DIrt Bike Journal | TOMAC AND OSBORNE AGAIN AT SOUTHWICK


SOUTHWICK, Mass. (July Eight, 2017) – The seventh spherical of the 2017 Lucas Oil Professional Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Professional Racing, witnessed the worlds greatest riders encounter the sandy soil at The Wick 338, which in the end served as probably the most bodily demanding monitor of the season to date. Factors chief Eli Tomac continued on his latest sizzling streak by placing his Monster Vitality Kawasaki atop the rostrum for the third straight spherical, and fourth time this season, to increase his championship lead. Within the 250 Class, Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing’s Zach Osborne emerged together with his second consecutive 250 Class win.

Tomac dominated within the sand at Southwick with 1-1 moto scores.
Photograph: MX Sports activities Professional Racing / Jeff Kardas

The opening 450 Class moto noticed RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM rider Blake Baggett energy his manner down the sandy begin straight to seize his second Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, simply forward of teammate Dakota Alix and TMM KTM’s Isaac Teasdale. Whereas rounding the opening nook, Alix misplaced his momentum, which brought on Baggett to make contact that quickly took a number of riders to the bottom. The incident put Baggett into the lead and allowed Teasdale to slip into second, with Autotrader/Monster Vitality/Suzuki/JGRMX’s Weston Peick in third. The blistering tempo on the entrance proved to be an excessive amount of for Teasdale and on the finish of the opening lap it was Baggett, Peick, and Tomac.

Whereas Baggett rapidly put his head down out entrance and started to open a small hole, the battle for second began to warmth up as Peick and Tomac went bar-to-bar. Tomac used each inch of the monitor as he desperately looked for a manner across the Suzuki rider, ultimately making the move stick on Lap 2. As soon as into second, Tomac dropped the hammer and wasted no time latching onto the rear fender of Baggett. On Lap Three, Tomac acquired a superb drive down one of many lengthy straightaways to tug alongside Baggett and in the end take over the race lead. Monster Vitality/Yamaha/Chaparral/Yamaha Monetary Providers/Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing rider Cooper Webb then started to use strain on Peick for third and would discover his manner by for the ultimate podium place.

Shortly after taking the race lead, Tomac was all enterprise as he clocked the quickest laps of the race in an try and distance himself from Baggett. As Tomac stretched his lead, Baggett looked for easy strains on the bumpy circuit and shortly started to distance himself from Webb in third.

Tomac remained unchallenged as he crossed the checkered flag for his seventh moto win of the season, with a 15.9 second benefit over Baggett in second. The rookie Webb held onto third to seize his first 450 Class moto podium. After falling on the opening lap, Staff Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Marvin Musquin put in a spectacular come-from-behind experience to complete fourth.

Tomac (Three) and Musquin (25) battled early in 450 Class Moto 2.
Photograph: MX Sports activities Professional Racing / Jeff Kardas

Musquin launched out of the gate to steer the sector and take his second Motosport.com Holeshot award in 450 Class Moto 2, adopted carefully by Baggett and Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing rider Martin Davalos. Autotrader/Monster Vitality/Suzuki/JGRMX’s Justin Barcia was on a tear to start out the race as he made the move on Davalos for third and had Baggett inside placing distance. Musquin had already opened a small cushion when he crossed the road on the opening lap, as Baggett and Barcia gave chase.

Whereas Musquin relied on his silky easy driving fashion to navigate the treacherous circumstances on the monitor, the battle started to accentuate for the remaining podium positions. On Lap 2, Barcia made an enormous mistake that despatched him crashing to the bottom, which helped Tomac slide into third. As soon as into third, Tomac demonstrated unbelievable pace and started to shut in on Baggett for second. On Lap Four, Tomac carried his momentum down one of many tough hills and dove to the within of Baggett to take management of second and immediately mount his cost on Musquin.

As Musquin continued to hit his strains out entrance, Tomac started to cut back the deficit and moved inside bike lengths. With Musquin defending the within strains, Tomac was utilizing the longer exterior strains in an try and discover a manner round, pulling alongside Musquin for the lead a number of occasions. Regardless of Musquin upping his tempo, Tomac was relentless and made a superb move across the exterior to take over the lead on the sixth lap. Shortly after being bumped to second, Musquin had a large crash that launched him off the aspect off the monitor within the air and despatched him to the bottom, which quickly compelled an early retirement from the race. The Frenchman’s misfortune moved Baggett into second and Webb into third.

