Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SUZUKI’S HILL DEBUTS WITH 5TH IN HIGH POINT 450 CLASS

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Team Suzuki Press Office – June 19.

Justin Hill #46 – RM-Z450 - 4-6 for 5th
Weston Peick #34 – RM-Z450 - 9-4 for 6th
Enzo Lopes #816 – RM-Z250 - 20-39 for 25th 



The Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team made its first stop on the east coast swing of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the weekend and a monumental day for the team, as Justin Hill made his 450 National debut on the all-new Suzuki RM-Z450 with two outstanding moto performances in scoring fifth overall. 

Team-mate Weston Peick didn’t let a first turn crash in the opening moto deter him from climbing once again into the top 10 and was on another level in the second moto, earning a season-best fourth place moto finish for sixth overall. In the 250 class, rookie Enzo Lopes had the speed and stamina to log a career-best, but bad luck held him back from reaching his goal. 

Last week it was announced that Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht made the decision to promote Hill to the 450 class in the absence of the injured Justin Bogle. It was a brilliant move. Hill, who will move up to the 450 class on a full-time basis in 2019, looked like a natural fit on the Suzuki RM-Z450. The Yoncalla, Oregon native qualified sixth-fastest in combined qualifying, and rocketed out of the gate in the opening moto, riding his #46 RM-Z450 up to fourth place by the flag. Hill backed-up that performance by charging from 11th to sixth in the second moto for fifth overall. He will again campaign the RM-Z450 this coming weekend at the Muddy Creek National in Tennessee. 

Peick travelled to North Carolina a week before the High Point National in order to acclimatise to the hot and humid conditions. The move proved fruitful for the Southern California native, who dug deep in the opening moto to climb from 35th place to ninth by the flag after getting caught up in a first-turn crash. Peick had much better fortune in the second moto, crossing the first turn in seventh. “The Viking” passed several riders on the way to a fourth place moto finish. In doing so, he scored his best moto finish of the National series so far and finished sixth overall. Peick sits a mere 12 points out of fifth place in the standings. 

Brazilian Enzo Lopes made great strides during the week break, setting personal bests with his RM-Z250 at the JGRMX test track and dialing-in his starts. Unfortunately, Lopes’ effort at High Point was thwarted by bad luck. He went down several times, the last proving costly. Lopes suffered a fractured collarbone in the second moto and will need to take time off to heal. 

Justin Hill [450 Class, 4-6 for 5th Place]: 

“High Point was gnarly. You could not go around a single section without your teeth rattling out of your head. It was not my style of track. It was less about technique and more about powering through everything. I feel like Muddy Creek will be more my style. Historically, I haven’t done well at High Point, so I am happy to get out of there with a top-five finish. I had a brake issue in the second moto, so I wasn’t able to catch up to fifth place, but I was running a decent pace. My first 450 National taught me that I have to make things happen right away. I didn’t get the holeshot in either moto, but I tried to make good moves and work toward the front.” 

Weston Peick [450 Class, 9-4 for 6th Place]: 

“High Point was up and down. Practice was pretty technical and the track was muddy. We went into the first moto with a couple of changes to the bike, and then I was involved in a first-turn pile-up. I had to come from about last to ninth place. For moto two we made a few more adjustments, and that made a big difference. I also got off to a better start and was able to work from up front. I’m looking forward to next weekend.” 

Enzo Lopes [250 Class, 20-39 for 25th Place]: 

“It was the craziest track I’ve ever ridden in my entire life. The ruts were deep and didn’t seem to end. I had a good start and was running third, but I got tight and went back to 11th. I had a crash, and then I crashed again and got my leg stuck under my bike. I had a decent start in the second moto, but I fell while going down one of the hills and had to stop. It turns out that I broke my collarbone, which is a heartbreak. I’ll give it some time to heal and be back as quickly as possible.” 

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager]: 

“It was and up and down day. The 450 riders did well at High Point, but our 250 rider had a bad crash that will keep him out for a while. Enzo had a great start in the first moto and saw the pace of the front-runners, but he hasn’t been in that position yet and rode tight. Lopes had a good start in the second moto and was passing riders, but had a big get-off and fractured his collarbone. It will not require surgery, but he needs time to heal. I’ll have a better idea next week for when he will return to racing. 

“In the 450 class, Justin Hill had a really good first moto. He was charging forward and making good moves. I’m excited to see what Hill can do this weekend at Muddy Creek. As for Weston Peick, he rode extremely well in coming from a long way back in the first moto to ninth. In the second moto Weston rode the best I’ve ever seen him in the ruts. Both guys were pretty impressive.” 

