AMA PRO MOTOCROSS
Round 9 – Washougal, WA – July 28, 2018
What can you say about Factory Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac other than he was absolutely, spectacularly, amazing at Washougal!
Tomac took control of Moto 1 towards the end of lap 3 and by lap 11 had a solid 8.5-second lead eventually winning by over 11 seconds.
In Moto 2, it was a different story – Tomac did not have the best start but did have the best come-from-behind performance of the year.
The top four riders had pretty much checked out within the first couple laps so Tomac had to ride a blistering pace to catch the leaders – posting lap times that were 3 to 4 seconds faster than the other riders. With two laps to go, Tomac had control of the lead and the Washougal crowd was going crazy.
1-1 moto finishes in a dominating fashion is what Tomac was looking for going into the two-week break.
You know it was a strange day at Washougal when 4-3 Moto scores were enough for Aaron Plessinger to take the overall 250cc class win and his third consecutive class win of the series.
Factory Yamaha’s Cooper Webb posted consistent 8-7 Moto finishes in the 450cc class taking 6th on the day.
Justin Hill ran up front in Moto 1 until the “Tomac Train” derailed his hopes for a top 3 finish. Hill went on to post 4-37 finishes for 12th overall.
Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner were 1-2 out of the gate and Savatgy led the first moto up through lap 5 where Forkner took over the lead, setting a faster pace. Savatgy dug deep and caught Forkner on lap 12, taking back the lead and the eventual Moto 1 win. Unfortunately for Savatgy, he got buried off the start of Moto 2 and was 25th on the opening lap. He pushed hard to finish 9th and his 1-9 scores were good enough for the 3rd spot on the podium.
A slow start netted Dylan Ferrandis an 11th place finish in Moto 1.
He redeemed himself in Moto 2 with a 2nd place finish to take 4th overall on the day.
Austin Forkner was having a great day, leading Moto 1 for a few laps and eventually finished 2nd. Then Moto 2 happened! While scrubbing a jump, Forkner’s front tire clipped the top of the jump and he slammed into the ground in a spectacular fashion. Sounds like he’ll be okay and will use the two-week break to get ready for the Unadilla round on August 11.
Round 7 – Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series MX Tour
Riverglade MX Park – Moncton, NB – July 29, 2018
Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha's Matt Goerke and Dillan Epstein (above) delivered an impressive 2-3 overall finish in the volatile 450 Pro class. Goerke hammered down second overall on the strength of 3-3 motos while Epstein snared third overall thanks to 2-4 motos.
SUZUKA 8 HOUR
Josh Hook and the FCC TSR Honda team clinched the Endurance World Championship by finishing 5th at the Suzuka 8 Hour.
LORETTA LYNN’S NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Racing starts Tuesday, July 31, and ends on Saturday, August 4.
Several hundred Bell athletes will compete for class championships.
Bell Helmets is the official helmet sponsor and is on site handing out over $3500 in Holeshot awards.
We will bring you images and the list of class champions in next week’s race report.
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