2017 Minneapolis SX | Race Report

Presented by Factory Effex


TEXT | Curtis
PHOTOS | Maeda

The East Coast is here. Round seven of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series, the 2017 Minneapolis SX, served as the opening race for the East Coast 250 riders. The night was filled with unexpected crashes and mishaps, from many of the usual front-runners in both the 250 and 450 classes. After tonight’s race, we can certainly say that the 250 East class is equally stacked, if not more so, than their West Coast counterparts.

250 Heat One
Joey Savatgy took command of the race when he squeezed his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki along the inside of the first corner. While Savatgy took the lead, a huge pile up occurred in the second corner and about half of the field, including Alex Martin, were involved. Adam Cianciarulo followed his teammate and they gapped the rest of the riders to the finish line. Anthony Rodriguez applied pressure to Gannon Audette, in hopes of making the pass for third, but was unable to change his position. By finishing sixth, Dylan Ferrandis transferred to the main event in his first-ever American SX race. Alex Martin rebounded from the early issues but finished just short of a transfer position, as Fredrik Noren took the final spot to the main from their heat race.
Transfer To The Main Event | Savatgy, Cianciarulo, Audette, Rodriguez, Harrison, Ferrandis, Locurcio, Peters, Noren
Total Race Time | 5:49.950 minutes, 7 laps
Margin of Victory | 1.114 seconds
Laps Led | Joey Savatgy – 7
Fastest Lap Time | Adam Cianciarulo – 49.421 seconds

250 Heat Two
GEICO Honda's Christian Craig took the early lead, as he edged out Luke Renzland off of the start. Jordon Smith and Zach Osborne joined in an early pursuit of Dakota Alix, and were able to make the pass. Following his battle through the pack, Jordon Smith went down while running in fourth, regrouped from the crash and ultimately turned in a ninth place finish. Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM's Benny Bloss moved from outside of a transfer position, to a seventh place finish with a series of passes in the final laps. Transfer To The Main Event | Craig, Osborne, Renzland, Hampshire, Nichols, Wentland, Bloss, McAdoo, Smith
Total Race Time | 6:40.942 minutes, 8 laps
Margin of Victory | 8.248 seconds
Laps Led | Christian Craig – 8
Fastest Lap Time | Christian Craig – 49.287 seconds

250 LCQ
Dakota Alix took the early lead, followed by the Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM rider Alex Martin. After trailing the privateer for the beginning of the race, Alex Martin made the pass on Alix, and took the win. Paul Coates followed Tony Archer, and took the final transfer position to the main event
Transfer To The Main Event | Martin, Alix, Archer, Coates
Total Race Time | 4:17.961 minutes, 5 laps
Margin of Victory | 1.750 seconds
Laps Led | Dakota Alix – 3, Alex Martin – 2
Fastest Lap Time | Alex Martin – 50.647 seconds

250 Main Event
Jordon Smith tucked his Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM machine around the inside of the first corner and took the early lead. Meanwhile, Smith's teammate Alex Martin went down in the first turn. After great starts, Dakota Alix and Colt Nichols connected and this sent Alix flying through the air and Nichols into the ground. Both were able to rejoin the race after the early incident. After already going down in the first corner, Alex Martin hits the ground again and headed back to the pits for a twenty-second place result on the night. Through all the mayhem on the opening lap, Jordon Smith was left with an open track and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy began to give chase. Behind the two leaders, RJ Hampshire and Zach Osborne battled for third, and the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider eventually made the pass in the turn just before the whoops. Joey Savatgy caught and slid up the inside of Jordon Smith for the lead, and sprinted away with control of the moto. Following the pass for the lead, Osborne pushed his way past Smith for second, but shortly after making the pass, Osborne went down in a corner and gave second back to Smith. Osborne ultimately came back to challenge for second, but ran out of time and was forced to settle for third. GEICO Honda's Christian Craig did not have the night he had hoped for, after a bad start and crash, finished twelfth. Adam Cianciarulo moved through the pack, and finished in fifth place in his first Supercross since 2014.
Total Race Time | 16:11.945 minutes, 19 laps
Margin of Victory | 1.491 seconds
Laps Led | Joey Savatgy – 10, Jordon Smith – 9
Fastest Lap Time | Zach Osborne – 49.439 seconds

2017 Minneapolis SX | 250 Main Event Results

250 East Coast SX Championship Standings

450 Heat One
SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda's Vince Friese took the early lead after grabbing the holeshot. In the second corner, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin and Team Honda HRC's Cole Seely went down after connecting. Davi Millsaps wasted no time with a great start and quickly got around Friese. The Minneapolis crowd came alive as hometown hero Ryan Dungey made the move into second place. Dungey and Millsaps battled for the lead, but Dungey lost time on the leader after rolling the finish line jump. Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM's Millsaps capitalized on Dungey's mistake and took the win. Malcolm Stewart hit the ground after bumping the rear tire of a lapped rider towards the end of the race. Blake Baggett escaped a semi race, and took the final transfer position to the main event.
Transfer To The Main Event | Millsaps, Dungey, Canard, Baggett
Total Race Time | 6:35.096 minutes, 8 laps
Margin of Victory | 1.402 seconds
Laps Led | Davi Millsaps – 8
Fastest Lap Time | Ryan Dungey – 48.260 seconds

