Monday, May 22, 2017

Eli Tomac and Josh Grant Finish First and Third at the 49th Annual Hangtown Classic

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Image courtesy Kawasaki

Foothill Ranch, CA (May 21, 2017) – After a very successful Monster Energy® AMA Supercross Championship that saw Eli Tomac capture nine wins and teammate Josh Grant finish on the podium in Las Vegas, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team came into the Lucas Oil® Pro Motocross Championship beaming with confidence. 

As the gate dropped on 450 Moto 1, 40 of the world’s fastest motocross racers came roaring around Turn 1 with Grant in fifth and Tomac in seventh place. Tomac wasted no time maneuvering his KX™450F through the competition and by lap four had made the pass for the lead and quickly began sprinting away. Tomac went on to win 450 Moto 1 by a remarkable 15 second margin over second place, while Grant raced hard to get into a podium position and finished the moto in third place. 

The No. 33 Kawasaki machine of Grant came out swinging in 450 Moto 2 as he grabbed the holeshot and the early lead, while Tomac sat outside the top-10. Grant would lead for nearly 18 minutes before giving up the lead. The second half of the race was where Tomac came alive and began climbing his way up to the leaders. After passing his teammate for second place, Tomac began hounding the race leader, trying new lines and before long made the pass stick. Fans cheered as he crossed the checkered flag to capture his second win of the day and the overall victory. Grant would join his teammate on the podium with a third place finish in Moto 2 and the overall. Tomac will start Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with the red place, denoting the series’ championship leader.

“There was some good battling today,” said Tomac. “In the first moto, I got into a good groove quickly and made my passes early to get out front and get away, but the second moto was tough. I really had to dig deep and try every line possible to make time up on the leaders. It feels good to get through the first round and leave with the red plate.”

“Today wasn’t easy,” said Grant. “The track got rough quickly and I struggled in morning qualifying trying to find smooth lines around the track, but the team and I found the perfect setting when it mattered and finished the day on the box. I couldn’t be happier going into Round 2 at my home track sitting third in the standings.” 

After winning the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East/West Main Event in Las Vegas, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo kept the ball rolling into Hangtown with a holeshot in Moto 1. Teammate Justin Hill began the moto in 10th, Joey Savatgy 14th and Austin Forkner in 39th. Cianciarulo would lead up until the halfway point of the race, before sliding back to second place where he’d remain until the checkered flag. Savatgy went on to finish seventh place, with Hill right behind in eighth. Forkner battled back to pass 28 riders and finish an impressive 11th place. 

In Moto 2, it was Savatgy with the holeshot, followed closely by Cianciarulo in third, Forkner seventh and Hill in 19th. Forkner had the fans on their feet as the young gun sped his way through the competition and past his teammates into a podium position. He wouldn’t stop there as he continued to dig deep through the blazing heat and rough conditions and with two laps to go, put his KX250F into second place. All four Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders would finish inside the top-10 with Forkner in second, Savatgy seventh, Cianciarulo eighth and Hill ninth. 

“Overall it was a solid weekend,” said Cianciarulo. “I felt really good on the bike in the morning. After getting the holeshot in the first moto, it felt good to lead laps again and finish on the box, but the heat and crazy rough track conditions got the best of me in Moto 2. We’re in a good spot leaving the first round and I’m looking forward to Glen Helen.”

“It was a bumpy start for us this weekend,” said Forkner. “After having to pull into the mechanics area on the opening lap in Moto 1 I was pretty angry and I think that helped me because I passed 20 plus riders and nearly finished inside the top-10. We again had some issues in Moto 2 but I pushed through it because I wanted to show I had the speed and fitness in Moto 2. I’m looking forward to rebounding next weekend.”

“This weekend was tough,” said Savatgy. “The track conditions were crazy and I struggled to find smooth lines. We’re going to do our homework next week and come back swinging next weekend.”

“I’m glad to get through the first race safe,” said Hill. “This track has always been one of the hardest in the series, so to leave here with a top-10, I can’t complain. It’s a long and tough series. You can’t win the championship at the first race but you can definitely lose it. The team and I will continue to do our work and improve each and every week.”


