Race Day Feed: RedBud

Race Day Feed RedBud

July 1, 2017 7:00am

Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, your one-stop shop for round six of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross from Buchanan, Michigan, at the RedBud National. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news, notes, and results from qualifying and the motos, so be sure to check back throughout the day. You can also follow Racer X on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook to stay up on all the action.

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

Morning Report

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross has made its annual Fourth of July weekend trek to Buchanan, Michigan, for round six of the championship from RedBud. What was once a hard clay base back in the 1980s and ‘90s has transformed into one of the best tracks on the circuit. Riders love it, the fans that aren’t too “hydrated” love it, and the long, gradual declines will certainly play a factor today. The track did get rain on Friday morning, but the forecast is perfect for today with highs only expected in the low 80s.

One major difference you’ll notice this year is the change to LaRocco’s Leap. Created by RedBud’s Tim Ritchie and Mike LaRocco back in 1992, the 125-plus foot jump has been recreated adjacent to the original leap. “LaRocco’s Leap 2.0 is an exact replica of the original,” said Ritchie. “It’s about 80 feet to the south, running uphill on the same pitch with the same lip. And there’s a considerably deeper landing area on the backside.”

Added Mike LaRocco: “Tim and his crew obviously did a great job with it. The takeoff is pretty much exact, and the landing is longer and steeper. The S-turn leading into it will be interesting, a lot tougher than in the past. I think the 450s can do it from the inside lane, depending on how rough it gets. With multiple lines going the guy up front will definitely have the advantage, but that’ll also allow for more passing opportunities.”

In a press release, Ritchie said the reasoning behind the move was to allow room for new grandstands and to add some lap time and interest to the north side of the track.

The points chase in the 450 Class is tightening after Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac dominated the second 450 moto at Muddy Creek last weekend. After his fourth moto win on the season (most in the class), Tomac is within four points of leader Blake Baggett. Last weekend, Baggett salvaged a ton of points as he charged back to third after being down in the first turn with Cooper Webb and Broc Tickle. The other 450 moto last weekend belonged to Jason Anderson, who finished second overall and is 19 points back in the championship. The racing this summer continues to be good.

450 Standings - 2017

1Eli Tomac Cortez, CO400
2Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA373
3Marvin Musquin La Reole, France369
4Dean Wilson Scotland, United Kingdom299
5Cole Seely Newbury Park, CA263
Full Standings

In the 250 Class, Zach Osborne is beginning to pull away. After his second moto win last weekend (he finished second overall) Osborne holds a 31 points lead over Alex Martin just five rounds in. Jeremy Martin, who won the overall at High Point, had several crashes last weekend and dropped to third in points, 36 behind Osborne.

250 Standings - 2017

1Zach Osborne Abingdon, VA413
2Jeremy Martin Millville, MN350
3Joey Savatgy Thomasville, GA324
4Dylan Ferrandis Avignon, France299
5Alex Martin Millville, MN296
Full Standings

In injury news, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Grant will race after suffering a forearm injury in practice at Muddy Creek last weekend. Grant, who elected to sit out both motos last Saturday, was initially ruled out by the team, who sent out a press release stating that he would miss this weekend. Grant then posted on his Instagram that he would be racing. We contacted a member of the team and they confirmed that Grant was feeling better and would be racing. For a full breakdown of who’s in and who’s out, check out our Injury Report.

Practice is almost underway, make sure to check back throughout the day.

First Sessions

The first set of practice sessions are done at RedBud and we have a surprise at the top of the 250 leaderboard. Prior to Muddy Creek, Shane McElrath told us his early season struggles were mainly due to an injury he sustained in supercross and that he expected to get back toward the front soon. He finished seventh overall at Muddy Creek—his best finish of the season—and has come out firing at RedBud.

McElrath set a 2:03.342 to take the top time by more than a second over Aaron Plessinger (2:04.460), who won the overall last week. RJ Hampshire finished third ahead of Dylan Ferrandis and Mitchell Harrison—the third Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha rider in the top five.

Points leader Zach Osborne was sixth, followed by Jeremy Martin, Adam Cianciarulo, Alex Martin and Justin Hill.

250 times.
250 times.

