Welcome to the Motorcycle Superstore Race Day Feed where we will be updating you with moto by moto recaps, results and more from Round 12 of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Ironman Raceway.
450 Moto 2
Andrew Short pulled the holeshot in his final career moto, dropped the mic and walked away into the sunset. Actually, he had a problem with his rear shock and had to pull off after the first lap. Still, we should remember Shorty for pulling a holeshot in his final moto, not a mechanical.
Up front it was a repeat of the first moto with Ken Roczen taking the early lead over Justin Barcia. This time, Roczen built an early lead—nearly 11 seconds by lap 5—and ran away to clinch another 1-1 afternoon on the 2016 season.
Barcia saw a near nineteen second gap over Eli Tomac slip away late in the race when he went down in a corner. Eventually he was able to get the bike restarted before Tomac erased the entire lead, but he still had Tomac on his tail. In arguably his best ride of the season, Barcia turned it back up and held Tomac off by six seconds.
Marvin Musquin took third ahead of Jason Anderson, Matt Bisceglia, Weston Peick, Phil Nicoletti, Fredrik Noren and Kaven Benoit.
Podium: 1.) Ken Roczen; 2.) Justin Barcia; 3.) Eli Tomac
Fastest Lap: Roczen | 2:24.298
Margin of Victory: Roczen | 19.76 seconds
|1||Ken Roczen||Mattstedt Germany||1 - 1||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|2||Justin Barcia||Monroe, NY United States||2 - 2||Yamaha YZ450F|
|3||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO United States||3 - 3||Kawasaki KX450F|
|4||Marvin Musquin||La Reole France||4 - 4||KTM 450 SX-F|
|Edgewood, NM United States||5 - 5||Husqvarna FC 450|
|6||Phil Nicoletti||Cochecton, NY United States||6 - 8||Yamaha YZ450F|
|7||Weston Peick||Wildomar, CA United States||8 - 7||Yamaha YZ450F|
|8||Matt Bisceglia||Weatherford, TX United States||11 - 6||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|9||Fredrik Noren||Lidköping Sweden||9 - 9||Honda CRF450R|
|10||Benny Bloss||Oak Grove, MO United States||7 - 11||KTM 450 SX-F|
|11||Kaven Benoit||Canada||12 - 10||KTM 450 SX-F|
|Scotland United Kingdom||10 - 12||KTM 450 SX-F|
|13||Cole Martinez||Rimrock, AZ United States||15 - 14||Yamaha YZ450F|
|14||Ryan Sipes||Vine Grove, KY United States||19 - 13||Husqvarna FC 450|
|15||Cade Clason||Arcadia, OH United States||14 - 18||KTM 450 SX-F|
|16||Andrew Short||Colorado Springs, CO United States||13 - 35||KTM 450 SX-F|
|17||John Short||Pilot Point, TX United States||20 - 15||Yamaha YZ450F|
|18||Noah Mcconahy||Spokane, WA United States||24 - 16||Husqvarna FC 450|
|19||Kyle Chisholm||Clearwater, FL United States||16 - 40||Honda CRF450R|
|20||Hayden Mellross||Australia||33 - 17||Yamaha YZ450F|
|21||Heath Harrison||Silverhill, AL United States||17 - 38||KTM 450 SX-F|
|22||Matthew Babbitt||Cayuga, NY United States||18 - 31||KTM 450 SX-F|
|23||Jerry Lorenz III||Morrice, MI United States||26 - 19||Yamaha YZ450F|
|24||Ronnie Stewart||Easton, PA United States||22 - 20||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|25||Zack Williams||Elko, MN United States||25 - 22||Yamaha YZ450F|
|26||Sam Redman||Clarksville, TN United States||23 - 27||Kawasaki KX450F|
|27||Nick Fratz-Orr||Oakland, MD United States||28 - 25||Honda CRF450R|
|28||Broc Peterson||Toledo, OH United States||31 - 24||Honda CRF450R|
|29||Max Tannenbaum||Lilburn, GA United States||34 - 23||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|30||Vann Martin||Houston, TX United States||29 - 28||Honda CRF450R|
|31||Daniel Lippman||Fombell, PA United States||30 - 29||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|32||Justin Starling||Deland, FL United States||21 - 39||KTM 450 SX-F|
|33||Dakota Tedder||Surfside, CA United States||40 - 21||Kawasaki KX450F|
|34||Alex Ray||Jackson, TN United States||32 - 30||Husqvarna FC 450|
|35||Carson Tickle||Cary, NC United States||37 - 26||Yamaha YZ450F|
|36||Austin Howell||Red Bluff, CA United States||27 - 37||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|37||Jerry Robin||Hamel, MN United States||35 - 32||Yamaha YZ450F|
|38||Nick Schmidt||Maryville, WA United States||36 - 34||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|39||Anthony Rodriguez||Caracacus Venezuela||38 - 33||Kawasaki KX450F|
|40||Paul Coates||United Kingdom||39 - 36||Honda CRF450R|
|2||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||498|
|3||Marvin Musquin||La Reole||401|
|4||Justin Barcia||Monroe, NY||360|
|5||Phil Nicoletti||Cochecton, NY||229|
|6||Benny Bloss||Oak Grove, MO||228|
|8||Weston Peick||Wildomar, CA||197|
|9||Andrew Short||Colorado Springs, CO||197|
|Fort Dodge, IA||173|
|12||Broc Tickle||Holly, MI||171|
|13||Cole Seely||Newbury Park, CA||151|
|15||Matt Bisceglia||Weatherford, TX||144|
|17||Ryan Dungey||Belle Plaine, MN||131|
|18||Trey Canard||Shawnee, OK||127|
|20||Cole Martinez||Rimrock, AZ||98|
250 Moto 2
The 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has ended for the 250 Class, but it certainly left us plenty to talk about.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner took the holeshot in the second moto over Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha teammates Cooper Webb and Alex Martin. The moto one winner wasn’t able to run away from the field like he did in the first moto, but he looked solid for a number of laps as Plessinger applied a ton of pressure.
