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Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, coming to you from Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. From practice reports to the blow-by-blow from tonight’s motos, you’ll find it all right here on the Racer X Race Day Feed. Updates are posted in chronological order, so be sure to scroll down for the latest info. For even more updates be sure to follow us on Twitter, @Racerxonline.
Well if you you've been on social media at all this morning then you know what I'm about to say. If you haven't see what's going on at the track, let me tell you. The forecast for today is not looking good, as you'll see below. Heavy rains issued a weather delay until 10 a.m. (local time). Riders will have one 20-minute qualifying session and there will be no consolation races.
Below is the schedule, (again all times local):
10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. 250 Group B
10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 250 Group A
10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. 450 Group A
11:15 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. 450 Group B
There was also a loss of power at the track this morning as well. We're off to a great start, people.
Currently the power is out here at the track and our PA system and internet is down, but we are going racing.— Pro Motocross (@ProMotocross) July 20, 2019
Unfortunately, qualifying will not be broadcasted this morning. The qualifying show was to be on NBC Sports Gold but has since been cancelled due to weather. The motos will still air on the NBC Sports Gold app, starting at 2 p.m. ET.
250 CLASS QUALIFYING
We’ve got some results! Justin Cooper qualifies fastest today in the 250 Class. Cooper recorded a 2:02.556, about half a second faster than Chase Sexton. Alex Martin, who is hoping the “Troll Train” departs his hometown track—literally, as his family own it—with some hardware, qualified third; Dylan Ferrandis qualified fourth, and Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the top five. Privateer Zane Merrett qualified 12th; Christian Craig, who hasn’t raced since the first moto at the Florida National, qualified 13th; and Mitchell Falk, who is making his return after suffering a broken collarbone at the season-opening Hangtown National, qualified 19th.
|1||Justin Cooper||2:02.556||Cold Spring Harbor, NY||Yamaha YZ250F|
|2||Chase Sexton||2:03.052||La Moille, IL||Honda CRF250R|
|2:03.508||Millville, MN||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|4||Dylan Ferrandis||2:03.847||Avignon||Yamaha YZ250F|
|5||Adam Cianciarulo||2:04.473||Port Orange, FL||Kawasaki KX250F|
450 CLASS QUALIFYING
Man there was a big difference in the qualifying times between the 250 Class and the 450 Class! Cooper Webb was today’s fastest qualifier in the 450 Class, so far. Webb just edged out Justin Barcia’s 2:11.718 with a 2:11.131. Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, and Marvin Musquin rounded out the top five. Privateer Dustin Winter qualified 11th and Aaron Plessinger qualified 12th. Watch for those mud-experts to excel today. Plessinger was probably chomping at the bit this morning.
Due to the weather, we are suffering difficulties with the results and updates. We will provide updates and information when we can. We appreciate your patience.
Update: We were just informed that the 450 Class group A qualifying got cut short due to lightning.
The qualifying has wrapped up for the day. After raining hard all morning, it has slowed down but lightning in the area is still an issue.
With the amount of rain that hit the track, expect to see some sections of the track cut, such as Mount Martin, the huge hill in the center of the track.
The first motos are expected to start at 2 p.m. local time/3 p.m. ET.
|1||Cooper Webb||2:11.131||Newport, NC||KTM 450 SX-F|
|2||Justin Barcia||2:11.718||Monroe, NY||Yamaha YZ450F|
|3||Eli Tomac||2:11.892||Cortez, CO||Kawasaki KX450|
|2:11.934||Edgewood, NM||Husqvarna FC 450|
|5||Marvin Musquin||2:12.046||La Reole||KTM 450 SX-F|
250 CLASS MOTO 1
Ramy Alves Grabbed looked to have the holeshot but he went off the track right before the line and was out of the picture. The holeshot officially went to Adam Cianciarulo. However, Hunter Lawrence quickly jumped out in front to take over the lead and Cianciarulo moved into second behind the GEICO Honda rider. Hometown hero Alex Martin made a big jump-pass (no, not like Tim Tebow) on the inside of Justin Cooper to take over third on the opening lap. Behind Cooper was Dylan Ferrandis but Cooper made a few mistakes—falling down and then sliding around in the next turn and losing ground—and dropped back several positions. Cooper would finish the moto in seventh.
Early on, both Lawrence and Cianciarulo went off the track around the turn before a downhill section. It looked like a combination of mud and line choices that resulted in this.
