The crowd got to experience the true definition of monster holeshot when USA’s Andrew Short jumped off the line in the second moto of the day. New Zealand’s Ben Townley soon settled into the number two spot, Germany’s Ken Roczen, the third. Roczen and Townley started putting in work, not only battling each other, but gaining on Short at the same time. In a flash, Townley came in on Short’s front tire, sending the American down into the dirt. Slow to get up, Short favored his arm but did remount. From there, Roczen took over the lead with Townley absolutely hammering the throttle behind him. Townley took back the lead and began to distance himself from the German on the smaller bore machine. Trey Canard, meanwhile, suffered another dismal start, although it didn’t involve a wreck this time. Nearly 14th after the first lap, Canard fought to gain position and salvage something after Short’s crash. Clawing up to ninth place by the midway point, Canard continued to gain ground, hoping to catch Great Britain’s Dean Wilson in sixth place. Wilson, however, was just too far ahead, and Canard found himself defending the advances of Australia’s Jay Marmont. But with less than two laps left, Marmont crashed trying to make the pass on Canard.
Late in the moto, Kyle Regal found his way up to Roczen, but Roczen kept the pace up going nearly a second and a half faster; Regal, in the end, still managed to muscle his way around the German to secure second place.
When the second moto of the day concluded, Germany had the lead over Team USA…
1. Ben Townley – New Zealand
2. Kyle Regal – Puerto Rico
3. Ken Roczen – Germany
4. Clement DeSalle – Belgium
5. Max Nagl – Germany
6. Dean Wilson – Great Britain
7. Trey Canard – USA
8. Brad Anderson – Great Britain
9. Manuel Monni – Italy
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek – Belgium
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