TEXT | DAVIS
PHOTOS | EMERY
– Rocky Mountain ATVMC/KTM's newest recruit Blake Baggett grabbed the first holeshot of the night aboard his new ride, but quickly fell back, as Honda HRC's Ken Roczen moved into the lead immediately after nearly taking the holeshot.
– Ken Roczen moved into lead early on in the saddle of his all-new CRF 450R, and went on to gain over seven seconds on Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac by the end of the race. It was practically an unchallenged ride for the number one.
– Eli Tomac moved into second place on lap two, but was unable to match Roczen's speed to mount an attack. The number three settled into second, and rode an unchallenged race to the checkers.
– Red Bull/KTM's Ryan Dungey got a less-than ideal start to the first race, but moved into the top five in the opening laps. After making his way into fourth, Dungey then moved into third around Baggett. With three laps to go, the number five fell back to sixth, but rebounded to finish in third place.
– Cole Seely made his way into the top five after a top ten start at about the halfway point, and finished in fourth after moving into position on the final lap.
– After running just outside of a podium position, Marvin Musquin moved into third with three laps to go, and finally into second where he finished.
– Total Race Time | 11:01.951
– Margin Of Victory | 9.883
– Laps Led | Roczen – 10
– Fastest Lap Of The Race | Roczen – 1:05.077
Main Event Two
– Roczen had some bike problems as he rolled up to the gate, but he still took the holeshot. After maintaining the lead for the whole race, Roczen made a costly mistake that sent him through the bars at the end of a tricky rhythm section with three laps to go. Roczen was unable to finish the race, but he was able to walk away from the scary crash on his own.
– Yamaha's Chad Reed started in second place, but was quickly shuffled back to fourth in the opening laps. The number 22 went on to hold that position till the checkered flag.
– Tomac made his way into second early on in race two, and managed to latch onto Roczen, as they began to gap the rest of the competition. After narrowly missing Roczen's tremendous crash, Tomac moved into the lead to take the moto win, and the points lead for the night.
– Dungey started inside the top five this time around, and quickly made his way into third just behind the number three of Tomac. "The Diesel" went on to finish in second.
– Mike Alessi moved into fifth place on lap three, but it was taken over by Musquin on lap three. The number 25 rider held onto this position till the checkers.
– Total Race Time | 10:52.683
– Margin Of Victory | 4.604
– Laps Led | Roczen – 6, Tomac – 4
– Fastest Lap Of The Race | Roczen – 1:03.523
Main Event Three
– Reed rocketed to the final holeshot of the night just edging out Roczen and Alessi, but then a crash through the first rhythm section sent him to the ground, and out of race winning contention.
– Alessi moved into early lead after Reed's crash, and maintained the position for the first few laps, but was shuffled back after the halfway point in the race. Alessi would finish in fifth.
– Musquin quickly made his move into third on the opening lap, and then into second place on lap four behind Roczen. Musquin appeared to be reeling in Roczen in the final laps, but pressure from Dungey and Tomac thwarted his efforts for a win.
– Roczen began the final race of the night with likely the worst gate pick, but he got the power to the ground once the gate dropped and grabbed a second place start. Once the number 94 moved into the lead on lap five, it was smooth sailing to the checkered flag for his second moto win of the night.
– Dungey came out with another fifth place start, and immediately went to battle against Tomac, Musquin and several others. Dungey made his way into the third spot around Tomac, and proceeded to hold off the number three after making the pass in the final laps of the race.
– Tomac moved into the top five roughly halfway through the ten lap race, and then quickly into a podium position. After a pass from Dungey, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider held onto fourth place until the checkered flag, and when it was all said and done, Tomac was named the 2016 Monster Energy Cup Champion!
– Total Race Time | 10:51.600
– Margin Of Victory | 1.453
– Laps Led | Roczen – 6, Alessi – 3, Tomac – 1
– Fastest Lap Of The Race | 1:03.254
– Motoconcept's Cameron McAdoo rocketed to the first Amateur All-Star holeshot, and held onto the lead throughout the opening laps. After holding off Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Challen Tennant, McAdoo then had to fend off TLD/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM's Mitchell Falk, but he was unsuccessful and had to settle for second.
