Team Yoshimura Suzuki's Doug Gust Closes in on Top ATV Spot after Mill Creek.
The Mill Creek Motocross Park was the stage for the 10th round of the GNC ATV National Championship. The temperature was 106º making the event the most grueling yet for the riders as well as the spectators. Team Yoshimura Suzuki, however, was as hot as the blistering Alabama sun pulling two first-place finishes and taking second and third position overall.
Coming out of Steel City, both Yoshimura Suzuki riders were ready for the ongoing dogfight for points. As the GNC series winds down inevitably the top four or five contenders close in on each other. As the final flag dropped, both Doug Gust and Jeremiah Jones had reduced the distance needed to walk away with the championship.
The first moto found both riders in good starting position. Jones passed a few riders and worked his way forward positioning him in third behind Travis Spader. Jeremiah finally passed Spader and early leader Harold Goodman on the sixth lap and took off for the win. Doug Gust was able to get in just behind Goodman and hometown Alabama boy, Keith Little for fourth.
The second moto found Doug second off the blocks. He passed Little and just checked out in typical Gust mode! Jeremiah took an early corner a little too hot and found himself off the track after going over a berm. Once back on the track he got bumped by another rider. The collision bent J.J's nerf onto his leg and put him back to last place. Although in pain and worried that the nerf might break, Jones decided not to pull off but to continue on.
It was another one of those come from behind races for Jones moving off of dead last and picking riders off one by one passing the last two riders in the last lap to put him 5th across the line.
Keith Little ended up bagging the overall win with Gust second on the day and Jeremiah 3rd. Both Joe Byrd and John Natalie had rough days as far as points were concerned. Gust meanwhile relentlessly continued his march forward into second place in points, now only 13 points behind Byrd. It looks like the championship is going to boil down to the last race of the year.
Team Yoshimura Suzuki will be at the WPSA ATV event on July 8th and 9th in Taylorville, IL and at the GNC Nationals July 16 at Sunset Ridge in Walnut, IL.
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