Just like the primary moto, Tomac was placing on a driving clinic as he broke away from the sector and opened a commanding lead on his fellow rivals. As Baggett remained in charge of second, Webb made a mistake that price him a number of positions and allowed Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing’s Dean Wilson to maneuver into the ultimate podium spot.

Tomac crossed the road with a 21.1 second margin of victory to take his eighth moto win of the season, and his fifth in a row. Baggett completed robust in second, adopted by a career-best experience by the Scotsman Wilson, who earned his first moto podium end in third.

Wilson captured his first profession 450 Class podium end (6-Three).
Photograph: MX Sports activities Professional Racing / Jeff Kardas

The 1-1 effort by Tomac gave him his ninth profession 450 Class total win, and back-to-back wins in Southwick. Baggett, who fought by means of a thumb damage from a crash final weekend at RedBud, completed second total (2-2), whereas Wilson’s robust second moto was ok to earn his first profession 450 Class total podium end result (6-Three).

“We solely have one actually good sand monitor of the 12 months and that’s right here at Southwick,” stated Tomac “It appears most guys both love or hate this monitor, however I’m an enormous fan of it and luxuriate in coming right here. I feel we’re in a great place factors smart. We’re not likely preventing something on the motorbike and it’s good to go into the off weekend on an excellent word.”

Tomac’s win added an extra six factors to his lead within the championship standings, which now sits at 19-points over Baggett in second. Regardless of his misfortune and a 12th-place end (Four-38), Musquin moved into third within the standings and is 72-points out of the championship lead. Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing’s Jason Anderson entered the day third in factors, however was unable to compete attributable to an damage suffered simply days earlier than the race and was shuffled again to fourth, simply three factors behind Musquin.

“I rode one of the best I may at present with the damage [thumb] and salvaged factors”, stated Baggett. “This isn’t my favourite race of the 12 months, so I used to be simply trying ahead to getting by means of it. I’m going to get an MRI on Monday and we should see what the outcomes are. Worst case we should get a small operation and hope that it heals in time for Millville.”

Baggett completed second total (2-2) on the day and stays second within the level standings.
Photograph: MX Sports activities Professional Racing / Jeff Kardas

As the primary 250 Class moto rounded the primary nook, it was Troy Lee Designs/Pink Bull/KTM rider Alex Martin who emerged together with his third Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, with Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger and GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire in tow. Hampshire made fast work of Plessinger to efficiently make the move for second and started to set his sights on the race lead. When the 40-rider subject accomplished the opening lap, it was Martin, Hampshire, and Plessinger out entrance.

Regardless of Martin going through a transparent monitor forward, Hampshire was on hearth as he carried his momentum across the quick sweeping turns and closed in for the highest spot. Hampshire used a powerful drive down one of many straights and out-braked Martin to develop into the brand new race chief on Lap 1. Only one lap later, Hampshire misplaced the entrance finish by means of the rolling whoops, which took him to the bottom and allowed Martin to retake the lead. Hampshire’s misfortune allowed Plessinger to maneuver again into second, simply forward of Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha teammate Dylan Ferrandis. By Lap Three, the Yamaha duo paced each other and began to cut back the hole that separated them from race chief Martin.

Plessinger made a expensive mistake whereas stalking Martin for the primary and hit the bottom laborious as he acquired sideways over one of many tracks jumps, which prematurely ended his race. Martin continued to steer out entrance, whereas Ferrandis and Hampshire took benefit of Plessinger’s mishap to regulate second and third, respectively. On Lap 7, Ferrandis was sizzling on the heels of Martin, ultimately discovering his manner round to make the move stick. Ferrandis made a mistake and tipped over simply turns later, transferring Martin again into the highest spot as Ferrandis rapidly remounted in second.

With Martin and Ferrandis setting the tempo out entrance, Osborne, who began seventh, began selecting riders off one-by-one and overtook Hampshire for third. Ferrandis had no drawback dismissing his tip over from just a few laps prior and appeared to have his sights set on the race lead as soon as once more. On Lap 9, the Frenchman aggressively blitzed his manner round Martin and again into the lead. Osborne began to seek out his circulation and closed in on the defensive Martin for second earlier than making the move on the finish of the lap.

Ferrandis rode flawless throughout the remaining laps to attain his second moto win of the season, with 6.9 seconds to spare on Osborne in second. Martin, who led greater than half of the race, would full the rostrum in third, narrowly edging out his brother and GEICO Honda rider Jeremy Martin in fourth.

