Monday, July 24, 2017

DEAN WILSON EARNS CAREER BEST WITH SECOND OVERALL AT SPRING CREEK NATIONAL!

Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

OSBORNE PUTS ON A HEROIC RIDE FOR 3RD
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson and Zach Osborne put in heroic rides at the eighth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship on a hot and humid day at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, MN. Dean Wilson used great starts to pilot his Husqvarna FC 450 to a career best 3-3 moto score for 2nd overall on the day. Zach Osborne overcame a tough 8th place finish in moto 1 and rebounded with an inspired come from behind ride to win moto 2 and land himself on the overall podium in 3rd.

Dean Wilson got a great start in the first 450 moto and quickly held down second. Still in second at the halfway mark, he was looking strong as he battled with Eli Tomac for position. He held his ground and made great line selections as swapped positions with Tomac multiple times before settling in the third place spot. He was riding steady in third before putting on an epic battle with Justin Barcia in fourth. Barcia made the pass, but Dean came back with a vengeance and rode hard. He passed Barcia back for third and held strong to the finish. He pulled an impressive second-place start in the second moto and battled for position before moving back to fourth in the first lap. He made a successful pass for third in the third lap and stayed steady to finish third. The 3-3 finish gave him second overall on the day, and he is currently fourth overall in 450 rider point standings.

“It was amazing today,” said Wilson. “It was a hot, rough, gnarly track and I knew fitness and riding was going to play a big part. I’m so happy to be up here, and I didn’t even know I was second overall until I came over the finish line so that was a great feeling. I’m really happy, and I’m really excited, but we have a lot of races to go."

Zach Osborne was mid-pack at the start of the first moto and navigated into 10th by the end of the first lap. He made quick work of moving through the field, made the pass for seventh by the third lap, and continued to hustle. He was on the move and got into fifth by lap six before a minor mechanical incident forced him to nurse the bike the remainder of the moto, but didn’t stop him from finishing in 8th and salvaging 13 valuable championship points. He was top-10 at the start of the second moto and sixth by the end of the first lap and was on the move. He was on a mission and moved into third by the halfway mark before setting his sights on the top-two. He carried some momentum and went around the outside of Shane McElrath in lap eight to take over the second-place spot before posting a lap three seconds faster than the leader. Creeping closer to Savatgy in the lead, he stalked him into lapped traffic and wouldn’t be denied. He made an impressive inside pass to overtake the lead with five minutes to go. He held strong to the finish to claim the victory and earn third overall on the day and maintain his points lead in the 250 championship.

“Overall we had a good day,” said Osborne. “I felt really good right of the bat in practice and qualified second. I had a little issue in the first moto but I redeemed myself in the second moto and came away with a moto win and a podium. It’s nice to not lose a lot of points and still have a good lead. For a bad day, I only lost four points. So that’s pretty good and I’m pretty happy with it. My second moto was really good, and I feel good moving forward."

Martin Davalos was mid-pack at the start of the first 450 moto and navigated into 12th by the end of the first lap. He moved back to 15th by the halfway mark but continued to ride hard. He moved back through the pack to finish 11th. He was top-10 at the start of the second moto and was sixth in the first lap. He rode hard to make it up to fourth by the halfway mark and held strong to the finish. The 11-4 finish gave him seventh overall on the day. He is currently 10th overall in 450 rider point standings.

“The track actually came around from this morning,” said Davalos. “It rained a lot, and the guys did a great job getting the track ready for us — but it was brutal. It got really humid, especially in the second moto. The track was really rough and rutted. I made a little bit of a mistake in the first moto and stalled my bike. I got a top-10 start in the second moto and put in a charge for fourth. I feel pretty happy with how I’m ready, but hopefully I still get better for Washougal next weekend."

Jason Anderson was in the back of the pack at the start of the first 450 moto and was 37th by the end of the first lap. Dealing with a hand injury sustained earlier in the week, he was unable to finish the race and pulled off the track after a few laps. He was unable to start the second moto due to injury.

