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Timed qualifying has just concluded at the 2018 Atlanta Supercross, the ninth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series. This weekend marks the second running of the all-new Triple Crown format that will be used at select events this year and the qualifying process for the race were slightly different than what many are accustomed to. The fastest eighteen riders in the 250 and 450 classes were awarded spots in the night show based on their lap times, while the final four spots in both classes were determined via the Last Chance Qualifier races that took place in the afternoon. Complete results and recaps from all four sessions, plus the LCQ races, are posted below.
250 CLASS | TIMED QUALIFYING RECAP & RESULTS
– Dylan Ferrandis topped the board in the final session of the afternoon, as the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing rider uncorked a number of large jump combinations to post a 53.384.
– Austin Forkner hung near the top of the sheet throughout the afternoon and a 53.544 dropped the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider second on the final sheet.
– Zach Osborne’s best lap actually came during the first session of the day and the 53.789 put the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider third overall in the class.
– GEICO Honda teammates RJ Hampshire and Jeremy Martin ran a close pace in the final session, with only 0.091 seconds on the stopwatch separating the two. Hampshire took fourth with his 54.313 while Martin took fifth with a 54.404.
– Chris Blose was quick throughout the afternoon and at the end of the day, the visiting AMSOIL Arenacross rider was ranked seventh overall in the 250 class with a 54.479.
– Michael Mosiman made his Supercross debut in Atlanta. Despite being in the C group sessions, the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider posted a 55.284 lap time and was twelfth overall for the day.
250 CLASS | LCQ RECAP & RESULTS
A hard crash on the opening lap by Yannis Irsuti forced the field to file back to the gate for a full restart. This did not work out well for Jerry Robin, who crashed in the first turn of the second attempt (he was in a transfer position in the initial race). Rookie racer Richard Jackson came out ahead in the restart and looked set to make the night show until the closing moments of the moto, when a block pass that Nick Gaines intended for Josh Osby ultimately took Jackson down instead. Gaines managed to make the most of the run-in and took off to win the race, with Osby second, Jacob Williamson third, and Zack Williams fourth.
450 CLASS | TIMED QUALIFYING RECAP & RESULTS
– Marvin Musquin mastered the track in the final practice session. Despite not opting for the big jump combinations that others in the field were clicking off, the Red Bull KTM rider posted the fastest lap of the entire day, a 51.711.
– Justin Hill’s success on the 450 continues. The AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider was a front-runner for the afternoon and his 52.100 put him second overall in the class.
– Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was third fastest in the 450 class with a 52.346 lap time. Tomac eyed up a number of big jump lines that are in the layout throughout the day.
– Blake Baggett finished fifth in the final standings, as the Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM rider clocked a 52.473 time.
– Justin Brayton’s eagerness to try tricky obstacles paid off in qualifying. The SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda rider put in a 52.625 time and that put him fifth overall.
– Weston Peick had a very hard crash in the first timed qualifying session. After a much-needed rest in the afternoon, he returned for the final session. Unfortunately, he was unable to post a lap in the top-eighteen and will have to race the LCQ for one of four spots to make tonight’s show.
450 CLASS | LCQ RECAP & RESULTS
Weston Peick’s difficult day got better in the LCQ, as he nabbed the holeshot and ran to the checkered flag unchallenged over Benny Bloss and Cole Martinez. With the top three spots basically decided, attention turned to the battle between Dakota Tedder and Ben Lamay for the final spot in the night show. A small mistake by Lamay caused him to lose ground to Tedder in the final laps, but then a mistake by Tedder in a tight turn put Tedder on the ground. With this, Lamay snuck by into fourth place.