The 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will continue this coming weekend for the fifth round of the series. Held less than four hours away from the JGRMX race shop, the Muddy Creek National in Blountville, Tennessee is the closest National for the team. 





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Top Ten Rides for Baggett, Bloss at High Point MX | Team RMATVMC-KTM-WPS Race Report

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Payson, UT (June 18, 2018) – After a week off, the fourth round of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship series made its first appearance on the East Coast at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, PA, this past weekend. Blake Baggett put on a heroic charge to finish 7th, while Benny Bloss continued to show his speed with an 8th place finish.

Rider Report:

Photo Credit: Kardy Photos
Fresh from the break, Blake Baggett was on the gas during qualifying and showed the rest of the field the fast way around the High Point track to grab the top 450MX qualifier spot. As the gate for moto 1 dropped, his race unwound right at the start as Blake got tangled in a first turn pileup and went down. After remounting his KTM, the FMF Racing-sponsored rider dug deep and proceeded to put on the charge of the race from last place. He put in a series of fast laps, slicing his way through the field to work his way to 5th place by the checkered flag.
The second moto started with Blake rounding the first turn in 4th and held that position until the large set of rollers where he tucked the front end in mud from water laid down right before the start. Just like the first moto, he would once again remount in dead last and charged all the way up to 7th by the finish. His 5-7 score earned him 7th overall and 5th place in championship points, just one point out of 4th.
“Today didn’t go as planned,” said Baggett. “I had the speed to run up front and felt like I had a chance at the overall today. We will regroup and come back strong next weekend at Muddy Creek.”

The start to Benny Bloss‘s day didn’t begin easily as he was caught up in the same first-turn pileup as his teammate in moto 1. Benny remounted quickly and focused his charge to the front. Pulling a tear-off from his Scott goggles, he put his head down and with a blistering pace worked his way inside the top ten within four laps. The Acerbis-sponsored rider kept the pace, making a few more passes to finish 6th at the end of the moto.
Benny fared better off the start in moto 2, rounding the first turn inside the top ten. He continued to battle as the ODI-supported rider worked his way forward to 8th place at the checkered flag. A 6-8 score earned him 8th overall for the weekend, and he holds down 7th place in championship points.
“I’m happy with my ride today,” said Bloss. “While I went down in the first moto, I showed that I am a front-runner with my speed. I’m ready for another top-five finish at Tennessee next weekend.”
Dakota Alix did not suit up at High Point as both Dakota and the team opted to take an extra week for him to be 100 percent for his return at the Tennessee National.
Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS now travels to Blountville, TN, for round five of the 2018 Pro Motocross Nationals at Muddy Creek Raceway on June 23.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY® KAWASAKI RIDER ELI TOMAC TAKES FOURTH OVERALL WIN OF SEASON AT HIGH POINT NATIONAL

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Foothill Ranch, Calif. (June 17, 2018) – After a one-week break, Round 4 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship resumed back east in the humid town of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. The roaring crowd, who proclaimed themselves as the "Zoo" were on their feet throughout the day as Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac continued his winning streak, earning his fourth straight overall victory as well as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner who grabbed his first overall podium finish of the season with second overall.
After qualifying with the second fastest lap time, Tomac and his KX™450F lined up for Moto 1 determined and ready to attack the historic High Point Raceway track. Tomac blasted out of the gate grabbing his first holeshot of the season and held onto the lead for more than half of the race while facing the challenge of the technical track as well as passing lappers as the leaders turned well under two-minute lap times. With six minutes left on the clock, Tomac's momentum was slowed as he worked his way through traffic and ultimately dropped back to second place, where he remained until the finish line.
In the second moto, Tomac was near the front once again, sitting in third this time around. Not wasting any time, Tomac went to work grabbing an outside line and passing his two competitors in the iconic High Point rollers on the first lap. After playing an intense game of cat and mouse with his primary contender for the last few minutes of the race, Tomac cranked out his fastest lap time of the day (1:55.8) and charged across the finish line 1.7 seconds ahead of second place to remain undefeated and ending the High Point National on a high note as he finished 2-1 for another overall victory and maintaining his points lead at 28.
"I really had to earn this one today so it feels great to take the overall win," said Tomac. "I felt a little off in the second half of Moto 1 so we made some adjustments and took a look at my lines to see if we could get around the ruts. Moto 2 was a real battle right to the end and leaving here with the win is huge. We're working hard to keep the red plate and we'll keep it rolling into Muddy Creek." 
In the 250MX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy, Garrett Marchbanks and Austin Forkner all seemed to be off to a great start as they qualified fourth, sixth and eighth respectively. It was evident that Forkner got his groove back as he carried on his momentum from Thunder Valley by darting out front as the gate dropped in Moto 1. Forkner battled to steadily remain in fourth place, where he ultimately crossed the finish line, while his teammates fought to break into the top 10 for the first few laps of the moto. Savatgy trailed his teammates for the majority of the race as he gradually navigated his way around his competition to finish sixth. Just as Marchbanks tenaciously forced his way up to sixth with only two laps to go, he went down hard in the rollers forcing him to retire from the race and unable to compete in Moto 2. The rookie will see the doctor for further evaluation.
The second 250MX moto saw Forkner and Savatgy both launch off the line in front of the pack, but misfortune struck the Pro Circuit team early once again as Savatgy also suffered a hard crash forcing him to end his day early. Forkner did not disappoint as the sole rider to represent the KX™250F team as he proved he was not to be underestimated. Forkner exchanged positions with his opponents for second place multiple times until eventually sliding by to secure his first overall on the podium for second (4-2).
"It was really tough out there today so a podium finish was big for us," said Forkner. "We train for the heat but it still makes a huge difference on race day. All the hard work is starting to pay off and we're moving in the right direction. I'm looking forward to another solid finish next week."
"Coming into the weekend I was feeling good," said Savatgy. "I was ready to turn things around and the bike was fast in qualifying. We caught a tough break today so we're going to get back to work this week and we'll be ready for Muddy Creek."
"I had a great day at High Point as I started the day qualifying sixth in practice," said Marchbanks. "I pushed hard to reach the front in the first moto before I cross rutted off a jump, which ended the day for me. We'll meet with the doctor on Monday and hope to get back on the bike as soon as possible."
250MX Race Results
1.Aaron Plessinger (1-1)
2.Austin Forkner (4-2)
3.Justin Cooper (3-4)
13.Joey Savatgy (6-34)
250MX Rider Point Standings
1.Aaron Plessinger 171
2.Jeremy Martin 151
3.Alex Martin 141
5. Austin Forkner 115
11. Joey Savatgy 83
12. Garrett Marchbanks 72
450MX Race Results
1.Eli Tomac (2-1)
2.Marvin Musquin (1-2)
3.Justin Barcia (3-5)
450MX Rider Point Standings
1.Eli Tomac 197
2.Marvin Musquin 169
3. Justin Barcia 140


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Geico Honda - High Point 2018 Race Report

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Mt. Morris, PA (June 16, 2018) – For the second-straight race, it appeared GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin was in control of the 250 class of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. This time, racing luck was not on his side, as his bike quit running while he held the lead in the second and final moto of the Red Bull High Point National. Just like that, Martin went from a near-certain race victory to tenth overall with 2-33 finishes. He also dropped to second in the series’ standings. The two-time 250 National Motocross Champion is not deterred, however.

“I felt good and I got a good gap and honestly I was just putting it into cruise control,” said Martin. “Unfortunately, I don’t know what happened, it just died. Didn’t feel any symptoms developing or anything like that. It’s a bummer but there’s a lot of racing left in the series. I’m just going to have to come back and dominate the rest of the rounds.”

It ended up being a tough day all around for the squad, as bike problems also ruined Chase Sexton’s second moto, and Cameron McAdoo’s return to racing was spoiled with a crash and front wheel problem in the first moto. The day had started with high notes, too, because McAdoo’s comeback led to four CRF250R race bikes under the tent for the first time this season. Plus, each rider rode well. This time the results didn’t show each rider’s true speed.

That includes RJ Hampshire, who took a season-best fifth overall with 7-7 finishes, but felt capable of more, especially after logging the fastest lap time of anyone in the first 250 qualifying session.
“The team made big improvements on the bike this weekend and I also rode better,” said Hampshire. “Practice went well and then got tangled up in the first turn first moto. Was pretty far back and made some good passes, pulled up onto Jordon Smith in fifth and couldn’t make the pass, and then I lost my flow and couldn’t get going again. Second moto had a decent start, then crashed twice the first lap. I got tangled up with Joey Savatgy when he crashed which then dropped me back to 20th. Put in a good charge but felt like I was better than my results over the weekend.”

After nailing his first good start of the season, Sexton appeared set for a good run in moto two. He ended up 16th overall with 10-38 finishes.