The team will now make its way to the ninth round of the series, being held next Saturday at the Washougal National in Washougal, Wash. Southwick National Results

250 Class Overall Results
1. Joey Savatgy, KAW (1-2)
2. Alex Martin, KTM (2-4)
3. Zach Osborne, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, (8-1)
4. Jeremy Martin, HON (4-5)
5. Adam Cianciarulo, KAW (6-6)
6. RJ Hampshire, HON (5-7)
7. Aaron Plessinger, YAM (3-12)
8. Dylan Ferrandis, YAM (7-8)
9. Shane McElrath, KTM (16-3)
10. Colt Nichols, YAM (9-13)

250 Class Rider Point Standings
1. Zach Osborne, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (339)
2. Alex Martin (296)
3. Jeremy Martin (276)
4. Joey Savatgy (242)
5. Dylan Ferrandis (226)
6. Aaron Plessinger (219)
7. Adam Cianciarulo (216)
8. Mitchell Harrison (190)
9. Colt Nichols (188)
10. Austin Forkner (184)

450 Class Overall Results
1. Marvin Musquin, KTM (1-1)
2. Dean Wilson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (3-3)
3. Eli Tomac, KAW (2-5)
4. Blake Baggett, KTM (6-2)
5. Cooper Webb, YAM (4-9)
6. Justin Barcia, SUZ (5-8)
7. Martin Davalos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, (11-4)
8. Cole Seely, HON (8-6)
9. Christian Craig, HON (7-7)
10. Fredrik Noren, HON (13-10)

450 Class Rider Point Standings
1. Eli Tomac (329)
2. Blake Baggett (309)
3. Marvin Musquin (269)
4. Dean Wilson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, (238)
5. Jason Anderson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, (216)
6. Cole Seely (192)
7. Justin Bogle (188)
8. Cooper Webb (177)
9. Justin Barcia (172)
10. Martin Davalos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, (170)



 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

TOP 10 FINISHES FOR SUZUKI RM-Z450 DUO IN CZECH REPUBLIC

Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office 

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 23. 



Kevin Strijbos – 9-12 for 12th
Arminas Jasikonis – 20-8 for 13th 


Kevin Strijbos and Arminas Jasikonis both got top-10 moto finishes on-board their RM-Z450WS machines, on what was a difficult day of racing at the old school Loket track in the Czech Republic today. Rain early on gave the track a greasy feel to it in the first motos before it dried out for race two, but whatever the conditions, passing is always at a premium and both riders showed good speed to make their way through what is an extremely competitive MXGP field. 

For Strijbos it was good to finally complete two full races, something he hasn’t done since the fifth round at Trentino in Italy. He had this to say about his weekend: “It was a tough day, coming back to race action. I was almost last coming out of the first turn in the first moto but came back pretty well, passing a lot of people and ending up ninth. I was very happy about this, especially as my arm infection was hurting a little bit at the end of the race. I still felt good for the second moto though and wanted to put in another top-10 performance. However, after the five-second board went up, the gate seemed to wobble so people moved a bit, but then nothing, and when I thought that maybe it wasn’t going to work, the gate finally dropped but of course I was last by then. I wasn’t able to make as many passes in the first few laps as I did in the first moto but I still felt I had good speed and was pushing myself and was moving forward. It was good to be back as it’s been such a long time since I did two motos. I just want to put all my injury problems behind me and start getting back to 100% in time for the next few races.” 

After his third overall in Portugal at the last round, things proved a bit harder for Jasikonis this weekend as small mistakes hampered any chance he had of challenging for another podium. “It was an ok day today”, said Jasikonis. “In the first moto we had some rain before the start which changed the track up a bit from yesterday. I tried to go from the outside gate but hit Kevin’s rear wheel in the first corner and crashed and had to remount in last position. I was coming through the pack though and was around 20th when I had a collision with another rider when I was making a pass up the inside. We both crashed and that ruined the moto really, I got back and worked back up to 20th but I consider the result a bit of a disaster. However I proved in the second moto that even with not the best start, I still came through to eighth place and was riding really well and finding good flow. It was good experience and its good see how far I’ve come from last year when I would have been happy to get 20th place in a moto.” 

Despite not the best overall results, General Manager Stefan Everts saw plenty of positives from the weekend: “Kevin had a good first race back. He’s been riding for several weeks but has had some injuries so it was good what he showed today. He battled hard after two bad starts so I’m really happy with his results. AJ ruined any chances he had of a good overall by crashing in that first turn but he showed good speed in the second moto to finish in eighth place. He did some good passing and I saw him do some things on the track that other riders weren’t doing and that’s something I really enjoy watching. We are starting to see the true potential of this kid and he definitely has a real talent when riding our RM-Z450WS.”

