News 26 Jun 2017

Tomac claims Muddy Creek Pro Motocross 450 Class overall

Yamaha's Plessinger earns second-career 250 Class round win.

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac claimed his second 450 Class overall victory of the 2017 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship at Muddy Creek’s fifth round of the series in Tennessee.

It was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson who dominated the opening premier class moto of the day as he stretched his lead to a distance of 12 seconds at one point in the 30-minute moto.

In second position it was Tomac who carved his way through the field to second position but was unable to bridge the substantial gap that Anderson had created between himself and the remainder of the field.

Rounding out the top five it moto one it was series leader Blake Baggett in third position followed by Weston Peick and early leader Justin Barcia who made a last-minute decision to race the event following a head injury at the previous round.

Moto two saw Justin Bogle occupy the top spot early before Tomac gained control of the race on lap two and began to stretch out a commanding lead over the remainder of the field.

In a bid to capture the overall victory, Anderson made his way into second position following early-moto issues but was unable to catch the factory Kawasaki rider who rode on to take the win and the overall.

Baggett put together an impressive charge through the field following a crash in the first turn, the Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM rider pushed his way through the field to finish third in the moto and third overall on the day behind Tomac and Anderson.

Peick was again strong in moto two as he matched his opening moto fourth-place finish to wrap up the day in fourth overall, he was followed by Dean Wilson in fifth position with an 8-7 moto scorecard.

Former series leader Marvin Musquin, already dealing with a knee injury sustained before last weekend’s round at High Point, suffered another tough blow after taking a rock to his front brake and forcing him out of moto two and down to 14th overall.

Baggett continues to lead the 450 Class championship by four points over Tomac as Anderson holds down third position ahead of Musquin and Broc Tickle in fourth and fifth.

In the 250 Class it was Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger who earned his second-career overall victory at Muddy Creek thanks to a strong 1-2 moto scorecard on the day.

Plessinger rode a flawless opening moto to claim an impressive victory over Adam Cianciarulo, Austin Forkner, Alex Martin and series leader Zach Osborne to kick off his weekend of racing.

In moto two it was Osborne who took his turn at the front of the field as he sprinted away aboard his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing entry to claim victory over Plessinger, Forkner, Alex Martin and Cianciarulo.

With Plessinger taking out the top spot it was Osborne who finish second with a 5-1 moto score followed by Forkner in third, Cianciarulo in fourth and Alex Martin in fifth.

Osborne continues to lead the 250 Class championship chase with a 31-point lead over Alex Martin in second-place ahead of younger brother Jeremy Martin in third. Plessinger holds down fourth overall in points with Forkner a further six points behind in fifth.

The Pro Motocross series will now head to the iconic Red Bud circuit in Michigan for round six on 1 July.