The start and opening laps of both 450 motos looked much the same, as MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi jumped out to the early lead only to have Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey hunt him down and pass him. In both motos, the two riders battled it out for numerous laps, before Alessi finally succumbed to Dungey’s pressure.
This has been a historic year for KTM. Not only has Dungey won Supercross races and outdoor races, but he also clinched the company’s first major title in the 450 class. For the Elsinore National, the team had a ton of people from KTM’s headquarters including the owner of KTM, who is between Dungey and Roger DeCoster. Pit Bier also came out to witness Dungey go 1-1 in the 450 class.
In his last 250 class race, Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia had one thing on his mind: winning. After finishing third in the first moto, the Honda rider promptly took the holeshot in the second moto, opened up a lead, and rode away with the win. For his efforts, he was awarded second overall. The next time you see him race will be at the Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belgium, aboard a factory Muscle Milk Honda CRF450R.
Kawasaki’s Dylan Epstien rode in his first-ever National and did so aboard a nearly full-factory Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki machine. Dylan did well in his first outing, going 17-12 for 15th overall. Check back later this week for a full recap of how his day went, as he was the subject of the weekly TransWorld Shadow feature.
Going into the race, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett led the 250 championship by 14 points over Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac, and after winning the first moto, he only had to finish 13th or better in the second to clinch the title. As it turned out, Baggett overcame a poor 25th place start to finish second in the second moto and take home the title. Here, he is greeted by his dad moments after finishing the race.
There was a pretty funny moment while Baggett was being presented with his number one plate. The Volcom stone rushed the podium and promptly danced around in front of the camera before being escorted off by MX Sports staff. Needless to say, the promoters weren’t too pumped on the incident.
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