In the 450 Class, Blake Baggett stole the pole late in the first session with a 2:00.730. Marvin Musquin, who is riding with a torn meniscus, had the top time until Baggett put down a heater late. Musquin’s 2:01.258 was second fastest.

Eli Tomac also held the top time at one point, but his 2:02.96 was only good enough for third. Broc Tickle, who scored a podium at RedBud in 2016, was fourth over Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, Justin Bogle, Christian Craig, Cooper Webb and Josh Grant.

450 times.
450 times.

Second Sessions

Practice is complete at RedBud and points leader Zach Osborne captured pole in the 250 Class. In the first qualifying session, Osborne was just sixth fastest, but he bounced back in session two with a 2:02.558, which nearly three full seconds better than his first time. He was the only 250 rider to dip into the 2:02s in either practice.

Alex Martin was second quickest with a 2:03.292, which was a few tenths of a second faster than Shane McElrath. McElrath’s 2:03.342, which was fastest in the first session, held up for third overall. Jeremy Martin was fourth fastest overall, followed by Aaron Plessinger, Justin Hill, Joey Savatgy, Adam Cianciarulo, Dylan Ferrandis and Austin Forkner.

250 session two.
250 session two.
250 combined.
250 combined.

Things are tight at the top of the 450 Class. A good sign for Marvin Musquin and Red Bull KTM came in the second session as the former points leader set the fastest time with a 2:00.759. Musquin, who’s been dealing with a knee injury, looks more in line with his early season form than the past two rounds. His time was quick enough to grab pole, though, as Blake Baggett’s 2:00.730 from the first session held up.

Eli Tomac was the only other rider to run in the 2:00 range, setting the third quickest time with a 2:00.998. Broc Tickle only completed two laps in the second session (we’re unsure what happened) but his first time was good enough for fourth overall. He’s more than two seconds off the pace of Baggett and Musquin.

Justin Barcia finished fifth, followed by Cole Seely, Trey Canard, Jason Anderson, Justin Bogle and Martin Davalos.

450 session two.
450 session two.
450 combined.
450 combined.

250 Moto One

Coming off a disappointing Muddy Creek last Saturday, Jeremy Martin needed to bounce back quickly at RedBud if he were to get back in the thick of the championship chase.

Jeremy got off to a quick start grabbing the holeshot in the first 250 moto. He had company in the form of points leader Zach Osborne, his brother Alex, Austin Forkner and RJ Hampshire.

Jeremy and Osborne were able to put a small gap on Alex early in the race. The two yo-yoed throughout the early part of the moto with Jeremy holding up under heavy pressure from Osborne. Jeremy appeared to have the moto in control as he built a three second lead late. But Osborne dug deep and put in another late charge—helped by the fact that Jeremy missed the two lap board by 24 seconds late in the moto—and closed to within a second with three laps to go. Jeremy was again up for the challenge and shook off Osborne late to capture the moto win by 4.6 seconds.

Alex finished third, 6.9 seconds behind his brother. Austin Forkner held off a late challenge by Yamalube/Star Racing teammates Dylan Ferrandis and Aaron Plessinger to take fourth.

Plessinger made a move in the rollers late in the moto to take over fifth from Ferrandis, but Ferrandis was able to rebound and retake the position. Mitchell Harrison finished seventh ahead of Adam Cianciarulo, who came from outside the top 10 to grab eighth. Shane McElrath and Colt Nichols rounded out the top 10.

Hampshire, who ran inside the top five for a good portion of the moto, had a mechanical late and DNFd.

250 moto one.
250 moto one.

450 Moto One

Only one point separates Eli Tomac and Blake Baggett in the 450 Class after a wild first moto at RedBud.

The moto opened with two pileups off the start with Cooper Webb losing the front and ejecting into the track markers. Trey Canard, Weston Peick, and Broc Tickle were all held up by the crash. Webb would eventually pull out of the moto. Up front it was Christian Craig grabbing the holeshot in his return after missing Muddy Creek due to a hand injury. Marvin Musquin slotted into second with Blake Baggett in third. Eli Tomac was around eighth.

