Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Others...Utah.

Excitement. Yep, that pretty much sums up Round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships. Utah's Miller Motorsports Park played host as the season winds down.

Rough, rutted and dry made for a track that provided multiple lines, passing opportunities and close racing. Utah is a great home for motocross. They are known as the "Sport State" and the Utah Sports Commission actively fights to support the sport.

Photo: @natashanma

Ryan Dungey only needed moto 1 to clinch the 450 class championship aboard his RedBull KTM. He'd then come out swinging in moto 2, showing why he's champ and going 1-1 on the day. That makes 3 strait years of 1-1 winners in Utah. Ken Roczen looked strong and had an awesome 2nd moto battle with Dungey. The RCH Suzuki rider went 2-2 on the day for 2nd overall and now sits 3rd overall in the championship, just 5 points behind JGR Yamaha rider, Justin Barcia. Barcia finished 3rd overall with 5-3 scores. Broc Tickle rode his RCH Suzuki to a 3rd in moto 1 and 5th overall on the day.

Things are tight in the 250 class. To me this is one of the most exciting seasons in a while. RedBull KTM's Marvin Musquin and Star Yamaha rider Jeremy Martin will enter the final round just 2 points apart after posting the same scores in Utah. Martin got the overall with 3-1 motos. Musquin would have to settle for 2nd overall with his 1-3 finishes. "The Spoiler" Cooper Webb went 2-2 on the day for 3rd overall, and sounded like he might "stall" his bike again if need be in the final round to help his Star Yamaha teammate, Jeremy Martin.

Photo: @elanamariehathaway

Once again I've got to give Marshal Weltin a little shoutout. In just his 2nd professional race he'd finish 13th in moto 1 and was running in the top 15 of moto 2 before a huge get off. Glad Marshal walked away with a 17th overall on the day.

This week I'm also spotlighting a team. If you read my Killy Rusk piece, you heard the term "Tweeners." The Traders Racing Kawasaki guys had all 3 of their guys score points in both motos. 450 rider Tony Archer went 17-18 for 17th overall. 250 class rider Nick Gaines was 13th overall with 16-14 scores and Justin Starling went 18-18 for 19th. Solid day for the Traders guys. 

Photo: @killercustomz

And now...The Others.

250
20. 397 Brandon Scharer 
21. 74 Zack Williams
22. 66 Chris Alldredge 
23. 128 Alex Frye
24. 726 Gared Steinke 
25. 987 Matthew Babbitt
26. 180 Bryar Perry
27. 335 Cody Chisholm
28. 820 Dalton Oxborrow
29. 508 Alex Nagy
30. 195 Keaton Ward
31. 768 Cole Shondeck 
32. 89 Brady Kiesel
33. 376 Chris Canning
34. 85 Landen Powell
35.211 Tevin Tapia
36. 126 Jordan Smith
37. 273 Conner Elliot
38. 32 Justin Hill
39. 343 Luke Renzland
40. 52 Mitchell Oldenburg

450
20. 181 Dustin Pipes
21. 388 Brandan Leith
22. 381 Kinser Endicott
23. 468 Austin Kouba
24. 873 Dusty Humphries
25. 447 Devin Raper
26. 327 Tyler Krisman
27. 600 Connor Olson
28. 84 Jesse Wentland
29. 919 Shawn Rhinehart 
30. 311 Mitchell Gifford
31. 532 Jake Gagne
32. 763 Tallon Veater
33. 875 John Hopper
34. 933 Reno Evans
35. 69 Ronnie Stewart
36. 329 Chad Gross
37. 187 Dylan Bauer
38. 39 Freddie Noren
39. 23 Weston Peick
40. 975 Jake Loberg

One more round! The series rolls to a stop at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana. A 250 champion will be crowned and privateers will shine.

Remember to #cheerprivateer

-Kyle Pesci

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