Your fastest qualifiers were Marvin Musquin in the 450 class, logging a 1:07.724 in the second session and Chase Sexton in the 250 class, who put up a 1:09.719 in the second session as well.
250 Heat 1
In the first heat race of the night, it was Austin Forkner who grabbed the holeshot, just in front of Mitchell Oldenburg – behind Oldenburg was Alex Martin and Kyle Peters. Martin got a slow drive through the sand section, allowing his teammate Peters to overtake him for the position. Martin found his speed again soon after and was able to get back by Peters to get back into third place.
Behind the leaders, a battle was going on for the final few transfer positions between Thomas Covington, Joshua Cartwright, Kyle Cunningham, and Lorenzo Locurcio. While trying to hold off Cunningham, Cartwright buried the front of his bike in the turn into the sand section when the berm gave way, putting him back into about 16th place. Meanwhile, towards the front of the pack, Oldenburg had problems of his own and found himself back in 5th place with just over a minute left on the clock. On the next lap, Locurcio went down in the same way as Cartwright and fell back out of a transfer spot, which put TJ Albright into the last transfer spot.
Forkner went on to win the race by about 15 seconds, followed by Alex Martin, Mitchell Oldenburg, Kyle Peters, Jace Owen, Thomas Covington, Kyle Cunningham, Henry Miller, and John Short in the last transfer position.
250 Heat 2
It was Chase Sexton who got the holeshot in the second 250 heat race, followed by Martin Davalos and Justin Cooper. There was a massive pile up in the first turn into the sand section when Sexton tipped his bike over – Davalos ran into the back of Sexton and caused a number of riders to go down. Jordan Bailey was in an outside line going into the first turn so he was able to avoid the pile up and rail the outside to take over the lead, ahead of Justin Cooper. Behind Cooper was Dustin Winter, Josh Osby, Brandon Hartranft, and Lane Shaw.
It only took about a lap for Cooper to get right on Bailey’s rear wheel and pressure for the lead. Cooper was then able to quad towards the end of the long rhythm section where Bailey tripled, allowing the Yamaha rider to jump into the lead.
Sexton and Davalos both found themselves toward the back of the pack after first corner crash, but both were able to get up relatively quickly and start working their way up to a transfer spot. Both riders found themselves in the top nine with over two minutes left on the clock.
In the battle for third, Hartranft had closed on Winter’s and looked for his chance to pass for several minutes. Hartranft was eventually able to take a tight inside line in the first turn into the sand section to take over the position. Moments later, Sexton out dragged-raced Winter through a straightaway to put Winter back into fifth. Winter then lost another position to the charging Martin Davalos as well.
Justin Cooper took the heat race win, ahead of Jordan Bailey, Brandon Hartranft, Chase Sexton, Martin Davalos, Dutin Winter, Ryan Sipes, Chase Marquier, and Josh Osby.
450 Heat 1
Eli Tomac took the first 450 holeshot of the day, ahead of Dean Wilson, Ken Roczen, Chad Reed, and Zach Osborne. Roczen kept his tight inside line through the holeshot, which allowed him to move past Wilson and get himself into second place just behind Tomac early on.
Farther back in the pack, Shane McElrath was closing in on Tyler Bowers to pressure for 8th place. McElrath had gotten his 250 on the back wheel of Bowers by about the two-minute mark and nearly made the pass going into the sand section, but got a little loose and had to check up and collect himself. McElrath was able to regroup and work his way back up onto Bowers and he eventually sealed the pass to take over the position.
Zach Osborne chipped away at the gap up to Reed and the two battled for fourth place through the closing minutes of the race. On the final lap, Osborne tried to go from an outside line in the sand section to an inside line in the following corner to try and make the pass, but he cross-rutted through the sand and went down, allowing Reed to pull away.
Tomac went on to win the heat by about five seconds over Ken Roczen, Dean Wilson, Chad Reed, Zach Osborne, Justin Bogle, Aaron Plessinger, Shan McElrath, and Tyler Bowers.
