Recapping Round Three of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Season
The top qualifiers of the day were RJ Hampshire in the 250 class clocking a 2:04.7 in the second 250 session and Eli Tomac logging a 2:02.5 in the second of the 450 sessions.
250 Moto 1:
Ty Masterpool took the holeshot ahead of RJ Hampshire and Adam Cianciarulo. Hampshire took the lead away on lap one and Cianciarulo followed suit, passing Masterpool to move into second. Justin Cooper made the pass on Masterpool to move into third on lap two. As Ferrandis closed in on Masterpool for fourth, Cooper was setting up a pass on Cianciarulo for second, and the two Yamaha riders moved up a spot each. Cooper went right to work on Hampshire for the lead and took the lead away just a lap after having moved into second. Rain started to come down about ten minutes into the race.
A few laps later, Cianciarulo was able to make the pass on Hampshire for second, sending the Honda rider back into a battle with Ferrandis for third. Ferrandis was able to take the spot away just before the halfway point in the moto. Michael Mosiman wasted no time following Ferrandis by Hampshire, moving himself into fourth.
At the halfway point in the race, Justin Cooper lead Adam Cianciarulo, Dylan Ferrandis, Michael Mosiman, RJ Hampshire, Jordon Smith, Ty Masterpool, Shane McElrath, Chase Sexton, and Alex Martin.
Just after halfway, Sexton was able to get past McElrath to move into the eighth spot, as he continued his charge toward the front after a mid pack start. Jordon Smith had some problems with about nine minutes left in the race, looping out at the top of a hill and going down. The incident dropped him out of the top ten.
With about six minutes left in the race, the red flag was waived for lightning in the area and the moto was cut short. Justin Cooper would win the moto, ahead of Adam Cianciarulo, Dylan Ferrandis, Michael Mosiman, RJ Hampshire, Ty Masterpool, Chase Sexton, Shane McElrath, Alex Martin, and Hunter Lawrence.
450 Moto 1:
Zach Osborne took the holeshot ahead of Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen. Marvin Musquin had some troubles in the second corner, going down when Justin Barcia made contact with his front wheel while the two were running in the top ten. Roczen wasted no time and took the lead away on a downhill on the first half of the opening lap. Osborne then settled into second, ahead of Webb and Dean Ferris. Points leader Eli Tomac found himself in tenth early on, battling with Jason Anderson.
Just before halfway, Tomac had some goggle troubles while running in ninth and had to pull in to the mechanic’s area to swap goggles. He lost a couple of spots on track and was able to move back into tenth very quickly, as the gap to 11th was about ten seconds.
Halfway through the race, Ken Roczen lead by about 16 seconds over Zach Osborne, Cooper Webb, Dean Ferris, Justin Barcia, Cole Seely, Blake Baggett, Jason Anderson, Justin Bogle, and Eli Tomac. Marvin Musquin had worked his way into 11th after going down on the opening lap.
Justin Barcia had some problems after the halfway mark, getting pushed back into seventh behind Seely and Baggett. With about six minutes to go in the race, Tomac made the pass for ninth on Bogle to get back the spot he lost once he started having goggle issues earlier in the race. Just a minute later, Tomac also made his way past Barcia to move into eighth.
With just a few minutes to go in the race, Seely and Baggett closed in on Ferris for fourth. The three riders began to tighten up and battle it out over the span of a couple of laps. The result of the battle left Seely on the dirt after getting stuck in a deep rut. The crash sent Seely back to ninth.
With three laps to go, Anderson pushed to get around Baggett and forced the KTM rider into a battle with Tomac for sixth that did not last long. Tomac took away the spot as both Anderson and Tomac continued to move up through the field. The two then made passes on Dean Ferris to move them into fourth and fifth respectively. The two then began to battle for fourth with a lap and a half to go. Tomac got himself stuck in the same rut as Seely and lost quite a few seconds to the Husqvarna rider before taking the white flag.
Ken Roczen would go on to win the race by about 30 seconds. Zach Osborne finished second, ahead of Cooper Webb, Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, Dean Ferris, Blake Baggett, Marvin Musquin, Cole Seely, and Justin Bogle.
250 Moto 2:
Justin Cooper got the holeshot ahead of Adam Cianciarulo and Colt Nichols. Jordon Smith quickly moved into third before the end of the first lap, pushing Nichols back into fourth. Shane McElrath, Michael Mosiman, and Chase Sexton battled it out for fifth early on as well. Sexton made a mistake on lap two, going off track but he did not go down, and was able to re-join the field where he was before the incident.
