Even before race day got underway there had been a huge scare for Jett Lawrence. The young Australian came up short on a jump during media day, casing out hard, and was ejected from his CRF450R. He instantly grabbed at his wrist and hand, making many fear that he would not make race day due to a broken wrist or hand. It turned out that Jett was lucky to get away with some painful thumb injuries, it could have been so much worse.
For the second week running, rain had caused organisers and track maintainers plenty of problems. They managed to scrape away most of the mud ahead of the Heat races and while the surface was far from perfect, it was certainly a lot better than riders fought through last week in San Francisco. However, as soon as the Heats got underway the track was getting chopped up badly and was getting more treacherous with every lap, before ultimately settling down again later in the night.
250 Heat One
Nate Thrasher took the lead early on ahead of Mitch Oldenburg, Joshua Varize, Julien Beaumer and Jo Shimoda. Oldenburg got the better of Thrasher on lap two but then a red flag halted proceedings as a rider was in need of medical assistance. Oldenburg actually fell himself as the red flag came out.
Less than three laps had been completed so riders returned to the gates for a full re-start.
It was Levi Kitchen that scored the hole-shot second time around but came under immediate attack from Nate Thrasher, whose crew had been smart enough to put a new rear tyre in the back of the YZ250F on the start line. The Kawasaki rider staved off the advances of Thrasher as the track started to deteriorate rapidly with every lap, riders really struggling to put any power down on the slippery track.
While Kitchen managed to pull away from Thrasher, the second-placed rider was being reeled in by Jo Shimoda. The Japanese rider got Thrasher, only to then hit the deck! Shimoda recovered quickly only to fall yet again, steam pouring out of his coolant overflow. This time it took him longer to get going again and by the flag he was almost a minute behind second-placed Thrasher, but still ahead of Mitch Oldenburg and Julien Beaumer.
Levi Kitchen the clear victor.
Aussie privateer Geran Stapleton was just inside the top ten at the halfway point but was heading for the LCQ after being pushed back to 14th place late in the race. Unfortunately, Stapleton fell early on in the LCQ and thus didn’t make it through to the Main.
250 Heat One Results
Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 1:07.126
Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F +21.231
Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R +1:19.207
Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R +1 lap
Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE +1 lap +05.619
Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F +1 lap +06.424
Matti Jorgensen GASGAS MC 250F FE +1 lap +08.909
Alex Nagy KTM 250 SX-F +1 lap +13.462
Talon Hawkins KTM 250 SX-F +1 lap +31.467
Guillaume St-Cyr KTM 250 SX-F +1 lap +56.241
Chad Saultz KTM 250 SX-F +1 lap +1:19.549
Doc Smith GASGAS MC 250F +1 lap +1:51.830
Joshua Varize GASGAS MC 250F +2 laps
Geran Stapleton Kawasaki KX250 +2 laps +29.274
Chris Howell Yamaha YZ250F +2 laps +1:41.100
Kyle Wise Kawasaki KX250 +2 laps +1:47.343
Lance Kobusch Honda CRF250R 3 Laps
Austin Cozadd Kawasaki KX250 DNF
Billy Laninovich Yamaha YZ250F DNS
Braden Spangle Yamaha YZ250F DNS
250 Heat Two
Jordon Smith got the best run to turn one but it was Ryder DiFrancesco that went around that first turn in front. Not for long though as he was quickly overhauled by RJ Hampshire and Jordon Smith. Only for Smith to then head off the track. Moments later Hampshire jumped off the circuit! That handed Garrett Marchbanks the lead, Phil Nicoletti moved up to second and DiFrancesco third.
RJ Hampshire had regrouped and was knocking on the door of the top five before he fell once again. He lost little time in that tip-over though and was back up and running in seventh place with two laps to run. Up front though Marchbanks had a ten-second lead over Jordon Smith, Nicoletti was third and DiFrancesco fourth.
Marchbanks went on to take a clear victory over Smith while Nicoletti rounded out the podium ahead of DiFrancesco, Hunter Yoder and RJ Hampshire.
