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MX2 Moto 1
– Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Max Anstie stole the first holeshot of the day, but it was the newly crowned MX2 champion Jeffrey Herlings who quickly found his way around Anstie and into the lead by turn two, with Americans Jeremy Martin in third, Mitchell Harrison in third, Austin Forkner in fourth.
– Anstie began to fade early in the moto, and Martin, Forkner, and Harrison made their way past the Husqvarna rider as he dropped further in the pack.
– Martin managed to close in on Herlings around the halfway point of the race, but Herlings opened his lead back up with some fast laps to take the MX2 moto-one win with a sizable gap.
– Martin finished in second in his first race aboard his new GEICO Honda ride, Forkner finished in third, Thomas Covington put on a late-moto charge to grab fourth, and Harrison crossed the line in fifth.
– Despite grabbing the holeshot, Anstie crossed the line in eighth at the checkered flag, but we later found out he was battling the flu.
– Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM’s Mitchell Oldenburg was involved in a big crash off the start that put him at the back of the pack by the time he got moving again.
MX2 Moto 2
– The 15-year-old Spaniard Jorge Prado edged out Max Anstie for the holeshot in moto two aboard his Red Bull KTM 250 SX-F, but Anstie ran the same inside line as Jeffrey Herlings in moto one to jump into the early lead.
– Jeremy Martin sat in second with Austin Forkner on his rear wheel in third, while race-one winner Herlings ran back in fifth.
– Forkner crashed hard twice in moto two: once at the bottom of Yamaha Hill on the opening lap and was nearly half a lap down by the time he got his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki fired up again, and once again toward the end of the race after working his way back into the top-10, which he returned to the pits after.
– Herlings was on a mission early in the race, quickly picking off Prado and Martin before powering past Anstie while trekking up Mt. Saint Helens to take over the lead.
– Jeremy Sewer worked his way into the mix in moto two after finishing outside the top-10 in the first race of the day.
– Martin made the pass on Anstie for second by blasting by on the inside around Talladega Turn, with Seewer sticking the pass for third the following lap in the exact same spot.
– Herlings grew his lead with every lap to take the final MX2 moto victory and overall win of his career before moving up to the MXGP class next year.
– Seewer began to reel Martin in as time was expiring, but Martin stretched it back out in the remaining laps to finish in second with Seewer close behind in third, Anstie in fourth, and Harrison in fifth.
MX2 World Championship Standings