Baggett was super aggressive in the opening laps and it appeared he’d quickly jump out to an early lead. But after getting around Musquin early, his charged stalled, as Musquin eventually made the pass back. Meanwhile, Tomac was charging through the pack and quickly caught onto the rear of Baggett.

On the third lap, Musquin made the pass on Craig to take over the lead. On the same lap, Tomac got around Baggett for third and Craig for second. Three laps later Tomac would take over the lead for the first time in the race. Tomac began to open a small gap over Musquin and Baggett, who had moved into third. While his early moto charge stalled, Baggett would make a huge final push. With three minutes plus two to go, Baggett moved into second and began to cut into Tomac’s lead. With a lap remaining, Baggett pulled to within a second, but Tomac responded, putting in his fastest lap of the race—2:03.084—to hold onto the moto win by 1.4 seconds. Baggett finished second ahead of Musquin.

The hard charge of the race belonged to Jason Anderson. Last week’s moto one winner was in 20th after the first lap and came back to finish fourth. Craig held on for fifth over his teammate Cole Seely, who slid out early in the race while in fourth. Justin Barcia, Dean Wilson, Justin Bogle, and Josh Grant rounded out the top 10.

450 moto one results.
450 moto one results.

250 Moto Two

A familiar winner, costly mistakes from the Martin brothers, and a surprise podium performer, the second 250 moto at RedBud featured it all.

After his first moto win, Jeremy Martin was looking to capture his second overall on the year and grabbed his second holeshot on the day with Austin Forkner right behind. But entering the second corner, Jeremy went down, as did Forkner right behind him. He would come back from last to salvage eighth. Forkner finished 14th.

With his brother down, Alex Martin inherited the lead over Mitchell Harrison, Luke Renzland and Justin Hill. Zach Osborne, who finished second in the first moto, was around eighth.

Alex Martin held a comfortable four second lead for the majority of the moto and was inline to grab the overall over Osborne. But as Osborne began to make a late moto charge, Alex lost the front end entering the rollers with seven minutes plus two to go, which gave the lead to Harrison. Alex was able to remount in second, but in the corner prior to LaRocco’s Leap, Osborne made the pass to take over second.

Osborne then began to make a charge at Harrison, the second year pro from Michigan. But Harrison rode like a veteran and held Osborne off for a brief time. With four laps to go, Osborne ducked to the inside after the rollers and moved into the lead. Harrison was still under pressure from Alex Martin and Dylan Ferrandis at the end of the moto and was in danger of finishing off the podium. Again, Harrison stood his ground and actually was catching Osborne on the final lap. He feel short of the win, but finished in second just .931 behind Osborne. Alex Martin took third, .996 behind Osborne, with Ferrandis in fourth, 1.6 seconds behind.

Justin Hill made a late pass on Renzland to capture fifth. Renzland, Chase Sexton, Jeremy Martin, Shane McElrath, and Joey Savatgy rounded out the top 10.