250 Heat Two Results
Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F
Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F +12.212
Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F +17.822
Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F +26.943
Hunter Yoder Kawasaki KX250 +39.919
RJ Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 +41.106
Carson Mumford Honda CRF250R +49.908
Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F +1:13.224
Anthony Bourdon Suzuki RM-Z250 +1:19.999
TJ Albright Yamaha YZ250F +1 lap 1:20.310
Robert Hailey Yamaha YZ250F +1 lap +08.571
Blaine Silveira Suzuki RM-Z250 +1 lap +25.485
Max Miller Suzuki RM-Z250 +1 lap +28.984
Addison Emory Yamaha YZ250F +1 lap +43.551
Hunter Calle Kawasaki KX250 +1 lap +1:00.420
Carter Biese Kawasaki KX250 +1 lap +1:02.533
Deegan Hepp Honda CRF250R +1 lap +1:09.317
Josh Greco GASGAS MC 250F +2 laps
Tre Fierro GASGAS MC 250F +2 laps +25.900
Max Sanford Kawasaki KX250 DNF
250 LCQ Results
Joshua Varize GASGAS MC 250F
TJ Albright Yamaha YZ250F +07.453
Lance Kobusch Honda CRF250R +09.516
Max Sanford Kawasaki KX250 +12.230
Josh Greco GASGAS MC 250F +24.511
Robert Hailey Yamaha YZ250F +28.187
Max Miller Suzuki RM-Z250 +31.890
Guillaume St-Cyr KTM 250 SX-F +34.497
Addison Emory Yamaha YZ250F +36.265
Austin Cozadd Kawasaki KX250 +41.133
Hunter Calle Kawasaki KX250 +44.826
Carter Biese Kawasaki KX250 +45.638
Deegan Hepp Honda CRF250R +59.744
Doc Smith GASGAS MC 250F +1:05.777
Tre Fierro GASGAS MC 250F +1:26.626
Chad Saultz KTM 250 SX-F +1 lap 1:25.847
Chris Howell Yamaha YZ250F +1 lap +02.224
Geran Stapleton Kawasaki KX250 +1 lap +11.883
Kyle Wise Kawasaki KX250 +1 lap +19.622
Blaine Silveira Suzuki RM-Z250 +3 laps
Braden Spangle Yamaha YZ250F DNS
Billy Laninovich Yamaha YZ250F DNS
RJ Hampshire took the holeshot and the early lead ahead of Levi Kitchen and Jordon Smith. Mitch Oldenburg and Jordon Smith battled over that third place over the course of the opening lap. Jo Shimoda was down in tenth after getting sideways off the line. Nicoletti had some work to do after a fall early on lap one.
Levi Kitchen managed to reel in RJ Hampshire and challenged for the lead over the second and third laps before going down and losing a number of positions before he was back up and running again. Marchbanks inherited that second place while Nate Thrasher was promoted to third, Jordon Smith fourth and Jo Shimoda was now up to fifth.
Garrett Marchbanks was the next rider to reel in and challenge RJ Hampshire. Marchbanks took the lead as the race passed the halfway mark and Hampshire now had his hands full with Nate Thrasher.
Thrasher got the better of Hampshire and then reeled in Marchbanks through lapped traffic and mounted his challenge for the win. Thrasher successfully dispensed with Marchbanks and then proceeded to pull away. It was far from over though!
Marchbanks and Hampshire both came back at Thrasher on the final lap and it was a close affair but Hampshire went down and was relegated down to sixth place by the time he got up and running again.
Nate Thrasher the victor over Marchbanks while Jordon Smith was promoted to the podium after Hampshire’s mistake.
Jo Shimoda fourth ahead of Levi Kitchen and RJ Hampshire while Mitch Oldenburg claimed seventh ahead of Ryder DiFrancesco. Shimoda claimed the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap.
With that third place Jordon Smith actually extended his championship lead, his buffer over Levi Kitchen now eight-points.
