250 MOTO ONE
Glen Helen has a history of unknown riders getting to the front of the field at the start of the moto and that occurred once again when Gage Schehr bested the factory field through the first sections of track on his privateer KTM. The Southern California local led most of the opening lap until he was overtaken by Aaron Plessinger just before they crossed the scoring loop for the first time. Once in control of the race, Plessinger set the pace on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing machine and inched away from the field. Defending champion and Hangtown winner kept Plessinger in sight through the full length of the race, as the gap between the two fluctuated with lap times and traffic, but Plessinger's lead was padded by Osborne's low-speed tip-over late in the moto. With this, Plessinger nabbed the moto win by over twelve seconds on Osborne and seventeen seconds on third place Alex Martin.
250 MOTO TWO
Alex Martin aced the start of the second moto on his Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM, which gave him a massive advantage over his competition in the opening laps on the challenging track. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy held second and third place through the opening stint of the race, but both we passed by Aaron Plessinger as the race one winner pushed his way through the pack, was into second place by the third place, and on race leader Martin one lap later. With a sweep of the day in reach, Plessinger picked off Alex Martin for the top spot on lap five. Even though Plessinger took over the lead, Alex Martin and his brother Jeremy kept close to the lead through the remainder of the race. Jeremy made a pass on Alex with five laps to go and then closed on Plessinger in the final lap, but was unable to snatch away the win. With 1-1 scores on the day, Plessinger claimed the overall and is now tied with Osborne for the top spot in the 250 point standings.
Osborne, meanwhile, took a tumble in the rollers as he ran fourth behind Jeremy Martin midway through the moto, but he was able to quickly remount his motorcycle. The crash was not without consequence, though, as Savatgy passed him for fourth place shortly after the issue.
250 OVERALL RESULTS & CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
450 MOTO ONE
Christian Craig claimed the holeshot and early lead in 450 Moto One for the second weekend in a row, but things went awry for the Team Honda HRC rider midway through the opening lap. A small miscue in the canyon section of the track caused Craig to cause a long tabletop and he was flung over the bars and into the hard ground, a crash that resulted in a knee injury. With Craig down, his teammate Ken Roczen took control of an outdoor race for the first since 2016 and led Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, and Marvin Musquin. With a clear track, Roczen was able to run away from the field and had a sizeable lead over Tomac and the rest. It seemed like Tomac took his time finding a flow on the track, but once the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider figured out the fast lines, he chopped away at Roczen's lead, was on him for the spot in the last half of the moto, and took an inside line through one challenging to steal away the lead. Once up front, Tomac stretched out a twelve-second margin of victory at the checkered flag.
Marvin Musquin made his share of moves in Moto One, as the Red Bull KTM rider worked from outside the top-five at the beginning of the race to second place by the checkered flag, thanks to passes on Anderson and Roczen.
450 MOTO TWO
Carnage in the opening laps claimed a number of possible frontrunners, as Blake Baggett's went down on the initial ascent and had his Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM run over by others in the pack, including Justin Barcia. Bradley Taft went down in a separate incident shortly after this, as well. But at the front of the pack, Jason Anderson was in complete control, thanks to the massive holeshot that the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider claimed at the start and the fast laps he clicked off as others experienced issues.
Tomac again took a considerable length of time to get into the groove of racing, as he was deep in the field through the first turn and far from the front in the opening laps. The Moto One winner eventually went on a tear through the field, as passed Marvin Musquin for second place on lap ten. Since Anderson was able to put so much distance between himself and the rest, it seemed unlikely that Tomac would be able to catch him with the limited amount of laps that remained in the moto. But by clicking off some of his best times late in the race, Tomac was able to close in Anderson and pouched on a small mistake made by Anderson at the base of the steep hills to take the lead with two laps to go. With this, Tomac won the moto and swept the day for his fourth consecutive moto win of the summer.
450 OVERALL RESULTS & CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS