Moto News Weekly Wrap
September 1, 2020
FIM Speedway Grand Prix
Russian ace Artem Laguta was elated to bring his Polish winning combination on to the world stage after claiming his first FIM Speedway Grand Prix victory in Wroclaw on Friday.
The Grudziadz rider has been in red-hot form since the PGE Ekstraliga season launched in Poland. And he was delighted to reproduce that scoring in the opening round of SGP 2020.
He topped the Betard FIM Speedway Grand Prix round one podium ahead of local hero Maciej Janowski, Swedish charger Fredrik Lindgren and Great Britain star Tai Woffinden.
Laguta has regularly piled up the points in Poland, but hasn’t always transferred his high scoring on to the SGP stage. Asked what made the difference in Wroclaw, he said: “There is no special secret. My form has been very good since the Polish league started. The bike is very, very fast. The guys in the workshop do fantastic work. My tuner, Ryszard Kowalski helps with fantastic engines. Everything has been set up for me. We also had the possibility to use Anlas tyres as well. We have been testing them in the last couple of matches and have gained a little bit more knowledge. They are slightly different. They don’t guarantee success, but they help to get success if you can set the bike up correctly. That’s what happened today. The bike was very fast from the start. I made very good starts. We are working hard in the team to make sure everything with the bikes is at the top.”
Laguta, who powered to 14 race points from a possible 15 in the heats, added: “It’s about the whole combination. The tyres helped and the engines from Kowalski Racing, which have been very good for a long time. The communication within the team and with the tuner is very important. That has all been a success. The tyre adds another couple of percent. Not everybody on the Anlas tyres won the races. But if you’re smart and you have a little more knowledge, you can get a benefit.”
Laguta admits working on his mental approach in the winter also boosted his bid to transfer Ekstraliga form into the SGP series.
He said: “We have been working very hard on that. I was quite close a few times to winning the Grand Prix, but we were always missing something. The work I did on my physical performance in the winter and also on the mental side of things meant I was really focused. I would like to say thanks to my family for their support and the whole team – everyone who has been working on the bikes. One of our mechanics wasn’t allowed to be in the pits, but he was part of the success as well. The engine tuners at Ryszard Kowalski Racing – the whole crew – have been great. We know the GPs have only just started. We have to stay focused and work hard to finish with a good result. Now we have won, and hopefully we can do it again.”
After racing to second place in round one on Friday night, Magic completed a dream weekend in extraordinary style as he won the round-two final ahead of Wroclaw team mate Tai Woffinden, world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik and Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren.
The Olympic Stadium erupted to salute a rider who spent his youth on the terraces, before learning his craft on the famous track.
Janowski has spent all but two seasons of his career in Wroclaw colours and after watching his idols stand atop the Olympic Stadium podium, he lived that dream himself.
After charging into a six-point lead at the World Championship’s summit, Janowski said: “That was an amazing night. Thank you to my team. They have done amazing work today. It’s really hard to race on your home track, but I felt I had so much focus and I was ready and prepared for some hard racing. Thank you to all the fans!”
Janowski had speed to burn as he topped the heat scorechart on 13 points, before winning his semi-final ahead of Lindgren, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Wroclaw rider Max Fricke.
Woffinden won a jaw-dropping battle with Zmarzlik in semi-final two, with round-one winner Artem Laguta forced to settle for third ahead of wild card Gleb Chugunov, whose progression in eighth place on the heat scorechart ensured all four Wroclaw riders in the 16-man field reached the semi-final stages.
Janowski leads the standings going into rounds three and four in Gorzow on September 11 and 12 on 38 points. Laguta and Woffinden are second and third respectively, tied on 32.
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren holds fourth place on 30, with Zmarzlik fifth on 27 points. Leading Australian in the standings is Max Fricke on 12-points while Jason Doyle has eight-points.