250 Main Results
Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F
Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F +01.203
Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F +05.141
Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R +05.572
Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 +06.390
RJ Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 +10.486
Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R +38.741
Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F +51.399
Hunter Yoder Kawasaki KX250 +1 lap 1:04.369
Anthony Bourdon Suzuki RM-Z250 +1 lap +11.599
Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F +1 lap +17.043
Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F +1 lap +24.043
Joshua Varize GASGAS MC 250F +1 lap +38.557
Matti Jorgensen GASGAS MC 250F FE +1 lap +40.743
Carson Mumford Honda CRF250R +1 lap +50.172
Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE +1 lap +51.350
Max Sanford Kawasaki KX250 +2 laps 1:06.830
Lance Kobusch Honda CRF250R +2 laps +05.365
Talon Hawkins KTM 250 SX-F +2 laps +12.175
TJ Albright Yamaha YZ250F +2 laps +32.565
Alex Nagy KTM 250 SX-F +2 laps +43.669
Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F + 6 Laps
250 West Championship Points
Jordon Smith 67
Levi Kitchen 59
Garrett Marchbanks 57
RJ Hampshire 54
Mitch Oldenburg 41
Anthony Bourdon 39
Jo Shimoda 36
Carson Mumford 36
Hunter Yoder 36
Julien Beaumer 33
Josh Varize 31
Nate Thrasher 30
Ryder DiFrancesco 28
Cole Thompson 27
Max Vohland 20
Robbie Wageman 19
Phil Nicoletti 18
Matti Jorgensen 17
Max Sanford 15
Lance Kobusch 9
450 Heat One
Eli Tomac arrived at turn one first but it was Cade Clason that got around the turn in front to take the early lead.
Jett Lawrence was well back in the pack after major wheelspin off the line, but in no time he was fifth. Only to then blow past the rest of the field through the first rhythm section with such speed that the rest looked as though they were standing still!
By the end of the opening lap Jett had four-seconds on Eli Tomac. Only to then throw it away! He struggled to get the bike up and running again, by which time he had been passed by Tomac, Malcolm Stewart, Benny Bloss, Cade Clason and Justin Cooper, relegating Jett down to seventh.
Further back Justin Barcia and Adam Cianciarulo had a coming together and were both outside the top ten. Barcia was back up and running much quicker than Cianciarulo though and by the chequered flag Bam Bam was up to fourth.
After his fall Jett Lawrence wasted little time getting back past Cooper, Bloss and Clason to work his way back up to third, which is where he finished.
Eli Tomac the victor ahead of Malcolm Stewart, who had closed to within a couple of feet of Tomac’s back wheel by the flag.
Adam Cianciaurlo and Dean Wilson were heading for the LCQ but both made it through along with Shane McElrath and Justin Rodbell.
450 Heat One Results
Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F
Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE +01.659
Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R +16.941
Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F +25.238
Benny Bloss Beta 450 RX +26.414
Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F +27.354
Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 +39.688
Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR +39.688
Vince Friese Honda CRF450R +42.352
Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR +48.678
John Short Beta 450 RX +1:01.003
Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R +1 lap 1:16.298
Luke Kalaitzian Honda CRF450R +1 lap +02.079
Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 +1 lap +08.784
Theodore Pauli Kawasaki KX450SR +1 lap +11.544
Jerry Robin Yamaha YZ450F +1 lap +13.073
Justin Rodbell KTM 450 SX-F +1 lap +17.854 1
Scott Meshey KTM 450 SX-F +1 lap +20.701
Jason Clermont Kawasaki KX450 +1 lap +34.021
Justin Starling Honda CRF450R WE DNF
450 Heat Two
Ken Roczen had topped 450 qualifying and scored the holeshot when the second 450 Heat got underway as Aaron Plessinger gave chase, Dylan Ferrandis in third at this early juncture.
Chase Sexton was almost last to the opening turn, where he met a fallen Hunter Lawrence which only held him up further.
Plessinger got the better of Roczen but the Suzuki man returned the favour a few turns later. The German then made another mistake which allowed Plessinger through to the lead once again. Christian Craig third and Dylan Ferrandis fourth, Jorge Prado fifth and Cooper Webb sixth as the race broached the halfway mark.