Plessinger again pulled close as the two crossed the finish line for the ninth lap. But Forkner wouldn’t lead another lap. In the same spot he made a mistake in the first moto that forced him off the track, Forkner went down again, tossing away the lead. He was able to regroup and get up in second, but a lap later he lost that spot to Webb.
There was still reason to celebrate if you’re Forkner. With a third place finish he clinched his first career overall win in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
After getting the lead, Plessinger ran away to win his second career moto—first since Ironman last year—behind a more than twelve second lead.
Webb finished second ahead of Forkner, Alex Martin and Adam Cianciarulo.
Mitchell Harrison made it four Star Racing riders in the top six, ahead of Martin Davalos, Justin Hill, Arnaud Tonus, who came back from an early crash, and RJ Hampshire.
- Not sure what happened to Zach Osborne, but he was 38th after the first lap. He came back to finish 16th. We’ll provide an update as more information is known.
Podium: 1.) Aaron Plessinger; 2.) Cooper Webb; 3.) Austin Forkner
Fastest Lap: Plessinger | 2:27.893
Margin of Victory: Plessinger | 12.7 seconds
|1||Austin Forkner||Richards, MO United States||1 - 3||Kawasaki KX250F|
|2||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH United States||8 - 1||Yamaha YZ250F|
|3||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC United States||5 - 2||Yamaha YZ250F|
|Millville, MN United States||3 - 4||Yamaha YZ250F|
|5||Adam Cianciarulo||Port Orange, FL United States||6 - 5||Kawasaki KX250F|
|6||Arnaud Tonus||Switzerland||4 - 9||Kawasaki KX250F|
|7||Mitchell Harrison||Lansing, MI United States||10 - 6||Yamaha YZ250F|
|Alvord, TX United States||7 - 13||KTM 250 SX-F|
|9||Joey Savatgy||Thomasville, GA United States||2 - 34||Kawasaki KX250F|
|10||Justin Hill||Yoncalla, OR United States||15 - 7||KTM 250 SX-F|
|11||R.J. Hampshire||Hudson, FL United States||14 - 10||Honda CRF250R|
|12||Bradley Taft||Nixa, MO United States||12 - 14||Yamaha YZ250F|
|13||Zach Osborne||Abingdon, VA United States||11 - 15||Husqvarna FC 250|
|14||Tristan Charboneau||Tenino, WA United States||16 - 12||Honda CRF250R|
|Quito Ecuador||22 - 8||Husqvarna FC 250|
|16||Chris Alldredge||Powell Butte, OR United States||18 - 11||Kawasaki KX250F|
|Belmont, NC United States||9 - 36||Honda CRF250R|
|18||Kyle Cunningham||Aledo, TX United States||13 - 18||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|19||Dylan Wright||Courtland, ON Canada||21 - 16||Yamaha YZ250F|
|20||Nick Gaines||Ringgold, GA United States||35 - 17||Kawasaki KX250F|
|21||Luke Clout||Sydney Australia||17 - 35||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|22||Henry Miller||Rochester, MN United States||40 - 19||Yamaha YZ250F|
|23||Brandon Scharer||Gardena, CA United States||19 - 21||Yamaha YZ250F|
|24||Josh Osby||Valparaiso, IN United States||30 - 20||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|25||Cody Williams||Barneveld, WI United States||20 - 24||Yamaha YZ250F|
|26||Carlen Gardner||Paso Robles, CA United States||25 - 22||Honda CRF250R|
|27||Daniel Herrlein||Wheeling, WV United States||26 - 23||KTM 250 SX-F|
|28||Timmy Crosby||Confluence, PA United States||27 - 26||Yamaha YZ250F|
|29||Josh Mosiman||Sebastopol, CA United States||24 - 29||Husqvarna FC 250|
|30||Josiah Hempen||Argyle, IA United States||29 - 25||Yamaha YZ250F|
|31||Jimmy Albertson||Mount Vernon, MO United States||23 - 32||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|32||Shawn Maffenbeier||Kamloops, BC Canada||28 - 28||KTM 250 SX-F|
|33||Jarett Pesci||Shelby Twp, MI United States||33 - 27||Yamaha YZ250F|
|34||Cody Church||Grand Junction, CO United States||36 - 31||Kawasaki KX250F|
|35||Sean Miller||Crown Point, IN United States||34 - 33||Kawasaki KX250F|
|36||Eric Grondahl||Portsmouth, NH United States||38 - 30||KTM 250 SX-F|