450 Heat Two
Cooper Webb flew out of the starting gate and grabbed the holeshot, but immediately hit the ground after casing a double. Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna teammates Dean Wilson and Jason Anderson capitalized on Webb's mistake, and took the first two positions early in the race. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac applied pressure on Wilson and was able to make the pass for second. Justin Barcia's first heat race of the year did not go as planned, as he went down, and collected Chad Reed in the process of getting back up. Josh Grant settled into fourth place, right behind Deal Wilson. Despite receiving pressure from Tomac, Anderson held his position and took the heat race win.
Transfer To The Main Event | Anderson, Tomac, Wilson, Grant
Total Race Time | 6:33.218 minutes, 8 laps
Margin of Victory | 0.738 seconds
Laps Led | Jason Anderson – 8
Fastest Lap Time | Eli Tomac – 47.663 seconds

450 Semi One
Mike Alessi grabbed the holeshot, along with the early lead. Justin Bogle crashed in the long rhythm lane during a chase of Alessi for the top spot. Luckily, the RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki rider immediately got up and walked off of the track, but was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Ride365.com/Stewart Racing's Malcolm Stewart carried his drive through the whoops and took the inside line away from Alessi, in the next turn, which gave Stewart the lead. Justin Barcia later made the pass on Alessi, and settled into second place. Adam Enticknap made the main event by finishing in the final transfer spot.
Transfer To The Main Event | Stewart, Barcia, Alessi, Schmidt, Enticknap
Total Race Time | 5:00.173 minutes, 6 laps
Margin of Victory | 1.484 seconds
Laps Led | Malcolm Stewart – 3, Mike Alessi – 3
Fastest Lap Time | Malcolm Stewart – 49.169 seconds

450 Semi Two
Team Honda HRC's Cole Seely took the holeshot, but was quickly passed by Marvin Musquin and Chad Reed. Musquin began to gap the rest of the field immediately after taking the lead aboard his Red Bull KTM. Cole Seely fought back for second place, and made the pass back on Reed. Broc Tickle finished fourth, followed by Vince Friese in the final transfer position.
Transfer To The Main Event | Musquin, Seely, Reed, Tickle, Friese
Total Race Time | 4:54.123 minutes, 6 laps
Margin of Victory | 4.298 seconds
Laps Led | Marvin Musquin – 8
Fastest Lap Time | Marvin Musquin – 47.984 seconds

450 LCQ
AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki's Jake Weimer grabbed the lead and was followed by Jimmy Albertson in second. Justin Starling and AJ Catanzaro collided in the third corner, and Starling went down as he was pushed wide into the Tuff Blocks. Cade Clason finished in third, followed by Alex Ray in the final transfer position of the night.
Transfer To The Main Event | Weimer, Albertson, Clason, Ray
Total Race Time | 4:21.317 minutes, 5 laps
Margin of Victory | 6.510 seconds
Laps Led | Jake Weimer – 5
Fastest Lap Time | Jake Weimer – 51.967 seconds

450 Main Event
Team Honda HRC's Cole Seely grabbed the holeshot, but washed the front-end and went down in the sand on the opening lap. Chad Reed went down off of the start, after connecting with a tuff block. while Dean Wilson got together with Justin Barcia in the second corner, which sent both riders down. Davi Millsaps capitalized on Seely's mistake, and took the early lead, then had Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac began to challenge for first. When Millsaps made a small mistake, Tomac was there to make the pass for the lead. Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey thrilled the crowd as he moved into second place. The race was not flawless for Tomac and Dungey, as both experienced mistakes that were close to disaster on the challenging track. Tomac swapped his bike at speed in the sand section and Dungey slammed the front of his bike into a jump face. Late in the race last week's winner Marvin Musquin made the charge past Millsaps and worked on the gap between himself and Dungey. With four minutes left on the clock, Musquin made the pass on his teammate and took second place at the checkered. After a dominating performance, Eli Tomac cruised his way to the checkered flag and another win. After holding the early lead and going down, Cole Seely recovered for a fifth place finish.
Total Race Time | 21:28.116 minutes, 26 laps
Margin of Victory | 6.701 seconds
Laps Led | Eli Tomac – 22, Davi Millsaps – 2
Fastest Lap Time | Eli Tomac – 47.667 seconds

2017 Minneapolis SX | 450 Main Event Results

450 SX Championship Standings