– Tennant moved into second around Falk on the opening lap, and held onto that position for roughly a lap. Tennant began to catch heat from Falk while running in second, and shortly after the 612 rider moved into second around the 71.
– After starting in second, Falk was shuffled back to fifth on the first lap. However, the number 612 set his sights on the leaders and moved into the lead with three laps to go where he would ultimately finish.
– Sean Cantrell started off moto one inside the top five, but was unable to move past fourth position by the end of race one.
– Total Race Time | 6:44.585
– Margin Of Victory | 1.890
– Laps Led | Falk – 3, McAdoo – 3
– Fastest Lap Of The Race | Cantrell – 1:06.387
Amateur All-Stars Race Two
– McAdoo grabbed the second Amateur All-Star holeshot of the night, and proceeded to build a ten second lead over the chaos behind him. The Motoconcept's rider rode a nearly unchallenged race to the win and the MEC Amateur All-Star Championship.
– Falk suffered from a tremendous crash down the start straight that sent him like a rag doll down into the infield after tangling with another rider. The moto one winner got up on his own power though, and appeared to be okay.
– Jace Pennington moved into the third position at the beginning of the race not long after the two chaotic crashes at the start of the race that claimed several riders. In the final laps of the race, Pennington made his way into second where he would ultimately finish.
– Cantrell moved into third on lap three after an aggressive pass on Cooper, but shortly after the TLD rider made a slight mistake that cost him several positions. Ultimately, Cantrell had to settle for tenth in moto two.
– Total Race Time | 6:47.258
– Margin Of Victory | 8.496
– Laps Led | McAdoo – 6
– Fastest Lap Of The Race | 1:06.755
– Team Green Kawasaki's Stilez Robertson was the first Supermini racer to grab the holeshot, but the number 325's lead was replaced by fellow Kawasaki rider Seth Hammaker. Robertson fended off several pass attempts to ultimately finish in second.
– Amsoil Honda young gun Carson Mumford moved into second early on in moto one, but after an attack from Robertson at the halfway point in the race, the 122 Honda rider had to settle for third.
– Seth Hammaker moved into second around Robertson on lap two, and then immediately into the lead. Hammaker put a gap between himself and second place and earned his first Monster Energy Cup moto win.
– Aiden Tujero attempted a pass on Mumford in the corner before the finish line, but a mistake in the slippery conditions hindered his pass attempt, as he was forced to roll the finish line double. The 587 rider went on to finish in fourth after falling back to seventh.
– Devin Xindaris suffered from a bad start around tenth position, but after passing several riders in the midst of a very hard charge, Xindaris went on to finish in fifth place.
– Total Race Time | 7:16.851
– Margin Of Victory | 3.906
– Laps Led | Hammaker – 5, Robertson – 1
– Fastest Lap Of The Race | Hammaker – 1:12.370
Supermini Race Two
– Mumford grabbed the holeshot, and maintained the lead for several laps, but was ultimately -passed by Robertson on lap two. Mumford challenged throughout the entire race, but he was unable to pass Robertson by the end of the race.
– Robertson moved into second on lap one, and then into the lead with three laps to go. The Team Green rider held onto the lead to the checkered flag to take the MEC Supermini Championship.
– Hammaker started moto two with a top five start, and immediately moved into third behind Robertson. The Kawasaki rider looked to challenge for the top spot, as his speed was worthy of such a task, but several mistakes hindered his ability to stay close enough to the leaders.
– Jace Kessler Challenged for third place against Mumford in the opening laps, as the two exchanged the lead several times. However, Kessler ran into a few problems shortly after, and had to settle for sixth.
– Josh Varize was a man on a mission, as the Riverside County resident suffered from a bad start, but was able to rebound to make a run for the top spots. When it was all said and done in moto two, Varize was credited with third.
– Total Race Time | 7:11.190
– Margin Of Victory | 1.302
– Laps Led | Robertson – 4, Mumford – 2
– Fastest Lap Of The Race | Hammaker – 1:11.385