SOUTHWICK, Mass. (July 8, 2017) -
The seventh round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned
by AMA Pro Racing, witnessed the worlds best riders
encounter the sandy soil at The Wick 338, which ultimately served as the most
physically demanding track of the season thus far. Points leader Eli Tomac continued on his recent hot
streak by putting his Monster Energy Kawasaki atop the podium for the third
straight round, and fourth time this season, to extend his championship lead.
In the 250 Class, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne
emerged with his second consecutive 250 Class win.
The opening 450 Class moto saw
RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM rider Blake Baggett power his way down the sandy start
straight to capture his second Motosport.com Holeshot
of the season, just ahead of teammate Dakota Alix and TMM KTM's Isaac Teasdale.
While rounding the opening corner, Alix lost his momentum, which caused Baggett
to make contact that soon took several riders to the ground. The incident put
Baggett into the lead and allowed Teasdale to slide into second, with Autotrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX's Weston Peick in third. The blistering pace at the front proved to
be too much for Teasdale and at the end of the opening lap it was Baggett, Peick, and Tomac.
While Baggett quickly put his head down out
front and began to open a small gap, the battle for second started to heat up
as Peick and Tomac went
bar-to-bar. Tomac used every inch of the track as he
desperately searched for a way around the Suzuki rider, eventually making the
pass stick on Lap 2. Once into second, Tomac dropped
the hammer and wasted no time latching onto the rear fender of Baggett. On Lap
3, Tomac got an excellent drive down one of the long
straightaways to pull alongside Baggett and ultimately take over the race lead.
Monster Energy/Yamaha/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing
rider Cooper Webb then began to apply pressure on Peick
for third and would find his way by for the final podium position.
Shortly after taking the race lead, Tomac was all business as he clocked the fastest laps of
the race in an attempt to distance himself from
Baggett. As Tomac stretched his lead, Baggett
searched for smooth lines on the bumpy circuit and soon began to distance
himself from Webb in third.
Tomac remained unchallenged as
he crossed the checkered flag for his seventh moto win of the season, with a
15.9 second advantage over Baggett in second. The rookie
Webb held onto third to capture his first 450 Class moto podium. After falling
on the opening lap, Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin put in a
spectacular come-from-behind ride to finish fourth.
Musquin launched out of the gate to lead the
field and take his second Motosport.com Holeshot
award in 450 Class Moto 2, followed closely by Baggett and Rockstar Energy
Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Martin Davalos. Autotrader/Monster
Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX's Justin Barcia was on a tear to start the race as he made
the pass on Davalos for third and had Baggett within striking distance. Musquin
had already opened a small cushion when he crossed the line on the opening lap,
as Baggett and Barcia gave chase.
While Musquin relied on his silky smooth riding style to navigate the treacherous
conditions on the track, the battle began to intensify for the remaining podium
positions. On Lap 2, Barcia made a big mistake that sent him crashing to the
ground, which helped Tomac slide into third. Once
into third, Tomac demonstrated incredible speed and
began to close in on Baggett for second. On Lap 4, Tomac
carried his momentum down one of the rough hills and dove to the inside of
Baggett to take control of second and instantly mount his charge on
As Musquin continued to hit his lines out
front, Tomac began to reduce the deficit and moved within
bike lengths. With Musquin protecting the inside lines, Tomac
was using the longer outside lines in an attempt to
find a way around, pulling alongside Musquin for the lead several times.
Despite Musquin upping his pace, Tomac was relentless
and made a brilliant pass around the outside to take over the lead on the sixth
lap. Shortly after being bumped to second, Musquin had a massive crash that
launched him off the side off the track in the air and sent him to the ground,
which soon forced an early retirement from the race. The Frenchman's misfortune
moved Baggett into second and Webb into third.
Similar to the first moto, Tomac was putting on a riding clinic as he broke away from
the field and opened a commanding lead on his fellow competitors. As Baggett
remained in control of second, Webb made a mistake that cost him several
positions and allowed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Dean Wilson to
move into the final podium spot.
Tomac crossed the line with a
21.1 second margin of victory to take his eighth moto win of the season, and
his fifth in a row. Baggett finished strong in second, followed by a
career-best ride by the Scotsman Wilson, who earned his first moto podium
result in third.
The 1-1 effort by Tomac
gave him his ninth career 450 Class overall win, and back-to-back wins in
Southwick. Baggett, who fought through a thumb injury from a crash last weekend
at RedBud, finished second overall (2-2), while
Wilson's strong second moto was good enough to earn his first career 450 Class
overall podium result (6-3).
"We only have one really good sand
track of the year and that is here at Southwick," said Tomac
"It seems most guys either love or hate this track, but I'm a big fan of
it and enjoy coming here. I think we're in a good spot points wise. We're not
really fighting anything on the motorcycle and it's nice to head into the off
weekend on a good note."
Tomac's win added an additional
six points to his lead in the championship standings, which now sits at
19-points over Baggett in second. Despite his misfortune and a 12 th-place
finish (4-38), Musquin moved into third in the standings and is 72-points out
of the championship lead. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason
Anderson entered the day third in points, but was unable to compete due to an
injury suffered just days before the race and was shuffled back to fourth, just
three points behind Musquin.
"I rode the best I could today with the
injury [thumb] and salvaged points", said Baggett. "This isn't my
favorite race of the year, so I was just looking forward to getting through it.
I'm going to get an MRI on Monday and we will have to see what the results are.
Worst case we will have to get a small operation and hope that it heals in time
The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross
Championship will take a break from racing next weekend before returning to
action on Saturday, July 22, for the eighth round of the season at Spring Creek
MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. First motos of the
Spring Creek National can be seen live on MAVTV at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET. The
second motos will air via tape delay on NBC Sports
Network at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Red Bull Southwick National
The Wick 338 - Southwick, Massachusetts
July 8, 2017
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo.,
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (6-3)
Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (3-6)
Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna (7-4)
Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (5-5)
Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda (10-7)
Fredrik Noren, Lidkoping, Sweden, Honda (8-10)
Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (13-9)
Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (9-13)
450 Class Championship Standings
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo.,
Kawasaki - 291
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 272
Marvin Musquin, La Reole,
France, KTM - 219
Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 216
Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna - 198
Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki - 183
Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda - 164
Weston Peick, Menifee,
Calif., Suzuki - 150
Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha - 147
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki -