The 2018 AMA Supercross series came to an exciting close for Team Honda HRC at Las Vegas's Sam Boyd Stadium, as replacement rider Christian Craig rode to another strong fourth-place finish. In the final main event of the year, Craig launched his CRF450R down the start straight from the far inside gate, coming around the first turn in fourth. For the remainder of the 20-minute-plus-two-lap race, the Californian rode smoothly and consistently, maintaining his position to the checkered flag. It was the second weekend in a row that Craig matched his career-best result, which he initially achieved at Daytona back in March.
The Vegas finale marked the second 250SX East/West Showdown of the season, with riders from both regions battling for the top spot, and GEICO Honda's Jeremy Martin and Chase Sexton rode their CRF250Rs to fifth and sixth, respectively. Martin wrapped up the East series in third with 175 points, while Sexton was fifth in the West series with 167 points. Following his heat race, Sexton was awarded 2018 250SX Rookie of the Year honors.
A masterful race performance by Marc Marquez at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto earned him and the Repsol Honda Team a second consecutive win and the leadership in both the Rider and Constructor Classifications. This was the 63rd win of Marc's career and his 37th in MotoGP (equaling Mike Hailwood's mark in the Premier class), and a great success at a track where he has always struggled, which demonstrates the great feeling he has with his RC213V this season. On the other hand, a turn-six race incident on lap 18 prevented Dani Pedrosa from fighting for a podium finish that was clearly within his reach. The incident also involved Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. Dani escaped a heavy high-side without major injury, but he suffered a hard blow to his right hip.
While a pre-main-event crash prevented Rockford Fosgate/TiLube Honda’s Chris Blose from defending his 250AX points lead at the final Arenacross round in Las Vegas, teammate Heath Harrison was able to wrap up the AX Lites East title with a fourth-place finish. Although Blose was too banged up to compete in the main events, he held on to second in the title chase.
MotoAmerica held its third round of the season at Alton, Virginia’s VIRginia International Raceway, where Broaster Chicken/RoadRace Factory Honda had an up-and-down weekend. In Saturday’s first Superbike race, Cameron Petersen was running as high as fifth before hitting a bump and crashing out of sixth place, whereas Sunday saw the South African finish a close ninth and earn some points. The series next visits Road America in a few weeks.
The fifth round of the National Hare & Hound series saw the Sugarloaf MC organize the event in Jericho, Utah, which had hosted the fourth round just a few weeks earlier, and Red Rider Kendall Norman kept his perfect podium record alive, finishing in third after leading the first loop aboard his CRF450X. The Californian also continues to lead the title fight, with a healthy 20-point lead heading into an almost two-month-long break, with the next race set to be held in Wyoming.
Round 5 of the AMA WCGP series was held at Buffalo Bill’s Hotel-Casino in Primm, Nevada, with temperatures in the mid-’90s. The seven-mile course featured lap times around 11.5 minutes for the leaders, resulting in an intense eight-lap race for a total time of just over 1.5 hours. JCR Honda's Trevor Stewart rocketed off the Pro start, putting his Benny Breck-prepped CRF450RX into the lead, and managed a 10-second gap on second place for almost the entire race. The JCR crew pitted him at 56 minutes, and Stewart went on to win the race with a five-second margin, establishing a healthy points lead. In Pro 2, Red Riders Preston Campbell and Beau Baron both started well on their CRF250Rs. After the first lap, both riders had challenges and settled in seventh and eighth positions, respectively. Beau's ride took a turn for the worse when he got a flat rear tire. Preston fought to regain positions and finished fourth.
The EnduroGP series–the world championship for enduro racing–took place this weekend in the dry conditions of Castelo Branco, Portugal, where Honda-Control Tech ORC Team rider Mathias Bellino finished day one in second place in the E2 class and fifth overall, but Sunday saw him pull out after a crash in the second special test left him with pain in his wrist. RedMoto Honda rider Thomas Oldrati was sixth in E2 Saturday and fifth on day two.