Under sunny California skies, the Pro Motocross Championship kicked off over the weekend. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac delivered on high expectation by racing to convincing 1-1 moto scores. While he easily dusted the competition in the opening moto, Tomac had to charge harder in moto two after a mediocre start. Eli’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Josh Grant had stolen the holeshot and set sail at the front of the pack. Grant would lead most of the 2nd moto before falling into the clutches of Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. Meanwhile, Tomac had fought into the top three and quickly dispatched Grant and set his focus on Musquin who had pulled out to a slight advantage over the pack. It didn’t take long for Tomac to draw to the Frenchman’s rear fender and begin looking to make a pass. A battle for the lead erupted between the two as they traded positions back and forth before Tomac was able to make a pass stick and race away to the checkered flag. On one hand, the 1-1 finish of Tomac cemented speculation that he will be the dominant 450 rider in the summer series. On the other, Musquin proved to be a formidable competitor and proved that he will not simply lay over. Marvin fought hard and sent a message that he will be there all summer long.
The song was the same in the 250 division as newly crowned 250SX Eastern Division Monster Energy Supercross Champion Zach Osborne hammered to a 1-1 score. In the first 250 moto, Zach gated in the top five and found himself playing a game of catch up with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo who had pulled the holeshot and attempted to sprint away. As the moto reached the middle segment, Osborne made his way into the lead and, from that point, set a blistering pace that could not be matched. Moto two saw Osborne start near the very front and race into the lead right away. For all intents and purposes, the race for the win was over; however, there was tight racing going on behind him. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner had gated poorly, but made a furious charge through the pack to race his way into second spot by the end of the moto. Notable performances in the 250 class were Star Racing Yamalube Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger, who threw down 3-5 moto scores for 3rd overall and Troy Lee Designs KTM-mounted Alex Martin, who, in his return from injury, posted consistent 4-4 scores for 2nd overall. Round 2 of Pro Motocross takes place this Saturday afternoon.