Monday, August 22, 2016

The Others...Budds Creek.

Champions were crowned with a round to go in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Both Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen would get their number one plates, although they'd have very different days at round eleven.

In qualifying Cooper Webb would set the fastest 250 time with a 2:02.743 while privateer Nick Gaines 2:06.642 qualified him 19th and the only privateer inside the top 20.  The 297 of Henry Miller would get in the show by winning the 250 consi race. In 450 qualifying it'd be Ken Roczen's 2:01.674 at the top. The number 99 of Heath Harrison qualified 10th with his 2:06.182. The 450 consi race would go to the 97 of Tevin Tapia. We were a little shocked to see the 292 of Austin Howell just miss the show after great motos last week at Unadilla.

The 250 class showed it's depth with six different riders on the podium through the day. It'd be the 4-1 moto scores of Zach Osborne that put the Husqvarna on the top step. Earning his first career victory. Swapping scores and taking second overall was Star Yamaha's Alex Martin with 1-4 motos. Austin Forkner would grab the last step on the podium with 5-2 motos. Although his 5th overall on the day wasn't what Cooper Webb had in mind, he'd be able to find the podium in the second moto with a 3rd. It'd earn him enough points to clinch his first outdoor title.

The 450 class would see it's champion crowned as well. Ken Roczen would do just as he's done nearly all season and dominate both motos. 1-1 motos would clinch the championship and the celebration would begin. The RCH | Jimmy John's rig would be rocking late into the night. Justin Barcia would get on the box for the first time this season with 3-3 motos, good enough for second overall on his JGR Yamaha. KTM's Marvin Musquin took 3rd overall by going 2-4. Eli Tomac would miss the podium, going 6-2.

Privateers scoring points. In the 250 class, Nick Gaines would go 18-15 for 18th overall onboard his Traders Racing Kawasaki. The only other privateer to score points in both motos would be the number 91 of Brandon Scharer. Marshal Weltin would crack the top 20 in moto one with 16th but 35th in moto two put him 20th overall. Keep an eye on the 89 next week. In the 450 class, a long list of injuries has opened the door for breakout rides. Hayden Mellross put his number 72 Yamaha inside the top 20 of moto one and near the top 10 of moto two. His 16-13 scores were good enough for 14th overall. Noah McConahy (15-15), Heath Harrison (12-20) and John Short (20-17) were also in the top 20 of both motos. Earning points in one moto we'd see Paul Coates, Cade Clason, Jerry Robin and Jason Brooks.

Rider: Hayden Mellross

And now...The Others.

20. 89 Marshal Weltin
21. 492 Luke Clout
22. 91 Brandon Scharer
23. 70 Tony Archer
24. 174 Josh Osby
25. 297 Henry Miller
26. 56 Jackson Richardson
27. 212 Chase Marquier
28. 618 Dylan Merriam
29. 367 Hunter Sayles
30. 125 Josh Mosiman
31. 61 Gannon Audette
32. 39 Jordon Smith
33. 570 Cody VanBuskirk
34. 332 Jeremy Hand
35. 593 Martin Castelo
36. 637 Bobby Piazza
37. 180 Bryar Perry
38. 449 Dakota Kessler
39. 641 Keith Tucker
40. 736 Kenny Venarchick

20. 903 Tyler Medaglia
21. 761 Cade Clason
22. 851 Jerry Robin
23. 81 Jason Brooks
24. 281!Max Tannenbaum
25. 868 Michael Docherty
26. 80 Zack Williams
27. 62 Justin Starling
28. 421 Vann Martin
29. 309 Jeremy Smith
30. 356 Daniel Lippman
31. 881 Jerry Lorenz
32. 314 Alex Ray
33. 987 Matthew Babbitt
34. 151 Dakota Tedder
35. 456 Jacob Grove
36. 97 Tevin Tapia
37. 412 Jared Lesher
38. 95 Dustin Pipes
39. 79 Nick Schmidt 
40. 88 Ronnie Stewart

11 down and 1 to go. The series rolls into Crawfordsville, Indiana for the season finale at Ironman Raceway. Will we see Webb redeem himself of a bad weekend? Who will be the top privateers? Our picks are Weltin and McConahy. Either way #cheerprivateer.

-Kyle Pesci

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