Lawrence and AC both go off the track, they both slow way down, AC threw a hand up as if to say "I'm going slow..." Obviously the mud and the line they both took led them off the track.— Racer X (@racerxonline) July 20, 2019
Even with all of the mud, these guys were still sending on—even on the big jumps. With all of the mud and slop, we saw several riders’ bikes smoking. Ferrandis’ bike started smoking around the halfway mark. Although he was running in fourth for a majority of the race, he lost a spot to Shane McElrath late and finished the moto in fifth. With the way his bike was smoking, that’s probably a huge win for Ferrandis. Zane Merrett, who was solid in qualifying, was in the top ten but finished 13th. Mitchell Falk finished in eighth. Marchbanks, whose bike was smoking as well, was able to hold on for a tenth-place finish. Late in the moto, Cianciarulo went down and tossed his goggles. He lost a spot to Martin as who moved into second, but was able to keep his bike running and therefore didn’t lose any more spots—although he didn’t seem comfortable afterwards.
|1||Hunter Lawrence||2:22.888||15 Laps||Landsborough||Honda CRF250R|
|2:23.656||+13.429||Millville, MN||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|3||Adam Cianciarulo||2:23.312||+47.028||Port Orange, FL||Kawasaki KX250F|
|2:27.292||+1:16.416||Canton, NC||KTM 250 SX-F|
|5||Dylan Ferrandis||2:23.499||+1:23.530||Avignon||Yamaha YZ250F|
450 CLASS MOTO 1
Isaac Teasdale grabbed the holeshot but Cooper Webb stole first place immediately as he carried more speed through the first turn. Privateers Henry Miller and John Short moved into second was in third. Wow, what a great start by these guys. Jason Anderson went down twice within half a lap. He went down in the first turn, got up and made a lot of passes but went down again and was passed by several of the riders he had just made his way around. Teasdale faded to fourth, right in front of Kyle Cunningham. But Eli Tomac started to make his way through the privateer pack. Cunningham’s bike looks like it’s locked up in front of the mechanics’ area. Tomac made his way around Miller following the section after the finish line jump but Webb has a ten-second lead over Tomac already, only a few laps into the race. Musquin made his way into the top-five, becoming only the second championship contender in the top-ten.
Tomac started a charge and cut the gap down to down to five seconds. Musquin was only about five second behind Tomac at one point but Tomac went after Webb and left Musquin in the dust, as he was over 58 seconds behind Tomac at the end of the moto. When the checkered flag came, Webb held on to take his first moto win of the 2019 season—and the first 450 Class moto win of his career. Miller ended up holding on to finish fifth, behind Zach Osborne, who doesn’t seem to be bothered much by the shoulder injury that kept him out at the RedBud National. Short finished in sixth, Fredrik Noren in seventh, Joey Savatgy in eighth, Plessinger in ninth, and Justin Bogle in tenth. Anderson, who had those two crashes in the first lap, finished in 12th. Teasdale faded and finished 13th.
|1||Cooper Webb||2:16.628||15 Laps||Newport, NC||KTM 450 SX-F|
|2||Eli Tomac||2:16.284||+11.848||Cortez, CO||Kawasaki KX450|
|3||Marvin Musquin||2:19.265||+1:16.751||La Reole||KTM 450 SX-F|
|2:21.699||+1:38.784||Abingdon, VA||Husqvarna FC 450|
|5||Henry Miller||2:22.549||+1:46.834||Rochester, MN||KTM 450 SX-F|
250 CLASS MOTO 2
Justin Cooper grabbed the holeshot as hometown hero Alex Martin went right off the track, as Alves did in the first moto. Cianciarulo took the lead from his competitor. Kyle Peters started in third and Marchbanks was right on his tail. Marchbanks made his way around Peters in the Millville Sand Rollers but dropped back to seventh quickly after a mistake. Martin made his way into third, just in front of his teammate Peters. Ferrandis put together a charge of his own in the rollers and passed McElrath for seventh and he started battling with Peters. Ferrandis made a move on Peters on the next lap, moving his way into sixth. He’s really charging hard. Christian Craig, whose bike locked up in the first moto, looked like he was having bike problems with around the 11 minutes left in the moto. He finished 20th.
Ferrandis made a huge charge through the rollers on his teammate Colt Nichols and had just completed the pass into fourth until he went down in the turn splitting up the rollers. Nichols regained his spot and then even made a pass on Martin, who was running in second. Then shortly after Ferrandis went down, Cooper went down and lost lots of positions as he dropped to tenth. Martin repassed Nichols, who started to take heat from Ferrandis. Ferrandis charged back up to battle with Nichols with two laps to go until in the rollers—where he had been making up a lot of time on his competitors—he made a mistake and lost touch with Nichols.
