FMF Privateer Power Award: 2022 Spring Creek National
Over the span of almost five decades, Southern California's FMF Racing has become synonymous with the sport of motocross, developing the finest motorcycle exhausts available in the marketplace. Over the course of its longstanding partnership with the world's most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series, FMF has remained committed to its support of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship by bringing much-needed and well-deserved attention to the underdog racers who fight tooth and nail each weekend as privateers, keeping the dream alive through any means necessary. As a result, the FMF Privateer Power Award has become an embodiment of what the brand stands for and what these lesser-known racers epitomize every time the gate drops.
After every round of the 2022 season, FMF and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will recognize a rider deserving of acknowledgement and celebration for his efforts on the track. Each selected rider will be praised for his ability to defy the odds and capture head-turning results, showing no intimidation as he battles alongside some of the sport's biggest names in an incredibly deep field of world class talent featuring riders from across the globe.
Each recipient of the FMF Privateer Power Award will be given special recognition as part of the riders meeting at the following national and is awarded with a custom-designed trophy.
The Frescados Tortillas Spring Creek National signified the official start of the second half of the 2022 season, offering a fresh start of sorts to reset and finish the summer strong. The overall efforts from privateer riders throughout the 50th anniversary season has been impressive, to say the least, and that trend continued at Spring Creek. For the first time this season a 250 Class rider was deserving of recognition as Derek Kelley enjoyed one of the best outings of his career. The AEO Powersports KTM rider equaled his career-best finish of 11th overall thanks to impressive 14-12 moto scores in a deep and talented field of 250 Class talent. It's the third time Kelley has finished inside the top 15 this summer, continuing what has become a breakout season for the experienced rider out of California. As a result of his Spring Creek performance, Kelley earned the distinction of being the first 250 Class rider of 2022 to receive Privateer Power accolades.
Spring Creek National:
#74 Derek Kelley / Riverside, California / KTM
250 Class: 11th overall (14-12)
2022 FMF Privateer Power Award Recipients
Fox Raceway I National:
#61 Fredrik Noren / Lidköping, Sweden / KTM
450 Class: 12th overall (14-1`1)
Hangtown Motocross Classic:
#285 Marshal Weltin / Ubly, Michigan / GASGAS
450 Class: 15th overall (16-15)
Thunder Valley National:
#129 Henry Miller / Rochester, Minnesota / KTM
450 Class: 15th overall (17-15)
High Point National:
#55 Justin Rodbell / Prince Frederick, Maryland / Husqvarna
450 Class: 16th overall (14-18)
#73 Benny Bloss / Oak Grove, Missouri / KTM
450 Class: 12th overall (11-14)
#82 Chris Canning / Coventry, Connecticut / GASGAS
450 Class: 11th overall (12-12)