Race Day Feed: Toronto

Race Day Feed Toronto

March 4, 2017 11:15am

Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, your one-stop shop for round nine of Monster Energy Supercross. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news, notes and results from practice, heat races, semi races, LCQs and the main events, so be sure to check back. You can also follow Racer X on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to stay up on all the action from today.

(Note: All updates will run top to bottom, starting with the morning report and going through the main event. So, make sure to scroll down for the latest.)

Morning Report

Welcome to a frigid Toronto, Ontario, Canada, host of round nine of Monster Energy Supercross. This is the second year the series is back in the Rogers Centre after the race wasn’t held in 2015. The start tonight should be interesting. As Jason Thomas pointed out earlier this week in his Staging Area column, the long start will get speeds up, but a sharp, fairly tight 90-degree left turn will have riders sliding into the outside Tuff Blocks. A quick 180 back the other direction follows, which should provide a test for riders.

Feld and Dirt Wurx listened to the rider’s complaints regarding last weekend’s wall jump into the sand section. The original track design featured the same concept—a wall jump into sand—but that has been changed and now there is a small jump into the sand. Two whoop sections are featured tonight and a rhythm-section that stretches the length of the track. Similar to Oakland and Minneapolis, the track features another double to dragon’s back section after riders cross back over the starting line.

Race Day Live host Daniel Blair and Dunlop’s Broc Glover broke down the track, which you can check out below.

Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, behind his second win of the season last weekend in Atlanta, enters the day 25 points clear of teammate Marvin Musquin, and another two ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac. With eight rounds already down—and only nine more left to complete—these next few races will be huge for Musquin and Tomac in the points race.

On the heels of his first career 250SX win in Atlanta, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne enters round three of the East Region with a slim two point lead on Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy, winner of the opening round in Minneapolis. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM’s Jordon Smith, who finished second two weekends ago, enters the race third in points, seven back of Osborne.

Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Colt Nichols, who is coming off his first podium of the season, is fourth in points, 14 back. Adam Cianciarulo, who entered Toronto in 2014 (his rookie year) as the points leader but sustained a shoulder injury forcing him out for the remainder of the supercross season, is fifth in points, 15 behind Osborne.

450SX Standings - 2017

1Ryan Dungey Belle Plaine, MN359
2Eli Tomac Cortez, CO354
3Marvin Musquin La Reole, France293
4Jason Anderson Edgewood, NM273
5Davi Millsaps Cairo, GA221
Full Standings

250SX East Standings - 2017

1Zach Osborne Abingdon, VA173
2Adam Cianciarulo Port Orange, FL171
3Joey Savatgy Thomasville, GA166
4Jordon Smith Belmont, NC161
5Dylan Ferrandis Avignon, France144
Full Standings

In other news, GEICO Honda will get Christian Craig back after the pre-season title favorite missed last weekend due to a concussion. Craig’s rookie teammate, Chase Sexton, is out for the remainder of supercross due to a broken femur suffered in qualifying last weekend.

Kyle Cunningham did not make the trip after parting ways with BLUE Buffalo/Slater Skins Yamaha this week after just two races with the team. The team has yet to announce a replacement.

The layout in Toronto.
The layout in Toronto. Jeff Kardas

In 450 news, Cooper Webb will miss a second straight race due to a shoulder injury. MRIs last week revealed that Webb avoided any major breaks, separations, or dislocations in his shoulder, but that he did incur some deep bruising. His status for Daytona has yet to be determined.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Davi Millsaps is back in action after missing last weekend due to a hand injury sustained in qualifying. For a full list of who’s in and who’s out, check out our Injury Report.

Qualifying for today can be seen live beginning at 12:50 p.m. EST with new host Daniel Blair and Jim Holley. Coverage on FS1 is delayed tonight (starting at 10:00 p.m. EST), so if you don’t want spoilers, stay clear as we will be providing live results and analysis.

250 Free Practice

250 free practice has wrapped up, with Zach Osborne taking the top time with a 57.928, although these times won’t count.

A couple observations. Riders are doubling, jumping off the dragon’s back and then doubling out. The second set of whoops could provide a challenge tonight, as should the long rhythm section. Colt Nichols was taking a much different line, quading out of the section.

450 Free Practice

Free practice is over and Blake Baggett led the group with a 57.168. Again, these times don’t count. Qualifying session one is coming up shortly.

Chad Reed, Marvin Musquin, Broc Tickle and Alex Ray have found a new line through the dragon’s back. They are jumping in, then jumping off the dragon’s back and singling out. Also, Malcolm Stewart was hitting the quad out of the rhythm section, like Colt Nichols in 250.