“High Point wasn’t the best for me,” said Sexton. “Never felt quite comfortable all day and wasn’t riding like myself. Moto one got an awful start and made my way through the pack to tenth which isn’t great at all. Moto 2 I told myself I was going to do everything in my power to get the holeshot and I think I came around fourth or fifth. Much better, and for the first time the whole day I actually felt good on the bike and was in a decent flow, but about five laps in I had a bike malfunction and it ended my moto early! Nothing against the team there at all, they do everything in their power to make things right but sometimes thing just happen in racing. Hasn’t been the start to the season I’ve been looking for but it’s time to turn it around next weekend and start pulling holeshots. It was a good feeling to be up front going into the first turn this time!”

McAdoo was making his return from a broken shoulder blade. A crunched front wheel led to an early first-moto exit. He came back for 13th in moto two.

“It was good to finally be back at the races!” said McAdoo. “Moto 1 we had some unfortunate issues and weren’t able to finish the moto, and I ended up 13th moto 2. I’m glad to get that first one out of the way so now we know what to work on and can start building back to where I know I belong!” 

The team gets to regroup quickly with another race this weekend at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee. 

GEICO Honda Results

Red Bull High Point National

Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania

5. RJ Hampshire
10. Jeremy Martin
16. Chase Sexton
17. Cameron McAdoo




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Tune In: Monster Energy Supercross - Rewind: Malcolm Stewart airing now on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, YouTube Channel

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Monster Energy Supercross - Rewind is a web-based series consisting of footage gleaned from the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship and beyond. Our cameras went behind the scenes and got up close and personal with the premiere athletes in the sport. The result was an opportunity to showcase a more personal side of America's fastest growing motorsport, bringing current and new fans closer to the men under the helmets. 

Airing every Monday through the end of July, look for a wide variety of topics and angles as we also pull vintage footage from the annals of Supercross history. 

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S PHIL NICOLETTI 11TH AT HIGH POINT

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S PHIL NICOLETTI 11TH AT HIGH POINT
MOSIMAN AND HARRISON BATTLE TO 11TH AND 15TH PLACE FINISHES IN THE 250 CLASS
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team battled an extremely tough and rutted track at the High Point National in Mount Morris, PA on Saturday for the fourth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Team newcomer Phil Nicoletti rebounded from a first turn pileup in the first 450 moto and finished 11th overall on the day, while teammates Michael Mosiman and Mitchell Harrison finished 11th and 15th in the 250 class. Fellow 250 rider Jordan Bailey rode strong in the first moto, but suffered from a big crash in the second moto that left him unable to finish the race.

Phil Nicoletti got caught up in a first turn pileup in the first 450 moto but remounted as quickly as he could and was on the move. He made his way through the pack and up to 23rd by the seventh lap then continued to charge to finish 16th despite going down two more times during the moto. He got a better start in the second moto with a top-10, and made his way to sixth early in the race as he continued to push through the field. He fell back to ninth and held strong to finish ninth. The 16-9 finish gave him 11th overall.

“This was my first round with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory racing team,” said Nicoletti. “I think I prepared well coming into the race, but California tracks are nothing like the track here at High Point so I kind of had to relearn a few things and make some changes. I got taken out in the first turn of the first moto, then went down two more times after that. I ran up front for awhile in the second moto but ran out of steam and ended up ninth in that moto and 11th overall. I’m ready for next weekend."

Michael Mosiman was mid-pack at the start of the first 250 moto and came out of the first lap in 13th. He started to charge through the field before going down in the last lap. He was 13th after the crash and held strong to finish 13th. He was mid-pack at the start of the second moto and charged his way into the top-10 by lap four. He continued to advance and finished ninth. The 13-9 finish gave him 11th overall on the day.

“It was good to get out of here healthy,” said Mosiman. “This track was mean. I didn’t get the best start in the first moto and I made a mistake. I was in 11th then took a slightly different line in the last lap through the jumping rollers and the bike jumped up and I had to bail. I landed the double while running. I lost two spots and finished 13th. I got a little bit of a better spot in the second moto and was flowing and making passes and ended up ninth. I’m excited for next weekend’s race in Tennessee."

Mitchell Harrison was mid-pack at the start of the first 250 moto and was ninth by the end of the first lap. He rode hard but was shuffled back during the race and finished 14th. He was mid-pack at the start of the second moto and rode strong to finish 14th. The 14-14 finish gave him 15th overall.

“It was an interesting day for me,” said Harrison. “I felt off-pace. I got a good start in the first moto but faded, then didn’t get the best start in the second moto but rode strong. I have some work to do, and this was a rough track to come back to. I’m going to keep working and will step it up."

Jordan Bailey was mid-pack at the start of the first 250 moto and finished the first lap in 14th, right behind teammate Michael Mosiman. He made it to 13th in the second lap before going back to 15th in lap three and would eventually finish 16th. He was mid-pack at the start of the second moto and was putting on a charge before crashing hard over a jump in the sixth lap. The incident left him unable to finish the race.

