Steve Matthes’ Observations from 2021 Spring Creek National

15th | #28 | Brandon Hartranft | Suzuki RM-Z450 | 71 points | Meeting

I would’ve put “BELOW” on here if I hadn’t watched Hartranft in SX. For whatever reason, 2021 hasn’t been as good for him stepping up into the 450’s as I thought it would be. So I wasn’t expecting the pre-season 2021 “Hartranft Hype.” He’s been better in MX than in SX, as he’s at least gotten a top-ten overall.

16th | #43 | Fredrik Noren | KTM 450 SX-F | 58 points | Meeting

“Fast Freddie” is a privateer warrior and is doing about what we thought he would, yeah? Fred had a good Millville running near the top ten and for the most part, he comes through with good rides each week. Freddie’s gonna Fred, people.

17th | #72 | Coty Schock | Honda CRF450R | 47 points | Exceeding

Four mechanical DNF’s in a row have hurt Coty for sure but he’s shown a lot of speed this summer. He broke two chains at Millville. TWO! I still can’t believe that. He’s gotten near the top ten and given some big name dudes some fits in motos as well. With his improvement in SX, I wonder if some 250 teams are looking at him for 2022.

18th | #1 Zachary Osborne | Husqvarna FC 450 | 33 points | Below

The defending champion announced his intention to race this summer with a disc injury and I was pretty skeptical right off the bat. I’ve herniated a disc before, and I wasn’t racing professional motocross for a living. So, yeah, unfortunately, Zacho’s issues flared up and he had to pull the pin early. See ya’ in 2022 SX!

19th | #57 | Justin Rodbell | Kawasaki KX450 | 33 points | Meeting

I was this close to putting “BELOW” on this based on what Rodbell did last summer, but this field is deeper than that and he’s been better lately. Also, he’s back working at his HVAC job so maybe that’s it. I’m not sure, but the Summer of Rodbell has begun, just a little later than we all thought.

20th | #21 Jason Anderson | Husqvarna FC 450 | 29 points | Below

Anderson’s ridden two motos and sits 20th in the points? What the heck? I’m not sure what that says about the rest of the dudes in the class. Anyway, Jason’s on track to be healthy by the end of the summer but with him going to Monster Kawi for 2022, I wonder if he comes back at all and if he does, how ready is he?

Thanks for reading, enjoy the week and see you at Washougal! Email me at if you want to chat about this or anything else!

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