Features 7 Sep 2020

Racefeed: 2020 Pro Motocross Rd5 RedBud

Direct updates from round five of the outdoor championship at RedBud.

Follow the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with direct updates from round five of the championship at RedBud, Michigan, where Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) topped the 450MX qualifying time sheets and and Ty Masterpool (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) posted the fastest lap in 250MX earlier this morning.

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250MX moto one:
Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Shane McElrath won a drama-filled opening 250MX moto. Teammates McElrath and Ty Masterpool spearheaded the pack through the first turn, while championship leader Jeremy Martin (Geico Honda) and contender Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) found themselves outside the top 10. Ferrandis hunted down Martin, but at the midway mark both riders went down after Ferrandis tried to squeeze past  entering the left-hander at the bottom of Larocco’s Leap. The Frenchman remounted quickly, and, despite another high-side crash several laps later, would finish fifth. Up front, Hampshire jumped to the lead after passing McElrath then capitalising on a mistake from leader Masterpool. With two laps to go Hampshire also made a mistake and allowed McElrath back past for the lead and eventual win, while Lawrence applied the pressure all the way to the checkered flag for third. Masterpool and Ferrandis rounded out the top five, while Harrison, Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), Alex Martin (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki), Stilez Robertson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Brandon Hartranft (TLD Red Bull KTM) completed the top 10 placings. Jeremy Martin failed to move forward after his tangle with Ferrandis and eventually finished 11th.

450MX moto one:
An ecstatic Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo held off a hard charge from his team-mate and three-time champion Eli Tomac to claim his first-ever 450cc moto win in the opening premier class race. Cianciarulo led from wire to wire and managed a relatively comfortable 2-3 second lead for most of the race before Tomac piled on late pressure. Cianciarulo remained composed to take a hard-fought win, while Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, who rebounded well from a hard pass from Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha) earlier in the race, rounded out the podium. Current red plate holder Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) spent most of his race in second position, before losing spots to a hard-charging Tomac and Musquin late in the moto. Barcia finished fifth, while Rocky Mountain ATV MC KTM’s Blake Baggett placed sixth, ahead of Joey Savatgy (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing), Broc Tickle (Monster Energy Yamaha), Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC), and Christian Craig (Team Honda HRC).

250MX moto two:
RJ Hampshire won his second round overall of the year after a hard-fought second moto, with a consistent 2-3 score from the day’s two motos. Jeremy Martin rebounded from his disappointing opening race result to claim the second moto win by a comfortable eight seconds. Off the gate it was again Ty Masterpool who secured his second holeshot of the day, with Martin in second and Hampshire in third. Ferrandis experienced a horror jump off the gate and found himself mid-pack, and had to grind his way through the field on his way to second place and second overall for the day. A desperate last-lap pass on RJ Hampshire saw him gain a handful of championship points over Martin, who’ll continue to hold the red plate entering his home round at Millville in two weeks’ time. Mitchell Harrison finished fourth and Justin Cooper fifth. Rounding out the top 10 was Jo Shimoda (Geico Honda), Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki), Jett Lawrence, Alex Martin and moto 1 winner Shane McElrath.

450MX moto two:
Adam Cianciarulo broke through for his first 450 round win of his career with an impressive third place in the second race at RedBud, while Blake Baggett took the field by storm to take a comfortable race moto win. Cianciarulo again enjoyed a perfect jump out of the blocks and took off at the front of the pack, while behind him, Tomac, Barcia and Sexton were caught in a second-turn pile-up that left Tomac restarting from dead last. Seperate errors in the same corner from Marvin Musquin and Joey Savagty saw Baggett jump from fifth to third behind Cianciarulo and Osborne and he took off after the frontrunners. While enjoying a four-second lead at the midway point, Cianciaculo ran into the back lapped rider at the bottom of an off-camber turn and went down, allowing Osborne and Baggett both past. Late in the race Baggett closed in on Osborne and made a clever pass for the lead, then checked out, leading by 13 seconds by the time he got to the checkered flag. Behind him, Osborne took second, Cianciarulo third, Musquin fourth and Tickle fifth. Christian Craig, Tomac, Savatgy, Sexton, and Barca finished out the top 10 positions.