Dakota Kessler 449 from Wall, NJ has been improving his MX skills during this years Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the 250 Class. Dakota started this series at the first round in San Bernardino, CA at Glen Helen Raceway were he finished 35th overall with 35-34 moto scores. This was a respectful result for Kessler considering he is a privateer racing 2,727 miles from his home town against 39 of the top 250 riders in the world. It must of been a challenge for Dakota to make it to California to start this series let alone make it into the motos. After all there were 78 others trying to put their 250 race bikes on the 40 rider gate to start this difficult but prestigious outdoor series.
Dakota stayed in California for round 2 at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacromento and fared a few positions better when he scored a 31st overall with a 34-28 moto score but it wasn’t until round 4 at the famous High Point Raceway that he earned his first points of the season. Kessler earned 4 points in the first moto that day when he crossed the finish line in 17th. He followed that up with a 23rd in moto 2 to validate his first moto accomplishment. Of course his 23rd didn’t earn him anymore points but it did prove that he is consistent and is able to adapt to the challenges that the quickly changing High Point track brought to every rider that day.
If you remember High Point started as a mudder in practice than changed to a rutted multi-line course where the fastest lines on lap one quickly became the worst lines towards the end of the race. And that was only moto 1. By moto 2 the riders were kicking up dust in some section while still having to negotiate through some of the deepest ruts left in some of the trickiest off camber turns of any track on the tour. This all at a time of the day when the riders are their most spent. No matter how young or in shape a rider is he is at his weakest by the last moto of the day. This means that the recovering time between motos is essential and with that 23rd moto 2 finish it looks like Dakota Kessler has that part of racing dialed in also.
Dakota didn’t race round 3 in Colorado but he did race round 5 in Tennessee at Muddy Creek Raceway. This is where Kessler earned is other 3 points when he finished 22nd with a 26-18 moto score. So as the series moves to the half-way point tomorrow July 5, 2014 at RedBud in Buchanan, MI keep an eye on the only district 6 rider from NJ to score national points in the 250 class so far this year. The number 449 Honda rider of Dakota Kessler is making his D6 and NJ fans proud and it is only the beginning of July.