FIM Speedway Grand Prix Points Standings
- Maciej Janowski 38
- Artem Laguta 32
- Tai Woffinden 32
- Fredrik Lindgren 30
- Bartosz Zmarzlik 27
- Leon Madsen 18
- Gleb Chugunov 16
- Emil Sayfutdinov 15
- Niels-Kristian Iversen 14
- Patryk Dudek 13
- Martin Vaculik 12
- Matej Zagar 12
- Max Fricke 12
- Mikkel Michelsen 11
- Jason Doyle 8
- Antonio Lindback 2
2020 Queensland Motocross Championship – Hervey Bay
After three rounds of the Sunshine State Series, Queenslanders turned their attention to the one and only round of the Queensland Motocross Championship which was held at the sandy and often challenging Hervey Bay track. It is one of the few sand based tracks on the east coast and always makes the riders work hard for their results.
Husqvarna’s Todd Waters rode both MX1 and MX2 categories and after narrowly missing out on taking the MX2 honours Waters did the business in MX1 and dominated all three motos to finish the day on top ahead of Lochie Latimer and Jai Walker.
The Yamaha MX2 trio of Aaron Tanti, Jesse Dobson and Jay Wilson were up against Husqvarna’s Todd Waters as well as host of other up and coming hot shots. After the first two races, five points separated Tanti, Waters and Wilson – in that order. As the last race blasted off – the running order was Wilson, Waters and Tanti which would have seen a three way tie for the championship if they were to cross the finish line in that order. Just before the half way point, Tanti made a mistake and dropped to fourth place, leaving Wilson and Waters to fight it out with the gap around three to five seconds as they charged through lapped traffic. In the end, Wilson took the race win and with it the Queensland MX2 Championship over Waters by virtue of a better finish in the final race, despite both finishing on equal points. Tanti was third for the day but despite the fall in the last race, showed his sand riding skills have improved significantly. Dobson held down fourth while Japanese rider, Kota Toriyabe took sixth just behind Ricky Latimer.
2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Rnd 3
Images by Jeff Kardas
The third round of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship featured the season’s most competitive afternoon of racing thus far, with compelling battles for victory across both the 450 Class and 250 Class. Indiana’s Ironman Raceway serves as one of the most dynamic tracks on the championship schedule and it was no surprise to see the best riders in the world put their talents of full display at the Guaranteed Rate Ironman National.
Reigning three-time 450 Class Champion Eli Tomac found himself in unfamiliar territory coming into Indiana, sitting seventh in the championship standings and facing a 40-point deficit to leader Zach Osborne. As a result, Tomac and his Monster Energy Kawasaki squad entered the Ironman National looking to turn their season around, and they did just that. The Colorado native captured the 45th victory of his career, emphasized by an impressive Moto 2 win.
Over in the 250 Class, the intrigue of the early season title fight between GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin and Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis took another turn when Ferrandis’ dominant Moto 1 win was nullified by a first-turn crash in Moto 2 that left the point leader at the tail end of the field. While Martin was able to take full advantage of the opportunity and earn his second straight victory, Ferrandis was stellar in his recovery effort, salvaging both a runner-up finish and his points lead.
Up next the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will celebrate Labor Day weekend with its first-ever doubleheader from Michigan’s legendary RedBud MX, which will host the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2020 season. The Circle K RedBud I National will begin the holiday festivities on Friday, September 4. The second half of the doubleheader will take place on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, for the Circle K RedBud II National.
The opening 450 Class moto saw a pair of familiar rivals out front early as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin secured the MotoSport.com Holeshot just ahead of Tomac’s Kawasaki, with point leader Zach Osborne in third aboard his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing machine.
The top three asserted themselves at the front of the pack, while the rookies of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo and Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton gave pursuit to build a close fight amongst the top five. This group continued to trade momentum through the middle portion of the moto and at one point were collectively separated by just a handful of seconds. As the race wore on, the running order began to spread out, with Musquin and Tomac pulling away. Behind them, Osborne made a costly misjudgement trying to pass a lapped rider, resulting in contact that forced the point leader off his bike. That allowed both Cianciarulo and Sexton to get by, while Osborne continued in fifth. He then almost crashed again a short time later, which caused him to lose fifth to Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS rider Blake Baggett.
Musquin withstood one final push from Tomac to capture his first moto win since suffering a knee injury at this same track one year ago, taking the checkered flag by 2.2 seconds over the champ. Cianciarulo finished in third, just ahead of Sexton, while Baggett rounded out the top five. Osborne lost another position late to finish a season-worst seventh.