Alex Martin (26) grabbed the holeshot and led most of 250 Moto 1.
Photograph: MX Sports activities Professional Racing / Jeff Kardas

In Moto 2, Osborne edged out Alex Martin and Monster Vitality/Professional Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy to take his second Motosport.com Holeshot of the 12 months. First moto winner Ferrandis was simply behind the trio and made brief work of Savatgy to maneuver into third, which then led to him making the transfer on Martin for second only a few turns later. On the completion of the opening lap it was Osborne, Martin, and Ferrandis who paced the sector.

Osborne was in full dash mode as he tried to interrupt away from Ferrandis, nevertheless, the Yamaha rider had completely different ideas as he pushed laborious to maintain the championship chief in sight. On Lap 2 Osborne had firm with Ferrandis in sizzling pursuit, battling side-by-side because the hundreds of followers cheered them on. Osborne was capable of shut down every try that was thrown at him by Ferrandis, whereas Martin was not far behind with a entrance row seat to the motion.

As rain started to fall on Lap 5, Osborne regularly began opening a small lead on his rivals by charging the whooped out sand rollers that have been scattered throughout the monitor. Martin refused to surrender as he went forwards and backwards with Ferrandis and continued to match the Yamaha rider’s lap occasions all through the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto.

Osborne took his sixth moto win of the season with an Eight.6 second benefit over Ferrandis, who held onto second. Martin fought laborious till the very finish, ending simply 2.Eight seconds behind Ferrandis for third.

Osborne emerged together with his fourth victory of the season (2-1).
Photograph: MX Sports activities Professional Racing / Jeff Kardas

The two-1 scores by Osborne helped him seize his fifth profession victory, and his higher second moto end prevailed within the tiebreaker with Ferrandis (1-2). Martin completed third total (Three-Three) for the second consecutive week.

“It was one other good day for me and I’m comfortable to complete on a powerful word heading into the break,” stated Osborne. “I caught a little bit little bit of a break having Dylan [Ferrandis] because the man up there battling with me. If it had been anybody else who’s nearer in factors, I might need felt compelled to push the difficulty a little bit bit extra, particularly within the first moto. The monitor was undoubtedly deeper than final 12 months, I assumed it was actually good and it acquired actually whooped out at present.”

Osborne continues to carry the purple plate and management the championship standings with a 45-point lead over Alex Martin, who sits in second. Jeremy Martin used his fifth-place end (Four-6) to keep up third within the standings, trailing his brother by 14 factors.

“I’m usually fairly good in observe, however I simply form of felt like my bike setup was off all day,” stated Alex Martin. “Regardless of trying to find a cushty setting, I used to be capable of get off to 2 nice begins and that’s actually key on a monitor like this that may typically funnel all the way down to only one line. I knew that it was going to be an extended and sizzling day, so I attempted to tempo myself a little bit bit, however the rain saved us and helped cool it down within the second moto. I’m excited to go racing at my dwelling monitor in Millville [Minnesota] after the break.”

Ferrandis earned his second profession moto win and completed second total (1-2).
Photograph: MX Sports activities Professional Racing / Jeff Kardas

The 2017 Lucas Oil Professional Motocross Championship will take a break from racing subsequent weekend earlier than returning to motion on Saturday, July 22, for the eighth spherical of the season at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. First motos of the Spring Creek Nationwide will be seen dwell on MAVTV at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET. The second motos will air through tape delay on NBC Sports activities Community at Eight:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET.

Outcomes

Lucas Oil Professional Motocross Championship
Pink Bull Southwick Nationwide
The Wick 338 – Southwick, Massachusetts
July Eight, 2017

450 Class General Outcomes (Moto End)

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (6-Three)
  4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (Three-6)
  5. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna (7-Four)
  6. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (5-5)
  7. Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda (10-7)
  8. Fredrik Noren, Lidkoping, Sweden, Honda (Eight-10)
  9. Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (13-9)
  10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (9-13)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 291
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 272
  3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM – 219
  4. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 216
  5. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna – 198
  6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki – 183
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 164
  8. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki – 150
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 147
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 146

250 Class General Outcomes (Moto End)

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (2-1)
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha (1-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (Three-Three)
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (5-Four)
  5. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (Four-6)
  6. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (7-5)
  7. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (6-7)
  8. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Unwell., Honda (9-Eight)
  9. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (Eight-10)
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (15-9)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 301
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM – 256
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 242
  4. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha – 199
  5. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 195
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 190
  7. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 186
  8. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 184
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha – 176
  10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 168

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