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OSBORNE DOMINATES AT HANGTOWN MX!

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The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team kicked off the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday at the Hangtown Motocross Classic, the first round of the season, held in Sacramento, California. Coming off an exciting championship winning Supercross season, 250 rider Zach Osborne started strong by claiming the first victory of the season. Michael Mosiman, newcomer to the team, made his 250 debut by finishing 14th in the class, while teammates Dean Wilson, Jason Anderson, and Martin Davalos finished 4th, 13th, and 14th, respectively in the 450 class.

Image by Simon Cudby

Zach Osborne, the fastest 250 qualifier of the day, was third at the start of the first 250 moto. He put on a quick charge and made an inside pass for second at the start of the second lap. He started gaining ground on the leader and continued to put in work as he posted the fastest lap on the track aboard his Husqvarna FC 250. He came from eight bike lengths back to charge into the lead right at the halfway point and pulled a small gap. He held strong to take the first win of the season. He pulled the holeshot in the second moto and immediately started battling. He swapped back and forth in the top three, but never stopped battling. He dropped the hammer to overtake the lead again and pull away. He was over three seconds ahead by the end of the second lap, continued to stretch the gap, and was leading by over 10 seconds with 10 minutes to go. He held strong to claim both the race win and the overall.
“This was the perfect day to start the season,” said Osborne. “It feels really good to carry my momentum from Supercross and get the outdoors started on the right foot. It feels awesome to be fastest in both practice sessions then go out and win both motos. It’s a huge way to start the season - so I’m happy.”
Dean Wilson started mid-pack in the first 450 moto but went down shortly thereafter. He remounted and made his way to 17th by the start of the fourth lap. He then put on an impressive charge as he pushed all the way up to 13th with five minutes to go. Putting on a blistering pace, he made three more passes to finish 10th. He started around the top-10 in the second moto and was sixth by the end of the first lap. Riding well early on, he forged ahead and easily made it into the top-five before setting his sights on the front of the pack. Fourth by lap four, he continued to battle as he swapped between fourth and fifth with Tomac, fell back to fifth, then charged ahead to make the pass for fourth around the halfway mark. He stayed strong, put on an incredible ride, and finished fourth. The 10-4 finish gave him fourth overall on the day.

“I’d say it was a pretty good first round,” said Wilson. “I crashed into Jason on the first moto, which was unfortunate. I caught back up to 10th and put a lot of effort into that one. I put absolutely everything I had into the second moto and went from 11th to 4th. I’m really happy and it’s pretty awesome to be back up there battling.”
Jason Anderson started mid-pack in the first 450 moto, but an early-race crash left him unable to finish the race due to an eye injury. After seeking medical treatment, he lined up for the second moto ready to race. He got a decent start and started charging ahead, finding his way to 12th by the end of the first lap. Nursing a stitched up eye, he fell back to 14th after crashing but pushed through the pain to put on an amazing ride and charge up to sixth where he finished. After his DNF in the first moto and a sixth in the second moto, he ended the day 13th overall.
“My day started out great in practice and I was looking forward to a great race,” said Anderson. “I was off to a good start in the first moto but unfortunately went down and got hit with a rock, which forced me out of the race and then I had to get stitches. I rode awesome in the second moto, though. I crashed in the beginning but then came all the way back to sixth so I’m happy."
Team newcomer, Michael Mosiman got a mid-pack start in the first 250 moto. He went down early in the race and remounted farther back in the pack. He was 22nd around the halfway mark and continued to push. He put on a great ride and charged through the pack to finish 12th. He started in the top-15 in the second moto and moved to 14th by the second lap. He stayed consistent to finish 14th. The 12-14 finish gave him 14th overall on the day.
“My pro debut is in the books,” said Mosiman. “I think I had a pretty good performance and I’m happy with it. I just have to limit my mistakes for next weekend. I had two crashes in each moto, but I’m happy with my speed and where I fit in. I think I can be a top-10 guy. It was good to get it out of the way and start the season at my hometown track. I’m really pleased for this being my first national."
Martin Davalos, who recently moved up to the 450 class, pulled a decent start in the first 450 moto. He was ninth by the third lap and continued to move before tucking his front end in and going down with four minutes to go. He remounted in 15th and would eventually finish 15th. He got a mid-pack start in the second moto and came out of the first lap in ninth before falling behind to 13th. He stayed steady and finished 13th. The 15-13 finish gave him 14th overall.
“Today went really well,” said Davalos. “I only found out about moving up to the 450 about a week and a half ago, so I think my debut went pretty well considering I haven’t really been riding a 450 at all. I didn’t know what to expect, and didn’t know the pace, but I’m pretty happy and look forward to next week at Glen Helen."
The team will now make its way to the Glen Helen National, the second round of the series, held in San Bernardino, California next Saturday, May 27.
Hangtown MX Results