When the gate dropped on the second and deciding moto it was Osborne who prevailed to take the MotoSport.com Holeshot ahead of Cianciarulo, while Tomac and Musquin gave chase right behind them. Musquin and Tomac battled for third briefly, but Tomac got the upper hand to secure the position. With a clear track Osborne looked to pull away, but Cianciarulo responded to the torrid pace of the opening laps.
With Tomac closing in from third Cianciarulo put the pressure on Osborne for the lead and successfully made the pass stick, leaving Osborne to fight with the reigning champion. Meanwhile, Musquin lost additional ground after getting passed by Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia for fourth.
The top four maintained their positions throughout the middle of the moto, but with 10 minutes remaining this group had closed in on one another and were separated by just a couple seconds. As they encountered lapped traffic Osborne was slowed, which allowed both Tomac and Barcia to get around and drop the point leader off the podium. The lead trio still sat within less than two seconds of one another and Tomac went on the attack, successfully taking the lead away from his teammate. Barcia followed through into second, and then Osborne dropped Cianciarulo off the podium by moving up to third.
The closing stages of the moto turned into a compelling head-to-head battle between Tomac and Barcia, and while Barcia appeared to be faster in some areas of the track, Tomac excelled in different areas as well to keep the Yamaha at bay. In the end, Tomac charged to the finish line to take his first moto win of the season by 1.1 seconds over Barcia, while Osborne finished in a distant third.
By virtue of his 2-1 moto results Tomac was able to secure his 45th-career victory just one week after finishing a career-worst 16th overall. The win puts him in sole possession of fourth on the all-time wins list. Musquin finished in second (1-6), while Cianciarulo rounded out the overall podium in third (3-4). Osborne’s strong second moto helped him finish fifth overall (7-3).
“I just had a better feel [today]. The track came to us all day. We had good starts in both motos and that pace was insane there in Moto 2,” explained Tomac. “I had pressure from Barcia for a while there and we were really pushing it at the end. He kept me honest, but I was able to keep it going and get us a win. We’ve got some good tracks for us coming up and hopefully we can keep putting work in to make up some ground in the championship.”
Osborne’s strong finish to the afternoon helped minimize the ground he lost in the championship standings. He now holds a 13-point lead over Musquin, while Barcia sits 26 points behind in third. Tomac vaulted from seventh to fourth, and now faces a 27-point deficit behind Osborne.
“The first moto was just really bad for me. I made some mistakes and it was just a mess, really,” said Osborne. “It was a disappointment, but we bounced back in the second moto. I didn’t have the pace to run up front with those guys, but still put in on the box and still have the red plate [as point leader]. We’ll look forward to RedBud.”
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Ironman Raceway – Crawfordsville, Indiana
August 29, 2020 – 450 Class Overall Results
|1||Eli Tomac||2 – 1||Kawasaki|
|2||Marvin Musquin||1 – 6||KTM|
|3||Adam Cianciarulo||3 – 4||Kawasaki|
|4||Justin Barcia||6 – 2||Yamaha|
|5||Zach Osborne||7 – 3||Husqvarna|
|6||Chase Sexton||4 – 5||Honda|
|7||Blake Baggett||5 – 7||KTM|
|8||Dean Wilson||8 – 8||Husqvarna|
|9||Broc Tickle||9 – 10||Yamaha|
|10||Christian Craig||11 – 12||Honda|
|11||Fredrik Noren||10 – 13||Suzuki|
|12||Henry Miller||12 – 14||KTM|
|13||John Short||13 – 16||Honda|
|14||Joey Savatgy||40 – 9||Suzuki|
|15||Benny Bloss||37 – 11||Husqvarna|
|16||Jake Masterpool||16 – 17||Husqvarna|
|17||Coty Schock||15 – 18||Honda|
|18||Max Anstie||14 – 37||Suzuki|
|19||Justin Bogle||34 – 15||KTM|
|20||Ben LaMay||17 – 38||KTM|
|21||Jeremy Smith||18 – 22||Honda|
|22||Tyler Bowers||38 – 19||Kawasaki|
|23||Grant Harlan||19 – 21||Honda|
|24||Justin Rodbell||21 – 20||Kawasaki|
|25||Jared Lesher||20 – 24||KTM|
|26||Tristan Lewis||26 – 23||Yamaha|
|27||Mcclellan Hile||22 – 28||KTM|
|28||Bryce Backaus||25 – 27||Yamaha|