450 Heat 2
In the second 450 heat race, it was Blake Baggett who got the holeshot, with Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin not far behind. Webb’s rear wheel got bumped up into the air going into the first turn, putting his weight on to the front end and putting him down in the sand. The crash held up a number of riders, including Marvin Musquin – the two teammates would have to battle through the pack to transfer to the main.
Baggett stayed ahead of the wreckage to maintain the lead, followed by Cole Seely, Cedric Soubeyras, and Ben Lamay. Lamay didn’t waste any time in passing Soubeyras, while Seely closed in on Baggett and made the pass with just under five minutes on the clock.
Meanwhile, the field of riders was all still relatively close together after the first turn pile up, allowing Webb to pass a good number of riders on the first lap and get his KTM all the way up into seventh by the time Seely had taken over the lead. Musquin was still in about 17th, as it took him longer to get going again after the crash, but he was still only about three seconds out of a transfer position. Webb quickly moved his way up into fourth place and looked to close in on Joey Savatgy up in third.
At the front of the field, Baggett took a different rhythm than Seely, allowing him to get side-by-side with the Honda rider, but Seely was able to hold him off for the time being. At the same time, the battle between Webb and Savatgy had pushed them up to with about two seconds of the leaders and Webb was right on Savatgy’s rear wheel. Baggett and Seely continued to battle back and forth for the lead, which allowed Savatgy and Webb to get just a few bike lengths back. Baggett eventually sealed the pass for the lead and Webb was able to out race Savatgy through the sand to take over third.
Webb then immediately closed in on Seely and the two were locked in a battle for second place. Webb nearly made the pass a couple of times but Seely was able to anticipate Webb’s line and block the attempts. In the last corner, Webb was able to cut down to the inside and take over second place. Seely didn’t get through the rut cleanly, which also allowed Savatgy to make a move and sneak by to gain a position.
Baggett went on to take the win, followed by Cooper Webb, Joey Savatgy, Cole Seely, Marvin Musquin, Justin Brayton, Ben Lamay, Justin Hill, and Justin Starling.
Lorenzo Locurcio took the 250 LCQ win by more than seven seconds over Steven Clarke, TJ Albright, and Luke Neese. Each of these riders earned themselves a transfer to the main event later on.
Mike Alessi was able to take the LCQ win, followed by Kyle Chisholm, Chris Blose, and Scott Champion, who would all transfer to the main event.
250 Main Event
Austin Forkner grabbed the holeshot ahead of Kyle Peters and Justin Cooper. Peters went wide through the first sand corner and was able to carry enough speed to take the lead away from Forkner, who had gone to the inside. Cooper was also able to get by Forkner in the sand corner and take over second early on, shuffling the points leader back into third.
Cooper was able to hold onto second until the long rhythm lane, where we made a mistake and got off rhythm, losing the second spot to Forkner in the process. Chase Sexton began to pressure Cooper for third, while both Alex Martin and Martin Davalos battled behind them for fifth. Davalos was able to get by Martin and secure the spot after the opening couple of laps.
Forkner wasted little time going after Peters for the lead and was able to close in and make the pass on lap three through the long rhythm lane. Just after making the pass Forkner got slightly out of control and ran into a tough block lining the rhythm lane, but he rode on seemingly unaffected. While Forkner made his move for the lead, Sexton close in on Cooper and made a pass at the end of a rhythm lane before the finish line for third.
Sexton continued his charge to the front as he passed Peters for second, shortly after moving into third. The Honda rider, then set his sights on the race leader, Forkner. Peters then found himself in a battle for third with Cooper, who was able to make a pass along the front rhythm lane, over the finish line jump. Peter’s struggles continued as he lost two spots in the same corner to Martin Davalos and Mitchell Oldenburg, the moves pushed Peters back to sixth with about eight and a half minutes to go in the race.
Davalos and Oldenburg began to battle it out for fourth just after the halfway point of the race, with Oldenburg taking the spot away through the sand section. Just after their battle, another began between Brandon Hartranft and Kyle Peters for seventh. Hartranft was able to get by the Suzuki rider fairly quickly, to take the position. Alex Martin quietly made his way into the top five with about five minutes to go, getting by the likes of Peters, Hartranft, and Davalos to get to fifth. Davalos continued to fall backwards on the leaderboard late in the race, eventually going down while battling with Peters for seventh. The crash caused Davalos to lose a few spots, pushing him back into ninth. Late in the race, Kyle Cunningham was able to get by both Jordan Bailey and Martin Davalos, giving himself a ninth place finish.