“High Point was probably one of the gnarliest tracks I’ve ever ridden,” said Bailey. “Practice was ok, but the ruts were so deep. I got off to a decent start in the first moto and finished 16th. I didn’t get a great start in the second moto, but was riding way better. I crashed mid-jump and got clobbered by the bike, but I’m ok. I’m looking forward to Muddy Creek. If the guys at Muddy Creek are reading this...it would be good if they could tone down the ruts!”

Next Race: June 23 - Tennessee National - Blountville, TN

High Point National Results

250 Class
1. Aaron Plessinger (1,1)
2. Austin Forkner (4,2)
3. Justin Cooper (3,4)
4. Dylan Ferrandis (8,3)
5. RJ Hampshire (7,7)
6. Shane McElrath (9,6)
7. Jordon Smith (5,10)
8. Alex Martin (12,5)
9. Brandon Hartranft (11,8)
10. Jeremy Martin (2,33)
11. Michael Mosiman - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (13,9)
...
15. Mitchell Harrison - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (14,14)
...
21. Jordan Bailey - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (16,36)

450 Class
1. Eli Tomac (2,1)
2. Marvin Musquin (1,2)
3. Justin Barcia (3,5)
4. Ken Roczen (7,3)
5. Justin Hill (4,6)
6. Weston Peick (9,4)
7. Blake Baggett (5,7)
8. Benny Bloss (6,8)
9. Cody Cooper (8,10)
10. Kyle Cunningham (10,12)
11. Phil Nicoletti - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (16,9)

250 Class Rider Point Standings
1. Aaron Plessinger - 171 points
2. Jeremy Martin - 151 points
3. Alex Martin - 141 points
4. Justin Cooper - 136 points
5. Austin Forkner - 115 points
6. Zach Osborne - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 105 points
7. Jordon Smith - 104 points
8. RJ Hampshire - 100 points
9. Shane McElrath - 91 points
10. Chase Sexton - 87 points

13. Michael Mosiman - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 58 points
19. Jordan Bailey - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 33 points
22. Mitchell Harrison - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 14 points

450 Class Rider Point Standings
1. Eli Tomac - 197 points
2. Marvin Musquin - 169 points
3. Justin Barcia - 140 points
4. Ken Roczen - 131 points
5. Blake Baggett - 130 points
6. Weston Peick - 118 points
7. Benny Bloss - 101 points
8. Phil Nicoletti - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 92 points
9. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 73 points
10. Cody Cooper - 69 points



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RUNNER UP FINISH FOR GAUTIER PAULIN AT MXGP OF LOMBARDIA

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RUNNER UP FINISH FOR GAUTIER PAULIN AT MXGP OF LOMBARDIA
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER FINISHES SECOND OVERALL AT ROUND 11 OF 2018 MXGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin has finished as runner-up at round 11 of the 2018 FIM World Motocross Championship. He was joined on the overall podium by team-mate Max Anstie in third. In the MX2 class there were further positive results as Thomas Covington took second overall with Thomas Kjer-Olsen placing fourth.

Held at the sandy Ottobiano track in northern Italy, the MXGP of Lombardia proved to be a tough race for all competitors under the heat of the summer sun. In similar conditions to last year’s race, stamina and a smooth, energy conserving style were key to a top finish.

In the MXGP class it was Max Anstie who found impressive form in race one to move through the field to take his first race podium of the season. Despite the pressure, Anstie rode with notable confidence to move into the top-three, narrowly missing out on second in the final stages of the race. Gautier Paulin, riding smooth and consistent on the Italian sand, claimed fourth at the flag.

MXGP race two proved trickier for the FE450 mounted pair as they found themselves just inside the top-10 after lap one. After chasing down and passing the riders ahead, it was Paulin who claimed the podium spot in third, with team-mate Anstie just seconds behind in fourth.

The strong results over both motos gave the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing a double podium finish with Paulin taking second overall and Anstie third – both riders tied on points for the event.

Following his win in Saturday’s MX2 Qualifying Race, Thomas Covington rode a strong race one. Just pipped to the holeshot, Covington immediately set about chasing down the leader before moving into first position mid-way through the race. The American, riding smooth and fast in the difficult conditions, controlled the pace perfectly from the front to take the win by over five seconds. Thomas Kjer-Olsen also had a great first moto, battling his way through the field to claim fifth place at the finish.

