The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues on with round nine taking place today at Washougal MX Park. A staple of the pro circuit, the Washington track challenges riders with deceivingly slick soil and massive, shadow-casting trees, which have become even more difficult with today’s early rain. As we prepare for the final few motos of the year, the importance of each lap intensifies. The 250 class title is now between Jeremy Martin and Marvin Musquin, but Cooper Webb has come into play as a spoiler and has kept them from scoring every point possible. For the 450 class, the title has been practically awarded to Ryan Dungey, thanks to his trademark consistency through the first part of the summer. Our attention has turned to the rest of the field, where a handful of riders vie for runner-up results.
250 TIMED QUALIFYING
Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin set the pace in the 250 class through the morning, with his best lap coming in at 2:10.001. This was .809 seconds quicker than Marvin Musquin, a small surprise since many have the Red Bull KTM rider pegged as the favorite for today’s motos. Jordon Smith showed brilliant speed and skill on the slick course and the GEICO Honda rookie claimed third in the class with a 2:10.875. Few riders on the starting line have turned as many laps at Washougal as locals Justin Hill and Chris Alldredge, and the two were within a half-second of each other in the final results.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM 250 CLASS
– Today is the first race of the summer for Arnaud Tonus and Martin Davalos, as the two riders have spent much of the year overcoming illnesses. Tonus was fifteenth fastest in morning practice, while Davalos was ranked seventeenth.
– With a break in the All-Japan Motocross Championship, Toshiki Tomita is on the line at Washougal. The Team Honda HRC-backed rider was twenty-fifth fastest.
250 TIMED QUALIFYING RESULTS
450 TIMED QUALIFYING
Ken Roczen clocked the quickest lap of the morning, a 2;12.687, aboard his RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing bike in the first 450 practice session of the morning. This was just .163 seconds quicker than runner-up Trey Canard, a Team Hond HRC rider making his return to action after missing much of the season with injury. Josh Grant’s time with Monster Energy Kawasaki will continue through the rest of the summer, and with laps like a 2:13.165 for third on the sheets, his sudden addition to the team has already paid off. Tommy Hahn and Christophe Pourcel completed the top-five results.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 450 CLASS
– Mike Alessi is on the line this week after racing throughout the world this summer. The SmarTop/MotoConcepts rider was fifteenth fastest.
450 TIMED QUALIFYING RESULTS