Both riders will now get ready for the next round of the championship, which takes place very close to the Suzuki World headquarters in Lommel, Belgium. The deep sand track is one of the toughest circuits in the world but Jasikonis and Strijbos are excited to get back to form on a surface that really suits both their styles. 

MXGP Moto 1: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 35:16.286; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:03.096; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:04.058; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:11.240; 5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:11.588; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:16.478; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:26.057; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:29.479; 9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:41.694; 10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:43.516; 20. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), -1 lap(s). 

MXGP Moto 2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:45.495; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:04.530; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:08.989; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:10.846; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:11.580; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:15.554; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:31.941; 8. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:38.193; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:44.144; 10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:44.836; 15. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +1:23.764.

MXGP Overall: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 44 p.; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 43 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 36 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 34 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 27 p.; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 26 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 19 p.; 11. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 19 p.; 12. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 18 p.; 13. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), 14 p.

MXGP Points Standings: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 523 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 431 p.; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 418 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 417 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 353 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 338 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 308 p.; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 294 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 286 p.; 10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 279 p.; 11. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 264 p.; 12. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 249 p.; 13. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), 241 p.; 18. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 108 p. 







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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Results: La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National

Courtesy of MX Sports

Musquin Captures Second Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Victory
of the Season with Dominant Performance at Spring Creek
Savatgy Triumphs with Second 250 Class Win
MILLVILLE, Minn. (July 22, 2017) - The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returned from its second break of the season on Saturday with Round 8 from Spring Creek Motocross Park and the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National. Following a dominant outing Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Marvin Musquin earned his second 450 Class victory of the season, and swept the motos for the first time in his career. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy emerged with his second win of the season.
Musquin captured his second career 450 Class win via 1-1 moto scores.
Musquin captured his second career 450 Class win via 1-1 moto scores.
- Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
The opening 450 Class moto saw Musquin blast his way down the track's long start straight to capture his third Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, narrowly edging out RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider Matt Bisceglia, making his first start of the season, and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Dean Wilson. As the field approached Spring Creek's infamous sand rollers, Wilson took advantage of his height and blitzed his way around the outside of Bisceglia for second. It was Musquin, Wilson, and Autotrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX rider Justin Barcia in the top three at the completion of the opening lap.

While Musquin set a blistering early pace and began to open a comfortable lead, the battle intensified for the final podium positions. Wilson rode smooth and hit his lines in second as Barcia applied heavy pressure in the opening laps. On Lap 4, championship leader and Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac, who started the race in ninth, fought through the field and onto Barcia's rear fender, where he made a quick pass for third. Tomac then set his sights on the second position and began to stalk Wilson for the runner-up spot. On Lap 6, Wilson and Tomac traded positions several times, with Tomac eventually getting the upper hand to take over second.

With Musquin holding a commanding lead at the front of the field, Tomac put his head down in an attempt to move himself closer to the race leader. Wilson maintained control of third, but Barcia once again started to reel in the Scotsman and eventually made the pass for the position on Lap 10. Just two laps later, Wilson mounted a comeback to get Barcia within striking distance. Wilson retaliated on Lap 12 to regain possession of the final podium spot.

The Frenchman Musquin remained unchallenged throughout the rest of the moto and took the checkered flag for his second moto win of the season, 17.4 seconds ahead of Tomac in second. Wilson put in an inspiring ride to capture his second straight moto podium result in third. RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM's Blake Baggett, who sits second in the championship, finished sixth.
Wilson finished a career best second overall in the 450 Class.
Wilson finished a career best second overall in the 450 Class.
- Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
Triggr Racing Yamaha's Henry Miller was quick out the gate in Moto 2 and led the 40-rider field for his first Motosport.com Holeshot, followed by RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Justin Bogle, Tomac, and Wilson. Miller experienced a major crash as he exited the opening corner, which handed the lead over to Bogle. Nearing the completion of the opening lap Tomac faced misfortune as well, suffering a big crash of his own after he cross-rutted down a hill, and was forced to restart mid-pack. When the field completed the first lap it was Bogle, Musquin, and Baggett inside the top three, with Tomac following in eighth before dropping outside the top 10 after another incident.

As Bogle paced the field, Musquin and Baggett pushed each other and started to search for a way around the early race leader. On Lap 2, Musquin worked his way by Bogle and into the lead, followed by Baggett just a few turns later. Musquin and Baggett quickly started to pull away from the field as Bogle soon came under fire from Wilson for third. Bogle tried to fend off the Husqvarna rider, but Wilson proved to be too strong as he overtook Bogle for the position on Lap 3.

