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Tomac extends AMA lead

Eli Tomac extended his lead in the AMA 450 motocross series as Justin Barcia took second overall from Marvin Musquin, who won the first moto at  Muddy Creek.


Though Eli Tomac hasn’t traditionally been known as a great starter, he’s been turning things around recently. That continued at Muddy Creek as he got another strong start but was edged out for the Moto 1 holeshot by Ken Roczen. Meanwhile Marvin Musquin was involved in a crash on the first lap and ended up around 20th.

While Tomac spent the first few laps stalking Roczen, Justin Barcia made a few passes to work his way up to third and close in on the lead pack. About 10 minutes into the moto, Tomac found a line that carried him past Roczen into the lead and enabled him to open up a slight gap. Less than two minutes later, Barcia also got around Roczen to take second place.

Over the next few laps, Tomac was able to turn some fast times and put some more distance between himself and Barcia. By the time there were eight minutes left on the countdown clock, Tomac’s lead had already grown to over 10 seconds.

The top three (Tomac, Barcia, Roczen) remained unchanged over the remainder of the moto, and Blake Baggett took fourth place. Behind them, Musquin had been making moves throughout the moto. After his first-lap incident, the Frenchman made a number of passes to get up to fifth place and salvage some points.

450 Moto 1 Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ken Roczen
4. Blake Baggett
5. Marvin Musquin
6. Weston Peick
7. Phil Nicoletti
8. Justin Hill
9. Benny Bloss
10. Henry Miller
11. Kyle Cunningham
12. Dylan Merriam
13. Ben LaMay
14. Heath Harrison
15. Jacob Hayes
16. Brandon Scharer
17. Nick Gaines
18. Alex Ray
19. Jake Masterpool
20. Cody Cooper


Ken Roczen grabbed his second holeshot of the day with Justin Barcia and Marvin Musquin next in line. This time though, Tomac was nowhere to be seen near the front of the group — he started around 20th and would have his work cut out for him.

With Tomac out of the picture (at least for the time being), the 450 Class’s other premier riders had a prime opportunity to capture a moto win. On the opening lap, it was Barcia taking advantage by passing Roczen for the lead. Musquin soon got around Roczen as well to move into second place. Musquin then set his sights on Barcia and was able to pass him about eight minutes into the race.

While Musquin, Barcia and Roczen continued to run in the top three spots, Tomac continued his charge through the field. By getting around Blake Baggett and Weston Peick, the Kawasaki rider moved himself into fourth with a little over 10 minutes remaining on the countdown clock. That left Tomac with more than enough time to reel in Roczen and make a pass for third place — a pass which moved Tomac into position for the day’s overall victory.

At that point, Tomac had some time left to go after Barcia, but the battle never materialized. Tomac backed off in the closing laps and settled for third place. Barcia (2-2) took second place in the moto and second overall for the day (his best result since 2016), while Musquin (5-1) wrapped up the Moto 2 victory and third place overall.

But for the fifth straight round, Tomac was the overall victor. He also extended his points lead a bit and will now take a 32-point lead into Southwick.

450 Moto 2 Results
1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Barcia
3. Eli Tomac
4. Ken Roczen
5. Blake Baggett
6. Weston Peick
7. Justin Hill
8. Benny Bloss
9. Phil Nicoletti
10. Kyle Cunningham
11. Cody Cooper
12. Jacob Hayes
13. Alex Ray
14. Cade Autenrieth
15. Brandon Scharer
16. Jake Masterpool
17. Dylan Merriam
18. Brandan Leith
19. Henry Miller
20. Ben LaMay


1. Eli Tomac (1-3)
2. Justin Barcia  (2-2)
3. Marvin Musquin (5-1)
4. Ken Roczen (3-4)
5. Blake Baggett (4-5)
6. Weston Peick (6-6)
7. Justin Hill (8-7)
8. Phil Nicoletti (7-9)
9. Benny Bloss (9-8)
10. Kyle Cunningham (11-10)
11. Jacob Hayes (16-12)
12. Dylan Merriam (12-17)
13. Henry Miller (10-19)
14. Brandon Scharer (15-15)
15. Cody Cooper (20-11)
16. Alex Ray (18-13)
17. Ben LaMay (13-20)
18. Cade Autenrieth (21-14)
19. Jake Masterpool (19-16)
20. Heath Harrison (14-32)


1. Eli Tomac, 242
2. Marvin Musquin, 210
3. Justin Barcia, 184
4. Ken Roczen, 169
5. Blake Baggett, 164
6. Weston Peick, 148
7. Benny Bloss, 126
8. Phil Nicoletti, 118
9. Cody Cooper, 80
10. Jason Anderson, 73

250 class


Aaron Plessinger grabbed the holeshot by a decent margin but made an unforced error on the opening lap of the race and went down. As Plessinger remounted outside the top 10, his three main championship rivals took advantage of his misfortune — Alex and Jeremy Martin moved into the top two spots, and Justin Cooper settled into fourth behind RJ Hampshire.

Cooper was able to ascend into the top three after a mistake from Hampshire that came about five minutes into the race. Hampshire then dropped another spot to Shane McElrath, who had entered the race as the No. 2 qualifier, and fell back to fifth place.

