High Point Raceway is arguably one of the best facilities on the circuit and has hosted National races for a very long time. The massive ruts, challenging off cambers, and big hills make for a very difficult track that demands finesse and punishes those who push the limits. Early summer provides the perfect weather in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, as it isn’t too hot yet and the threat of rain in the forecast is mild. The 2018 High Point Motocross is now in the books, and after a great day of racing, we’re left feeling enthusiastic about the rest of this season. There’s a lot to cover here, so without further ado…
WAR OF ATTRITION
The series has officially hit the East Coast tracks and that means hot, humid conditions paired with deep ruts and tough tracks. High Point brought all of that to the table and the impact it had on the field was evident. Big crashes and mechanical failures took their toll on nearly everyone, from rookies to veterans and factory teams to privateers. By the end of the day, the High Point track had worn down the racers mentally and physically. It’s only going to get tougher from here, but the challenge of adapting to the East for the first time this season is out of the way now.
BATTLES, BATTLES, AND MORE BATTLES
Sometimes the results of a race are decided by the time the riders cross the white line in the first turn. Other times, we are treated to great battles. Luckily, High Point delivered the latter, as we saw the top riders in both the 250 and 450 class duke it out all afternoon. In fact, almost every rider in the top 10 was either applying pressure or fending it off at some point. Not only was it a great day of racing, it also put to rest some of the perfect season talk going around and made the outlook for the rest of the season much more exciting.
With six wins in six motos, people began to wonder if Eli Tomac could go 24 for 24 this summer. It was a little too early to tell with just three rounds in the books, but nonetheless, it was becoming a topic of discussion. Even Eli had his doubts though, as his primary goal is to defend his title and go back-to-back. Early on in the first moto, it appeared that he would be collecting his seventh win, but Marvin Musquin put an end to the streak when he charged from third to first place to win the moto. Tomac still collected the overall, for the day, but Musquin showed that he has the speed to challenge for wins this summer.
Obviously, Musquin’s speed also means that there may be some contention for the 450 title over the next few rounds. Meanwhile, in the 250 class, not one rider can seem to hold down the red plate. Osborne had it briefly before exiting the series with a shoulder injury. During that time, Aaron Plessinger tied things up and ran the red background for a race before losing the lead. Coming out of Thunder Valley, it was all Jeremy Martin’s, but as you’ll read and probably know already, he too has given up the red plate. Plessinger has now retaken the points lead in the 250 class, but whether or not he can hold onto it from here on out remains to be seen.