250 Qualifying Session 1

It was the usual suspects up front in the first 250 qualifying session, with the top five in points occupying four of the top five positions.

Zach Osborne, carrying the momentum of his first career 250SX win, was fastest with a 56.841. He led the session early with a 57.3, but managed to beat his own time late.

Adam Cianciarulo was fast throughout the session, and put down a late heater to close on Osborne, but his 51.127 was only good enough for second. After missing last week, Christian Criag hasn’t skipped a beat, setting the third fastest time with a 57.861. Jordon Smith, Joey Savatgy, Dylan Ferrandis and Alex Martin were all in the 58-second range.

Red plate holder Zach Osborne was fastest in the first session.
Red plate holder Zach Osborne was fastest in the first session. Jeff Kardas

450 Qualifying Session 1

Eli Tomac was the only rider to dip into the 56-second range in the first qualifying session and it earned the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider the top spot. His 56.342 was nearly a full second faster than second place Blake Baggett.

Malcolm Stewart held the top spot briefly, but his 57.596 pushed him to third behind Tomac and Baggett. Ryan Dungey was fourth with a 57.614, with Dean Wilson fifth with a 57.775.

Justin Barcia had his best qualifying performance since returning from injury, setting the sixth fastest time. Davi Millsaps, Marvin Musquin, Broc Tickle and Jason Anderson rounded out the top 10.

Trey Canard went down in the tricky rhythm section and was attended to by the medics as he held his right arm. He was able to get back on the bike, but completed three laps in the session. His fastest time was a 1:35.866. We’ll have more on his condition as we know it.

Eli Tomac set the fastest time in the first 450 session.
Eli Tomac set the fastest time in the first 450 session. Jeff Kardas

250 Qualifying Session 2

Like the first session, no one was able to match the pace of Zach Osborne. Christian Craig was the early pole leader, but Osborne quickly set a 56.531 on the fourth lap of practice and no one touched his time from there.

Craig did up his time to a 56.956 later, which earned him the second qualifying spot in the session. Joey Savatgy was third with a 57 flat, followed by Dylan Ferrandis (57.001).

Adam Cianciarulo went down hard at the end of the second whoop section and was slow to get up. He was able to remount and put in a hard lap late in the session. As of now, there is no reason to think he won’t be able to ride tonight.

What will separate the riders tonight? The long rhythm section that runs the length of the stadium and the second set of whoops gave riders the most trouble throughout practice. Keep an eye on the start as well, it could certainly play a huge factor tonight.

250 session 2.
250 session 2.
Overall qualifying times for 250.
Overall qualifying times for 250.

450 Qualifying Session 2

Eli Tomac was a head above the class in the second session. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was the only one to dip into the 55-second range (55.729) and bested second place Ryan Dungey by nearly a full second. Dungey, who took over second late in the session from Blake Baggett, put in a time of 56.465.

Baggett looked really smooth once again, and especially clean in the dragon’s back section (more on that below). Dean Wilson, Broc Tickle, Chad Reed, Jason Anderson, Cole Seely, Marvin Musquin and Malcolm Stewart rounded out the top 10.

Red Bull KTM’s Trey Canard did not participate in the session after a crash in the long rhythm section in session one. Smartop/MotoConcepts Mike Alessi was also absent. We’ll try and get updates on both riders as soon as possible.

The preferred line through the dragon’s back is still double in, pop off the dragon’s back and double out. But a few riders—Tickle, Baggett, Grant and Reed from what we saw—were doubling in and singling out. Well see if that makes a difference tonight.

Like we mentioned previously, the second set of whoops could play a big factor tonight. Ruts are already showing in certain sections of the track. How much it deteriorates throughout the night will certainly make a difference.

[Update: Mike Alessi had engine problems in the second session. He will be racing tonight. We're hearing Trey Canard is out for tonight.]

450 session 2.
450 session 2.
450 combined times.
450 combined times.

250 Heat Race 1

We’re off and running here in Toronto and what a way to start the night. Star Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis held the early lead, but it was a tight battle between the top five of Alex Martin, Christian Craig, Jordon Smith and Anthony Rodriguez.

Craig made the pass on Smith in the whoops to move into third early, and began to work on Martin. The top five were tight for the opening few laps, before Martin made a mistake and he and Rodriguez dropped off the pace of the lead of Ferrandis, Craig and Smith.