RedBud - 250

- Buchanan, MI

1Zach Osborne Abingdon, VA2 - 1 Husqvarna FC250
2Alex Martin Millville, MN3 - 3 KTM 250 SX-F FE
3Jeremy Martin Millville, MN1 - 8 Honda CRF250R
4Mitchell Harrison Lansing, MI7 - 2 Yamaha YZ 250F
5Dylan Ferrandis Avignon, France5 - 4 Yamaha YZ 250F
6Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH6 - 11 Yamaha YZ 250F
7Austin Forkner Richards, MO4 - 14 Kawasaki KX 250F
8Shane Mcelrath Canton, NC9 - 9 KTM 250 SX-F FE
9Chase Sexton La Moille, IL12 - 7 Honda CRF250R
10Joey Savatgy Thomasville, GA11 - 10 Kawasaki KX 250F
11Adam Cianciarulo Port Orange, FL8 - 13 Kawasaki KX 250F
12Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR17 - 5 Kawasaki KX 250F
13Colt Nichols Muskogee, OK10 - 12 Yamaha YZ 250F
14Luke Renzland Hewitt, NJ20 - 6 Yamaha YZ 250F
15Kyle Cunningham Aledo, TX14 - 16 Suzuki RMZ 250
16Nick Gaines Ringgold, GA13 - 18 Yamaha YZ 250F
17Josh Osby Valparaiso, IN15 - 17 KTM 250 SX-F
18Lorenzo Locurcio Cairo, GA24 - 15 Yamaha YZ 250F
19Sean Cantrell Murrieta, CA16 - 21 KTM 250 SX-F FE
20Bradley Taft Nixa, MO19 - 20 Yamaha YZ 250F
21Hunter Sayles Merrill, WI18 - 28 KTM 250 SX-F
22Gustavo Souza Brazil22 - 19 Honda CRF250R
23Cody Williams Barneveld, WI21 - 23 Yamaha YZ 250F
24Cody Vanbuskirk Harvard, IL25 - 22 KTM 250 SX-F
25Jon Ames Riverside, CA23 - 25 Yamaha YZ 250F
26Pedro Bueno Brazil29 - 24 Kawasaki KX 250F
27Jarett Pesci Shelby Twp, MI28 - 27 Yamaha YZ 250F
28Austin Root Chester, SC30 - 26 Kawasaki KX 250F
29Nick Schnagl Stillwater, MN31 - 30 Honda CRF250R
30Stone Edler Destrehan, LA26 - 36 Yamaha YZ 250F
31Tyler Kirschner Columbia, MD32 - 32 Yamaha YZ 250F
32McCoy Brough Kaysville, UT34 - 31 Honda CRF250R
33Josiah Hempen Argyle, IA27 - 38 Yamaha YZ 250F
34Curren Thurman 37 - 29 Husqvarna FC250
35Justin Wolf franklin, WI35 - 33 Kawasaki KX 250F
36Dakota Kessler Farmingdale, NJ33 - 37 Honda CRF250R
37Joachim Falden Denmark39 - 34 Yamaha YZ 250F
38Coty Schock Dover, DE38 - 35 Honda CRF250R
39R.J. Hampshire Hudson, FL36 - 39 Honda CRF250R
40Cameron McAdoo Sioux City, IA40 - 40 Honda CRF250R
Full Results

250 Standings - 2017

1Zach Osborne Abingdon, VA413
2Jeremy Martin Millville, MN350
3Joey Savatgy Thomasville, GA324
4Dylan Ferrandis Avignon, France299
5Alex Martin Millville, MN296
6Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH285
7Adam Cianciarulo Port Orange, FL283
8Colt Nichols Muskogee, OK235
9Mitchell Harrison Lansing, MI229
10Shane Mcelrath Canton, NC210
11Austin Forkner Richards, MO184
12R.J. Hampshire Hudson, FL163
13Sean Cantrell Murrieta, CA138
14Chase Sexton La Moille, IL138
15Luke Renzland Hewitt, NJ110
16Nick Gaines Ringgold, GA100
17Lorenzo Locurcio Cairo, GA92
18Kyle Cunningham Aledo, TX91
19Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR88
20Bradley Taft Nixa, MO68
Full Standings

450 Moto Two

We have a new points leader in the 450 Class after a huge shakeup in the championship in the second moto at RedBud.

Blake Baggett grabbed the holeshot in the second moto, but was quickly passed by Justin Barcia. Jason Anderson was running third, with Eli Tomac not far behind. Anderson quickly went on the attack and tried to get around Baggett on the opening lap for second. Their lines ended up coming together and Baggett went down. He would round lap one in 35th (out of 36).

By the fifth lap, Tomac had finally made his way around Anderson and into second. He began to pressure Barcia for the lead, but couldn’t make anything stick. On lap seven, under heavy pressure from Tomac, Barcia lost the rear and went down. He remounted in fifth, and finished the moto in sixth.

Once into the lead, Tomac steadily stretch the gap over Anderson. In the end, he won the moto by 15.7 seconds. Anderson took second. Marvin Musquin finished third ahead of Weston Peick and Josh Grant. Barcia took sixth ahead of Justin Bogle, Dean Wilson, and Cole Seely.

Unlike Thunder Valley or Muddy Creek, Baggett had trouble moving through the pack in the second moto. But he charged all the way to the finish and gained two valuable spots on the final lap, passing Christian Craig and Trey Canard to grab 10th.

Tomac now holds a 13 point lead in the championship over Baggett.

