During its time on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Steel City has become known as the site where many championship changing moments have taken place. It is where Ryan Hughes pushed his bike uphill after the chain snapped, where Grant Langston’s wheel came apart and handed the title to Mike Brown, and where Ricky Carmichael broke the record for most 125 class wins. This is due to its slot on the schedule, as it used to be the final round of the year until recently, when things are coming down to the wire. It was no different this season, has a dramatic shake-up in the overall standings puts just 14-points between Blake Baggett and Eli Tomac heading into the final round. Tomac continued his streak of wins with a 1-1 sweep of the day, moving himself up a position in the point standings and turning the pressure up yet another notch. In the 450 class, newly crowned champion Ryan Dungey once again outpaced and outlasted the field to score his own 1-1 overall.

450 Moto One

Recently crowned 450 champion Ryan Dungey led the class to the first turn, just ahead of JGR/Toyota/Yamaha's Davi Millsaps and Star/Valli/Rockstar/Yamaha's Robert Kiniry. With a clear track ahead, Dungey wasted no time to distance himself from the other 39 racers, and with that would take his Red Bull KTM to another moto win. With the leader pulling away, the attention turned to the deeper runners in the field. Chaparall/L&Mc/Honda rider Andrew Short swept into second place on the opening lap after making his way around three racers, and then gave chase to Dungey before claiming second place. Yamaha racers Millsaps and Nico Izzi diced for control of fourth place early in the moto, with Izzi claiming the spot before he would go down later in the moto, coming back to finish eight. Jeff Ward Racing/DNA Energy/Kawasaki's Josh Grant quietly moved through the pack and then passed Millsaps for fourth place, something that would be key later in the day. Moto

The first race of the day forced a number of racers to drop out with issues, including Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Broc Tickle, Kyle Regal, and Kiniry.

450 Moto One Results  

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Andrew Short
3. Mike Alessi
4. Josh Grant
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Tyla Rattray
7. Jake Weimer
8. Nico Izzi
9. Christian Craig
10. Kyle Chisholm
11. Phil Nicoletti
12. Justin Brayton
13. Ben Lamay
14. PJ Larsen
15. Vince Friese
16. Jimmy Albertson
17. Robert Marshall
18. Austin Howell
19. Jason Thomas
20. Evgeny Mikhaylov

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450 Moto Two

The first drops of rain began to fall just as the 450 launched out of the gate, turning the already hard packed Steel City soil into a shiny and technical challenge. Mike Alessi took another patented holeshot aboard his MotoConcepts machine and began to set the pace for the rain-caused slower second moto. Josh Grant paced after Alessi in the early going before being tracked down by Ryan Dungey, but would claim third overall with 4-4 scores. Further up front, the ongoing battle between Dungey and Alessi resumed, as both would gain ground then falter and lose time to the other due to the slipperiness of the track and its numerous holes. Dungey would make his move for the lead late in the race, but this would not go unanswered by Alessi, who fought back to take the lead back momentarily. As the two came back into the center of the track, Dungey would make his pass stick and take the checkered flag.

450 Moto Two Results

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Mike Alessi
3. Jake Weimer
4. Josh Grant
5. Broc Tickle
6. Phil Nicoletti
7. Robert Kiniry
8. Nico Izzi
9. Tyla Rattray
10. Justin Brayton
11. Davi Millsaps
12. Ben Lamay
13. Fredrik Noren
14. PJ Larsen
15. Austin Howell
16. Kyle Chisholm
17. Evgeny Mikhaylov
18. Vince Friese
19. Shane Durham
20. Jimmy Albertson

 

Overall
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Mike Alessi
3. Josh Grant
4. Jake Weimer
5. Tyla Rattray
6. Nico Izzi
7. Davi Millsaps
8. Phil Nicoletti
9. Andrew Short
10. Justin Brayton
11. Ben Lamay
12. Broc Tickle
13. Kyle Chisholm
14. Robert Kiniry
15. PJ Larsen
16. Christian Craig
17. Austin Howell
18. Vince Friese
19. Fredrik Noren
20. Jimmy Albertson
450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 11 of 12 rounds)
1. Ryan Dungey (530)
2. Mike Alessi (409)
3. Andrew Short (333)
4. Jake Weimer (327)
5. Broc Tickle (309)
6. Josh Grant (262)
7. Justin Brayton (222)
8. Kyle Chisholm (198)
9. Davi Millsaps (176)
10. James Stewart (163)

250 Moto One

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett was the first to the corner in the first 250 moto of the day, but was then swallowed up by the pack and dropped far down the running order. With that, GEICO Powersports Honda racer Justin Barcia would inherit the position and began to pull away with Ken Roczen and teammate Eli Tomac in second and third, respectively. Tomac made his way around the Red Bull KTM of Roczen and then set off after Barcia, closing in on his championship rival with only laps to go. With three laps to go, Tomac and Barcia battled intensely for the win, running side-by-side down one straightaway and nearly touching as Tomac took over the lead. Once in control, Tomac would quickly distance himself from Barcia and take the moto win.

250 Moto One Results 

1. Eli Tomac
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ken Roczen
4. Blake Baggett
5. Marvin Musquin
6. Malcolm Stewart
7. Blake Wharton
8. Alex Martin
9. Wil Hahn
10. Kyle Cunnningham
11. Jake Canada
12. Jessy Nelson
13. Jason Anderson
14. Jeremy Martin
15. Travis Baker
16. Martin Davalos
17. Cole Thompson
18. Ryan Sipes
19. Michael McDade
20. Kyle Peters

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250 Moto Two

Rookie Jeremy Martin snagged the second moto holeshot aboard his Star/Valli/Rockstar/Yamaha, but had fast company in the two teammates of Tomac and Barcia. With a much-improved start compared to his first moto, Tomac wasted no time taking the lead and muscled his Honda 250 to take a dominating win in the second moto. He would be unchallenged for the duration of the entire race, as distance, as well as Ken Roczen separated he and Barcia. Baggett meanwhile was on a mission to remedy his poor start and first lap rank, charging the entire race to take fourth place and keep his championship hopes alive. With his 4-4 scores and Tomac's sweep for the overall win, the margin between the two is now only 14 markers.

250 Moto Two Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Justin Barcia
4. Blake Baggett
5. Marvin Musquin
6. Wil Hahn
7. Justin Bogle
8. Jeremy Martin
9. Alex Martin
10. Jake Canada
11. Blake Wharton
12. Malcolm Stewart
13. Jason Anderson
14. Jessy Nelson
15. Kyle Cunningham
16. Cole Thompson
17. Kyle Peters
18. Travis Baker
19. Jackson Richardson
20. AJ Catanzaro

Overall
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Justin Barcia
4. Blake Baggett
5. Marvin Musquin
6. Wil Hahn
7. Alex Martin
8. Blake Wharton
9. Malcolm Stewart
10. Jake Canada
11. Jeremy Martin
12. Kyle Cunningham
13. Jason Anderson
14. Jessy Nelson
15. Justin Bogle
16. Cole Thompson
17. Travis Baker
18. Kyle Peters
19. Martin Davalos
20. Ryan Sipes
250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 11 of 12 rounds)
1. Blake Baggett (472)
2. Eli Tomac (458)
3. Justin Barcia (454)
4. Ken Roczen (427)
5. Marvin Musquin (368)
6. Wil Hahn (282)
7. Blake Wharton (239)
8. Jason Anderson (222)
9. Jessy Nelson (205)
10. Travis Baker (177)