermini 2 and a 10th overall in the Supermini 1 class. With all top ten finishes and 3 championships, Team EJP was off to a great start in Texas!
A short 3 hour drive later and the team drove into what would be the main event of the Texas Spring Nationals. The James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship presented by Parts Unlimited has become one of the key amateur nationals to hit and this year all of the big names were in town.
Andy would have his work cut out for him in the 25+ class going against John Moeller and Shane Mills. He managed a 3-2 Moto score for 2nd overall. Andy returned to his winning ways in the 35+ class going 1-1 for the final championship of the week.
Patrick was up against some of the toughest competition of the event. Both supermini classes had so many entries that each one required qualifiers to set the gate for the main event. The week started rough for the #199 with some slow starts and bad decisions on the opening laps. This would put him into 2 LCQ’s to try to make main events. Fortunately he was able to pilot his Husqvarna supermini to the main event in the Supermini 2 class and
As main events kicked off the skies opened up. Patrick went into the second Moto of the 250 C class with a 27th in Moto one. The gate dropped for the first mud Moto of the two weeks of racing and Pat was ready! A great start would put him in position to have a great second Moto. The light weight of his 125 worked as an advantage in the heavy Texas mud. While the already heavy 4 strokes were collecting mud, Prescott’s 125 was on the pipe making pass after pass around the outside until the checkers flew. Patrick would finish off the 250 C class with a 27-10 moto score and a 14th overall!With the Spring Nationals under their belt, Team EJP is now setting sights on qualifying for the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National.