Resurgent Tomac rebounds with Indiana Pro Motocross win
Second-straight 250MX overall won by Martin at Ironman.
Defending 450MX champion Eli Tomac delivered Monster Energy Kawasaki a first victory of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Ironman Raceway.
Moto one was all about Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) as he rode to his first win of the year, remaining composed despite pressure from Tomac throughout.
The race started with a freight-train of riders fighting inside the top five, with Musquin leading Tomac, Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Adam Cianciarulo (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC).
A clash between points-leader Osborne and a lapped rider saw him drop behind Cianciarulo and Sexton, making another error soon afterwards and eventually finishing P7.
Up front, Musquin managed to hold on for the win over Tomac, who in turn was comfortably ahead of Cianciarulo and Sexton in battle, while Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS) completed the top five.
Sixth to 10th were Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha), Osborne, Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Broc Tickle (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Fredrik Noren (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki).
A heavy fall in the opening turns saw Justin Bogle (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS) escape injury for 34th, while a number of big-name non-finishers included Max Anstie (HEP Motorsports Suzuki) after late troubles while running eighth, as well as Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Joey Savatgy (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki).
A thrilling second 450MX moto saw Tomac rebound to capture his first win of the year, clinching him the overall in the process after fending off Barcia in the closing laps.
It was Osborne who took the hole-shot until Cianciarulo made a move soon afterwards and led all the way until within the final seven minutes when Tomac struck. Barcia soon followed him through and maintained pressure, but the difference remained at 1.103s at the finish despite a late charge.
Third was Osborne after Cianciarulo dropped from first to fourth, while Sexton ended up right there in fifth. Opening moto winner Musquin could only manage P6 this time out, joined in the top 10 by Baggett, Wilson, Savatgy and Tickle.
Anstie went down mid-moto and appeared injured, while Anderson didn’t line-up in race two due to pain in his previously-broken arm. Overall, Tomac won the round from Musquin and Cianciarulo. In the standings, Osborne leads, 13 points ahead of Musquin.
Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin has made it back-to-back 250MX round victories in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross after splitting the Ironman moto wins with Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha).
In moto one, a rare hole-shot saw Ferrandis lead from the outset and, from there, he was the dominant force, powering away to a 26.032s victory ahead of LL2 winner Martin.
First-time outdoor podium finisher Brandon Hartranft (TLD Red Bull KTM) scored P3, however, the race was spread out among the top five, with Jett Lawrence (Geico Honda) fourth and RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) fifth, who recovered from an early fall for position.
Top qualifier Shane McElrath (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) crossed the line in P6 and directly behind Hampshire, followed by Alex Martin (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki), Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) and Derek Drake (TLD Red Bull KTM).
Lining up despite dislocating his shoulder last weekend, Hunter Lawrence (Geico Honda) managed to score points in 19th position.
There was carnage at the beginning of 250MX moto one as Ferrandis was involved in a first turn pile-up, which also saw McElrath and McAdoo go down.
Starting from the rear of the pack, Ferrandis sliced his way to third by race’s end, but it was moto winner Jeremy Martin who earned back-to-back round victories via his 2-1 scorecard.
Martin’s first race win of the year was 5.792s ahead of Cooper, with Ferrandis third following late moves on Hartranft and Jett Lawrence. Alex Martin claimed sixth ahead of Shimoda, Harrison, Carson Mumford (Geico Honda) and McElrath.
Hunter Lawrence improved for 11th this time out, as McAdoo could only climb to 15th and problems caused Hampshire to finish 17th. Overall, Martin stood on top of the podium from Ferrandis, with Hartranft completing the top three.
The 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will now travel to RedBud for the series’ first-ever double-header, round four scheduled for this Friday, 4 September, backed up by round five on Monday, 7 September.