Up front, the Martin brothers battled for the lead until a mistake by Alex allowed Jeremy to close in and ultimately wrest away the top spot. Although Alex kept the deficit manageable for a while, it all came unraveled shortly past the midway point. That’s when Alex crashed on a jump and struggled to get back to the bike and get it going again. That incident shuffled Alex back to 11th and gave Jeremy a lot more breathing room out front.

Jeremy went on to win the moto by several seconds, while Cooper, McElrath, Hampshire and Austin Forkner (2nd-5th) were all beneficiaries of Alex’s crash.

After his first-lap crash, Plessinger was able to claw his way back into the top 10 by making a few passes but had to settle for ninth place. He entered the day with a 20-point lead over Jeremy Martin in the championship standings, but he lost 13 points to Martin in just this moto alone. The red plate has changed hands after each round of the season so far, and it’s in danger of happening again if Plessinger doesn’t turn things around in Moto 2.

As for Alex Martin, he actually lost a spot to Dylan Ferrandis after his crash and finished 12th.

This moto also featured the return of Star Yamaha rider Colt Nichols, who hadn’t raced since March, and he delivered a solid 10th-place result.

250 Moto 1 Results
1. Jeremy Martin
2. Justin Cooper
3. Shane McElrath
4. RJ Hampshire
5. Austin Forkner
6. Joey Savatgy
7. Jordon Smith
8. Chase Sexton
9. Aaron Plessinger
10. Colt Nichols
11. Dylan Ferrandis
12. Alex Martin
13. Cameron McAdoo
14. Michael Mosiman
15. Mitchell Harrison
16. Jordan Bailey
17. Jimmy Decotis
18. Sean Cantrell
19. Challen Tennant
20. Brandon Hartranft



After a disappointing turn of events in Moto 1, Alex Martin bounced back in Moto 2 by taking the holeshot ahead of teammate Sean Cantrell and Dylan Ferrandis. After the first lap, it was all Yamaha and KTM riders in the top five with A-Mart, Ferrandis, Jordon Smith, Aaron Plessinger and Cantrell making up the top five.

But the big story of the race’s opening lap was Jeremy Martin. The Moto 1 winner collided with Justin Cooper while in the air and went down. The GEICO Honda rider, who was clearly in pain while on the ground, was carted off and did not return to the race.

The incident was a blow to Cooper as well, who found himself back in 39th after the crash with Martin. Cooper only recovered to finish 28th, which means he was unable to score any championship points for Moto 2.

WIth all the chaos reigning down in each moto, the battle for the overall win was dealt a major shake-up. So much so that Alex Martin, even with a 12th-place finish in Moto 1, was temporarily in position to take the overall just by winning Moto 2. However Ferrandis wasn’t content to let Martin just ride away with the victory, and the Frenchman was able to keep the gap close throughout most of the race.

And then, more chaos. With two laps to go, Alex Martin crashed again. So with that, Ferrandis moved into the lead (and went on to win the race) while Martin remounted in second place.

Meanwhile, Shane McElrath was on a tear. After working his way into the top five, McElrath made passes on Plessinger and Chase Sexton to move into third. Then he was able to catch Alex Martin thanks to the earlier crash. With a late pass, McElrath moved into second place and became the overall winner with 3-2 moto results.

It’s the first victory of McElrath’s 250MX career and just the third time he’s finished on the overall podium. For the day, he finished seven points ahead of Ferrandis (11-1) and 11 points ahead of Sexton (8-4).

As for the championship race, it ended up not looking too much different than it did at the beginning of the day. Plessinger will hold on to the red plate and now has a 23-point lead over Jeremy Martin, though Jeremy’s health moving forward is now a concern. Alex Martin (29 points back) and Cooper (41 points back) remain third and fourth, respectively, in the 250MX standings despite their up-and-down days.

250 Moto 2 Results
1. Dylan Ferrandis
2. Shane McElrath
3. Alex Martin
4. Chase Sexton
5. Aaron Plessinger
6. Jordon Smith
7. Joey Savatgy
8. Cameron McAdoo
9. Austin Forkner
10. Michael Mosiman
11. Mitchell Harrison
12. Jimmy Decotis
13. Brandon Hartranft
14. Jordan Bailey
15. Hayden Mellross
16. Sean Cantrell
17. Challen Tennant
18. James Weeks
19. RJ Hampshire
20. Colt Nichols

28. Justin Cooper
40. Jeremy Martin (DNF)


1. Shane McElrath (3-2)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (11-1)
3. Chase Sexton (8-4)
4. Alex Martin (12-3)
5. Jordon Smith (7-6)
6. Joey Savatgy (6-7)
7. Aaron Plessinger (9-5)
8. Austin Forkner (5-9)
9. Jeremy Martin (1-40)
10. Justin Cooper (2-28)
11. Cameron McAdoo (13-8)
12. RJ Hampshire (4-19)
13. Michael Mosiman (14-10)
14. Mitchell Harrison (15-11)
15. Jimmy Decotis (17-12)
16. Jordan Bailey (16-14)
17. Colt Nichols (10-20)
18. Brandon Hartranft (20-13)
19. Sean Cantrell (18-16)
20. Hayden Mellross (22-15)


1. Aaron Plessinger, 199
2. Jeremy Martin, 176
3. Alex Martin, 170
4. Justin Cooper, 158
5. Austin Forkner, 143
6. Shane McElrath, 133
7. Jordon Smith, 133
8. RJ Hampshire, 120
9. Chase Sexton, 118
10. Joey Savatgy, 112



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