|37||Christian Telker||Brownsville, IN United States||31 - 37||Yamaha YZ250F|
|38||Bryar Perry||Shasta Lake, CA United States||32 - 38||Yamaha YZ250F|
|39||Marshal Weltin||Ubly, MI United States||37 - 40||Yamaha YZ250F|
|40||Dakota Robins||Denver, IN United States||39 - 39||Kawasaki KX250F|
|1||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||495|
|3||Joey Savatgy||Thomasville, GA||383|
|4||Austin Forkner||Richards, MO||376|
|5||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH||351|
|7||Zach Osborne||Abingdon, VA||312|
|8||Adam Cianciarulo||Port Orange, FL||266|
|11||R.J. Hampshire||Hudson, FL||220|
|13||Mitchell Harrison||Lansing, MI||168|
|15||Kyle Cunningham||Aledo, TX||127|
|17||Justin Hill||Yoncalla, OR||122|
|19||Jessy Nelson||Paso Robles, CA||105|
|20||Colt Nichols||Muskogee, OK||94|
450 Moto 1
It didn’t matter much to Ken Roczen that he’d already clinched the 450 championship. The two-time 450MX champion once again led start to finish in the first 450 moto at Ironman. Justin Barcia kept him honest for a few laps, but Roczen was too strong and rode to a more than five second win. (He did stretch his lead to more than ten at points in the moto.)
The real battle of the moto was for third between Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac. Musquin held the spot for the opening seven laps before Tomac used a huge scrub up the hill to put the pressure on Musquin and soon took over the position.
Tomac made things interesting when he went down a few laps later. Musquin retook third until two laps to go when Tomac once again charged back and passed the Red Bull KTM rider. This time he wouldn’t relinquish the spot.
Barcia was never challenged for second and finished 6.1 seconds behind Roczen.
Jason Anderson, Phil Nicoletti, Benny Bloss, Weston Peick, Fredrik Noren and Dean Wilson rounded out the top ten.
- In his first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race of 2016, Canadian Kaven Benoit finished an impressive twelfth.
- Andrew Short, in his second-to-last career moto, finished thirteenth.
- Now a full-time GNCC racer, Ryan Sipes, in his first appearance on the circuit this year, finished nineteenth.
Podium: 1.) Ken Roczen; 2.) Justin Barcia; 3.) Eli Tomac
Fastest Lap: Roczen | 2:26.756
Margin of Victory: Roczen | 6.15 seconds
250 Moto 1
Austin Forkner is legit, folks. If you didn’t already know that after the rookie season the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider has already had, then the first moto at Ironman certainly changed your view.
Forkner grabbed the holeshot in the first moto, on a track that is still a bit “soupy” after rain leading up to the event, and, really, the race was over from there. Forkner built an eight second lead by lap 3 and turned it into 15.2 by lap 5 and 28 seconds by checkers. Impressive riding from the rookie, who notched the second moto win of his young career.
If anyone was going to challenge Forkner it was going to be Cooper Webb, and early on, the title winner was in great position to do so. But he stalled his bike in a corner and fell outside the top ten. He would come back to grab fourth late in the race, but he went down hard with a few laps to go while challenging Alex Martin for third. He would finish fifth.
“The track is brutal right now,” said Martin. “It’s pretty crazy out there.”
Joey Savatgy finished second in front of Martin, Arnaud Tonus, Webb, Adam Cianciarulo and Mitchell Oldenburg.
- Conditions seemed like a perfect match for last year’s Ironman winner Aaron Plessinger, but the Yamalube/Star Racing rider could never get anything going and finished eighth.
- RJ Hampshire, who had to qualify out of the LCQ, finished fourteenth.
- After setting the third fastest time in qualifying, Canadian Dylan Wright finished twenty-first.
- Chris Alldredge also qualified out of the LCQ. He finished eighteenth.
