Monday, August 29, 2016

The Others...Ironman.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships finale was set to be a mudder but when the gate dropped, the sun came out and fans were treated to some good racing at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana.


Photo: Jim McMillan
Mother Nature played a role in morning qualifying. The rain would roll in just long enough to mix up the times and even the playing field for all riders. Just as the riders took the track the rain would fall and turn things to slop. The newly crowned 250 champ would top his class and be joined by six privateers inside the top 20. Dylan Wright(3), Daniel Herrlein(6), Shawn Maffenbeier(14), Jarett Pesci(15), Brandon Scharer(18) and Eric Grondahl(20). In the 450 class it was the JGR ride of Justin Barcia with the fastest lap. Again we'd see six privateers qualifying inside the top 20. Heath Harrison(13), Ronnie Stewart(15), Cade Clason(17), Matthew Babbitt(18), Paul Coates(19) and Jerry Robin(20). Delta, Ohio's Broc Peterson would get in the show with a 450 consi win and Geico Honda's RJ Hampshire would get in with his win in an unfamiliar 250 consi.


Rider: Broc Peterson | Photo: Kyle Pesci
The rain would part and sun would shine as the gates prepared to fall on the final motos of the 2016 season. In the 250 class, Pro Circuit's Austin Forkner would get out in front of moto one early and never look back. In Moto two he'd be challenged by Star Yamaha rider Aaron Plessinger. Forkner's 1-3 scores would earn him his first career overall.  Plessinger's 8-1 was good enough for 2nd and Cooper Webb would go 5-2 for 3rd. Joey Savatgy and Alex Martin would also put in podium performances in the first moto, keeping it green and blue on the podium all day.

In the 450 class we saw consistency. That of Ken Roczen going 1-1 yet another week on his RCH | Jimmy John's Suzuki. His wins weren't as impressive as they've been all season. I mean his first moto win was only by 7 seconds and the second moto wasn't quite a 20 second win. More consistency was that of the entire top 5. Justin Barcia would go 2-2, Eli Tomac 3-3, Marvin Musquin 4-4 and Jason Anderson would go 5-5 in his first race back from injury. KTM Canada's Kaven Benoit came south of the border to put in impressive 12-10 motos that left him 11th overall. 

Privateers in the points. I know Dylan Wright isn't really a true privateer. He's a big deal in Canada, but decided he'd come over to the U.S. on his terms and went 21-16 for 19th overall, not bad. Nick Gaines finished 20th overall on his Traders Kawasaki by going 35-17. Henry Miller went 40-19 for 22nd, Brandon Scharer would go 19-21 and the 677 of Cody Williams put in 20-24 motos. As for the 450 class guys, privateers put in some very solid rides. Cade Clason was 15th overall by going 14-18, John Short went 20-15, Noah McConahy was 16th in moto 2. Hayden Mellross and Heath Harrison each had one moto they'd rather forget but would swap 17th place finishes in their other motos. Matthew Babbitt was 18th in moto 1. Jerry Lorenz cracked the top 20 in moto 2 with a 19th and finally got a couple points that he should have had rounds ago. Lastly the 88 of Ronnie Stewart would go 22-20, earning himself a point. 

Rider: John Short | Photo: Kyle Pesci
And now...The Others.

250
20. 73 Nick Gaines
21. 492 Luke Clout
22. 297 Henry Miller
23. 91 Brandon Scharer
24. 174 Josh Osby
25. 677 Cody Williams
26. 805 Carlen Gardner
27. 83 Daniel Herrlein
28. 716 Timmy Crosby
29. 125 Josh Mosiman
30. 702 Josiah Hempen
31. 84 Jimmy Albertson
32. 146 Shawn Maffenbeier
33. 904 Jarett Pesci
34. 284 Cody Church
35. 786 Sean Miller
36. 351 Eric Grondahl
37. 742 Christian Telker
38. 180 Bryar Perry
39. 89 Marshal Weltin
40. 590 Dakota Robins

450
20. 72 Hayden Mellross
21. 99 Heath Harrison
22. 987 Matthew Babbitt
23. 881 Jerry Lorenz
24. 88 Ronnie Stewart
25. 80 Zack William
26. 401 Sam Redman
27. 265 Nick Fratz-Orr
28. 399 Broc Peterson
29. 281 Max Tannenbaum
30. 421 Vann Martin
31. 356 Daniel Lippman
32. 62 Justin Starling
33. 151 Dakota Tedder
34. 314 Alex Ray
35. 938 Carson Tickle
36. 292 Austin Howell
37. 851 Jerry Robin
38. 79 Nick Schmidt 
39. 48 Anthony Rodriguez 
40. 175 Paul Coates

That's it! That's a wrap on the 2016 outdoor season. Will we see some privateers secure rides for 2017? Let silly season begin. Thank you for reading "The Others" and always #cheerprivateer.

-Kyle Pesci


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