Austin Forkner went on to win the race by about five seconds over Chase Sexton. Justin Cooper finished third, followed by Mitchell Oldenburg and Alex Martin respectively.
The win extended Forkner’s points lead to 23 over both Justin Cooper and Chase Sexton, who are now tied for second in the points with 102 each. Forkner will again carry the red plate into next week’s race in Indianapolis.
450 Main Event
Blake Baggett took the holeshot in the final race of the night ahead of Zach Osborne and Joey Savatgy. In the first sand corner a few riders went down including Ken Roczen, Cole Seely, and Dean Wilson. Eli Tomac went right to work on Blake Baggett to try and take the lead away on the back rhythm section, but Baggett responded by jumping the wall jump to the flat, in order to stay ahead of the Kawasaki rider. Zach Osborne was shuffled back to sixth as Cooper Webb, Joey Savatgy, and Marvin Musquin all were able to pass the Husqvarna rider on the opening lap.
Marvin Musquin was able to make a pass on Savatgy at the end of the long rhythm lane for fourth on the opening lap as well. Musquin also was able to cut to the inside of the final corner before the finish line jump and take away third from his teammate Webb. Webb tried to battle back through the sand section but was not close enough to make a pass stick. Eli Tomac had some trouble while running in second, getting off rhythm just ahead of the Musquin and Webb battle, allowing Musquin to get by and take away the second spot. Joey Savatgy was able to get by Webb for fourth in the same section as well. Webb was able to battle back and make the pass on Savatgy for fourth about a half a lap later, shuffling Joey back to fifth.
The battle for the lead began to heat up about four minutes into the race as the top three riders started to shuffle their positions. Tomac was able to make a pass on Musquin for second as the French rider had to go to the outside in the corner after the sand section. Tomac waited until the final corner of the same lap to make a pass on Baggett for the lead, cutting across the inside of the corner and forcing Baggett to check up. Baggett returned the favor in the next turn, cutting to the inside of the sand turn and blocking Tomac’s momentum out of the corner. Tomac again battled back and was able to make a pass through the whoops section. Tomac followed up the pass through the whoops by launching his bike over the wall jump, much like Blake did on the opening lap.
Marvin Musquin was able to capitalize on the pass Tomac made for the lead, catching and passing Baggett for second through the long rhythm lane as well. Marvin had a bobble in the rhythm lane a lap later and went off track, he was able to get back onto the track without losing any positions, but stalled his bike in the following corner. The stall allowed Baggett, Webb, and Savatgy to get by before Musquin was able to get his bike running again.
Aaron Plessinger had a big crash on the long rhythm lane, going over the bars and landing feet first into the takeoff of another jump. Plessinger was able to hop off the track and get into a safe area for the medical team to look over his injuries. He looked to have injured his lower right leg when he hit the ground.
Cooper Webb was able to close in on Baggett for second and make a pass, pushing Baggett back to third after leading early on. Musquin battled back from his mistakes and was able to pass Savatgy for fourth in the sand section about a lap after he stalled his bike.
Halfway through the race, Tomac was leading Webb, Baggett, Musquin, Savatgy, Justin Hill, Zach Osborne, Justin Brayton, Chad Reed, and Ken Roczen.
Roczen battled with Reed for a few laps before making the pass for ninth just after the halfway point in the race. Musquin was also able to make a pass on Baggett for third in the same section he passes Savatgy in a few laps earlier. Late in the race, Musquin pressured Webb lap after lap but was unable to complete the pass, sliding out in the sand on the final lap trying to close in.
Tomac went on to win the race ahead of Webb, Musquin, Baggett, and Savatgy. The win moved Tomac into a tie with Musquin for second in points with 203, and shuffled Roczen back to fourth in the standings with 201. Cooper Webb’s second place finish extended his points lead to 19 over his competitors. Webb will carry the red plate into round 11 at Indianapolis.