Podium: 1.) Austin Forkner; 2.) Joey Savatgy; 3.) Alex Martin
Fastest Lap: Forkner | 2:31.918
Margin of Victory: Forkner | 28.9 seconds
Second 450 Practice
Benny Bloss put down a heater late in the second session to capture the top time, but it wasn’t good enough to beat out Justin Barcia’s 2:32.824 from session one. Bloss’ 2:34.395 was nearly two seconds better than his time in the first session and was good enough for third overall behind Barcia and teammate Phil Nicoletti.
Jason Anderson qualified fourth fastest ahead of Eil Tomac, Ken Roczen, Dean Wilson, Marvin Musquin, Fredrik Noren and Ryan Sipes.
Canadian Kaven Benoit, riding in Group B, qualified eleventh overall ahead of Andrew Short, Heath Harrison, Matt Bisceglia and Ronnie Stewart.
First motos begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on MAVTV and Promotocross.com.
Second 250 Practice
Whelp, we were wrong. The first practice times did in fact hold up.
In 250s, Cooper Webb will have the first gate pick after a 2:30.304, which was more than six seconds faster than his second session. Austin Forkner was fastest in the session with a 2:35.460. That time was just under four seconds off his first session of a 2:31.524.
The surprise of the session comes from Canadian Dylan Wright. Riding in Group B, Wright set the third fastest time overall with a 2:31.540 in his first session. Mitchell Oldenburg, Adam Cianciarulo, Daniel Herrlein, Aaron Plessinger, Arnaud Tonus, Joey Savatgy and Alex Martin round out the top ten.
The Consolation Race (LCQ) will feature a number of well-known names. Gannon Audette (40th), RJ Hampshire (42nd), Nick Gaines (43rd), Jackson Richardson (46th), Gared Steinke (47th) and Chris Alldredge (49th) are all battling for the last four spots in the motos.
The good news: the sun is finally out. The bad news: it didn’t come out quick enough to dry out the track for the first set of practices. The track will certainly come around, so don’t expected these times to hold up.
Justin Barica is probably hoping conditions stay the same, as he set the fastest time in the first practice with a 2:32.824 over teammate Phil Nicoletti (2:33.797). In his first race back since High Point, Jason Anderson was third fastest followed by Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen and Benny Bloss.
Cooper Webb topped rookie Austin Forkner in the first 250 session. Webb’s 2:30.304 was the fastest time of the first session (450 and 250) by more than two seconds! Mitchell Oldenburg, Adam Cianciarulo and Aaron Plessinger rounded out the top five.
Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, will serve as the final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. While the facility is new on the Pro Motocross circuit (today will be the third race ever held here) it’s well known in GNCC circles, hosting a round since 1995. The facility sits on The Shaver Family Farm and it’s been estimated that 3,000 truckloads of organic material mix and sand were used in order to build the facility, which hosted its first Pro Motocross event in 2014.
As Jason Thomas pointed out in his Staging Area column, we may see similar conditions as 2015, due to heavy rains that have been in the area all week. It has rained briefly this morning as well, but rain is expected to hold off this afternoon.
Luckily for Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb, the weather will have zero affect on their title chances, as both clinched a round early last weekend at Budds Creek. Roczen caused a stir earlier this week, posting on Instagram that he wanted to RM 250 this weekend. Unfortunately, that won’t happen due to AMA rules. DC explained why in Racerhead.
Although both titles have been wrapped up, there is still plenty to watch for this weekend—starting with Andrew Short. Today will mark the final race in the professional career of Short, which started way back in 2000. Short made his pro debut more than fifteen years ago at Steel City Raceway, and has signified what it means to be a professional throughout his career. I think I speak for everyone in saying, damn fine career, Shorty!
Elsewhere, there are still plenty of points battles to be decided today. We outlined them earlier this week, but we’ll briefly review them here. Weston Peick and Fredrik Noren are locked in a tight battle for ninth. Peick is currently two up entering the weekend. (Note: Peick trails Brayton for ninth by three and Broc Tickle by one for tenth. Both Brayton and Tickle will miss the race due to injury.)
Benny Bloss is looking to secure fifth in points. The rookie trails the idle Christophe Pourcel by thirteen, but has company, as Phil Nicoletti is only three back.
Tenth in 250MX will be a tight battle as well, as Mitchell Oldenburg (ninth) enters with a two-point lead over Arnaud Tonus (tenth) with RJ Hampshire (eleventh) looking to break into the top ten. Hampshire trails Oldenburg by thirteen and Tonus by eleven entering the weekend.
Fantasy Alert: Jason Anderson is back for the first time since High Point due to a broken collarbone. Ryan Sipes, now a full-time GNCC racer, is racing the 450 Class today.
Practice can be seen on Promotocross.com beginning at 10:00 a.m ET. First motos will air on MAVTV starting at 1:00 p.m. ET with second motos airing at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. All motos will air live on Promotocross.com.