Musquin and Baggett were within a couple seconds of one another for the majority of the moto, but Musquin began to slowly increase his gap in the final stage of the race. Wilson continued to run strongly in third and distanced himself from the pack of riders behind him.

When the checkered flag flew, it was Musquin who prevailed with his third moto win of the season, more than 15 seconds ahead of Baggett in second. Wilson held onto the final podium spot with his third consecutive moto podium. Tomac recovered from his opening lap trouble to finish fifth.
Tomac rebounded from a pair of crashes in Moto 2 to finish third.
Tomac rebounded from a pair of crashes in Moto 2 to finish third.
- Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
The first career 1-1 effort by Musquin gave him his second career 450 Class overall win, and his first since the second round of the season at Glen Helen.

"Today the track was just really technical and challenging," said Musquin, who appears to be fully recovered from a partially torn MCL suffered earlier in the season. "Being able to go 1-1 is a dream come true to me right now. I tried to get out front early, get a clear track, and stay out of the roost. When you're in the lead it helps so much and that is exactly what we were able to do today. I've been doing a lot of rehab on my knee injury and I'm slowly beginning to get it strong and get my confidence back."

Wilson's consistency earned him a career-best finish in second (3-3), giving him back-to-back overall podium efforts. Tomac's ability to rebound from his crash was enough to place him third overall (2-5).

"When I went down in Moto 2 I was just trying to get back to my bike as quickly as I could," said Tomac. "Luckily it happened on the first lap, which gave me time to try and make my way back through the field. I had a second crash when I ran into the back of another riders tire, so that set us back even more. I was able to make it back to fifth and that ended up being better than I was expecting I could do. The track was tough today. It was tough to find a flow with the spongy dirt."

Tomac's podium effort ultimately added an additional point to his lead in the championship standings, which now sits at 20-points over Baggett, who finished fourth (6-2), in second. Musquin maintains his hold on third in the standings, gaining 12-points on Tomac to sit 60 points out of the lead.
The 450 Class podium: Tomac (left), Musquin (center), and Wilson (right).
The 450 Class podium: Tomac (left), Musquin (center), and Wilson (right).
- Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
As the opening 250 Class moto rounded the first turn it was Savatgy who led the talented field for his second Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, with the GEICO Honda duo of RJ Hampshire and Jeremy Martin in tow. As the field stormed through the sand rollers on the opening lap, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM rider Alex Martin made the pass on his brother Jeremy, both of whom call Spring Creek home, to take over third. Alex then continued his charge by muscling his way past Hampshire for second. At the completion of the opening lap, it was Savatgy, Alex Martin, and Hampshire.

Savatgy set the quick pace at the front of the field in an attempt to distance himself from his nearest competitors, but Martin began to mount a charge and was determined to keep the leader within his sight. Savatgy and Martin played cat-and-mouse as they matched lap times and remained separated by mere seconds during the early stages of the race. On Lap 5, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger found himself hot on the heels of Hampshire for the final podium position and eventually made the pass stick by diving to the inside of the Honda rider.

As the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto beginning wound down, Martin made an attempt to reduce the cushion that separated he and Savatgy. However, the leader proceeded to pick the pace up and fend off the challenge. In the final laps of the moto, Savatgy more than doubled his lead on Martin, while Plessinger rode alone in third.

Savatgy finished the moto strong to take his second moto win of the season, 7.8 seconds over Martin in second. Plessinger completed the podium in third, followed by Jeremy Martin in fourth. Championship leader and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Zach Osborne wasn't a factor in the first moto after his bike began to lose power while running fifth on Lap 9. He was able to keep running and crept his Husqvarna across the line in eighth.
Savatgy emerged with his second overall victory of the season.
Savatgy emerged with his second overall victory of the season.
- Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
In Moto 2, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Shane McElrath roared down the start straight to edge out Savatgy and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo, which propelled him to his first Motosport.com Holeshot of the year. First moto winner Savatgy wasted no time as he found a fast line to move by McElrath and into the lead. Savatgy, McElrath, and Cianciarulo led the field around for the opening lap.

