The third round at Indianapolis is underway at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM) and Colt Nichols (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) were on a roll in qualifying to start the day at Lucas Oil Stadium with the two riders finding themselves on top of the timesheets all afternoon.
Cooper Webb looked to have found the comfort he’s been searching for on his Red Bull KTM, leading both qualifying sessions. He finished the second session with a 46.752s to take the top spot.
Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) continued the great form we’ve seen the last few rounds, ending the afternoon in second place and just over a tenth behind Webb.
The next four riders were all separated by under 0.100s with Adam Cianciarulo’s (Monster Energy Kawasaki) 47.225s lap leading Malcolm Stewart. Stewart’s lap saw him narrowly miss the top three as he was just 0.001s off aboard his Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha. Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas) and Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) brought home the five and six spots and are looking solid heading into the night program.
Marvin Musquin’s (Red Bull KTM) 47.426s lap in the first session put him in seventh spot, while it was a mellow start to the final round in Indianapolis for championship points leader Ken Roczen. The Team Honda HRC rider finished in eighth with a 47.572s, followed by rookie Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) in ninth.
Muc-Off Honda rider Justin Brayton rebounded from a rough go at Indy 2 to round out the top 10 after clocking a 47.700s.
Jason Anderson made his return after missing last week’s racing with a dislocated finger, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider finished in 13th.
Colt Nichols (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) came out swinging in the 250SX East qualifying sessions, topping the timesheets heading into the night show with a 47.913s lap.
Jett Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) seems to have healed up a bit after missing last week’s main event. The Team Honda HRC rider took second place, finishing just 0.066s back of Nichols.
Michael Mosiman (TLD Red Bull KTM) took the third spot, continuing to build speed, finishing just over a tenth of a second off of the top time with a 48.026s lap. Unfortunately he suffered a fall in the first session that will sideline him for the rest of the evening.
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda logged his best qualifying effort of the season in fourth place with great pace.
Championship contender Christian Craig (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) had a tough start to the day, missing the entire first qualifying session of the day with bike problems. Craig finished in fifth headed to the night program with a 48.566.
Mitchell Oldenburg (Muc-Off Honda) had a solid run in qualifying to bounce back after a rough ‘Super Tuesday’ at Indianapolis 2 to take the six spot with a 48.577s.
Hunter Sayles (KTM) took seventh, followed by Grant Harlan (Honda), Thomas Do (KTM) and Logan Karnow (Kawasaki) rounding out the top 10.