250 Class
1. Zach Osborne - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
2. Alex Martin
3. Aaron Plessinger

14. Michael Mosiman - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250 Rider Point Standings
1. Zach Osborne - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 50 points
2. Aaron Plessinger - 36 points
3. Alex Martin - 36 points
4. Adam Cianciarulo - 35 points
5. Austin Forkner - 32 points
6. Colt Nichols - 31 points
7. Joey Savatgy - 28 points
8. Justin Hill - 25 points
9. Mitchell Oldenburg - 24 points
10. Mitchell Harrison - 22 points

14. Michael Mosiman - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 16 points

450 Class
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Josh Grant
4. Dean Wilson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

13. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
14. Martin Davalos - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Rider Point Standings
1. Eli Tomac - 50 points
2. Marvin Musquin - 44 points
3. Josh Grant - 40 points
4. Dean Wilson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 29 points
5. Broc Tickle - 28 points
6. Blake Baggett - 28 points
7. Cooper Webb - 28 points
8. Cole Seely - 27 points
9. Justin Barcia - 26 points
10. Justin Bogle - 24 points

13. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 15 points
14. Martin Davalos - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 14 points

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SUZUKI WORLD MX2 1ST AND 2ND IN GERMANY

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Team Suzuki Press Office – May 21. 



Jeremy Seewer – 1-4 for 1st
Hunter Lawrence – 4-2 for 2nd
Bas Vaessen – 11-13 for 12th 


Jeremy Seewer and Hunter Lawrence finished first and second at the MXGP of Germany to round-off a dream weekend for the Suzuki World MX2 team. For Seewer it was his second overall of his career, and one made even sweeter by doing it in front of a lot of his fans, as well as a large contingent of Suzuki Germany, including President Tomoyo Sekiguchi. 

It was also a great achievement for Lawrence to join his team mate on the podium at round eight of the series, as he took a massive stride forward in his fledgling MX2 career. The young Australian moved forward through the field in both motos and was delighted to land his first ever podium spot. Bas Vaessen also performed well on the tricky Teutschenthal track, in what was another positive ride as he comes back from his broken collarbone. 

“I had such a good feeling all day” said Seewer, “I had good starts on my RM-Z250 which allowed me to fight for the win, and that’s what I did in the first moto. I had good speed and made no mistakes which allowed me to catch-up and pass Pauls Jonass despite him having quite a good lead at the beginning. In the second race I had a battle early-on in with Jorge Prado Garcia and he made it difficult and I even lost a few positions after a mistake. I fought back though and got up to fourth and that was good enough to win the GP. Hunter, being second, makes it even more amazing for the whole team and it gives everyone such a boost. It’s a long season but to have moments like this is great for everyone.” 

Lawrence was equally delighted with his performance, at a track that he really enjoys riding. “It’s such an awesome feeling to go one and two for Suzuki and a great way to round off the weekend. In the first moto I was fourth and then second moto I was third so my best moto finishes; and of course my first podium. I’m so happy and I can’t wait to ride next weekend now. We finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together and it’s just a nice refresher for everyone in the Suzuki World team who all work so hard. When I crossed the line I had no idea what the points situation was and I was actually a little disappointed because I felt I could have even finished higher, but when Jeremy crossed the line and Harry Everts came up to us and told us, it was really cool, a really special moment.”

