Recapping Round Two of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Season
The top qualifiers of the day were Justin Cooper in the 250 class clocking a 2:06.9 in the second 250 session and Ken Roczen logging a 2:07.1 in the second 450 session.
250 Moto 1:
Star Racing Yamaha’s Justin Cooper got the holeshot ahead of his teammate Colt Nichols and Geico Honda rider Hunter Lawrence. Dylan Ferrandis and points leader Adam Cianciarulo both got poor starts and had to begin working their way into the top ten early on in the race.
After a few laps of racing, Jordon Smith closed in on Lawrence for third. Lawrence looked to drift out wide on the exit of a corner before jumping downhill and Smith and Lawrence collided and went down. Smith was able to remount and continue riding but Lawrence looked to have bike problems that ended his moto. The crash allowed RJ Hampshire and Chase Sexton to move into third and fourth.
At the halfway point of the race, Justin Cooper was leading over Colt Nichols, RJ Hampshire, Chase Sexton, Adam Cianciarulo, Christian Craig, Garrett Marchbanks, Thomas Covington, Michael Mosiman, and Shane McElrath.
With about 10 minutes left in the moto, Cianciarulo made the pass on Sexton for fourth. And set his sights on Hampshire. After some early issues in the moto, Ferrandis had battled his way back up to eighth by the 25-minute mark of the race.
With under a minute to go in the race, Hampshire and Cianciarulo had caught the second place rider of Nichols. The three riders would battle it out until the finish of the race. Cianciarulo passed Hampshire but the Honda rider was able to battle right back and take the spot back. About a lap later, Hampshire was able to make the pass on Nichols for second just before taking the white flag. Cianciarulo was able to make the pass for third on Nichols as well in the same place Hampshire got past the Yamaha rider. Justin Cooper would hold on for the win ahead of RJ Hampshire, Adam Cianciarulo, Colt Nichols, Chase Sexton, Christian Craig, Dylan Ferrandis, Michael Mosiman, Garrett Marchbanks, and Alex Martin.
450 Moto 1:
Blake Baggett took the holeshot ahead of Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen but by the time the riders came through turn two, Roczen had taken over the lead ahead of Baggett, Jason Anderson, and Musquin. After the opening lap, Musquin was able to close in on Anderson and made the pass for third. Anderson would quickly fight back and take the spot back from the KTM rider. Musquin was able to get back by about a half a lap later and control the spot.
Blake Baggett would have some problem shortly after and go down, causing him to pull into the pits and get a new front wheel.
Eight minutes into the race, a battle began to heat up between Anderson, Cooper Webb, and Eli Tomac for third. At the halfway point of the race, Ken Roczen was leading Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, Eli Tomac, Zach Osborne, Justin Barcia, Justin Hill, Freddy Noren, and Ben Lamay. Just after the halfway point Tomac was able to make the pass on Webb to move into fourth.
With about seven minutes left in the race, Ben Lamay had some issues with his rear wheel as the moose tube somehow came out of the tire and wrapped up in the swingarm, ending his moto. Meanwhile, Tomac reeled in Anderson for third and the two began their battle. The lead battle also began to close up between Roczen and Musquin with about four minutes to go. Tomac was able to get past Anderson and quickly closed on the two leaders. The three would begin a wild battle to the finish. After a couple of laps of the three running within about a second of each other, Tomac would eventually work his way past Musquin and then into the lead passing Roczen with three laps to go.
Eli Tomac would go on to win the moto ahead of Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne, Cooper Webb, Justin Barcia, Justin Hill, Freddy Noren, and Dean Ferris.
250 Moto 2:
Shane McElrath grabbed the holeshot ahead of Justin Cooper, Ty Masterpool, and Alex Martin. After the opening lap battles, Adam Cianciarulo had moved into third, just behind Alex Martin. Justin Cooper and Hunter Lawrence ran in fourth and fifth respectively. Cianciarulo was able to make the pass on Martin on lap two and set his sights on McElrath for the top spot.