While Craig was trying to work on Ferrandis for the lead, he also had to deal with Smith, who was sticking to his every move. The battle came down to the final lap, with Smith trying to pass Craig in the long rhythm section. He couldn’t make it work, and it allowed Craig to go after Ferrandis. He closed hard on the final few sections and went for a last ditch effort at the finish line but couldn’t make the pass stick. Ferrandis held on for the first heat race win of his career, followed by Craig, Smith, A-Rod, and Martin. The top three were separated by 1.8 seconds.

Luke Renzland, Henry Miller, John Short and Gannon Audette transfer to the main. Kyle Peters went down early and finished 11th. He’s headed to the LCQ.

Top 9 transfer.
Top 9 transfer.

250 Heat Race 2

Star Racing is off to a hot start in Toronto. Following Ferrandis’ win in heat one, Colt Nichols took the holeshot in the second heat and went relatively unchallenged en route to a 4.25 second win.

Nichols was joined by his Star teammate Mitchell Harrison early, as he moved into second past Adam Cianciarulo in the whoops. On the following lap, AC passed Harrison back in the whoops to regain second. Meanwhile, Zach Osborne and Joey Savatgy, who are 1-2 in points, were buried. Initially they had trouble moving through the pack, but eventually worked in third and fourth. Osborne made the pass on Savatgy on the final lap in the long rhythm section for third. Savatgy tried to pass him back but went down.

Lorenzo Locurcio, Harrison, Cameron MaAdoo, RJ Hampshire, and Cole Thompson will transfer to the main. Fredrik Noren rode well all night, and even held off Osborne for a bit, but he crashed in the whoops late and finished 10th. He’s headed to the LCQ.

Top 9 transfer.
Top 9 transfer.

450 Heat Race 1

It was Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin grabbing the holeshot in the first 450 heat race of the night. He was followed closely by Chad Reed, Justin Bogle, Davi Millsaps and Mike Alessi. Reed struck early, picking off Musquin down the long rhythm section, drawing a huge roar from the crowd.

Points leader Ryan Dungey was fifth off the start, but he quickly made his way through the pack, first getting around Bogle, then Millsaps for third after the finish line on lap three. On the same lap, Dungey moved past Musquin for third.

Musquin, Millsaps and Bogle were left to battle over the final transfer position with Reed holding strong up front. Millsaps eventually worked past Musquin for third, and Bogle was close behind. Bogle went for the pass on the final lap in the whoop section, but went down at the end of the section. Musquin regained a position on the final lap, when he moved past Millsaps into third. The two dragged raced to the finish line, with Musquin grabbing the spot.

Grant, Wilson, Seely, Bogle, Alessi and others are headed to the semi.

Top 4 transfer to main.
Top 4 transfer to main.

450 Heat Race 2

Eli Tomac is clicking on all cylinders in Toronto. Jason Anderson took the holeshot in the second heat race, but Tomac quickly move into the lead on the first lap and went unchallenged en route to a 2.9 second win.

The early battle for third involved Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia. But Blake Baggett, who qualified third fastest, was quickly making his way through the field. Baggett took Barcia high on lap four prior to the dragon’s back section to move into the final transfer spot. Baggett also passed Stewart, but Stewart was able to regain the position late in the race.

Broc Tickle, Barcia, Vince Friese, Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Kyle Chisholm are all head to the semi.

Barica and Tickle also had some words after the races. Apparently, so did Smartop/MotoConcepts teammates Justin Brayton and Vince Friese.

Top 4 transfer.
Top 4 transfer.

250 LCQ

AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/JGR Suzuki’s Kyle Peters went wire to wire to win the 250 LCQ by four seconds over Fredrik Noren.

Josh Cartwright rode to a relatively quiet third. The real action took place between Minnesota natives Zack Williams and Jesse Wentland.

Williams held the final qualifying heading into the final section, but Wentland carried the momentum through the dragon’s back and made the pass stick in the final section to claim the final transfer spot.

Top 4 transfer.
Top 4 transfer.

450 Semi 1

Justin Barcia grabbed the holeshot in the first semi race of the night and went wire to wire to take the win over Justin Bogle. Bogle got a good jump out of the gate and made his way into second on the first lap. He closed the gap on Barcia late to finish 1.8 seconds behind the leader.

Dean Wilson didn’t get the best jump out of the gate, but he made his way past Jake Weimer and Kyle Chisholm to take third. Weimer and Chisholm took the final transfer spots.

Nick Schimdt, Alex Ray, and Tyler Enticknap, among others are headed to the LCQ.

Top 5 transfer.
Top 5 transfer.

450 Semi 2

Smartop/MotoConcepts teammates Vince Friese and Justin Brayton battled for the holeshot in the second semi, but it was RCH’s Broc Tickle that came away with the early lead a few corners in. Like the first semi race of the night, Tickle didn’t get any pressure at the front, and he cruised to a 4.6 second win over Brayton.