While Vaessen wasn’t quite able to finish inside the top-10, he still rode really well at a track that definitely isn’t his favourite: “In the first race I had a really good start on my RM-Z250 to come from 25th gate-pick to get upside the top-15 or so. I passed a couple of guys and was running in 10th for a long time, but Julien Lieber passed me on the last lap which was a shame. I was still happy with how I was riding though. In the second race there was a crash off the start and a lot of carnage on the first lap so I had to work my way through which was difficult to do on this track, as he was hard to pass on. The results were OK, but I felt that I could have got a little bit more out of the weekend.”

For General Manager Stefan Everts, it was a great weekend, especially because there were so many Suzuki Germany people in attendance. He had this to say about the racing: “First moto, Jeremy won after a tough battle to come through the field but eventually he caught up to Jonass and passed him to win the moto, which was an important step mentally to accomplish. In the second moto, after coming through, he lost the connection with the top guys when he was trying to pass Jonass again but finished fourth and got the overall. Also for Hunter, he was battling really hard for a podium spot, eventually coming home fourth. He did the same again in the second moto, this time one-spot better and he was just riding like we all knew he could.

“Having Jeremy win the overall and Hunter finishing second was a dream weekend; to get first-and-second for Suzuki is something worth celebrating. It certainly wasn’t an easy victory and both riders worked extremely hard for the results, so both did absolutely fantastic. Also Bas did well to go 11-13 on this kind of track, as he is coming back from his injury so they were not bad results. All three riders did really well.

“We had a lot of guests coming here with Suzuki Germany. They do so much for this team, almost everything, so it was great they got to witness this. We had a lot of customers here, a little Suzuki Village almost, so it was very nice to get the first and second places, and have Suzuki on the top of the podium,” Everts added. 

The team now head back to their headquarters in Belgium, ready to do it all over again next weekend when the ninth round of the 2017 MXGP World Championships takes place in Ernee, France.

MX2 Moto 1: 1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 33:54.226; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:02.337; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:03.596; 4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:04.452; 5. Brian Hsu (GER, Husqvarna), +0:22.865; 6. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:26.631; 7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:27.754; 8. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +0:28.026; 9. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:31.982; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:41.403; 11. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), +0:42.032. 

MX2 Moto 2: 1. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), 34:26.321; 2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.124; 3. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:03.8344. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:07.585; 5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:26.607; 6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:29.456; 7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:30.650; 8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:30.732; 9. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:45.179; 10. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:48.821; 11. Simone Furlotti (ITA, Yamaha), +1:02.968; 12. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:05.288; 13. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), +1:06.726.

MX2 Overall: 1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 43 points2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 38 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 32 p.; 5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 29 p.; 6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 28 p.; 7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 28 p.; 8. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 26 p.; 9. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 24 p.; 10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 22 p.; 11. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 20 p.; 12. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), 18 p.

MX2 Points Standings: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 325 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 288 p.; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 264 p.; 4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 249 p.; 5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 220 p.; 6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 184 p.; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 175 p.; 8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 174 p.; 9. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 142 p.; 10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 139 p.; 11. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 137 p.; 23. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), 45 p.





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Duvall Earns First Victory of 2017 Season at X-Factor GNCC

