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Turn One crash costs Anderson dearly

Musquin controls the race up front to win from Tomac

Turn One crash costs Anderson dearly

14-points between Anderson and Musquin with one round to go
AMA Supercross 2018 – Round 16 – Salt Lake City

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin pulled out his fourth victory in the 450 class aboard his KTM 450 SX-F with a dominant victory at Salt Lake City.

Blake Baggett got away well and led early on
Blake Baggett got away well and led early on

Musquin took the lead on lap two and from there was never headed.

Musquin made light work of Baggett and from there was never headed
Musquin made light work of Baggett and from there was never headed

Musquin

“The track conditions were crazy and dry, but the track crew did a good job. I had no idea about Jason. Obviously towards the end I was going through lappers, and I knew Jason would take it easy today to get points, but I only knew how he did when the race was over. I’m excited to head to the final round in Vegas next week.”

Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin

Eli Tomac showed good speed at times but a few stumbles cost the Kawasaki rider who in the end had to work hard to overcome Blake Baggett for the second step on the podium. With five minutes remaining, Tomac crashed while attempting to pass for second place. He quickly remounted his KX450F and raced back up to the leaders making the pass for second place with two laps to go.

Eli Tomac

“It took me a while to find my groove in the main. Once I found it I was able to make a lot of passes and catch the leaders. The crash was unfortunate, but I’m pumped to still finish second. Once again, the fans were awesome here in Salt Lake and I could hear them with every pass I made, that was so cool.”

AMA Supercross 2018 - Round 16 - Salt Lake City - 450 Results Marvin Musquin - KTM Eli Tomac - Kawasaki Blake Baggett - KTM
AMA Supercross 2018 – Round 16 – Salt Lake City – 450 Results
Marvin Musquin – KTM
Eli Tomac – Kawasaki
Blake Baggett – KTM

Championship leader Jason Anderson had a disastrous main. A collision at turn one saw left his FC450 Husqvarna with a number of spokes ripped out of his front wheel. Anderson indicated to his mechanics about the problem then pitted for a replacement wheel.

Anderson indicates to his team the front wheel problem that would ruin his race
Anderson indicates to his team the front wheel problem that would ruin his race

However, it seemed like an eternity, perhaps even two eternities for Jason Anderson as he looked on, while the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna squad removed and replaced the wrecked front rim, costing Anderson two laps.

Jason Anderson looks on while his mechanics change the front wheel
Jason Anderson looks on while his mechanics change the front wheel

Anderson rode well once back on track and managed to overhaul a few riders and bag an important six points.

Jason Anderson had to fight his way back through the field
Jason Anderson had to fight his way back through the field

Jason Anderson

“I was pretty good in practice all day. I had a solid heat race and qualified well. I just went down in the first turn in the main and had to go all the way around the track. I broke some spokes in the first turn and had to come into the mechanics area to get my front wheel changed. By that time I was two laps down. I was able to unlap myself and get up to 17th and at least get some points. I’m going into next week in Vegas with a 14 point lead.”

Impact damage from a turn one collision saw Anderson pit for a wheel change
Impact damage from a turn one collision saw Anderson pit for a wheel change

Anderson heads to the Vegas finale with his championship lead over Musquin trimmed to 14-points.


Chad Reed took an 11th place finish in Utah and is currently 13th in the championship points standings.

Chad Reed
Chad Reed

AMA Supercross 2018 – Round 16
Salt Lake City – 450 Results

  1. Marvin Musquin – KTM
  2. Eli Tomac – Kawasaki
  3. Blake Baggett – KTM
  4. Christian Craig – Honda
  5. Justin Barcia – Yamaha
  6. Justin Brayton – Honda
  7. Weston Peick – Suzuki
  8. Benny Bloss – KTM
  9. Vince Friese – Honda
  10. Tyler Bowers – Kawasaki
  11. Chad Reed – Husqvarna
  12. Kyle Cunningham – Suzuki
  13. Dean Wilson – Husqvarna
  14. Malcolm Stewart – Suzuki
  15. Cedric Soubeyras – Suzuki
  16. Joshua Hill – Yamaha
  17. Jason Anderson – Husqvarna
  18. Austin Politelli – Honda
  19. Cody Vanbuskirk – KTM
  20. Scott Champion – Yamaha
  21. Dakota Tedder – KTM
  22. Alex Ray – Yamaha

AMA Supercross 2018 – 450 Championship Standings

  1. Jason Anderson 338
  2. Marvin Musquin 324
  3. Eli Tomac 292
  4. Justin Brayton 264
  5. Blake Baggett 264
  6. Weston Peick 235
  7. Dean Wilson 193
  8. Broc Tickle 184
  9. Cooper Webb 181
  10. Justin Barcia 163
  11. Malcolm Stewart 159
  12. Vince Friese 155
  13. Chad Reed 147
  14. Tyler Bowers 146
  15. Cole Seely 124

250 SX West

KTM Factory Racing’s Shane McElrath claimed victory in the 250SX West Championship with an impressive ride.

