Pro Motocross: Round Three
Colorado produced wild racing and some surprising finishes for round 3 of the Pro Motocross Championship. The overall winners, Joey Savatgy (250) and Blake Baggett (450), proved to be the most consistent through a lot of adversity!
In 250 moto 1, Alex Martin raced to the point position as an all-out battle throughout the top five broke out between his brother Jeremy Martin, Joey Savatgy, Aaron Plessinger, Austin Forkner and Adam Cianciarulo. In what some have called one of the most intense battles in recent Pro Motocross history, the gang of racers traded positions too many times to count and had the crowd screaming. That said, Alex Martin stayed strong at the front and was able to take the moto victory.
450 moto 1 produced crazy action from the drop of the gate as point leader Marvin Musquin, Josh Grant and eventual 450 overall winner Blake Baggett all went down in the first turn. Checking out in a big way was Justin Bogle. Typically a good starter, Bogle has been at the front of many races in 2017, but fell victim to crashes and mistakes. Not this time. The RCH Suzuki racer put his head down and charged in the lead and opened up a 15-second advantage at one point. Behind him, Jason Anderson was running a steady 2nd place, but the charge was coming from Musquin and Baggett. Eli Tomac had made a mid-moto charge himself, but crashed in one of the many rutted sections of the track and was stymied in 7th position. Baggett and Musquin were able to overtake Tomac and race towards the lead. As time ran out, Bogle took a popular albeit surprising victory, the first of his 450 career.
250 moto 2 saw a different story as Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy jumped out to the lead and had to fight off Jeremy Martin for virtually the entire 30min plus two laps. Alex Martin hadn’t started as well in this moto and was coming through the pack. With the overall hanging in the balance, Savatgy had to dig deep and fight all of the way to the finish. He would persevere and take the moto victory and the 250 overall for the day.
450 moto 2 saw Blake Baggett grab a much better start, but had to deal with pre-season championship favorite Eli Tomac, who held the lead. Baggett was able to get around the Kawasaki rider and, while the two battled for several minutes of the moto, the RMATV/MC KTM WPS-mounted speedster stayed strong and was able to nail down the moto as well as his first career 450 overall victory. Meanwhile, 450 moto 1 winner Justin Bogle didn’t start as well and would finish the moto in 9th spot, good enough for 4th overall on the day.
Round 4 of Pro Motocross takes place in two weeks in High Point, PA.