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And that’s a wrap folks. The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is over with the Lake Elsinore round and it was somewhat fitting that the series’ two champions, having already clinched the titles the week before, both went out winners.
- For the second year in the row the finale was at Lake Elsinore, California on a Marc Peters-built track in front of a good crowd. The preparation was much improved over last year when the track workers struggled a bit to keep on top of the Southern California hard pack. The prep was better this year with tons of water, ripped up deep and a fairly challenging course for the riders.
- As we said it was our two champions who came out winners with GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac winning the 250MX with a 2-1 score (more on that later) and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto winning the 450MX class with a convincing 1-1 score.
- There’s no doubt Villopoto is on a roll right now ending the season with six straight moto wins. At Elsinore he trailed JGR Yamaha’s Josh Grant in the first moto for about ten minutes before making the pass and riding away. In the second moto he didn’t even wait a lap before moving in on Grant’s teammate Justin Brayton and again riding away with an easy win.
- Tomac trailed Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen in the first moto and in the second he again finished second behind Monster Energy/Pro Circuit’s Blake Baggett and his 2-2 would have gotten him the overall. But after the race Baggett was docked one position for jumping on the red cross flag, so that gave Tomac the moto win. Either way, it didn’t matter for Tomac as he ended the year winning nine out of the last ten motos.
- Roczen won the first moto in a nice ride to show that he broke out of his little mini-slump and in the second moto he was going for the pass when he hit GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne’s back wheel and toppled over. That was it for the overall, but Roczen did show some good speed.
- Baggett also showed something after a DNF in the first moto with a (contested) win in the second moto. Baggett’s not going to be able to hold onto his number one plate but for the last moto of the year he showed he’s still got it. He’s also going to go back in and get his wrist fixed in the off-season.
- As we said JGR’s Grant led the first moto for a while and eventually finished third for his best moto finish of the year. However Grant was so dehydrated after the moto that he needed to get an IV and was unable to start the second moto per the policies by MX Sports.
- The heat did affect a few riders out there. Justin Bogle of the GEICO Honda team was also forced to the Asterisk medical truck to get his fluid replenished and we’re sure a few others. The temperatures were over 100 degrees and the track was rough.
- Once again Monster Energy/Pro Circuit’s Tyla Rattray had a tough day. He was foiled last week by mechanical issues and this week was a strong fourth in the first moto when he twisted his ankle and was forced to slow down eventually finishing seventh. Second moto his ankle limited him to an eighth. After the race Rattray announced that he was going back to Europe for 2014 to race MX1’s for Husqvarna.
- The MyPlash/Star Racing Yamaha rookies both showed good speed and good endurance. Cooper Webb ended up third overall and Jeremy Martin was fourth and both riders showed promise that they’ll be in the mix for 2014 wins and podiums.
- Another rider that will be up there next year but didn’t have a good day was Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson. The number 21 Suzuki rider crashed his way (twice) back to seventeenth in the first go-around. In the second moto he was charging hard and into third when he went down after the big double before the rollers and DNF’d. Tough day for him.
- The section after where Anderson crashed was a set of rollers and then a tabletop. Tomac had perhaps the most unique and fastest line when he used the last roller to jump up onto the tabletop. It was really fast and he used the line to catch and pass Martin in the first moto. Tomac quit doing it in the second moto when he almost went over the bars.
- Brett Metcalfe showed up for his third race of the year and the Aussie went 10-8 on the day. Another privateer doing well was Weston Peick who DNF’d the first moto with bike problems but put in a strong seventh in moto two.
- Kyle Cunningham of the MyPlash/Star Racing team broke his foot in the second moto and required surgery on it after the race. Get well soon, Kyle.
- Marvin Musquin’s day should of, could have been so much better but for a crash. He was moving forward in moto one when he came up short on a big double and toppled off the side of it. Second moto something happened to him off the start and he was twenty-second after one lap. Musquin had good speed but ended up with 9-10 scores on the day.
- After missing last week’s race due to injury Motoconcepts’ Mike Alessi had an okay first moto with a twelfth but in the second moto he rode strong to a fifth.
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