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Duvall Earns First Victory of 2017 Season at X-Factor GNCCZach Nolan Wins First XC2 250 Pro Race of 2017
PERU, Ind. (May 21, 2017) - After several days of rainfall in Peru, Indiana the 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, continued today, May 21, with the inaugural X-Factor GNCC. For the first time since 2013's Mammoth GNCC, Racer Productions made the decision to combine the morning amateur race with the afternoon pro race.
At the conclusion of the two-hour race on an 8-mile long racecourse it was Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing's Thad Duvall who took home his first overall win of the season. However, it would not be an easy task for Duvall as it was N-Fab AmPro Yamaha's Ricky Russell who got the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. R Russell led the first two laps, but would eventually fall back two positions ultimately earning his season best finish of third overall.
Thad Duvall (center) earned his first win of 2017 at the inaugural X-Factor GNCC. Josh Strang (left) and Ricky Russell (right) rounded out the top three overall.
Thad Duvall (center) earned his first win of 2017 at the inaugural X-Factor GNCC. Josh Strang (left) and Ricky Russell (right) rounded out the top three overall.
- Ken Hill
Duvall's teammate, Josh Strang, was also off to a good start where he would work his way into his first 2nd place finish of the season by the end of the four-lap race. FMF/Maxxis/RPM KTM Racing Team's Chris Bach finished just off the podium with his second 4th overall finish in 2017.
After a favorable start behind R Russell, Beta USA's Jordan Ashburn would find himself tangled in a power washer cord after a brief pit stop. Ashburn would fall back to 8th as he checked into timing and scoring on the first lap, but put on a hard charge eventually ended the day with an remarkable fifth overall.
Ricky Russell was off to a good start, and grabbed the $250 All Balls Racing holeshot award to start his day.
Ricky Russell was off to a good start, and grabbed the $250 All Balls Racing holeshot award to start his day.
- Ken Hill
After heading into the woods in the back of the XC1 pack, JCR Honda's Trevor Bollinger plowed his way through the mud for a sixth place finish in XC1 and an 11thoverall. Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna-backed rider Grant Baylor started the day with an unfavorable 11th place position as they came around the course after one lap. G Baylor would work his way up to 7th in XC1, while still finishing just outside the top 10 overall in 12th.
FMF/KTM Factory Racing and defending GNCC National Champion, Kailub Russell would find himself heading into the woods last off the start after falling in the second turn with another rider. K Russell and teammate, Russell Bobbitt, would finish the day out in the 8th and 9th place positions of the XC1 Pro class. K Russell would finish 14thoverall, while Bobbitt salvaged a 20th overall finish. SRT/KTM rider, and round 1 winner, Steward Baylor would complete his first lap in the fourth place position. Unfortunately this would be the only glimpse anyone caught of S Baylor, as his race ended after that first lap due to an illness.
Zach Nolan (#721) earned himself the XC2 250 Pro holeshot award, and the class win today in Peru, Indiana.
Zach Nolan (#721) earned himself the XC2 250 Pro holeshot award, and the class win today in Peru, Indiana.
- Ken Hill
As a result of rule violations, the results from today's XC2 250 Pro (16-24) class and the WXC class are provisional and pending approval of additional evidence. 
Tely Energy's Zach Nolan got a quick jump off the second line earning himself the XC2 250 Pro $100 Hot Cams Holeshot Award. Nolan found himself in first overall as they came through timing and scoring on the first lap, but after four laps of intense racing would finish 6th overall. However, the West Virginia native Nolan would earn his first XC2 250 Pro class win of the season holding off RPM/KTM's Mike Witkwoski and Coastal Racing/Husqvarna's Craig Delong who rounded out the podium. Current XC2 250 Pro points leader N-Fab AmPro Yamaha's Josh Toth had an unfavorable start, but managed to salvage a 4th place class finish in the muddy conditions.