Cianciarulo was able to make an aggressive move for the lead, forcing McElrath out of a rut. Shortly after, Lawrence made passes on Martin, Cooper, and McElrath to move into second, all within a matter of a half of a lap. Dylan Ferrandis made his way past Martin and McElrath as well, before settling in behind his teammate Cooper.
Jordon Smith’s troubles continued in the second moto, as he went down about eight minutes into the moto. Chase Sexton and RJ Hampshire began to work their way towards the top five after passing McElrath for sixth and then seventh. Sexton was able to make his way past Martin shortly after for the fifth spot.
Just before the halfway point, Ferrandis was able to make the pass on his teammate for third and Sexton followed suit just after, sending Cooper back to fifth. Cooper was able to make the pass back on Sexton less than a lap later. At the halfway point of the race, Adam Cianciarulo was leading over Hunter Lawrence, Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper, Chase Sexton, Alex Martin, Shane McElrath, Garrett Marchbanks, Ty Masterpool, and Brandon Hartranft.
Lawrence began to close on the leader just after halfway, challenging Cianciarulo for the top spot. Lawrence would close in and make a small mistake and lose come ground, but was able to battle back and close the gap again. Meanwhile Lawrence’s teammate RJ Hampshire was forced to retire from the race due to bike problems. Lawrence made the pass for the lead at the top of the hill in between some lapped traffic.
With about two minutes left in the race, Lawrence made a mistake and went down at the top of the hill, giving the lead back to Cianciarulo. Lawrence would reel Cianciarulo back in but was unable to make the pass before time ran out. Cianciarulo took the moto win and the overall win. Hunter Lawrence would finish second, ahead of Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper, Chase Sexton, Alex Martin, Colt Nichols, Garrett Marchbanks, Shane McElrath, and Martin Davalos.
The overall finishing results for the 250MX class were:
1st – Adam Cianciarulo, 3-1 for 45 points
2nd – Justin Cooper, 1-4 for 43 points
3rd – Dylan Ferrandis, 5-3 for 34 points
4th – Chase Sexton, 4-5 for 32 points
5th – Colt Nichols, 4-7 for 32 points
Adam Cianciarulo now holds a 6-point lead over Justin Cooper in the standings after two rounds.
450 Moto 2:
Justin Bogle took the holeshot ahead of Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac. Musquin challenged Bogle for the lead early on the opening lap and halfway through the lap, Musquin had taken over the lead. Bogle was pushed back to fourth just after the opening lap, as Tomac and Jason Anderson had gotten by as well. Ken Roczen and Zach Osborne had made some passes early on as well to move into the fourth and fifth spots.
Tomac went right to work on trying to pass Musquin for the lead, showing a wheel in a few corners after just a couple of laps. Just before the halfway point, Roczen had closed in on Anderson and made the pass for third.
At the halfway point Marvin Musquin lead over Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne, Cooper Webb, Blake Baggett, Justin Hill, Cole Seely, and Freddy Noren.
Eli Tomac began to challenge Musquin for the lead again just past halfway and was able to make the pass with about 11 minutes to go in the race. Zach Osborne was able to make the pass on his teammate for fourth just before Tomac had taken over the lead, sending Anderson back into fifth. Osborne then began to close on Roczen for third, looking to fight for a podium spot. Roczen was able to hold off the charge from the 450 class rookie to hang onto third.
Eli Tomac would take the moto win ahead of Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, Zach Osborne, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, Justin Hill, Cole Seely, Freddy Noren, and Justin Barcia.
The overall finishing results for the 450MX class were:
1st – Eli Tomac, 1-1 for 50 points
2nd – Marvin Musquin, 3-2 for 42 points
3rd – Ken Roczen, 2-5 for 42 points
4th – Zach Osborne, 5-4 for 34 points
5th – Jason Anderson, 4-5 for 34 points
Eli Tomac took over the points lead from Ken Roczen and now holds a four-point lead in the standings after two rounds.