While Savatgy looked to break away out front, McElrath refused to give up and managed to pick up his pace and keep the leader within sight. As the leaders paced each other, Cianciarulo pushed hard in third, but Osborne was on a mission and began to start closing in on the Kawasaki rider after starting sixth. On Lap 6, Osborne used an incredible drive across the start straight to make the pass around the outside of Cianciarulo for third. The push to the front did not stop there for Osborne as he chased down McElrath and was able to force his way by for second on Lap 8.

As the race began to enter its final stages, Savatgy continued his impressive performance out front, but Osborne was determined to make a bid for the lead and moved to within just bike lengths. On Lap 10, Osborne pulled alongside Savatgy on the big uphill, but Savatgy was able to shut the door and keep the Husqvarna rider behind him. Several turns later, Osborne made another pass attempt that proved to be successful and took the lead, shuffling Savatgy to second.

Osborne rebounded from a disappointing opening moto to take his seventh moto win of the season with a 10.8 margin of victory over Savatgy in second. McElrath held onto third to stand on the podium for the first time this season.
Alex Martin gave the hometown crowd something to cheer about in second.
Alex Martin gave the hometown crowd something to cheer about in second.
- Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
The 1-2 effort by Savatgy helped him capture his sixth career victory, followed by local hero Alex Martin, whose 2-4 moto scores were good enough for second overall.

"I felt really good today. It's obviously easy to say that when you win, but I haven't felt this strong in a while," said Savatgy, who also won Round 3 at Thunder Valley. "I did some testing with the team in Florida during the break and it seems to have paid off. It's important to feel one with the bike, and the team did a great job to get me comfortable. It was really hot and muggy today, almost like another day of training in Florida. I'm headed in the right direction and look forward to contending for some more wins from here on out."

Despite his troubles in the first moto, Osborne's triumph in Moto 2 helped him complete the overall podium in third (8-1).

"I was pretty nervous in the first moto with the bike issue that we had," said Osborne. "Fortunately, I was able to salvage some points and had some luck that my bike lasted until the finish. To get an eighth under those circumstances, I'll take it. The second moto I was able to go out and run my pace, which I felt was pretty good, and came through for the win. All in all it feels good to have minimized the damage and keep the points lead."

Osborne continues to hold the red plate as championship leader, hopding a 43-point advantage over Alex Martin, who sits in second. Jeremy Martin used a fourth-place finish (4-5) to maintain third in the standings, trailing his brother by 20-points.
Osborne finished third and continues to lead the championship standings.
Osborne finished third and continues to lead the championship standings.
- Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will return to action next Saturday, July 29, for the ninth round of the season at Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington. First motos of the Peterson CAT Washougal National can be seen live on MAVTV at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET. The second motos will air live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET.
Results
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
La Cresent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National
Spring Creek MX Park - Millville, Minnesota
July 22, 2017 
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (1-1)
  2. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (3-3)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-5)
  4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (6-2)
  5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (4-9)
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Suzuki (5-8)
  7. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna (11-4)
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (8-6)
  9. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-7)
  10. Fredrik Noren, Lidkoping, Sweden, Honda (13-10)
450 Class Championship Standings
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 329
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 309
  3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM - 269
  4. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna - 238
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 216
  6. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda - 192
  7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki - 188
  8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha - 177
  9. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Suzuki - 172
  10. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna - 170 
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (1-2)
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (2-4)
  3. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (8-1)
  4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (4-5)
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (6-6)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (5-7)
  7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (3-12)
  8. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha (7-8)
  9. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (16-3)
  10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (9-13)
250 Class Championship Standings
  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 339
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM - 296
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 276
  4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki - 242
  5. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha - 226
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 219
  7. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 216
  8. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha - 190
  9. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha - 188
  10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki - 184
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The 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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LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS: LA CRESCENT WINE & SPIRIT SPRING CREEK NATIONAL

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The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship came off its second break in action for the 2017 season with its annual visit to legendary Spring Creek MX Park. The La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National provided a tough track for the eighth round of the summer, but it wasn't too much for Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin, who enjoyed the best outing of his 450 Class career en route to his second overall victory, highlighted by his first ever 1-1 sweep. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy returned to the forefront of the field and emerged with his second overall win of the season.


