This race is unpredictable enough, and now it's turning quickly on the most unpredictable part of any race: starts.
Simply put, France's Steven Frossard did what he needed to do by holeshotting this second moto, and then running strong to second in the race behind Belgium's Kevin Strijbos. Team USA has Eli Tomac in the Open division, but he tangled with David Philipaerts of Italy off the line and started way back. He logged a solid charge but could only next sixth. Combined with Strijbos' win and Frossard's second, and that's a big loss for the American team. Jeremy Martin netted 13th, so likely his score from this moto will be used as Team USA's throwaway.
Starts also helped team Great Britain, as Tommy Searle nearly holeshot the race on his 250F and finished a solid 4th, right behind his teammate Dean Wilson. With that consistency, Team GB is right in the hunt. Also credit to the other Belgian, Lieber, who was 11th in this one (better than his 15th in moto one) and Dylan Ferrandis of France, who matched his 9th from earlier. Take that all in account, and the standings look like this:
Scores WITHOUT a throwaway: France 21 GB 28 Belgium 31 USA 32.
WITH a throwaway: France 12 GB 15 Belgium 16 USA 19
Here are the results from moto two.