Pro Motocross: Round Two
Round two of the Pro Motocross Championship took place last weekend in California and saw outstanding racing action. In the 250 class, the 2017 Eastern Division Supercross Champion Zach Osborne picked up the overall victory for the second week in a row. However, he had to earn it the hard way after suffering a poor start in 250 moto one, which put him in the unenviable position of playing catch up throughout the 30-minute plus two-lap race. Osborne made it to 4th for the moto. Up front, it was GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin grabbing the holeshot and leading every lap of the race.
Moto two saw Osborne grab a much better start, but this time he would run into trouble by way of French racer Dylan Ferrandis, who shot into the lead and set a pace that could not be matched. First moto winner Martin fell early in the going and had to charge from the back of the field. Ferrandis would go on to win the moto, but it was Osborne with consistent 4-2 moto finishes who came away with the overall victory.
The 450 class saw just as much drama. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac came into the summer as the heavy favorite to dominate the division and had posted convincing 1-1 finishes at the season opener. It turned out to be a very tough day for Tomac as he suffered a poor start in moto one and would eventually make his way to 2nd place. Meanwhile, 2015 Eastern Region 250SX Champion Marvin Musquin led the entire moto and earned his first career 450 moto win.
Things would get interesting for 450 moto two! Tomac struggled to get out of the gate again. As he was coming through the pack in the opening laps, he was forced off the track with a front wheel problem. With his front wheel locking up every 10 yards or so, Tomac made his way to the mechanics’ area, where they cut his front brake hose, apparently fixing the problem. The damage was done as Eli would only be able to muster a 19th place finish. Meanwhile, there was a titanic battle for the moto win between Blake Baggett and Jason Anderson. The two went back and forth for most of the race with Anderson eventually taking the victory. But, the day belonged to Marvin Musquin, who would post 1-3 moto scores, which was good enough for his first career 450 Pro Motocross win.
Musquin will carry a 15-point lead over Tomac heading into round three of Pro Motocross this Saturday.