Included are highlights of the eighth round of the 2017 season:

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Results
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
La Cresent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National
Spring Creek MX Park – Millville, Minnesota
July 22, 2017 
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (1-1)
  2. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (3-3)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-5)
  4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (6-2)
  5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (4-9)
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Suzuki (5-8)
  7. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna (11-4)
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (8-6)
  9. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-7)
  10. Fredrik Noren, Lidkoping, Sweden, Honda (13-10)
450 Class Championship Standings
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 329
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 309
  3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM – 269
  4. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna – 238
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 216
  6. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 192
  7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki – 188
  8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha - 177
  9. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Suzuki – 172
  10. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna - 170
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (1-2)
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (2-4)
  3. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (8-1)
  4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (4-5)
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (6-6)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (5-7)
  7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (3-12)
  8. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha (7-8)
  9. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (16-3)
  10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (9-13)
250 Class Championship Standings
  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 339
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM – 296
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 276
  4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 242
  5. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha – 226
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 219
  7. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 216
  8. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha – 190
  9. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 188
  10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 184
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COVINGTON CLAIMS MX2 CLASS PODIUM RESULT IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

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WINNING MOTO ONE IN STYLE ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S MX2 RIDER EARNS THIRD OVERALL IN LOKET
Claiming an emphatic victory in the opening MX2 moto, Thomas Covington wrapped up round 13 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship securing third overall in the MX2 class at the GP of the Czech Republic. In doing so the American racer secured his third consecutive MX2 class podium result for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team. 

With rain falling heavily a few hours prior to Sunday’s racing, competitors were faced with a muddy and slippery track. Finishing third in the MX2 qualifying race Thomas Covington had a great gate pick for the final motos. 

Getting a good jump out of the gate in the opening race Covington found himself in second behind Jorge Prado. Making a quick pass for the lead the American started putting in some really fast lap times, opening up a sizeable gap to the rest of the field. Crossing the finish line 10 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Covington celebrated his second moto victory of the season. 

Battling through an early mistake in moto two, Covington had to dig deep. Making crucial passes the American managed to earn a 10th place result for third overall at the GP. 

For Covington’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Thomas Kjer-Olsen the GP of the Czech Republic was one of mixed results. Starting the opening MX2 moto inside the top 10 the young Dane kept charging hard for fourth at the chequered flag. Suffering an early fall in moto two, Kjer-Olsen had to settle for 13th at the finish. Getting eighth overall at the GP the FC 250 powered rider retains his third position in the provisional MX2 World Championship standings. 

For Conrad Mewse the highlight of his GP in Loket were his good starts in both motos. Finishing 10th in moto on the young Brit found himself racing in second soon after the start of moto two. Wrapping up the final race in 12th place, Conrad claimed 10th overall at the GP. 

In the MXGP category, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s best performing rider was Gautier Paulin. Showing again that he has the speed to battle for the top three, the Frenchman collected 4/5 moto results to wrap up the GP of the Czech Republic with a strong fifth overall in the 450cc class. 

Claiming third in the MXGP class’ qualifying race, Max Nagl was positive of claiming good results at the Loket circuit. Finishing 10th in moto one, the German lost a lot of time when he hit the start gate at the beginning of moto two. Crossing the line in 13th place he earned 11th overall. 

Eager to continue his strong run of form Max Anstie was left with a mountain to climb after a crash in moto one. Briefly re-joining the race the Brit felt pain in his foot and was forced to stop. Battling for a place inside the top 10 in moto two Anstie crossed the line in 12th. 

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round 14 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Lommel, Belgium on August 4/5. 

Thomas Covington“I had some ups and downs so it’s quite good I got a spot on the podium. Getting third in the qualifying moto I was confident I could do even better in the final motos. I got a good start in race one and found myself following Garcia in second. I wanted to make a quick pass and I managed to pull it off. Then I kept my head down and tried to avoid mistakes. I pushed hard for the next couple of laps and got myself a clear gap for the win. With all that rain on Sunday morning the track was quite tricky. I had some bad luck in moto two as I got tangled up with some other riders right after the start. I re-joined the race from the back of the pack and slowly brought myself up to 10th. I’m happy with the podium and I’m already looking forward to Lommel.” 

Thomas Kjer-Olsen“We’ve been working hard with the team during the last couple of rounds and it’s paying off in my lap times. I felt really good coming into Loket. I had a good pace from the qualifying but unfortunately it rained on Sunday morning and conditions changed a lot. In moto one I started inside the top ten and made some good passes for fourth at the line. I knew I could do better in moto two but a bad start and a crash in the opening lap made everything difficult for me. I tried to come back and finished the second moto in 13th place. Going into Lommel now I have a great feeling for this GP. Our workshop is right next to the track so it’s a place we know really, really well.” 