Jason Thomas (center), Mark Heresco Jr. (left) and David Quillen (right) rounded out the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class podium.
Jason Thomas (center), Mark Heresco Jr. (left) and David Quillen (right) rounded out the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class podium.
- Ken Hill
As the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class got off the line and rolling it was Jason Thomas who earned himself the $100 Wiseco Holeshot Award. Thomas never looked back after his holeshot, and earned himself his second FMF XC3 class win. SRT/KTM's Mark Heresco Jr. finished off the day in second, while Spyke's KTM/Grounds Quality Lawn Care/Superfly Racing's David Quillen rounded out the podium.
In the WXC class, Fly Racing/Maxxis/Seat Concepts/KTM rider Becca Sheets earned her first win of the season, while Trail Jesters/KTM's Mackenzie Tricker came in second and Spyke's KTM/Maxxis/FMF's Rachel Gutish finished in the third place position.
After delaying the youth bike race until 9 a.m. it was Illinois native, Tommy Fortune who came out on top of the sloppy conditions after 7 laps. So far this was Fortune's only race with the GNCC Series in 2017. Mack Riemer would find himself in the second overall position at the conclusion of the hour-long race, with Ryder Leblond rounding out the podium. After winning the first five rounds, Zachary Davidson would succumb to the muddy conditions after five laps and ultimately end up 8th in his class for the day.
Tommy Fortune found himself on the top step of the podium at his first GNCC race of 2017 in the  9 a.m. bike youth race.
Tommy Fortune found himself on the top step of the podium at his first GNCC race of 2017 in the  9 a.m. bike youth race.
- Ken Hill
The 1 p.m. race was broadcast LIVE in its entirety on RacerTV.com and can be viewed as an archived video now online by visiting the GNCC LIVE page online. A highlight show featuring the event will air Saturday, June 17 at noon.
The 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes next weekend, May 27 and 28, with the Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio.
For more information on the series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.
X-Factor GNCC
Peru, Indiana
Round 6 of 13
Sunday, May 21 
XC1 Open Pro Event Results:
  1. Thad Duvall (HSQ)
  2. Josh Strang (HSQ)
  3. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  4. Chris Bach (HON)
  5. Jordan Ashburn (BET)
  6. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
  7. Grant Baylor (YAM)
  8. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  9. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
  10. Scott Grills (HSQ)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
  1. Kailub Russell (152)
  2. Thad Duvall (126)
  3. Steward Baylor (118)
  4. Ricky Russell (96)
  5. Josh Toth (85)
  6. Jordan Ashburn (72)
  7. Josh Strang (71)
  8. Trevor Bollinger (67)
  9. Grant Baylor (62)
  10. Mike Witkowski (58)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2017 National Champion. 
XC2 250 Pro Event Results (Provisional):
  1. Zach Nolan (KTM)
  2. Mike Witkowski (KTM)
  3. Craig Delong (HSQ)
  4. Josh Toth (YAM)
  5. Austin Lee (HON)
  6. Dylan Macritchie (KTM)
  7. Layne Michael (HSQ)
  8. Jesper Borjessen (HSQ)
  9. Sam Evans (KTM)
  10. Zack Hayes (KTM)
XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:
  1. Josh Toth (158)
  2. Craig Delong (122)
  3. Mike Witkowski (117)
  4. Layne Michael (106)
  5. Jesse Groemm (94)
  6. Austin Lee (84)
  7. Zack Hayes (78)
  8. Ben Kelley (71)
  9. Trevor Barrett (54)
  10. Sam Evans (53) 
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Event Results:
  1. Jason Thomas (HSQ)
  2. Mark Heresco Jr (KTM)
  3. David Quillen (KTM)
  4. Dustin Gibson (KTM)
  5. Matthew Sims (YAM)
  6. Jaryn Williams (YAM)
  7. Hunter Neuwirth (HSQ)
  8. Joshua Adkins (YAM) 
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Points Standings:
  1. Jason Thomas (156)
  2. Jack Edmondson (145)
  3. Mark Heresco Jr. (116)
  4. Hunter Neuwirth (100)
  5. Jaryn Williams (80)
  6. Josh Adkins (71)
  7. Paul Whibley (67)
  8. Dustin Gibson (61)
  9. Devan Welch (45)
  10. Nate Smith (29)                                                                       
About GNCC Racing 
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.