Shane McElrath
Shane McElrath

McElrath got a great start and made the pass for the lead early in the race aboard his KTM 250 SX-F and stayed consistent to claim the win ahead of Adam Cianciarulo and Joey Savatgy.

McElrath had to make his way past Cianciarulo, Plessinger and Savatgy early on before breaking away to a clear victory
McElrath had to make his way past Cianciarulo, Plessinger and Savatgy early on before breaking away to a clear victory

Adam Cianciarulo

“Being at altitude and having two sets of whoops really held me back from getting into a flow for the main event. You had to be efficient and this track really didn’t allow for that. Considering I didn’t feel overall that great, I’m happy to be up here (on the podium) in second, but I really wanted that win. I know I say this every time, but I’ll be coming out swinging and we’ll fight until the end for that win.”

Adam Cianciarulo
Adam Cianciarulo

A podium had eluded Savatgy for the past few races, but he’d always showcased his speed. In Salt Lake City it came together for him as he grabbed his third holeshot of the season and led the opening eight laps of the race. A small mistake caused him to fall back to third, but he was able to hold on and put his KX250F back on the podium for the third time this season.

Joey Savatgy

“We started the day with a pretty different track compared to what we ended up racing on, it’s not the finish I wanted, but we’re back on the podium, which is always a goal every week. I bust my butt at home to make sure I am the best at the race so I’m a little disappointed I wasn’t able to finish it off and get the win. I’m not a quitter and I’m going to be ready for the showdown in Vegas.”

Aaron Plessinger came home fourth and retains the series lead however his buffer to Cianciarulo has been trimmed to 13-points with one round remaining.

Hayden Mellross claimed 16th in Utah and if he can bring home good results at the Vegas finale on May 5th is in with a good chance of claiming a top ten finish in the 250 SX West Championship.

Hayden Mellross
Hayden Mellross

AMA Supercross 2018 – Round 16
Salt Lake City – 250 Results

  1. Shane McElrath – KTM
  2. Adam Cianciarulo – Kawasaki
  3. Joey Savatgy – Kawasaki
  4. Aaron Plessinger – Yamaha
  5. Chase Sexton – Honda
  6. Phillip Nicoletti – Suzuki
  7. Dakota Alix – KTM
  8. Mitchell Harrison – Husqvarna
  9. Kyle Chisholm – Yamaha
  10. Martin Castelo – Yamaha
  11. Blake Wharton – Yamaha
  12. Dylan Merriam – Yamaha
  13. Justin Starling – Husqvarna
  14. Justin Hill – Suzuki
  15. Michael Leib – Yamaha
  16. Hayden Mellross – Yamaha
  17. Brandan Leith – Kawasaki
  18. Jess Pettis – Yamaha
  19. Josh Mosiman – Husqvarna
  20. Bradley Lionnet – Kawasaki
  21. Robbie Wageman – Yamaha
  22. Chase Marquier – Husqvarna
AMA Supercross 2018 - Round 16 - Salt Lake City - 250 Results Shane McElrath - KTM Adam Cianciarulo - Kawasaki Joey Savatgy - Kawasaki
AMA Supercross 2018 – Round 16 – Salt Lake City – 250 Results
Shane McElrath – KTM
Adam Cianciarulo – Kawasaki
Joey Savatgy – Kawasaki

AMA Supercross 2018 – 250 Championship Standings

  1. Aaron Plessinger 196
  2. Adam Cianciarulo 183
  3. Joey Savatgy 174
  4. Shane McElrath 172
  5. Chase Sexton 150
  6. Justin Hill 128
  7. Kyle Chisholm 124
  8. Mitchell Harrison 115
  9. Christian Craig 106
  10. Phillip Nicoletti 94
  11. Hayden Mellross 88
  12. Justin Starling 82
  13. Mitchell Oldenburg 75
  14. Bradley Taft 64
  15. Dakota Alix 61
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