Cianciarulo ran away with the win—15 seconds ahead of Martin. Martin finished second, Nichols third, and Ferrandis finished in fourth. At the completion of the moto, it was announced that Martin was docked on position from where he finished because of when he went off the track. So in the official moto results, Nichols swaps positions with Martin.
Cianciarulo said on the podium after the second moto that he was really angry after the first moto and that he had to calm down and focus on handling business in the second moto.
“Just to get the momentum back on our side, you know, there was a lot of talk the last couple weekends about the momentum not going my way and this and that, and I thought about that a lot this week and I feel like I came out and made a statement and so I’m happy," Cianciarulo said.
He did just that and took his sixth overall of the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
Martin finished 2-3 for second overall, Lawrence finished 1-6 for third overall to round out the overall podium.
Sexton, who only completed 12 laps in the first moto before finishing 27th, finished in seventh in the second moto. While he did improve his second moto finish, that’s probably not the weekend he was hoping for after missing the last race at RedBud. He finished 12th overall.
|1||Adam Cianciarulo||Port Orange, FL United States||3 - 1||Kawasaki KX250F|
|Millville, MN United States||2 - 3||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|3||Hunter Lawrence||Landsborough Australia||1 - 6||Honda CRF250R|
|4||Dylan Ferrandis||Avignon France||5 - 4||Yamaha YZ250F|
|Canton, NC United States||4 - 5||KTM 250 SX-F|
450 CLASS MOTO 2
Webb grabbed his second holeshot of the day and took off as a huge pileup occurred behind him. Musquin, Anderson, and Cunningham were some of the riders involved in the big first-turn pileup. These three all faced adversity in the first moto and unfortunately, their second moto didn’t start well either. Webb and Ken Roczen battled back and forth out front, Webb in front and Roczen fighting from second. Roczen was on Webb’s tail, in part from tripling the middle section of Mount Martin into the modified section of the hill (they cut out the top section). Webb held on for first until the next lap when he tried the triple jump and came up short. He tipped over into the inside of the turn and Roczen went past to take the lead. Right after Webb went down, Plessinger, who was in fifth, went down on the downside of a jump, and Fredrik Noren ran into Plessinger’s bike and went down as well. Plessinger took some time to get back on his bike and did get going but he only completed four laps in the moto. Then Tomac went down in the turn splitting up the rollers as he almost ran into the back of Justin Bogle. Tomac had had his feet on the pegs and was unable to catch himself and tipped over.
While Roczen took the lead, Webb wasn’t’ done yet. The two battled until Webb passed Roczen in the rollers with two laps to go. Neither of them seemed like they really got a good drive going into them but Webb had more momentum. Webb started to gap Roczen but lapped traffic and a not-giving-up Roczen brought the Honda HRC rider right back into the fight. It came down to the wire, as lapped traffic caused Webb to get backed up and Roczen got right onto the tail of Webb. However, the Red Bull KTM rider held on to finish 1-1 on his way to earning his first 450 Class overall in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. This was also Webb’s first 450 Class overall podium—not a bad way to earn your first premier class podium by getting on the top step.
“I just got up and put my head down. I knew I had some tricks up my sleeve and I felt really good today. Man, it’s incredible to go 1-1, I don’t know what happened to everybody else but I got two good starts and stayed out of trouble. It felt really awesome, man. It’s an incredible feeling, especially these last couple being right there but not even on the podium. So 1-1’s pretty incredible and man, it’s amazing what a moto win can do for your confidence….man, what a day.
Osborne held on to finish the moto in third, finishing 4-3 for second overall.
“It’s been tough,” Osborne said, who mentioned the effects of his shoulder injury were indeed bothering him a lot in the second moto. “It was a good day though.”
Tomac finished fifth in the moto but was able to round out the overall podium by going 2-5. Musquin finished 3-7 for fourth overall—charging from basically dead last again in the second moto, similar to how he did in the first moto at RedBud. Roczen’s 14-2 were good enough for fifth overall, just edging out Justin Barcia’s 11-4 by one point. Short finished the moto in eighth for 6-8 finishes for seventh overall. Plessinger finished 9-40 to finish 16th overall—not the day he was expecting when he was flying through the mud earlier during practice.
|1||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC United States||1 - 1||KTM 450 SX-F|
|Abingdon, VA United States||4 - 3||Husqvarna FC 450|
|3||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO United States||2 - 5||Kawasaki KX450|
|4||Marvin Musquin||La Reole France||3 - 7||KTM 450 SX-F|
|5||Ken Roczen||Mattstedt Germany||14 - 2||Honda CRF450R|