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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Results: Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic

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Tomac Relies on Impressive Come-From-Behind Effort in Final Moto to Take Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Opener at HangtownOsborne Begins 250 Class Title Chase with Dominant Victory
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (May 20, 2017) - The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, kicked off its 2017 season on Saturday with the 49th running of the Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic at Prairie City SVRA and a wide-open battle for each respective championship. The first of 12 rounds this summer provided hot temperatures and a huge crowd that witnessed a stellar battle for victory in the 450 Class, from which Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac emerged with a gritty overall win after an impressive come-from-behind effort in the final moto. In the 250 Class, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne earned the second overall win of his career with a dominant effort, sweeping both motos.
Tomac battled through the field to clinch the win with a 1-1 moto sweep.Photo: Jeff Kardas
Tomac battled through the field to clinch the win with a 1-1 moto sweep.
Photo: Jeff Kardas
The 450 Class began its first moto of the season with Team Honda HRC's Christian Craig earning the Motosport.com Holeshot, ahead of Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin and Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing rookie Cooper Webb, last year's 250 Class Champion. Tomac fought his way forward from a start of about seventh to conclude the opening lap in fourth.

As he neared the completion of the opening lap Craig crashed out of the lead, allowing Musquin to assume control of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto. As that unfolded Tomac surged into second, passing Webb in addition to Craig. From there the race became a two-rider battle. Musquin kept Tomac's advances at bay for a couple laps, but the Kawasaki rider made an aggressive move at the start of Lap 3 and slipped by on the outside of his KTM counterpart. Musquin made a slight bobble shortly thereafter, which established a separation between the two that would continue to grow.

From there the attention focused on the battle for third between Webb and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Josh Grant, who started fifth. Grant patiently waited for his opportunity to strike and did so on Lap 5. From there the top three remained unchanged through to the finish. Despite a small crash late in the moto that cost him over 10 seconds to Musquin, Tomac still took the win by 15.4 seconds.
Musquin (25) and Tomac (3) put on a show for the fans in Moto 2.Photo: Jeff Kardas
Musquin (25) and Tomac (3) put on a show for the fans in Moto 2.
Photo: Jeff Kardas
Tomac had his work cut out for him in the second moto, which saw Grant take the Motosport.com Holeshot ahead of Musquin, RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Broc Tickle, and Autotrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX's Justin Barcia. Tomac was outside the top 10 as the field entered the first turn, but managed to claw his way into eighth before the completion of the opening lap.

The holeshot allowed Grant to take advantage of the clear track and he set a strong early pace to open a gap on Musquin, while Barcia slotted into third. Behind them Tomac was able to make some early passes to break into the top five and then engaged in a battle with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Dean Wilson for fourth. Tomac's patience paid off on Lap 5 as he was able to make the pass on Wilson for fourth. Shortly thereafter he caught Barcia for third and put himself in podium position on the same lap.

With Grant in the lead, Musquin in second, and Tomac in third the battle for the overall win was still up for grabs, with Grant in control of his own destiny. After leading the first seven laps of the moto, Grant slowly started to lose ground to Musquin, who picked up his pace following Tomac's move into third. The lead duo battled for the lead briefly, but Musquin was able to make the pass on Lap 7 and put himself in position to win the overall. Tomac's charge to the front wasn't complete, and he quickly disposed of his teammate to move into second on Lap 9. He then closed in onto the rear fender of the leading KTM, producing an incredible battle for the lead that elicited roars from the crowd.

Musquin and Tomac jockeyed for the top spot for several laps, with the Frenchman able to counter every one of Tomac's advances. The leaders continued to trade lines all over the track, coming within inches of making contact with one another on numerous occasions. On Lap 12 Tomac was able to take advantage of a slight bobble by Musquin and make another impressive outside pass. Once in front Tomac quickly opened a lead, eventually crossing the finish line 8.7 seconds ahead of Musquin. Grant followed with a strong third-place effort.
With identical moto scores for the lead trio across both motos, Tomac (1-1), Musquin (2-2), and Grant (3-3) completed the overall podium in the same fashion.

"There was some good battling today. In the first moto I got into a good groove quickly and made the passes early to go on and win, but the second moto was tough," said Tomac. "That was a good ole classic battle [with Musquin]. I really had to dig deep and try every line possible to make time up on the leaders. It feels good to get through the first round and leave with the red plate."

Tomac's perfect scores give him a six-point lead over Musquin in the 450 Class standings, while Grant sits 10 points back in third.
Musquin finished second overall.Photo: Jeff Kardas
Musquin finished second overall.
Photo: Jeff Kardas
The opening 250 Class moto saw Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo claim the first Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, with Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Sean Cantrell slotting into second in his pro debut and Osborne settling in third. Osborne applied pressure on the rookie on Lap 1 and moved into second, ultimately setting his sights on Cianciarulo for the lead. The lead pair swapped fast laps throughout the first portion of the 30-minutes-plus-two-laps moto before Osborne was able to eventually get around the Kawasaki and take control of the race. Behind them, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger fought his way around Cantrell to take over third.

