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Hangtown 250 Moto One Report

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The 250 class had fans speculating how well certain rookies—such as Cooper Webb and Adam Cianciarulo—would fare against tried and true 250 class champions such as defending champ Blake Baggett, Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen. We’ll have to wait another week to see what Adam Cianciarulo has for the crowd—he’s out for the first round sick—but Webb answered quickly by nearly grabbing the season’s first holeshot. The only rider to beat him out was Baggett.

Wait… Baggett? The Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider isn’t exactly known for his early-race charges, but he didn’t waste any time getting his #1 red plate back where he wants it. Webb’s teammate Jeremy Martin and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin weren’t far from an early lead either. Musquin moved into second early on while the MyPlash Metal Mulisha Star Racing Yamaha riders backpedaled for the time being.

Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen suddenly emerged from the pack and into the top five—even passing Baggett in the process! Roczen wasn’t done at third, though. He passed both Tomac and Musquin in a single lap for the lead. Tomac eventually followed Roczen and moved by Musquin, as did Baggett. Darryn Durham moved into the fifth around the halfway mark and a generous cushion had formed between the top five.

The cushion didn’t last when two riders decided to make late-race charges toward the front. Sixth-place Webb resurged to challenge Durham for the top five and was able to gain the position before the checkered flag. To no surprise, Baggett was the other rider to make a late-race charge on Tomac, but it never panned out. Roczen won while Tomac and Baggett finished on the podium. Musquin and Webb rounded out the top five.

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