In the second MX2 moto, Covington made another solid start, running within the top-three. Towards the close of the race he was passed by Kjer-Olsen who took second at the line. Covington would take fourth position, enough to elevate him from eighth to sixth in the MX2 championship standings. Kjer-Olsen retains second as the 2018 season hits its halfway point.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the 12th round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Indonesia on June 30 - July 1.

Gautier Paulin: “I seem to excel in these conditions – I always do well when it’s hot and the track is rough, like today. I was feeling good in myself but had two bad starts – the 180-degree first turn was really tricky to manage. I came close to crashing a couple of times and you spend a lot of energy when you have to come through the pack like I did today. To finish on the podium is great though, especially after such a tough weekend in England. I also want to congratulate my team-mate on his podium success today.”

Max Anstie: “It’s awesome to be back up here on the podium. It has been such a difficult start to the season with things seemingly going from bad to worse. I felt so strong at the beginning of the year, especially after finishing 2017 on a high, so it’s great to get a finish like this and to be battling on track with the other top guys. It’s going to be another tough race in two weeks’ time in Indonesia so hopefully I can get a similar result there.”

Thomas Covington: “That has been a really good weekend for me, right from getting the qualifying win again on Saturday. I knew conditions would be tough here this year but I managed to find a really good flow in moto one. I followed Prado for half the race and then made my move, after that I managed to keep a good gap between us. In the second moto I struggled a little to run at the pace I wanted to and ended up using too much energy. I am happy to take a second podium in a row though and now I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “Overall, I am happy with how things went today. I didn’t get the best start in the first moto and it put me on the back foot a little. I made my way up through the field to finish fifth. I wanted a lot more from the second race and managed to get a better start behind my team-mate. I got past him for second and that’s where I finished. I am happy with the result and pleased with my riding – I felt strong all day.”

Download high-res images from the GP of Lombardia here.

Results – 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 11 

MXGP - Overall
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 50; 2. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 38; 3. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 38… 18. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 8

MXGP - Race 1
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 19 laps, 34:04.005; 2. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 34:15.629; 3. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 34:25.197; 4. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34:31.219… 7. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 34:06.899… 24. Klemen Gercar (Husqvarna) 35:15.106

MXGP - Race 2
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 19 laps, 34:38.105; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 34:41.665; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34:46.601; 4. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 34:54.705… 17. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 34:45.105… 21. Klemen Gercar (Husqvarna) 35:58.298

MX2 - Overall
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 47pts; 2. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 43; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 40; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 38… 10. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 20… 13. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 13… 22. Enzo Toriani (Husqvarna) 3

MX2 - Race 1
1. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 19 laps, 34:46.265; 2. Jorge Prado (KTM) 34:52.085; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 34:55.435… 5. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:06.759… 10. Henri Jacobi (Husqvarna) 35:39.844… 14. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 36:07.206… 22. Enzo Torriani (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 36:10.530

MX2 - Race 2
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 19 laps, 35:11.237; 2. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:18.757; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 35:24.759; 4. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:26.894… 8. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 36:15.017… 18. Enzo Toriani (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 37:00.120; 19. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 32.22.876

Championship Standings – After Round 11 

MXGP
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 486pts; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 474; 3. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 374… 5. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 334… 13. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 160… 20. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 65… 27. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 15… 28. Ander Valentin (Husqvarna) 8

MX2
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 474pts; 2. Jorge Prado (KTM) 465; 3. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 366… 6. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 254… 10. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 200… 12. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 184… 22. Brent Van Doninck (Husqvarna) 77


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Tomac Edges Out Musquin at High Point for Fourth Straight Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Victory