Conrad Mewse“It’s been a good GP for me. In moto one everything went quite well and I managed to get a spot in the top 10. Then in moto two I got a great start and found myself in second. I tried to remain focused but the pressure was maybe too much and I ended up making mistakes. Getting 12th in moto two for 10th overall is not bad. It shows the speed is there and I can now focus on getting even better results. The feeling is good at the moment and I’m looking forward to the following GP in Lommel.” 
Gautier Paulin: “We’ve spent the whole week prior to the race working on our bikes and made some big improvements. I started the weekend by posting the best lap time in Time Practice and that was a good moral booster. Unfortunately, conditions were totally different with the mud on Sunday. I knew it would be crucial to get good starts in this track so I focused all my efforts into making it happen. My starts were quite good in both motos and I did my best to remain close to the top three. Getting fourth in the first race and then fifth in the second was the best I could do but it’s still a good overall result. The hard work continues and I’m hoping to get back on the box in Lommel.” 

Max Nagl“I like the Loket track a lot so I was hoping I could push for some good results here. We made some changes on the bike this last week and the feeling was even better. I had a good qualifying race finishing third. The rain came on Sunday and things were different. I didn’t get a good start in moto one but made a few good passes for 10th at the line. In moto two I really wanted to do better but I hit the gate right before the start and had to start from dead last. My riding was good but losing precious time when I hit the gate, the best I could do was finish in 13th place. Going into Lommel now expectations are high. It’s a sandy track that suits my style and I know I can do well there.” 

Max Anstie“We had a great week of testing before the GP in Loket and made some big steps forward. In the qualifying race my start was good but I got stuck in the first turn and lost time. Then on Sunday I was feeling quite good despite the muddy conditions. Unfortunately, I crashed on the first lap and hurt my foot. The pain was unbearable so I had to stop and get it checked. I had the medical team check it and luckily it was nothing serious, just some bruises on my foot. I did my best in moto two but the pain was still there.” 

Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 13 

MXGP - Overall 
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 45pts; 2. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 44; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 43… 5. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34… 11. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 19… 15. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 13; 16. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 9… 20. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 5 

MXGP - Race 1 
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 19 laps, 35:16.286; 2. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 35:19.382; 3. Antonio Cairoli 35:20.344; 4. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 35:27.526… 10. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:59.802… 15. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:51.368; 16. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 36:58.896… 29. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 36:31.116… 34. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 4 laps, 8:50.556 

MXGP - Race 2 
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 19 laps, 34:45.495; 2. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 34.50.025; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 34:54.484… 5. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34:57.075… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 35:39.607; 13. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:52.356; 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:04.873… 26. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 36:05.067… 34. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 18:31.761 

MX2 - Overall 
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 47pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 38; 3. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 36… 8. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 26… 10. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 20… 14. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 15… 18. Iker Larranga (Husqvarna) 6 

MX2 - Race 1 
1. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 35:24.193; 2. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 35:34.573; 3. Jorge Prado Garcia (KTM) 35:40.821; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:44.632… 9. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 36:06.788; 10. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 36:26.993… 15. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 37:11.467… 31. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 31:55.201… 37. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 5 laps, 11:55.371 

MX2 - Race 2 
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 19 laps, 35:26:231; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 35:27.994; 3. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 35:28:.933… 10. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 36:09.684… 12. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 36:23.084; 13. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 36:28.628… 18. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 36:47.278… 32. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 13 laps, 26:40.253… 36. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 6 laps, 12:13.225… 38. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 3 laps, 7:15.877 

Championship Standings (After Round 13) 

MXGP 
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 523pts; 2. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 431; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 418; 4. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 417… 7. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 308… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 249… 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 153… 19. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 88… 25. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 21… 31. Evgeny Mikhaylov (Husqvarna) 10… 34. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 6 

MX2 
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 548pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 501; 3. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 403… 6. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 339… 17. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 124; 20. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 98… 21. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 75… 23. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 67…34. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 26… 37. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 14; 38. Karel Kutsar (Husqvarna) 14… 47. Ivan Petrov (Husqvarna) 1… 50. Aaron Tanti (Husqvarna) 1