Timed qualifying has just concluded for the 2018 Budds Creek Motocross, the eleventh round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Although the series is coming to a close, riders are eager to post solid results in order to impress teams for 2019 or to carry momentum into the offseason, and we’re sure to see some battles in Maryland this afternoon. Riders spent the morning learning the lines of the Budds Creek layout, which has very soft and rutted hills that lead into hard and slick turns. Maintaining technique and throttle control on the tricky surface will be key in the motos.
2018 BUDDS CREEK MOTOCROSS | 250 CLASS QUALIFYING REPORT
Justin Cooper’s stellar rookie season continued in qualifying as the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing rider posted the quickest lap of the 250 class for the sixth time this season. Cooper’s best lap, a 2:04.810, was just 0.245 faster than the 2:05.055 that was clocked by teammate Dylan Ferrandis. RJ Hampshire looked comfortable in the practice session and the GEICO Honda rider was third in the results with a 2:05.490. Aaron Plessinger has a chance to clinch his first-ever 250 MX National championship this afternoon and the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing rider was fifth in the results with a 2:05.687.
2018 BUDDS CREEK MOTOCROSS | 450 CLASS QUALIFYING REPORT
Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin battled each other for the full duration of the final A Group practice session, as the two title rivals continually lowered their lap times up until the moment the checkered flag waved. In the end, the top spot went to Tomac and the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was the only person of the field to put in a 2:04-range lap time at 2:04.648. Musquin, meanwhile, turned a 2:05.011 on his Red Bull KTM. After missing much of the summer with a foot injury, Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson returned to action at Budds Creek and was immediately in the mix with a 2:05.405 lap time that put him third in the results.