Round #5 of the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals didn’t disappoint. The deep sand and high humidity can lead to survival conditions as the series started up after a one week break. A new addition under the tent was the #44 of Kennedy Lutz looking to take aim on the #1 plate in the East for the women’s nationals. Their 4 round series visits Gopher Dunes, the 2 rounds in Quebec and then wraps up at RJ’s in Barrie. Lots of hype has been created between the showdown between Lutz and defending champ of Eve Brodeur, as the two national champs square off head to head. Moto 1 saw the two rocket out front and with a quick pass Lutz was leading. A crash from Brodeur would see Lutz cross the line over a minute clear of 2nd. Moto 2 started the same way this time with Brodeur holding the lead for a couple laps as the two displayed their dominance on the rest of the field. Eve had a huge crash in a high speed section and thankfully was OK to remount and finish. Kennedy would again cross the line with a huge lead showing she was here and can ride the softer tracks just as well as the western hard pack. Sunday it was the boys turn to try and replicate Lutz’s success from the day before. The team would be missing the #16 of Jess Pettis as he is still sidelined with a healing collarbone. Qualifying went well with Maffenbeier nailing down the #1 spot and Halstead inside the top 10 on his hometown track. As the heat rose and moto 1 started it was Maffenbeier leading the way with his first hole shot of the year, while Hayden started his charge from just inside the top 10. Shawn rode flawlessly and inched away from the pack every lap gapping the field by 15 seconds. Halstead with his head down charged every lap and was rewarded with his best career finish with a 6th. Moto 2 would again see Maffenbeier being 2 inches from pulling the 2nd moto holeshot and after a quick pass would lead the field. Unfortunately for Halstead he would find himself buried under bikes and riders in the first turn, so set out way back once finally the mess was cleared. Maffenbeier would give the lead up to Thompson and settle for 2nd in the moto giving him the overall on the day for the 3rd time this season. Halstead would put on a great charge and managed to fight his way into 11th before having an electrical issue that would force him to watch the remaining laps from the sidelines.