Cole Seely overcame a bad start to pass Friese and Josh Grant late in the race to capture third. Grant and Friese took the final transfer spots.

Mike Alessi, Adam Enticknap, Cody Gilmore are headed to the LCQ.

Top 5 transfer.
Top 5 transfer.

450 LCQ

It was Cody Gilmore taking the holeshot in the LCQ, followed closely by Mike Alessi. It didn’t take long for Alessi to take over the top spot, as he passed Gilmore in the rhythm section on the first lap.

While Alessi and Gilmore ran way from the field, the action for the final transfer spot was intense. At different points in the race, Adam Enticknap, Cade Clason, Tyler Enticknap and Alex Ray were all battling it out for the final spot. The first to drop off was Tyler. Ray was gaining on Adam, but made a mistake, which allowed Clason by. Ray would wash out at the end of the whoops late in the race and finish ninth.

Adam and Clason took the battle to the final section, as Adam put a nice block pass on Clason as they entered the dragon’s back section. Clason wasn’t able to respond, and Adam took the final transfer spot.

Alessi won over Gilmore, Nick Schmidt and Enticknap.

Top 4 transfer.
Top 4 transfer.

250 Main Event

The action was intense early in the 250 main event. Star Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis once again got off to a great start and held the early lead. Joey Savatgy filed in behind and went after the lead early. Savatgy passed Ferrandis at the end of the rhythm section twice, but each time Ferrandis answered in the following corner. Behind the leaders, Zach Osborne, Adam Cianciarulo and Colt Nichols were all in contention to challenge for the win.

On lap four, Savatgy finally made a pass for the lead stick, at the end of the same rhythm section he made the pass on previously. Not wanting to let Savatgy get away, Osborne went after Ferrandis in the corner prior to the dragon’s back and made the pass stick. Ferrandis would tip over two corners later, and drop back down the field.

Once into the top two spots, Savatgy and Osborne began to put a gap on the rest of the field. By lap 6, Osborne had closed and made the pass stick. After that, it was the Osborne show, as he built his lead to 3.7 by lap nine. By lap 12, he was up 7.25. Savatgy appeared to have second in hand, but he made a mistake in the tricky rhythm section, clipped a Tuff Block and went down.

Earlier, Colt Nichols, while trying to pass AC, also went down at the beginning of the section when trying to jump onto the table. He would rebound to finish fourth.

Savatgy tried to make up more points late and tried to put a pass on Ferrandis entering the dragon’s back on the final lap, but they collided and both went down. Ferrandis finished fifth, Savatgy sixth.

With Savatgy out of the race, Cianciarulo took over second and finished on the podium for the first time since 2014. With all the chaos down the stretch, Christian Craig took advantage to finish third for his first podium of the year.

Nichols, Ferrandis, Savatgy, Jordon Smith (who went down after colliding with Ferrandis), Kyle Peters, Cameron McAdoo and Anthony Rodriguez rounded out the top 10.

250 main event results.
250 main event results.

450 Main Event

There was no stopping Eli Tomac on this night. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider rode to a dominating performance in the 450 main event in Toronto.

Blake Baggett grabbed the holeshot to start the main event, but Tomac worked into the lead at the end of the rhythm section on the first lap. Baggett wasn’t going away early, though, and stayed within striking distance. But his attempt to keep Tomac at bay washed away when he went down at the end of the sand section. He would remount, but a second try at the podium failed later in the race (more on that below).

With Tomac stretching his lead out, Ryan Dungey was buried off the start. While there wasn’t much of a chance to catch Tomac, Dungey had his work cut out just to make the podium, as Baggett, Broc Tickle, Davi Millsaps, and Cole Seely among others were in his way.

Dungey sliced his way through the field and by lap 11, he had passed Baggett. Like he did with Tomac, Baggett stayed close to Dungey, but his night unraveled at the start of the rhythm section when he went down for a second time. He would finish fifth.

Up ahead, Dungey went to work on Tickle and finally made the pass stick prior to the dragon’s back on lap 16 (of 22). When Baggett went down, Tickle still had to deal with a charging Chad Reed if he were to hang onto his first career podium. Reed made it interesting, pulling close to Tickle at the end, but wasn’t able to get close enough to attempt a pass.

Tomac won by 14.2 second over Dungey and now trails by 24 points. Dungey took second ahead of Tickle (first career podium), Reed, Baggett, Seely, Millsaps, Wilson, Justin Barcia, and Justin Brayton.

450 main event results.
450 main event results.