About ten minutes into the race, Chase Sexton made a pass on Michael Mosiman for fifth. Hunter Lawrence also made a pass on Alex Martin for eighth. At the halfway point in the race, Cianciarulo went off track trying to chase down Cooper for the lead. He would re-enter the track about the same distance behind Cooper and begin his challenge again. Cooper would then make a mistake of his own and would go off track and down in the process. The running order after the incident was Adam Cianciarulo in the lead, ahead of Colt Nichols, Justin Cooper, Jordon Smith, Chase Sexton, Michael Mosiman, Hunter Lawrence, Dylan Ferrandis, Shane McElrath, and Alex Martin.
Cooper wasted no time getting back around his teammate Nichols for second, passing him with about 14 minutes left in the race. The incident left Cianciarulo with a seven second lead over the Yamaha duo.
With about five minutes to go, Cooper had cut the lead down to four and a half seconds, and there was a battle brewing between the third and fourth place riders of Nichols and Mosiman. Mosiman was able to make the pass stick and move himself into third.
Adam Cianciarulo would go on to win the race ahead of Justin Cooper, Michael Mosiman, Colt Nichols, Dylan Ferrandis, Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence, Jordon Smith, Garrett Marchbanks, and Shane McElrath.
The overall finishing results for the 250MX class were:
1st – Adam Cianciarulo, 2-1 for 47 points
2nd – Justin Cooper, 1-2 for 47 points
3rd – Michael Mosiman, 4-3 for 38 points
4th – Dylan Ferrandis, 3-5 for 36 points
5th – Chase Sexton, 7-6 for 29 points
Adam Cianciarulo still holds a six-point lead over Justin Cooper in the standings after three rounds.
450 Moto 2:
Cooper Webb got the holeshot ahead of Blake Baggett and Ken Roczen. Roczen quickly made the pass on Baggett and went after Webb for the lead. Marvin Musquin followed Roczen through and moved himself into third, sending Baggett to fourth in the early going. Baggett was able to battle back and pass Musquin back before the end of lap one. As the pair crossed the line, Musquin railed the outside rut and set up a pass over the finish line jump to take the spot away again.
Roczen continued to go after Webb for the top spot and on lap two he made the pass on a downhill section and pulled away. Eli Tomac got a much better start in this moto compared to the first moto. The Kawasaki rider found himself in fifth after lap one and was able to put the pressure on Baggett for fourth early in lap two. Tomac was able to make the pass happen a few corners later and start to pressure the other KTM rider of Musquin. Tomac was able to make the pass happen shortly after as they went into the roller section.
Tomac wasted no time going after Webb, who was running in second. Eight-minutes into the race, Tomac was able to make the pass for second in the same place where Roczen made the move on Webb for the lead.
Musquin was able to close in and make the pass for third on his teammate Webb, sending Webb into a battle for fourth with Baggett. Zach Osborne closed in on that battle for fourth and was able to pass both riders at once and move into fourth himself. Baggett was able to follow Osborne shortly after, and get by Webb.
At the halfway point in the race, Ken Roczen was leading Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Zach Osborne, Blake Baggett, Cooper Webb, Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia, Dean Ferris, and Justin Bogle.
Just after halfway, Webb continued to fall back and was passed by Anderson for the sixth spot. Tomac was able to reel in Roczen and began to battle for the lead with about 13 minutes left in the race. The two battled for a couple of minutes through lapped traffic, and Tomac was able to make the pass for the lead in the rollers after the finish line jump. Roczen tried to counter at the top of the start straight but was unable to get back by. Tomac began to pull away from the Honda rider shortly after.
Eli Tomac would continue to pull away and win the moto ahead of Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Zach Osborne, Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia, Blake Baggett, Cooper Webb, Dean Ferris, and Justin Bogle.
The overall finishing results for the 450MX class were:
1st – Ken Roczen, 1-2 for 47 points
2nd – Eli Tomac, 5-1 for 41 points
3rd – Zach Osborne, 2-4 for 40 points
4th – Jason Anderson, 4-5 for 34 points
5th – Marvin Musquin, 8-3 for 33 points
Ken Roczen took over the points lead from Eli Tomac and now holds a two-point lead in the standings the third round of the series.