Courtesy of MX Sports

Plessinger Sweeps 250 Class Motos for Second Win, Regains Point Lead
MT. MORRIS, Pa. (June 16, 2018) - The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its first trip to the east coast on Saturday for the fourth round of the 2018 season. The Red Bull High Point National from High Point Raceway has become a Father's Day tradition, and fittingly a pair of riders following the racing lineage of their fathers triumphed at the famed facility. While it wasn't easy, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac withstood his stiffest challenge to date in the 450 Class to capture his fourth straight victory. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger earned an unlikely 1-1 sweep for his second win of the season, which allowed him to regain control of the point lead.
Tomac has won the overall at all four rounds thus far in 2018.
Tomac has won the overall at all four rounds thus far in 2018.
- Rich Shepherd
With his perfect 6-0 record and commanding point lead entering the race, Tomac emerged with his first Motosport.com Holeshot of the season in the opening 450 Class moto, ahead of Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin and Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing's Justin Barcia. A first-turn crash took several other top competitors out of contention early, including Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen and RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM's Blake Baggett, the fastest qualifier. Both riders got back into action and completed the opening lap in 31st and 33rd, respectively.
Out front, Tomac sprinted out to an early lead while Barcia applied pressure on Musquin for second. The Yamaha and KTM-mounted riders almost made contact on several occasions, but Barcia ultimately prevailed when Musquin went off track. That battle allowed Tomac to establish a multi-second lead, but it was short lived. Musquin regrouped and successfully repassed Barcia for second. He kept Tomac in his sights with slightly quicker lap times and continued to chip away at Tomac's lead. It wasn't long before Musquin had closed to within a few bikes lengths and began to look for ways around Tomac. As they worked through lapped traffic Musquin took advantage of faster lines to get alongside Tomac and make a pass around the outside with just six-and-a-half minutes left in the moto.
Once out front Musquin continued to pull away from Tomac and brought the defending champion's moto winning streak to an end. Musquin took his first checkered flag of the season 5.4 seconds ahead of Tomac, while Barcia finished a distant third. Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Justin Hill finished fourth in his first ever 450 Class moto, while Baggett battled all the way back to finish fifth. Roczen finished just a couple spots behind that in seventh.
Musquin broke Tomac's moto winning streak, but had to settle for a runner-up finish.
Musquin broke Tomac's moto winning streak, but had to settle for a runner-up finish.
- Rich Shepherd
When the gate dropped on the second moto Roczen put his Honda out front with his first Motosport.com Holeshot, narrowly beating out Tomac and a hard-charging Musquin. Musquin was able to slip under Tomac for second, but as he went to pressure Roczen the Honda rider bobbled, slowing the momentum of both riders and allowing Tomac to move past on the outside. Roczen countered Tomac's pass attempt and maintained his hold of the lead, while Musquin was forced to settle into third.
Just a short time later Roczen made another costly error, carrying too much speed into an off-camber corner and running off track. This allowed Tomac to slip by and assume control of the lead, while Roczen got back on track in second. That presented an opportunity for Musquin to apply pressure on Roczen, and after a couple laps of following the German, the Frenchman made his move to take over the position. 
With his rival and primary challenger for the overall win behind him, Tomac picked up the pace in defense of Musquin's prowess on the highly technical track. Despite his best efforts Tomac still lost time to the Frenchman and as the moto wore on the two rivals continued to inch closer and closer to one another. As they navigated through lappers the distance between Tomac and Musquin stabilized, but with just over a minute remaining Musquin picked up the pace and closed in on Tomac's rear fender. Tomac defended by protecting the inside line in virtually every corner, and he also used lapped riders to his advantage, getting by with ease while Musquin occasionally got held up. On the final lap both riders let it hang out. Musquin got alongside Tomac on two different occasions, but since the KTM rider didn't have the preferred line Tomac maintained the advantage and held off the Frenchman through to the finish. 
Tomac took the win by 1.7 seconds over Musquin, while Roczen followed more than a minute behind in third.
Barcia earned his second overall podium result of the season.
Barcia earned his second overall podium result of the season.
- Rich Shepherd
By virtue of his second moto win Tomac (2-1) earned the tiebreaker over Musquin (2-1) in the overall classification, securing his fourth straight victory this season and the 13thof his career. Barcia finished third overall (3-5).
Tomac now sits in a tie for 10th on the all-time wins list with Jeff Ward.
"[Today] was good. I was able to get out front early so I didn't have to deal with a lot of roost. This track always has a tendency to get rough, so it was good to make things easier on myself [by getting good starts]," explained Tomac. "The first moto was tough. I wasn't as good as Marv [Musquin] in that one. I was fighting myself and wasn't flowing. I regrouped and got closer [in Moto 2], but Marv was still all over us. We were just able to hold him off."
Tomac remains 28 points ahead of Musquin in the 450 Class standings, while Barcia maintains his hold on third, 57 points out of the lead.
Plessinger has now won multiple races in a season for the first time in his career.
Plessinger has now won multiple races in a season for the first time in his career.
- Jeff Kardas
In the opening 250 Class moto Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha's Justin Cooper grabbed his second Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, edging out his teammate Plessinger while point leader Jeremy Martin settled into third aboard his GEICO Honda. A surging Plessinger blew by Cooper to seize control of the lead, but the rookie battled back. Plessinger got the upper hand and cleared his teammate, while Martin closed in on Cooper from third. 
Plessinger's unparalleled pace allowed him to consistently add to his lead, which soon grew to multiple seconds. Cooper was then left to fend off a determined Martin, who embarked on an endless pursuit for second that lasted for nearly 20 minutes of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto. Every time Martin appeared to have the edge Cooper responded and put multiple bike lengths between them. However, with just over 10 minutes remaining Martin made an impressive inside move on the rookie to take control of the runner-up spot, but at that point he faced a double-digit deficit to Plessinger. 