|29||Scott Meshey||24 – 29||Husqvarna|
|30||Alex Ray||23 – 34||Kawasaki|
|31||Dalton Dyer||32 – 26||Kawasaki|
|32||Carson Tickle||27 – 31||Honda|
|33||Matthew Hubert||35 – 25||Honda|
|34||Adam Enticknap||33 – 30||Suzuki|
|35||Christopher Prebula||28 – 35||KTM|
|36||Tristan Lane||31 – 33||KTM|
|37||Luke Neese||30 – 36||Honda|
|38||Luke Renzland||39 – 39||Husqvarna|
|39||Chase Felong||29 – DNS||Husqvarna|
|40||Timothy Crosby||DNS – 32||Kawasaki|
|41||Jason Anderson||36 – DNS||Husqvarna|
450 Class Points Standings
The first 250 Class moto saw point leader Dylan Ferrandis grab the MotoSport.com Holeshot aboard his Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing machine, just edging out Martin. With the clear track Ferrandis was able to sprint out to an early lead over his Honda counterpart, while the field jockeyed for position behind them. Ferrandis quickly built a multi-second advantage over Martin, who soon was forced to contend with Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft from third. Martin responded and soon asserted himself into the runner-up spot, while Hartranft solidified his hold of third.
Out front Ferrandis continued to add to his advantage and eventually opened up a margin of more than 20 seconds on the rest of the field. He went wire-to-wire to earn his third moto win of the season in dominant fashion, crossing the finish line 26 seconds over Martin, followed by Hartranft in third. GEICO Honda’s Jett Lawrence finished in fourth, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire completed the top five.
As the field emerged from the first turn to start Moto 2 it was Martin who surged to the head of the pack to secure the MotoSport.com Holeshot ahead of Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper. Behind them Ferrandis was on the ground after an incident with his Star Yamaha teammate Shane McElrath, with the Frenchman finally returning to action in dead last.
With Ferrandis forced to battle his way through the field of 40 riders the window of opportunity opened for Martin to take advantage. The Honda rider was able to put some space between he and Cooper early on and continued to build that lead into a multi-second advantage, with Hartranft once again asserting himself in third. As Martin continued to lead the way out front, Ferrandis was making an impressive climb up the running order. He needed just one lap to break into the top 20, and continued to charge his way into the top 10 before the halfway point of the moto. The Frenchman’s determined comeback didn’t end there. He continually picked off riders, one-by-one, and eventually fought his way back into podium position.
Martin went unchallenged en route to his second moto win of the season, taking the checkered flag 5.7 seconds over Cooper, while Ferrandis made the most of a moto that started with him in the worst possible position by finishing third.
Martin’s Moto 2 triumph gave him 2-1 finishes for the afternoon, which was enough to put him atop the overall standings for the second week in a row, and the 16th time in his career. Ferrandis’ impressive performance helped him secure the runner-up spot (1-3), while Hartranft earned the first overall podium finish of his career in third (3-4).
“Last week was a special moment [winning my first race since 2018], but I didn’t win a moto. It made it more special to get a good start and ride my own race to get a moto win,” said Martin. “Dylan [Ferrandis] was on it today, but I knew I needed to get a good start and that would put me in a position to win. I know Dylan didn’t get the start he wanted [in the second moto], but my GEICO Honda was working really well in these conditions and I’m just happy to be back on top of the podium. It’s going to be a fun battle [for the championship].”
By virtue of his damage control in the final moto Ferrandis maintained his hold of the point lead, losing just two points to Martin. The top two are now separated by four points.
“I just ride as fast as I can and pass the most riders I can. I have nothing to lose,” said Ferrandis. “I wish there was more laps, but it is what it is. It’s a disappointment to lose out on the second moto, but this is racing and sometimes things like that happen. We’ll just keep fighting and try again next week.”