With two laps to run Plessinger led Roczen by eight-seconds. Christian Craig was third, Ferrandis fourth, Webb fifth and Prado sixth while Chase Sexton had clawed his way up to seventh ahead of Freddie Noren and Hunter Lawrence was just inside the cut-off for automatic promotion through to the Main.
Aaron Plessinger the clear victory, seven-seconds ahead of Roczen at the flag.
Cooper Webb sneaked past Christian Craig and Dylan Ferrandis to claim third place after putting in the fastest lap of the race on that final lap.
Jorge Prado sixth ahead of Chase Sexton and Hunter Lawrence.
Aussie privateer Joel Wightman was heading for the LCQ after finishing 16th but failed to make the Main after finishing 14th in the LCQ.
450 Heat Two Results
Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE
Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 +06.527
Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F +22.521
Dylan Ferrandis Honda CRF450R +23.074
Christian Craig Husqvarna FC 450 RE +26.526
Jorge Prado GASGAS MC 450F FE +44.154
Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE +44.652
Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R +49.025
Freddie Noren Kawasaki KX450SR +56.795
Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 +57.617
Josh Cartwright Kawasaki KX450SR +1 lap 1:13.843
Hunter Schlosser KTM 450 SX-F FE +1 lap +03.624
Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F FE +1 lap +26.305
Gared Steinke Husqvarna TC 250 +1 lap +29.291
Josh Hill Yamaha YZ450F +1 lap +39.883
Joel Wightman Yamaha YZ450F +1 lap +54.197
Cheyenne Harmon Yamaha YZ450F +1 lap +1:09.322
Lane Shaw Yamaha YZ450F +2 laps 1:32.472
Anthony Rodriguez KTM 450 SX-F +5 laps 1:29.239
Derek Drake Suzuki RM-Z450 DNF
450 LCQ Results
Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR
Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 +04.308
Justin Rodbell KTM 450 SX-F +08.745
Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R +11.238
osh Cartwright Kawasaki KX450SR
Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 +17.761
Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F FE +21.071
Luke Kalaitzian Honda CRF450R +25.238
John Short Beta 450 RX +26.378
Gared Steinke Husqvarna TC 250 +39.781
Hunter Schlosser KTM 450 SX-F FE +41.521
Theodore Pauli Kawasaki KX450SR +43.237
Jason Clermont Kawasaki KX450 +45.114
Joel Wightman Yamaha YZ450F +45.855
Derek Drake Suzuki RM-Z450 +46.995
Anthony Rodriguez KTM 450 SX-F +48.367
Cheyenne Harmon Yamaha YZ450F
Scott Meshey KTM 450 SX-F +1:05.510
Lane Shaw Yamaha YZ450F +1 lap 1:16.418 1
Jerry Robin Yamaha YZ450F +3 Laps 1:10.020
Justin Starling Honda CRF450R WE DNF
Josh Hill Yamaha YZ450F DNF
The drizzle started falling again as riders gathered at the gates in preparation for the 450 Main.
Justin Cooper and Ken Roczen got the best runs through the opening turn but it was Roczen that pulled away to an early lead. Justin Barcia moved up to second, Aaron Plessinger third, Justin Cooper fourth, and Cooper Webb fifth.
Hunter and Jett Lawrence both fared poorly off the start, down in 13th and 14th positions, the brothers 15-seconds behind leader Roczen by the end of the first lap.
Chase Sexton and Malcolm Stewart tangled and went down early on the opening lap. Eli Tomac also an early faller and down in 20th place after three laps.
Barcia managed to get within striking distance of Roczen but couldn’t make a pass on the German.
Aaron Plessinger then came to the fore, dispensing Barcia to move up to second place before setting his sights on race leader Ken Roczen.
Ken Roczen was having to deal with lapped riders only six-minutes into the race and that allowed Plessinger to close in.
Roczen then went down and lost a lot of ground as he kicked the Suzuki back into life, by the time he was back up and running he had been demoted to seventh place, sandwiched between Jett and Hunter Lawrence.