Plessinger enjoyed a dominant first moto and earned his class-leading third win of the season, 7.6 seconds ahead of Martin. Cooper followed in third, with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner in fourth and Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Jordon Smith in fifth.
Forkner earned his first overall podium result of 2018 in second.
Forkner earned his first overall podium result of 2018 in second.
- Rich Shepherd
A wild second moto got underway with Cooper out front yet again, sweeping both Motosport.com Holeshots. Martin slotted into second, with Forkner in third, while Plessinger started inside the top five. A determined Martin applied immediate pressure on Cooper, which forced the rookie into a mistake as he jumped off the side of the track. That allowed Martin to assume the lead unchallenged, while Cooper got back on the track in second. 
With a clear track ahead of him Martin sprinted out to a comfortable lead, leaving the rest to battle for the remaining spots on the podium. Forkner was able to pass Cooper for second, but the Yamaha rider eventually reclaimed the position. Their continued fight allowed Plessinger to close in from fourth and ignite a multi-rider battle for the position. In the ensuing battle Forkner moved back around Cooper for second, and Plessinger took advantage to take over third. Plessinger didn't waste time to get around Forkner and move into second. At this point Martin was more than 10 seconds ahead of the field.
Just past the halfway point of the moto Martin lost power on his Honda and was forced to stand in the middle of the track holding the bike up, in search of a solution. As Martin stood still Plessinger and everyone behind him rode past. Martin pushed his bike to the mechanics area and recorded a DNF, giving up what seemed like a sure victory, and his spot atop the championship standings.
Plessinger led the final portion of the race while Forkner was forced to battle with Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha's Dylan Ferrandis, who was making his season debut, for second. Plessinger took a surprising win, and capped off a 1-1 sweep, by crossing the line 2.1 seconds ahead of Forkner, who narrowly edged out Ferrandis. Martin's misfortune resulted in a shakeup of the overall classification, with Forkner also finishing second overall (4-2) and Cooper rounding out the podium in third (3-4).
Rookie Cooper has now earned back-to-back finishes of third overall.
Rookie Cooper has now earned back-to-back finishes of third overall.
- Rich Shepherd
It was the fourth career win for Plessinger. It's the first time in his career that he's won multiple races in a season.
"We had a really good day at Glen Helen, but then my bike didn't really work well in Colorado. We did some testing during the off week and I think it showed today," said Plessinger. "We got some good starts and I was able to ride my own race. In the second moto I worked my way to the front and then something happened to Jeremy's [Martin] bike, so we ended up with 1-1 finishes."
The win, combined with Martin's 10th-place finish (2-33), moved Plessinger back atop the point standings where he will have sole possession of the red plate for the first time. He sits 20 points ahead of Martin, who dropped just one position to second. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Alex Martin is third, 30 points out of the lead.
Martin suffered heartbreak in the second moto and watched both the overall win and points lead slip away.
Martin suffered heartbreak in the second moto and watched both the overall win and points lead slip away.
- Rich Shepherd
The 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will continued next weekend, on Saturday, June 23, with its annual visit to the southeast and Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee. First motos of the Tennessee National can be seen live on MAVTV at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Second motos will follow, live on NBC Sports Network at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET. Additionally, all of the action can be seen as it unfolds online via the "Pro Motocross Pass" on the NBC Sports Gold app.
Results 
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Red Bull High Point National
High Point Raceway - Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
June 16, 2018 
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-1)
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (3-5)
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (7-3)
  5. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (4-6)
  6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (9-4)
  7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (5-7)
  8. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM (6-8)
  9. Cody Cooper, New Zealand, Honda (8-10)
  10. Kyle Cunningham, Alvord, Texas, Suzuki (10-12)
450 Class Championship Standings
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 197
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM - 169
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha - 140
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda - 131
  5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 130
  6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki - 118
  7. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM - 101
  8. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Husqvarna - 92
  9. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 73
  10. Cody Cooper, New Zealand, Honda - 69
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (4-2)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (3-4)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (8-3)
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (7-7)
  6. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (9-6)
  7. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (5-10)
  8. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (12-5)
  9. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (11-8)
  10. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (2-33)
250 Class Championship Standings
  1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 171
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 151
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM - 141
  4. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha - 136
  5. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki - 115
  6. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 105
  7. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM - 104
  8. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda - 100
  9. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM - 91
  10. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda - 87 
For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:
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 GoldSeries 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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