Pro Motocross: Round Four
Round four of the 2017 Pro Motocross Championship took place in Pennsylvania (June 17) and large championship implications struck the 450 class. Coming into the event, Marvin Musquin was in control of the red plate in the 450 class with a 17-point lead. However, KTM USA has reported that he had suffered a torn meniscus and would be riding with a major handicap.
After posting a 16th place in moto 1, many wondered if Musquin would even be able to race the 2nd moto. Marvin persevered through the pain and took precaution with his knee by standing up around almost the entire track, especially through the deep rutted corners. The Frenchman was able to muster a 6th place finish in moto two, good enough for 11th on the day. In the big picture, the effort salvaged his championship hopes, as he is now only 8 points behind new red plate holder, Blake Baggett, who has won the last two 450 overalls in a row.
Meanwhile, it was a very inconsistent day for pre-season title favorite Eli Tomac. After gating fairly well in 450 moto 1, Tomac hit the ground and found himself buried in last place. He put his head down and charged hard for the entire 30-minute plus two-lap race and brought his Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F home in 12th place. 450 moto 2 saw Eli get to the front early and simply check out on the field. Baggett, who won the first 450 moto, made a brief charge before realizing the overall victory was in his hands and brought it home 2nd in the moto and 1st overall for the day. Baggett has been on fire for the last two weeks and has established himself a very legitimate contender for the 450 Pro Motocross title.
In the 250 division, Jeremy Martin was fast all day and traded moto victories with red plate holder Zach Osborne. Osborne charged through the top five in 250 moto 1 and made quick work of Martin before setting sail and winning by a wide margin. In 250 moto 2, Martin was able to make it into the lead early. Osborne suffered a helmet visor and goggle malfunction and was forced to remove his goggles, thwarting his charge. Osborne finished 2nd in the moto, while Jeremy Martin emerged victorious in the moto and 250 overall. Osborne now leads the 250 Pro Motocross standings by 8 markers.
Round 5 of Pro Motocross continues this Saturday afternoon in Tennessee.