Jett Lawrence took fifth overall for the round after carding 4-5 results while older brother Hunter was unhappy with his efforts after taking 16th overall on the back of a 15-14 scorecard.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will celebrate Labor Day weekend with its first-ever doubleheader from Michigan’s legendary RedBud MX, which will host the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2020 season. The Circle K RedBud I National will begin the holiday festivities on Friday, September 4. The second half of the doubleheader will take place on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, for the Circle K RedBud II National.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Ironman Raceway – Crawfordsville, Indiana
August 29, 2020 – 250 Class Overall Results
|1||Jeremy Martin||2 – 1||Honda|
|2||Dylan Ferrandis||1 – 3||Yamaha|
|3||Brandon Hartranft||3 – 4||KTM|
|4||Justin Cooper||8 – 2||Yamaha|
|5||Jett Lawrence||4 – 5||Honda|
|6||Alex Martin||7 – 6||Suzuki|
|7||Shane McElrath||6 – 10||Yamaha|
|8||Jo Shimoda||12 – 7||Honda|
|9||Mitchell Harrison||11 – 8||Kawasaki|
|10||Carson Mumford||13 – 9||Honda|
|11||Derek Drake||10 – 12||KTM|
|12||R.J. Hampshire||5 – 17||Husqvarna|
|13||Cameron McAdoo||9 – 15||Kawasaki|
|14||Stilez Robertson||16 – 13||Husqvarna|
|15||Gonzalez||15 – 14||Yamaha|
|16||Hunter Lawrence||19 – 11||Honda|
|17||Hardy Munoz||14 – 20||Husqvarna|
|18||Jerry Robin||18 – 18||Husqvarna|
|19||Hoey Crown||38 – 16||Yamaha|
|20||Pierce Brown||17 – 32||KTM|
|21||Derek Kelley||20 – 19||Husqvarna|
|22||Joshua Varize||23 – 21||KTM|
|23||Kevin Moranz||24 – 22||KTM|
|24||Jace Kessler||21 – 26||Husqvarna|
|25||Cody Williams||26 – 24||Husqvarna|
|26||Vincent Luhovey||28 – 27||KTM 250|
|27||Lance Kobusch||22 – 33||KTM 250|
|28||Marcus Phelps||25 – 31||KTM 250|
|29||Ryder Floyd||35 – 23||Honda|
|30||Nathen Laporte||29 – 30||Honda|
|31||Colton Eigenmann||32 – 28||Suzuki|
|32||Jake Pinhancos||30 – 34||KTM|
|33||Maxwell Sanford||37 – 29||Yamaha|
|34||Chase Lorenz||27 – 39||Honda|
|35||Dennis Gritzmacher||33 – 35||KTM|
|36||Nick Gaines||34 – 38||Yamaha|
|37||Mathias Jorgensen||39 – 36||Kawasaki|
|38||Gared Steinke||36 – 40||Kawasaki|
|39||Austin Root||40 – 37||Husqvarna|
|40||Zack Williams||DNS – 25||KTM|
|41||Bryton Carroll||31 – DNS||Yamaha|
250 Class Points Standings
2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Calendar
|Sep 4 (Fri)||RedBud I||Buchanan, MI|
|Sep 7 (Mon)||RedBud II||Buchanan, MI|
|Sep-19||Spring Creek||Millville, MN|
|Sep-26||WW Ranch||Jacksonville, FL|
|Oct-03||Thunder Valley||Lakewood, CO|
|Oct-10||Fox Raceway||Pala, CA|
2020 Grass Track – Senior All Powers
2020 Brookton Pony Express Round 3
|1||EVAN BROWNE / JACKSON MCGRATH||4:20:32.327|
|2||BLAKE KLANJSCEK / CODY HEGGS||4:00:30.908|
|3||CHRIS RUTTICO / DAMON GIBBONS||4:01:30.587|
|4||CARSON BASCOMBE / SCOTT HEWITT||4:04:13.483|
|5||BLAIR OUTRAM / DEAN PORTER||4:11:09.513|
|9||AARON ANDERSON / MATHEW JOHNS||4:22:08.967|
|10||MICHAEL BURGESS / SHANE STEELE||4:22:23.042|
2020 Brookton Cross Country Round 3
|5||RILEY DE SAN MIGUEL||2:41:39.166|