RedBud - 450

- Buchanan, MI

1Eli Tomac Cortez, CO1 - 1 Kawasaki KX 450F
2Jason Anderson Edgewood, NM4 - 2 Husqvarna FC450
3Marvin Musquin La Reole, France3 - 3 KTM 450 SX-F FE
4Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA2 - 10 KTM 450 SX-F FE
5Justin Barcia Monroe, NY7 - 6 Suzuki RMZ 450
6Josh Grant Riverside, CA10 - 5 Kawasaki KX 450F
7Cole Seely Newbury Park, CA6 - 9 Honda CRF450R
8Justin Bogle Cushing, OK9 - 7 Suzuki RMZ 450
9Dean Wilson Scotland, United Kingdom8 - 8 Husqvarna FC450
10Weston Peick Wildomar, CA14 - 4 Suzuki RMZ 450
11Christian Craig Hemet, CA5 - 12 Honda CRF450R
12Trey Canard Shawnee, OK13 - 11 KTM 450 SX-F FE
13Fredrik Noren Lidk√∂ping, Sweden11 - 14 Honda CRF450R
14Martin Davalos Quito, Ecuador15 - 13 Husqvarna FC450
15Henry Miller Rochester, MN12 - 16 Yamaha YZ 450F
16John Short Pilot Point, TX17 - 15 Yamaha YZ 450F
17Broc Tickle Holly, MI18 - 17 Suzuki RMZ 450
18Dakota Alix Jay, VT16 - 40 KTM 450 SX-F FE
19Dakota Tedder Surfside, CA31 - 18 Kawasaki KX 450F
20Toshiki Tomita Kanazawa, Japan26 - 19 Honda CRF450R
21Brandon Scharer Gardena, CA19 - 33 Yamaha YZ 450F
22Nicholas Wey DeWitt, MI22 - 20 Kawasaki KX 450F
23Jeremy Smith Marmora, NJ20 - 21 Yamaha YZ 450F
24Josh Mosiman Sebastopol, CA21 - 23 Husqvarna FC450
25Zack Williams Elko, MN23 - 24 Honda CRF450R
26Kody Kamm Kenosha, WI25 - 26 KTM 450 SX-F FE
27Morgan Burger Nampa, ID27 - 28 Honda CRF450R
28Carson Tickle Cary, NC33 - 25 Honda CRF450R
29Bradley Lionnet South Africa29 - 30 Kawasaki KX 450F
30Isaac Teasdale Robbinsville, NC24 - 35 KTM 450 SX-F
31Nick Fratz Oakland, MD32 - 29 KTM 450 SX-F
32Ronnie Stewart Easton, PA40 - 22 Suzuki RMZ 450
33Jeremy Hand Mantua, OH36 - 27 Honda CRF450R
34Jeffrey Walker Ottawa Lake, MI30 - 34 Honda CRF450R
35Vann Martin Houston, TX28 - 36 Honda CRF450R
36Gerald Lorenz III Morrice , MI34 - 31 Yamaha YZ 450F
37Eric Grondahl Portsmouth, NH35 - 32 Honda CRF450R
38Cooper Webb Newport, NC38 - 37 Yamaha YZ 450F
39Heath Harrison Silverhill, AL37 - 39 Yamaha YZ 450F
40Michael Bidus Washington, MI39 - 38 Yamaha YZ 450F
Full Results

450 Standings - 2017

1Eli Tomac Cortez, CO400
2Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA373
3Marvin Musquin La Reole, France369
4Dean Wilson Scotland, United Kingdom299
5Cole Seely Newbury Park, CA263
6Martin Davalos Quito, Ecuador243
7Justin Bogle Cushing, OK241
8Jason Anderson Edgewood, NM216
9Weston Peick Wildomar, CA213
10Cooper Webb Newport, NC211
11Fredrik Noren Lidköping, Sweden179
12Justin Barcia Monroe, NY172
13Christian Craig Hemet, CA167
14Broc Tickle Holly, MI146
15Josh Grant Riverside, CA143
16Dakota Alix Jay, VT129
17Henry Miller Rochester, MN91
18John Short Pilot Point, TX55
19Josh Mosiman Sebastopol, CA48
20Heath Harrison Silverhill, AL42
Full Standings