Round 12 of Monster Energy Supercross rolled into Indy! Lucas Oil Stadium would see a field of riders who are fighting injuries and issues as they have been racing a few solid months now! Not only did we have an East/West 250 shootout on our hands we had a 450 Class trying to solidify points as we are closing down on the series!
The 250 Heat Races were dominated by the ProCircuit Kawasaki riders of Adam Cianciarulo for the West coast and Austin Forkner for the East. The 250 main saw both of the points leaders get stuck on a tough block in the first turn which put them in last. This was about to be an exciting race! Both Osbourne and Plessinger slice their way through the pack to see how much damage control they could do.
Domination from Jeremy Martin who would claim a hard earned win! Shortly after the race he was protested for jumping on a Red Cross flag. Ultimately, his win would hold but he would be docked 7 points. Adam Cianciarulo showed us the meaning of heart by pulling that last lap pass on Luke Renzland to claim second and a VERY happy TradersMx Yamaha team would celebrate a huge podium for the number 38 rider of Renzland in the East/West shootout!
Eli Tomac and Justin Brayton would take the 450 heat race wins for the night in Indy! Both riders looking solid on the track and both riders coming off of recent wins is setting up for a fantastic main event! The first turn of the 450 main unfortunately stacked up a pile of top riders including Baggett, Webb, Bowers, Anderson and Tomac. This made for an exciting race as the top riders in points tried their hardest to salvage points. Jason Anderson’s job was to ride consistent and get as many points as he could. The Indy track was a perfect storm for Frenchman Marvin Musquin. Technical and rutted Musquin got a great start and showed why he’s a title contender in this 450 class. Tomac who we saw dominate in the past 3 races was up in front starting to catch Musquin and suffered a crash which caused him quite a bit of time. He did get back up but Marvin’s record breaking 30 second lead for the win was too much to catch. Dean Wilson would get his first career 450 SX podium coming in second. Justin Brayton who rode smart and smooth once again is getting used to being up on the box with a hard earned third!
The riders have off for Easter next week and then the series continues in the northwest at Seattle for Round 13!
ST. LOUIS SUPERCROSS
Supercross arrived in St Louis, “Gateway to the West” for round 11 of the SX season! The green was not only the color of the day for St. Patrick’s Day but for the dominating performance laid down by Pro Circuit 450 rider Eli Tomac. He would take his fifth straight win but only sit fourth in points due to his previous race issues.
The 250 Class saw Zach Osbourne and Austin Forkner
STL with both riders sporting red plates. The points for these two were tied leaving Daytona which dictated they share the points lead. Forkner clicked off a heat race win and was looking to capture the points lead for the night. Osbourne looked near flawless in his race as well. Both of these riders are there to win. Forkner led most of the main event but with the serious pressure from Osbourne on his rear tire, had a crash near the end that caused him to lose his first-place position and would finish up fifth on the night. Osbourne, Jeremy Martin and Jordon Smith took first, second and third on the podium. Osbourne will head into next week with an 8-point lead but Forkner is making it known he is there to win.
The big bikes! Justin Brayton won his first SX as the oldest rider ever breaking a record and also breaking a personal record by winning Daytona Supercross! The fans had even more hype to look forward to coming into this week’s round at St. Louis! He would finish a very solid fourth on the night in STL for Moto Concepts Smart Top Racing rider.
The injury laden field currently affecting the 450 class is leaving the door open for more riders to claim their best finishes ever. Tomac is not in title contention despite the race wins he is starting to click off. Cooper Webb had a practice crash earlier in the week, then was not up to par and went down again in free practice sat. and would not line up for St Louis. Jason Anderson with all his speed this season is striving to maintain consistency and remain the points lead. Tomac got off to a blazing start in the main and never looked back. He was tripling, quadding, tripling almost to perfection on the dirt in STL. He looked like the unstoppable Tomac we have seen win so many races before. Tomac would win by an impressive 20 second lead with Anderson claiming second and Marvin Musquin rounding out the podium. Will Tomac continue his winning streak and can Anderson rebound for a win in Indy and stack up an even bigger lead??
Should be nothing less than spectacular as they head to Indy this Saturday!