With 12-minutes left on the shot clock Plessinger led Barcia by five-seconds. Cooper Webb a further two-seconds behind in third, but with more than eight-seconds on fourth placed Jason Anderson.
Chase Sexton was now just inside the top ten as he fought his way back from that early fall.
Ken Roczen headed into the mechanic service area to get something fixed up on the Suzuki and was way back in 18th place by the time he was back on track.
At the halfway point of the race Plessinger led Webb by six-seconds while Barcia was a further four-seconds back in third. Jason Anderson fourth and then it was four Hondas, Dylan Ferrandis fifth ahead of Jett Lawrence, Hunter Lawrence and Dean Wilson. Chase Sexton ninth, Eli Tomac tenth and Jorge Prado 11th. Tomac may have been tenth but he got lapped shortly after half-race distance.
Cooper Webb then reeled in Aaron Plessinger over the next few laps and was shaping up to make a challenge for the lead with just over five-minutes left on the shot clock, only for a small mistake to delay that challenge.
Barcia was third while Jett Lawrence was looking for a way past Jason Anderson to take fourth place but the Kawasaki man was not making it easy for the young Australian.
It took Jett a couple of his laps as he waited for a safe move on Anderson but he took that fourth place with two-minutes left on the shot clock. A podium was still a distant target though as third-placed Barcia had 13-seconds on Jett.
Up front Cooper Webb was coming back at Aaron Plessinger and setting himself up to make a late charge. However, Webb tangled with the lapped Chase Sexton, which cost Webb a lot of time and gave Plessinger five-seconds of breathing space with two laps to run.
Plessinger does it, the KTM rider kept it together to the flag to claim a great victory over Cooper Webb, despite the Yamaha man recording the fastest lap of the race.
Justin Barcia rounded out the podium, more than 20-seconds behind Plessinger, but a great result considering the GASGAS rider is still not 100 per cent after getting crook a couple of weeks ago.
Jett Lawrence came through to fourth after being dead last early on in the race. After the finish, Jett and Jason Anderson had some stern words, presumably over how Anderson had sent Jett wide a few times, cross-jumped in front of him and also brake-checked him as the young Aussie looked for a way past. Jett instigated the conversation, which got a bit heated with both of them firing right up, Anderson grabbing Jett’s helmet at the chin-piece and pulling it hard. Anderson’s fastest lap of the race was a 58.993 while Jett’s was a 57.668. Nevertheless, Jett later apologised to Anderson for letting his frustration get the better of him and starting the altercation. Jett also offered to pay any fine Anderson is penalised with for pulling as he did Jett’s chin-piece.
Jason Anderson fifth, Dylan Ferrandis sixth and Hunter Lawrence seventh.
Chase Sexton a lap down in eighth ahead of Eli Tomac while Dean Wilson rounded out the top ten ahead of Jorge Prado, Ken Roczen and Adam Cianciarulo.
With that victory Aaron Plessinger moves into the championship lead ahead of team-mate Chase Sexton by a single point, and it is a Red Bull KTM 1-2 at the top of the table. That was also Plessinger’s maiden 450 Main victory.
Jett Lawrence may have missed the podium but he set the second-fastest lap of the race and is now only four-points off the championship lead.
450 Main Results
Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE
Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F +02.188
Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F +22.099
Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R +37.164
Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR +42.230
Dylan Ferrandis Honda CRF450R +44.447
Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R +52.323
Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE +1 lap 58.409
Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F +1 lap +04.517
Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R +1 lap +21.237
Jorge Prado GASGAS MC 450F FE +1 lap +23.058
Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 +1 lap +30.311
Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR +1 lap +34.841
Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F +1 lap +44.074
Benny Bloss Beta 450 RX +59.286 +1 lap 1:01.603
Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 +2 laps 1:01.627
Freddie Noren Kawasaki KX450SR +2 laps +17.580
Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 +2 laps +43.686
Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE +2 laps +47.480
Christian Craig Husqvarna FC 450 RE +3 laps 1:02.082
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