Once in the lead Osborne was able to open a comfortable gap that he easily maintained throughout the remainder of the moto, which was further aided by lapped traffic. Plessinger applied pressure on Cianciarulo for several laps, but eventually both riders asserted themselves in the remaining podium spots.

Osborne took the third moto win of his career 5.3 seconds ahead of Cianciarulo, with Plessinger following in third.
Grant enjoyed his first podium effort since the 2013 season.Photo: Jeff Kardas
Grant enjoyed his first podium effort since the 2013 season.
Photo: Jeff Kardas
With the overall win within reach, Osborne took control of Moto 2 immediately out of the gate, grabbing the Motosport.com Holeshot over the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki duo of Joey Savatgy and Cianciarulo. Savtagy showed impressive early speed and was able to briefly lead the moto, but Osborne got back around on Lap 1 and never looked back. Cianciarulo gave up third place to Plessinger and would soon fall out of contention. The rider to watch in the early stages was Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Alex Martin, who started fifth. Martin was able to surpass both Cianciarulo and Plessinger on Lap 2 and continued his push to the front by passing Savatgy for second on Lap 3, bringing Plessinger along with him into third.

Osborne remained in control of the moto throughout, but another rider was on a charge to the front. After starting seventh Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner stormed through the field and broke into podium position on Lap 7 after passing Plessinger. His determination continued and he was able to close in on Martin for second. The KTM rider fended off Forkner for several laps, but gave up the spot on Lap 14 and dropped off the podium after losing another spot to his brother Jeremy, who rides for GEICO Honda, that same lap.

Osborne took the win by 2.9 seconds over Forkner, with Jeremy Martin in third.
Osborne dominated en route to his second career win.Photo: Jeff Kardas
Osborne dominated en route to his second career win.
Photo: Jeff Kardas
The 1-1 sweep gave Osborne an easy overall victory, the second of his career, while Alex Martin's consistent 4-4 results were enough to give him the runner-up spot. Plessinger completed the overall podium (3-5) after tying with Martin in points, but losing the tiebreaker based on second-moto results.

"It was nice to carry the momentum from supercross and take the pressure off the [start of the] outdoor season, and come out of here with max points," said Osborne. "This is always one of the roughest tracks we have all year, so you always come in here kind of guessing. It's good to know we're leaving with the points lead and a win. My goal was to be in the top five and challenge for a podium, so to come away with a 1-1 is pretty awesome."

Osborne already holds a double-digit lead of 14 points in the 250 Class standings over Martin and Plessinger.
Alex Martin's 4-4 results were good enough for second overall.Photo: Jeff Kardas
Alex Martin's 4-4 results were good enough for second overall.
Photo: Jeff Kardas
The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next Saturday, May 27, with its second round from Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. First motos of the FMF Glen Helen National can be seen live on MAVTV at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET, while second motos will air live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET. Additionally, all the action can be seen as it unfolds online via the NBC Sports Gold app.
Plessinger rounded out the overall podium.Photo: Jeff Kardas
Plessinger rounded out the overall podium.
Photo: Jeff Kardas
Results
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic
Prairie City SVRA - Rancho Cordova, Calif.
May 20, 2017
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-2)
  3. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (3-3)
  4. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (10-4)
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (7-7)
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (6-8)
  7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (5-9)
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (4-12)
  9. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Suzuki (11-5)
  10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (8-10)
450 Class Championship Standings
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 50
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM - 44
  3. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki - 40
  4. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna - 29
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki - 28 
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 28
  7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha - 28
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda - 27
  9. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Suzuki - 26
  10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki - 24
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (1-1)
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (4-4)
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (3-5)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (2-8)
  5. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (11-2)
  6. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (5-6)
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (7-7)
  8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki (8-9)
  9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM (6-12)
  10. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (9-11)
250 Class Championship Standings
  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 50
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM - 36
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 36
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 35
  5. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki - 32
  6. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha - 31
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki - 28
  8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki - 25
  9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM - 24
  10. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha - 22
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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross ChampionshipThe Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Gold Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, MotoSport.com, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.  


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